Now that “BB Creams” have officially crossed over to the western market with products made especially for the American consumer, I could not pass the chance to try one out. I was really hoping for a shade match. Asian BB Cream shades are a little wonky in that they don’t even necessarily match asian skintones, many leaning toward a grayish “brightening” tone, or a pinkish “enlivening” tone. These tones are even more off on non-asian skintones. I can’t use asian BB Creams unless I use a golden beige bronzer on top. So when I saw the wider shade selection provided by Smashbox, I thought I had a winner.
1. Smashbox Camera Ready Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light and Light-Medium, 1.0 oz for $39.00
When I first went to Sephora, I thought Light-Medium looked like a good match. But the reality is that even their brightly lit store lighting can be deceptive as to how things look on you. Light-Medium outside of the store was an intense orange base that was very similar to MAC’s NC 30, but probably closer to NC 35. This couldn’t even be blended out to match my skintone. It was just all kinds of wrong. Fortunately, when I purchased this the beauty associate also incidently gave me samples of the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light not realizing I had already purchased it. I figured if Light-Medium was too dark than Light might work. Light is actually fairly dark for a “light” shade and has a significant peachy-yellow base. This shade is similar to Clinique’s Buff and Lancome’s Buff 7W, but with a more intense yellow-peachyness to it. The shades definitely lean darker and more intensely peachy or orange, so this is a great line to check out if you are darker-toned. This does oxidize and turn darker so I would suggest you go a shade down if you have similar undertones.
As far as wear is concerned, and texture, this has a dry-ish matte texture on first application that I liked alot because of my oily skin. It sets quickly and, while it is not a traditional “thick” BB Cream, the formula is not necessarily “light” feeling. I do not suggest this BB Cream on dry, sensitive skin types. It is definitely better for oily girls. What I am not cool with are the SPF ingredients that seem kind of low for UVA protection, so you may need to layer a better SPF product underneath with higher UVA protection, which I think it kind of a waste. Why bother to create a product with SPF 35 if you can’t give it high UVA protection?
Not a repurchase and I had to return the Light-Medium. There was no saving this product. The dry texture of the formula makes it difficult to alter the shading.
Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5 %, Octisalate 4%, Oxybenzone 2.5 %, Titanium Dioxide 1.10%, Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Peg-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract (Extrait D’Orge), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Trehalose, Oryzanol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Urea, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lacylate, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)] .