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Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream & Clear Glow Compact Powder Review

Have you seen how Maybelline India advertised the Clear Glow BB Cream?
"The answer to WTF"
First time I saw it, I thought it means something else. You know what. Of course, it didn't make any sense.
But they actually mean "Women Take Forever". The answer to women take forever.
I think it's pretty clever. 
About Maybelline BB Cream: 
They decided to call it  Bright Benefit cream, instead of Blemish Balm. Claims to provide 8 benefits: 
  • Instantly brightens : Brightens skin to one tone lighter.
  • Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++ : Has a smooth, light & non-greasy texture.
  • Evens tone : Hides imperfections & corrects uneven skin tone.
  • Hydrates : Moisturises all day(8 hours).
  • Conceals : Perfectly conceals flaws, blemishes & redness.
  • Smoothes : Instantly makes skin softer & smoother.
  • Mattifies : Controls shine all day.
  • Freshens : Resists sweat & sebum for 5 hours.
Available in 3 shades: Nude, Radiance, Natural.
I picked 01 Nude, which is perfect for my skin tone & I think it would even suit skin tones that are 2-3 shades darker than mine too, It blends into nothing. Really, it looks like I have nothing on my face but it does, however, mattify & brighten my complexion. It blends in really really quickly, no brush needed. It does conceal minor imperfections like redness & brightens up the undereye areas, but it's definitely not thick enough to cover very obvious dark spots. It's great if you want that au naturale look. It is the next best thing to a tinted moisturizer. It smells good too- fresh & floral (like some white flower....moringa?), which is better than the medicinal smell of the previous BB cream I got from KL.
I think the only glitch here is the quantity- complained by many. The 18ml tube is really small. I guess they could have made it a tad bigger.
BB Cream Blended

About Maybelline Clear Gow All-In-One Fairness Compact Powder: 
Infused with Pro Vitamin C it instantly illuminates skin's appearance, revealing a healthy fair glow. Has SPF 26 PA++, lightweight, and keeps skin shine free.
Available in 5 shades. 
This is shade 02 Nude Beige. It comes in a sleek pale pink packaging with a mirror & a soft washable sponge applicator. It is silkier than the one I bought from Malaysia (shown here & below) & the shade, though both have the same shade number, is darker & suits my skin tone better. The powder is lightweight & doesn't cake up my face. It does keep my skin matte, though I haven't worn it in extremely hot & humid weather, yet. I was trying to put a finger on the smell of the powder, then I also remembered it smells like Charmis cream (thanks to first comment below)

Swatches : Nude Beige (left). Swatch on right is of the other powder in same shade for comparison.

Compact on top of BB Cream

Prices & Ratings :
  • Clear Glow BB Cream: Rs.199 for 18ml .  Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥♥ 3.5/5
  • Clear Glow Compact Powder: Rs.175 for 9g.  Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥4/5
I am really glad the packaging of both are much cuter too:

Have you caught up with the BB Cream mania?

♥ Cynthia Z *.*

Disclosure: Only one of the BB Creams was sent to me by brand for consideration. I'd been using the one I bought myself.


  1. I love this BB cream and compact! I got the compact in sand beige, it's my skin tone perfectly. :D Although they don't have darker shades, which is weird and the powder smells like the Charmis cold cream my mum used to use.. Lol! These two kept my skin matte for 9 hours today. O.o

    1. Ooh thanks Nisha! Yes, it smells like Charmis!LOL.... I was trying to figure it out, then got it after seeing your comment :)

      Happy they work for you


  2. cynth...i am loving both so much...even i have nude beige...coz only 2 shades were available...i picked the darkest one :)
    blends in perfectly...BB cream is good too ... i got radiance :)

  3. I haven't tried these non-asian BB creams. None of them really seem to do what a BB cream is supposed to do (according to the traditional restrictions) nor do they really seem to come out in my skintone yet.

  4. i bought loads of bb creams from hong kong when i went over. my favourite is missha. all the others just dont match up and i dont think western brands quite get the grasp of bb cream yet

  5. I wanted to pick up Maybelline BB Cream, but it was unavailable at the store. Hmm...looks like I'll pass, because 3/5 is not the best score.

  6. Thanks for the reviews. The compact powder looks really promising!

  7. I <3 them :) :) ! thank u for the review :( and quantity is too less :( Im already done with my first pack! not fair na :'( !

  8. Nice review Cynthia :) .I'm thinking of getting this but confused about the shades.On the website it shows nude is the darkest...but it still looks a bit light for my skin tone(I am NC42) and they havent updated their website with the compoact shades?Are there darker shades in the compact range?I tried googling but everybody seems to have reviewed only 02 nude beige?!!All this 'cos i'm in Sri Lanka and I'm getting someone to pick it up from india(It's a guy so no common sense will go in this department!!)Hope u can help with your suggestion.... Thank you


  9. great review! now i really want to get it! i tried looking for it but i couldnt find it, where did you get it?:)

  10. great review! now i really want to try the bb cream. i looked for it but couldnt find it, where did you get it?:)

  11. u csn get the cream through online websites

  12. i hav fair skin..plz suggest d shade of mayebline bb creme for m finding it difficult in selectng..

  13. This makes my skin look white.. I have a wheatish complexion.. :s

    1. Ii have a wheatish complexion and when I go for any product it makes my face look white..I'm thinkin of goin for Maybelline but which shade should I opt for��

  14. Hey. Thanks for the review. I am a little confused about the shade. I have a fair complexion. Which shade should I use?


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