Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Hi everyone! I love a great BB cream, so today I’m looking at the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. This was one of the first BB creams I tried, and in fact was also the first BB cream I repurchased. Want to know more about it? Keep reading!

The price:

$42.00 for 1.0 fl oz.

The color selection:

There are eight colors in the range. This is actually a lot larger than any of the other BB cream ranges I’ve come across! Most just have three or four shades. My first tube was in the shade Light and my second is in Fair/Light (these are the second and third shades in the range). I got the first tube from a friend who stopped using it, and when I bought it again this past winter, I decided to go a little lighter than a little darker. In the swatch, (did not realize it was so out of focus!) it’s a bit lighter than my hand, which is also lighter than my face.

The packaging:

It’s a black squeeze tube, standard BB cream packaging, and looks pretty sleek and modern with the white and red text. The tube itself doesn’t show a lot of fingerprints from products. The cap has a slightly coarser texture that can show product smears more, but overall this stays pretty clean!

There is a bar along the bottom that shows the color of the product inside, which I don’t find all that helpful. For one thing, the black background will make the shade look a lot lighter than it is. For another, if you’re buying this in-person, where you can see the differences between shades on the packaging easier, you can also swatch the shades. I also find it strange that this bar of color is printed, but that the shade name on the back is actually on a little sticker.

The claims:

From Ulta’s website:

  • Primes: Wear alone, or under your favorite foundation to create a smooth canvas.
  • Perfects: Tinted formula in 8 shades evens out skin for a flawless finish.
  • Hydrates: Improves skin moisture in 4 weeks. Guaranteed.
  • Protects: SPF 35 guards against UVA/UVB rays.
  • Controls oil: Minimizes shine with no chalky finish.

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance and talc.

The back of the tube does list the active ingredients for the SPF. It includes Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxibenzone, and Titanium Dioxide. This makes it a chemical sunscreen. From what I understand, titanium dioxide is only an effective physical sunscreen when used in conjunction with zinc oxide. The SPF 35 is much higher than I’m used to seeing in BB creams.

The application:

The formula is somewhat thick, which makes sense considering all that SPF. Because of that, I have to work to blend in the BB cream. Usually I start with my fingers and then go over certain areas with a buffing foundation brush. I generally end up with unblended/streaky product in the same areas day after day. I’d suggest applying very thin layers if you do want to build it up.

As far as BB creams go, Smashbox makes a high-coverage one. It’s probably a low medium coverage, if you go by foundation coverage, but it definitely hides some redness and perfects my skin. I feel like it works better on lighter patches of redness more than bold areas like acne.

The wear:

I find that this is actually a pretty picky BB cream, at least for my normal-to-dry skin. As it’s oil-free and can control oil, I’d assume that this is better for someone with more oily skin. I find that a thin layer on its own looks good for at least eight hours. If my skin is more dry, it can start to look dry and peely a lot faster. There may also be a few spots where it begins to settle into fine lines, especially if it’s warmer out.

The big problem with this is if I wear it with a lot of other makeup. I generally apply more BB cream when I plan on wearing things like blush on top of it. I also will set those areas with powder because the color products last longer without fading. The areas of my face that are dry, whether there’s any other makeup on top of the BB cream or not, usually look a lot drier a lot faster. I doubt I get a full four hours of decent wear then, and I haven’t figured out any primers or application techniques that improve that wear time. The one exception is if I use the BB cream more as a primer underneath foundation, as I use less BB cream and there’s another liquid product to keep some dryness at bay. I do still get dryness if I mix this with another BB cream, though.

I do have acne-prone skin, but find that this doesn’t really clog my pores or break me out, so long as I do remove my makeup at the end of the day. Sunscreens can clog pores, and Smashbox has included so much SPF in here. Other people with acne-prone skin may want to be careful about that!

The verdict:

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is good if you’re looking for a bit more coverage from your BB cream, especially if you have oily skin. It’s definitely a more finnicky formula. I do have a good feel for how and when I should wear this, and can get good results based on that. However, I probably won’t repurchase it again.

-xo, Andi

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3 thoughts on “Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream”

  1. Omg what a bummer. I haven’t tried BB creams but I do have a CC cream, that however is way too light coverage, and it’s buildable but starts to look kinda oily if I apply too much. I guess BB and CC creams are mostly for like natural looks or something, at least in my opinion and experience with said CC cream lol

    1. I’ve tried a lot of BB and CC creams and yes they’re super light! BBs just seem to perfect the skin some while CCs offer more coverage/color. They both usually have really limited color ranges so I prefer BB creams. There’s something about most of these where they just don’t seem to build up nicely.

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