I had my doubts about this Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I got in January’s Ipsy bag in the shade light-medium and I put off using it until almost February because I don’t do BB creams. I like full coverage foundation and I’ve always said anything less feels useless. However, I am prepared to eat my words at this point.
This BB cream is 1 ounce and runs retail of $39.00 ($39.00/oz). I scored it at a 20. It is said to be a 5-in-1 product in that it primes, perfects, hydrates, controls shine, and has SPF 35. All good things. I can say from my own use that it does live up to most of those claims.
- The color match was spot on for me. Light-medium is a perfect match to give my skin a hint of color in the dull winter months.
- It feels super light on the skin. I’m used to heavy foundations so this was a pleasant change. It wasn’t drying. I feel like I stopped at moisturizer when I wear this product.
- A little bit goes a long way. I got this in the sample size (0.25 ounces) and use about a pea-sized amount for my whole face.
- The coverage is good for a BB cream. It isn’t full coverage so I wasn’t expecting miracles. It did as well as my Elf foundations (which are not full coverage either) so that isn’t bad at all.
- It is a multi-use product. You can skip primer with this BB cream. I didn’t have an issue with it moving around. On rosacea flair days, I still used my ELF tone adjust primer to help control some of the redness because this BB cream struggled.
- It has built in SPF. This is always nice to have.
- It doesn’t smell! I expected a strong chemical smell due to the SPF 35. There is none.
- This is expensive for a 1 ounce bottle. I don’t like that price. It is as expensive as Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour foundation which is full coverage. I’m still put off about the price.
- It doesn’t control oil for me. I still had some shine at 4 hours like many other foundations. I just have really oily skin. It wasn’t surprising but a little disappointing. If you are oily like me, be prepared to blot mid-day and maybe reapply some translucent powder afterwards.
- The squeeze tube is annoying like all squeeze tubes. I much prefer the pump in my Kat Von D Lock It foundation.
- The shade range is dumb. They have 8 shades. 5 of those shades are for light-skinned people. They have fair, fair-light, light, light-neutral, light-medium, medium, medium-dark, and dark. That dark shade is so light that it would look ashy on Kid 1 and she considers herself to be a medium-dark with pink undertones on the POC shade spectrum. That is just messed up. A big brand like this can do better. 😡
Ultimately, I like this product. I don’t know if I will buy it though. That price is just too much for 1 ounce of product. They have a travel size (0.5 oz) in my particular shade for $19.50. Mom picked it up for me for my birthday to take on vacation. I still haven’t decided 100% if I’m taking it or not. Oddly, the travel size is only available in 2 shades, light and light-medium.