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

Camera Ready BB Cream provides 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 light to medium coverage and a natural-looking matte finish that helps keep excess shine in check, at least for a few hours—this is a good option for those with oily to combination skin (including the acne prone).

The eight 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.

As an excellent bonus, Camera Ready BB Cream also offers broad-spectrum SPF 35 sun protection, which is higher than most, as well as a few antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. For its skin-real finish, SPF rating, lightweight texture and inclusion of beneficial ingredients, this earns our highest rating.

Pros:
  • Mostly neutral shades with a natural-looking matte finish.
  • Added beneficial antioxidants.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection.
Cons:
  • None.
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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 excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

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. 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, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

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

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04.27.2015
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I've tried a lot of BB and CC creams. I like this one . It has a bit of coverage; not too thick or too thin. Great for an exercise/running errands day when one doesn't want to wear full make up.

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Me
04.14.2015
Not bad...

Found this too drying for normal skin, good color.

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Rachel G
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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