If you’ve got oily skin and have always wanted to use a BB cream, listen up. I’ve been working more and more recently and the pressure to put on a full face is there, but I hate the feeling of a heavy base while I’m helping customers and running around the store all morning. I wanted a lighter base I could wear everyday without worry of looking cakey and greasy. Trying the CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream For Oily Skin was my first step into that direction and I have a lot of thoughts.
The packaging is a standard squeeze tube which would fit perfectly in a makeup bag, gym bag, or school bag. It’s definitely not something luxurious, but it’s convenient and hygienic.
The liquid formula is fairly runny. I’ve made a couple messes with it, so I suggest going easy on the squeezing. I use a dime size amount each morning, which is just enough for my entire face and to blend it down the neck. It blends best with brushes like the RealTechniques Buffing Brush or the Expert Face Brush. I find using a sponge takes away some of its coverage.
For a BB cream, it definitely has some good coverage. It evens out my skin tone, covers redness, and slightly hides blemishes depending on how angry they are. It reminds me of an even lighter version of the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+, probably because the BB cream in question doesn’t contain SPF.The finish is a soft, natural matte that actually does last. If I’m feeling sweaty or it’s a sweltering day out, some light glow might peek through, but it never looks greasy. It plays well with powder and I love finishing it off with the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot powder. I’m super tempted to try out the Clean Matte powder that’s meant to go with the BB cream because it’s apparently good stuff.
I was using the shade 540 for weeks an realized it was much too dark for my skin tone. I couldn’t find shade 530 in stock, so I’ve been mixing 540 and 520. The one downside of this line of BB creams is it’s pink undertone. My skin is a very olive tone and neutral or yellow undertones would definitely work better, but I can make it work.
I wasn’t expecting to love this BB cream when I picked it up. I figured it would be much like the BB creams I attempted to use in the past – too light, too greasy, and not long-lasting. I was so wrong. I used it through the summer without any problems and can definitely see myself using it during the fall and winter on light makeup days.