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Smashbox
Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
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1 fl. oz. for $39
Category:Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Now Smashbox is on the BB cream bandwagon, and although their contribution is a good one, it bears repeating that BB creams are not miraculous or must-have products. Essentially, they’re just tinted moisturizers (most include sunscreen) that usually contain a few extra ingredients that may or may not benefit your skin.

Camera Ready BB Cream provides decent broad-spectrum sun protection that includes titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection. This fragrance-free formula has a slightly thick yet creamy-soft texture that blends easily and meshes well with skin. It provides sheer to light coverage and a natural-looking matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check, at least for a few hours (this won’t replace a mattifier or other oil-absorbing product you may be using).

The five shades offer a greater range than most BB creams (two shades is what’s typically offered) and all of them are workable. Note that the Medium shade is darker than what usually passes for “medium” and the Dark shade is slightly copper but still worth checking out.

In terms of the claims, this doesn’t provide an “ethereal effect” nor is it hydrating enough to please those with dry skin. It is best for normal to combination or oily skin. As for enhancing makeup wear, this works—but no better than a lightweight serum or moisturizer that’s compatible with your skin type.

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5 %; Octisalate 4%; Oxybenzone 2.5 %; Titanium Dioxide 1.10%; Other Ingredients: 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 , 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 Lactylate, 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 May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly good foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows; the great Photo Finish Lipstick; a lash primer that really makes a difference; well-constructed makeup brushes that cost less than the department-store competition.

Weaknesses: A small, mostly boring assortment of products priced higher than they should be; a couple of products contain irritants that have no benefit for skin; several lackluster makeup categories, including concealer, blush, eye pencils, and brow shaders; the Cream Eyeliner is a mistake if you expect any amount of longevity; several specialty products that should offer more for the money (and the one with sunscreen leaves skin vulnerable to UVA damage).

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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02.25.2015
seems decent for oily skin

I am very impressed with this BB cream, and it works fairly well with my incredibly oily skin. My main problem is that the "Light/Neutral Shade" the correct amount of yellow for my Asian skin tone, yet the shade is too light. The "Light/Medium Shade" would be ideal for me except it has too much pink. Bottom line: they need to create a "Medium Shade with either neutral or yellow undertones" to appeal to Asian skin. Otherwise, great product!

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Melissa
01.26.2015
Looks amazing but clogs my pores

I love how it's got fantastic coverage, matte finish, looks amazing 12 hours later, and is so easy to use BUT it causes breakouts and whiteheads on my lower and mid- cheek area. Every time.

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Anonymous
09.09.2014
Amazing Coverage in a Light Formulation

This has been my most precious find yet! I usually smooth this BB cream on with a foundation brush so I can achieve a smooth, very even look. It's everything I want in a foundation--lightweight, natural looking, matte and wears all day. As mentioned in the PC review, the Dark does have copper tones, but I diffuse that with a green primer since my undertones are yellow. I don't need my foundation to be a "catch-all", so I am not disappointed. This has all of the components that are important

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Bonis
05.01.2014
Good BB Cream for Oily Skin

I have oily skin and wanted to find a BB cream that wasn't a moisturizer. This product provides me very light coverage and doesn't over moisturize my skin. The color works very well with my light olive skin.

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Kathy O
09.15.2013
Great Finish, Feel, & Wear Time, Very Limited Colors

Got as a sample in Light & absolutely loved the finish. This stuff blended easily (a little goes a long way!),holds up well, made my skin look younger, plumper, w/ a subtle glow...sheer to medium coverage & no tacky or makeup-ey feel. I went to purchase in a shade darker & the selection wouldn't remotely match my skin. If one of the shades meshes with your skin...definitely worth a try if you are looking for a natural, slightly moist finish that works as a foundation.

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LL
02.11.2013
Great!

I love this stuff! I am a makeup artist and find this blends with most people's skin tones and doesn't look like there is makeup on the skin. It gives a nice matte (but not too matte) finish and I don't need to use powder after! You only need a bit and provides good coverage. I like that there is a sunscreen too. This is now my everyday staple! The only negative I have is that it is quite overpriced for the amount you get.

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