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Tue, Apr. 29th, 2014, 08:35 am
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

I am a fan of the Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15with Dermaxyl Complex Foundation Primer (I am actually about done with my 2nd bottle!) and when they launched a Camera Ready BB Cream, I had to try it!

It is described as:

PRIMES: Wear alone, or under your favorite foundation to create a smooth canvas.
PERFECTS: Tinted formula in 5 shades evens out skin for a flawless finish.
HYDRATES: Improves skin moisture in 4 weeks. Guaranteed.
PROTECTS: SPF 35 guards against UVA/UVB rays.
CONTROLS OIL: Minimizes shine with no chalky finish.

I was actually sold on the fact that it actually controls oil!

-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)].

A light weight plastic squeeze tube no-frills packaging

It has sorta a gel-like creamy texture which I really like as it is not thick and pretty easy to blend.

You can probably notice that this shade, 'Light' has an orangey yellow undertone and it is a tad too dark for me.

These 2 pictures were taken approximately 8 hours after application and I was out and about in the day (thus the shades) with no touch ups except blotting my face with a piece of facial tissue at least twice. You will be able to notice the dewy finish which seems like a highlighter's job but is actually the dewiness of the product. It also has an optical blurring effect that creates a flawless finish canvas on pictures. Must be doing of the Camera Ready property!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Coverage: Medium
Texture: Gel-like Creamy
Shade: There are approximately 8 shades and I have this in Light which was a tad dark for NC20-25 skin tone.
Undertone: Orangey Yellow
Fragrance: It is supposedly fragrance free but there is a slight cosmetic scent which is almost not noticeable
Oil-Control: Less than 7 hours
Finish: Dewy
Other Comments: I am a little on the fence about this product. I do like the camera ready property as it create a flawless looking almost optical blurring effect on pictures! That is very typical of HD / camera ready / photo ready products but at the same time, such products do not control oil well. I had to use a mattifying primer and set it with a mattifying powder to avoid the greasy mess on my face. And because oil control isn't the best, the product does not really gets absorbed by the skin well. It sits on your skin and gets transferred easily. Therefore, the claim of the oil control is definitely not true despite having dimethicone as the 2nd ingredient. It might photograph well but in reality, when your face starts to shine up, the life span pretty much goes down-hill really quickly! I do like the gel-like creamy texture as it is not thick and is a breeze to blend. The SPF of 35 is pretty decent if you are not one who is constantly outdoors so it saves you the additional step of a sunblock. I have yet to find a product that is camera ready that creates a flawless complexion in pictures with a very decent oil control. For those with normal to combination skin and do not want / require a full coverage foundation/base, you will probably enjoy this BB Cream which is a multi-tasking product that photographs really well! Or it might actually work in a less humid / dry climate.