April 23, 2013

Review: Maybelline Pure BB Mineral Watergel (updated!)


Today we're putting up a review of Maybelline's latest BB cream! Or.. BB gel more like. The newest product in the market claims to be extremely hydrating whilst providing other benefits such as even skin tone, clarity, reduced pore size, and UV protection.

I've tried and tested this item, and here is what I think.


Packaging:


There isn't much to say really, just a twist-cap opening. The bottle is quite small, and only has about 30ml worth of BB Watergel inside. I think it's extremely portable and slim, which makes for easy bringing about when you're on the go or travelling.

It fits easily in the hand, and product comes out when you squeeze the tube. Very straightforward.

Texture/Color:


The texture really feels like a gel, no joke. It is like putting on a gel-based moisturizer on your skin. There is no sticky-factor at all - in fact, check out the 2nd photo! There's even water droplets appearing as I rub it into my skin! It's so hydrating that it glides gently on and blends in beautifully. It absorbs SO quickly into the skin and leaves a naturally pretty dewy look.

There are two colors to this BB Watergel, Natural Beige and Medium Beige. I am in shade Medium Beige because I seem to have gotten darker for some reason. It disappears into my skin, so it looks like I just have a very beautiful complexion with almost no makeup on.

The only gripe about this is.. if the darkest color suits me.. it may not suit anyone darker than that. This product is about 50% sheer but can still appear too fair if darker skintones use it. I guess it's lack of adaptability to a wider range of skin tones might be one of the biggest cons since Singapore is a multi-national country.

Application:


Now, this is a really weird phenomenon for me. I cannot use it with a Beauty Blender at all. It is just too smooth; apparently it just absorbed straight into my beauty blender, leaving nothing to blend on my skin.


The only solution is to then put it on your finger tips and just gently stroke it into your skin. I don't even think patting is suitable since it's so slippery. Do be warned though, apply this to one area of your face a time, do not try to put it all over at once - it will not look as flawless nor cover as well.

Most people, for BB Creams, would say that a little goes a long way, but it is not the case for this one. You may actually end up having to put quite a bit because just as you start to put it on, it suddenly disappears! It is good in the blendability department but it definitely makes you wonder if it's worth spending $20 on a product you may finish very quickly.

Overall Thoughts:



I like this BB Watergel A WHOLE LOT.

I like it because it is the best BB "cream" texture I've ever come across. I like how I can even consider going without loose powder because it honestly just absorbs into the skin. It is so smooth, it does what it says and is hydrating all at the same time. I look dewy without looking oily, and that is a feat in Singapore's humid weather.

But to be very honest, it absorbs MUCH too quickly - so fast that I cannot even remember which part of my face I'm applying it on. This could lead to product wastage because I could keep reapplying it on areas I've already covered without knowing. :\ Also, if you're a fan of matt finishes, then this might not be your cup of tea.

All the same, I say this is definitely worth a try because it's just so different and revolutionary in a way and so very affordable at just $20! (Guardian is having an introductory price at $17 - though I'm not sure for how long)

I hope this review has helped, if you have any questions, feel free to ask, I reply ALL comments! :)

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An update after using it for awhile longer:

My feelings remain, I still like this BB Cream a lot - way more than I did for Kiehl's (sorry Kiehl's!). A little note of advice to whoever wants full or medium coverage: this does not provide it.

In fact, I'm of combi/dry skin and I find that it really wears off after about 6 hours. What I put on in the morning definitely does not remain; only about 40% is left. I have no problems with this because I use it more as a way to even my skin tone out rather than to camouflage imperfections. But for those who do, here's a heads up.

HOWEVER, if you've dry skin and you work in an aircon environment the whole day, this is perfect! I work in aircon for about 10 hours a day and my skin does not feel in the least bit tight or dry. My pores do not start to show (as they would when my skin is dehydrated), so yes ba-la-ba-ba-ba, I'm loving it! xx

Overall Rating: 8/10

Stockist: Any Guardian, Watsons, or Departmental Store.


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Sam
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16 comments

  1. is it possible for ashley to review the laura mercier TM? :)

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    1. Hi! :) I do not have the Tinted moisturizer but I do have the oil-free tinted moisturizer. I will do a review on that but it might not be up for awhile as We do a couple of other posts lined up :) Do understand that we have quite a bit on our hands and will get to that as soon as we can!

      xx
      Ashley

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  2. This BB cream looks so exciting, the watergel feature being so unique! Your skin looks amazing and smooth with it on, and I really want to try this :) What a shame that your Beauty Blender soaks up the product, at least it's easier to apply with your fingers. I'm really interested to see if I can get this online as they don't have this BB cream in Australia :)

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    1. Hey Karen!

      yes I love the watergel feature, it is wayyy too awesome! I do agree that it's sad my beauty blender can't do its magic with this one, but fingers are really enough :) If you use it in Australia (when it has cold weather), I think it'd be perfect hydration!

      thanks for coming to our blog, we really appreciate such comments from readers which are so in-depth! I went to your blog too and wow, I must say I cannot believe such photos are taken with only an iPhone! Amazing :)

      xx
      Sam

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  3. Hello Samantha!

    I'd like to ask, do you reccommend this for NC30-35 users? The watergel looks perfect for your skintone which is a NC25-30 so I'm sure if it'd work with me!

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    1. Hi Joan :)

      Ah yes, I totally get your concern..however I think an NC30-35 could still be safe because this can be quite sheer and your skin tone doesn't seem quite far off from mine!

      To be safe though (because this is what I did), I would recommend trying the product on your jawline/lower chin to see how well it "disappears" into your skin. :)

      xx
      Sam

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  4. Hi.
    After applying this bb cream do I need to put any powder after it?
    Or I can put my blush on right away?
    Thanks ..

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    1. Hey :)

      I think it depends on a few things.

      If you've got dry skin, or live in a cold climate, you can skip the loose powder. But if you live in Singapore and have normal to combi skin (do not use this bb cream if you have oily skin) then I definitely suggest loose powder :)

      xx
      Sam

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  5. Hello Sam,

    Do you have any cooling sensation around your eye area after application? I do and am not sure if this is normal.

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    1. Hey!

      Hmm no I do not have any cooling sensation around my eyes. It might be an allergic reaction, have you tried just applying to other parts of your face and just avoid the eye area? :)

      xx
      Sam

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  6. Hi,

    You might want to check out

    http://mydreamsinabottle.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/review-maybelline-pure-bb-mineral-gel-formula/

    Her review is sort of like yours. Sounded a little like copy, paste, edit, post.......
    Just thought you might want to know since you put time into doing these reviews.

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    1. Hi dear!!

      Yes it's shocking how similar it looks and sounds to ours!! But there's really nothing we can do, I Guess the bright side is that people like you appreciate ours more and can see through hers! :) thanks for letting us know, all the same.

      xx
      Sam

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  7. Hello! Does this bb cream helps to cover imperfections like acne scars?

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    1. Hi!

      Hmm for acne scars, I would say slightly but really not that great a difference. It's a sheer product so if coverage is what you're looking for, you may need to either put concealer over or get a thicker bb cream like Bobbi Brown's :)

      xx
      Sam

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  8. Hello ! There are so many kinds of bb cream, how do you determine whether one is good ?

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