January 19, 2017

Maybelline Super BB Cushion

Cushion makeup is just one of those things that's evolving from a trend into a staple. While cushion foundations and BB creams and the like are a must-have in many girls' vanity kits, innovative products like cushion eyeliner and blush are gradually picking up popularity too. There's now a cushion for everything it seems!

Of course Maybelline themselves wanted to hop on the trending train and came up with the Super BB Cushion (Php749.00). I've been a fan of Maybelline's BB creams for years now, so for them to create one with the application ease and convenience of a cushion got me hyped.


"SUPER BB CUSHION is our 1st advanced BB Cushion: high coverage and yet still moisturizing! For the first time, our soft cushion contains correcting minerals and moisturizing essence. Now flawless-perfect skin look is just a tap-tap away!"


The product comes in your typical cushion case; a round compact that holds the spongey applicator separately from the actual cushion makeup which is underneath. It also has a mirror which is always much appreciated, especially if you like to touch up your base makeup throughout the day.


The Maybelline Super BB Cushion comes in two shades: 02 Light and 03 Natural. So yes, it'll most likely be a hit or miss with you shade-wise due to the...well, very limited choices.

Thankfully 02 Light, the shade I have, is something I can pull off. I'm an NC25 for reference. Its undertone isn't as yellow as I would prefer, but in the end it makes my skin look brighter and not necessarily whiter which is good.


As with every makeup cushion, using it is simply a matter of pressing the applicator into the cushion gently then applying all over your face in a patting, not swiping, motion. You can pick up quite a generous amount of product with just one 'press'.

Using the applicator is of course optional. While it works just fine and does the job, I still prefer to use my own sponge, namely the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge because I find it blends better and results in a better finish. All I do is dampen my sponge and apply directly from the cushion to my face.


The cushion has light to almost medium coverage. It's easily buildable too and I usually go over my face twice to get the maximum amount of coverage it can give. If you've got a lot of redness and blemishes to cover up (acne, dark spots, etc.), you might want to find something else with more coverage.

When I took these pictures my skin was behaving and there wasn't a whole lot to cover up, mostly just redness, some dark and red spots, and large pores. It does a good job of easily minimizing the appearance of everything I just mentioned as well as completely evening out my skin tone. There is only the slightest hint of redness still peeking through my cheeks. I don't usually set this with powder because I like the dewy finish it leaves on my skin. It transfers quite easily though, even if you do set it with powder and a finishing spray, so that's just something to keep in mind. Now, I tend to avoid discussing how long makeup lasts since it varies a lot per person, the weather, what other makeup was used, and so on, but I have to say that this can last almost the entire day (10+ hours) for me even without retouching and without the use of a finishing spray or primer. It will fade a little on the oilier areas like my t-zone, but all I need to do is blot and retouch with the cushion itself. Overall I love how it brightens, evens, and covers all on its own.


WHAT I LIKE:
  • Great for those with normal to dry skin types since it's moisturizing and leaves a dewy finish.
  • Has a good amount of sun protection.
  • Lightweight with buildable coverage.
  • Brightens the face and easily evens out skin tone.
  • Minimizes the appearance of redness, large pores, dark spots, and minor blemishes.

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • No purchasable re-fills (yet).
  • Very limited shade choices.
  • While I don't mind paying Php700+ ($15) for a product that I like and use often, I feel that it's still a tad bit overpriced and that pricing it within the Php400-500 ($8-10) range would be more suitable.