Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

As a beauty blogger, I try out a lot of products. I mean, a LOT of products. Every now and then, I’ll come across something that really blows my mind and stands out amongst the crowd. I’m very pleased to be reviewing one such product for you today – the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

I have to admit that I have never owned a BB Cream before – yes, really! That’s because I’m super pale, and have never found one in the right shade for me.

Smashbox are one of my ultimate favourite brands – their products are exceptional, and they totally get how to work with bloggers. When they sent me the BB Cream to try out, my hopes were already set high.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Notice the shade? I was so excited to see that Smashbox had formulated a ‘Fair’ shade for pale ale’s like me.

The packaging is typically Smashbox – sleek, but you know it means business!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

As soon as I popped a little of the BB Cream onto my hand, I knew that I’d struck gold. it was just the right shade, being not too pink nor yellow, and without a hint of the dreaded orange of most BB Creams.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Like most BB Creams, it claims to do various things to your skin including hydrating, priming, controlling oil and mattifying. I’m always quite dubious of BB Cream claims, but was willing to give this one a fair trial.

I blended it into the skin to see how it felt:

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

I’d actually say that the photo above doesn’t do the BB Cream justice. On the face, is looks simply stunning  – my skin has never looked quite so ‘perfected’ by any other make up product before.

Let’s take a closer look. I have two things to show you -the first is a video in which I actually apply the BB Cream, so you can see in ‘real time’ how it looks on the face:

And here’s my face today. This was after walking from my flat to the very centre of the city (OK, let’s face it – to the shops) and back in the rain and wind:

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Not too shabby at all! In fact, compared to how I usually look after flailing around with an umbrella in the beautiful Manchester weather, this is an incredible improvement!

I can’t praise this product enough – I really, truly love it. It retails for £27, and I believe it is worth every single penny. That’s something I very rarely say about a product! You don’t even have to wear a powder with it, as the finish is perfectly matte and shine-free. It also contains SPF 35.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Smashbox for introducing me to such a brilliant staple product – top marks!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. June 27, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m a little paler than you, do you think this would suit me? We have a Smashbox counter at Boots they would help me out wouldn’t they? Never been to a counter! haha but this just looks so amazing and the brand of foundation I buy has discontinued ): xx

    • June 27, 2013 / 11:08 pm

      They would definitely help you out at the counter, they’re so friendly 🙂 It’s absolutely best to go and test it out, I hope you love it 😀

  2. June 27, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    I tested this out in Boots but even the lightest shade is too dark for me, sadly, as everything is! It looks great on your skin though, even after facing the British ‘summer’ weather! x

    • June 27, 2013 / 11:09 pm

      Aww what a shame! But thank you lovely, that’s very kind 🙂 x

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