My favorite products from Maybelline are their powders because they always have good coverage, stay on for long hours (not that long though), affordable and you have easy access since Maybelline is locally available. I've loved their Clear Smooth Shine-Free Face Powder and their Clear Smooth Extra Shine-Free Powder Foundation which has better coverage since it's already a foundation. BUT my favorite Maybelline powder would have to be their Clear Smooth All-in-One Shine-Free Cake Powder because it comes with a sponge (which I love), good coverage, controls oiliness of my skin and it's available in refills which only costs P149.75, roughly P150.00!
It's been quite a while since I last used a powder from Maybelline because I decided to try powders from other brands. But last March when I saw this new powder from Maybelline, I did not even think twice, I quickly bought one for myself because I was really intrigued with the product and it is just beautifully packaged which, I think, would really attract most girls!
Product Name: MAYBELLINE BB SILK CAKE POWDER
Shade: Nude Beige
Bought from: SM North Edsa Beauty Section
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Cake Powder comes in a reflective, purple compact which I absolutely adore! I think what separates this the most from the old Maybelline powders is its packaging. It's much more attractive and the sponge that comes with it has a separate compartment which is more hygienic than the older ones. Another plus factor regarding its packaging is that it comes with a wider mirror which can actually fit my whole face when I look at it. Hahaha!
Upon opening the compact, you'll find the mirror and the powder itself.
When you flip up the powder, you'll find the sponge compartment, pretty much like the other compact powder foundations. The sponge is very useful, I love it!
You'll find holes at the bottom of the compact which allows the air to circulate.
You've probably read above that this powder is more expensive than their older compact powders. Maybe it's because they took the packaging up a notch but is it just because of the packaging? Or is it because it has better quality?
Actually, other than the cutesy packaging, what made me buy this is its purpose. It claims to give you a poreless and brighter skin and controls oiliness for hours.
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Cake Powder contains Korean Mulberry Root Extract which is known in lightening and brightening up the skin while inhibiting melanin production. The powder is infused with BB Silk Essence which makes the skin smoother. It is noncomedogenic and it also has SPF 21 PA+++ which protects your skin from the harmful UV rays. Other than that, Maybelline claims that this powder won't settle or highlight your pores --- that's why it's called poreless white. It claims that it will instantly give you a poreless-looking, brighter and more radiant skin.
The shade that I picked is Nude Beige. I was actually choosing between Nude Beige and Honey but I thought the former is the perfect shade for me so I chose it. It turns out that it's actually lighter than my skin color. I should've just stuck with the shade Honey since that has been my shade from their older powders. Looking at the powders, I thought that the shade Honey from this BB Silk powder line is a little darker than my skin color. Anyway, it's still okay! Like the older Maybelline powders, this new one is also available in 4 shades only. I wish they would expand their range of shades.
The Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Powder has a silky texture which I love. It has a smooth coverage and doesn't accentuate my pores and the fine lines under my eyes. Awesome! So yeah, it's true that it makes your pores less visible. However, after a few hours, the coverage is not as smooth anymore as when you freshly applied it on your face. It keeps the oiliness at bay for a few hours but not really for 12 hours. Hmmm, I can say that its staying power is comparable to the Clear Smooth All-in-One Cake Powder. Don't get me wrong, it has a great oil and shine control but no, it doesn't last for 12 hours. I have oily-combination skin and after about 4 hours, my t-zone area would get shiny already, not super oily though.
Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Powder is a two-way powder so you can apply it wet or dry.
Picture No. 1: BARE FACE
Picture No. 2: With light coverage of foundation set with Maybelline Clear Smooth BB Silk Cake Powder. From afar, it's like I don't have pores at all! LOL! It lessened the visibility of the fine lines under my eyes. However. when you look closely, of course you will already see my pores.
Picture No. 3: With full makeup on. Love how it made my skin look poreless and flawless!
Picture No. 4: Zoomed in. Smooth coverage but like what I've mentioned in picture no. 2, you can still see my pores when you take a closer look.
Overall, I absolutely love this powder! Though I think I have to settle for the shade Honey next time so that it will match my skin color perfectly. It's true that it will lessen the appearance of your pores but I'd have to disagree with its claim that it stays on for 12 hours. Will I recommend it? YES! Even though it doesn't last up to 12 hours, it has an impressive oil and shine control, noncomedogenic, has SPF and gives a smooth and poreless coverage.
Repurchase? ABSOLUTELY! :) It's now my new favorite Maybelline powder and one of my favorite compact powders of all time!
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