Product Review: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF35

Hi Guys,

Happy New Year! How is 2013 coming along? I hope great. I’m sorry I have taken so long to get my first post of the year up but I’ve been having a bit of blogger’s block. I have picked myself back up though and I’m right back in the swing of things.

I bring to you a beauty wonder, The BB (Blemish Balm) Cream. These magic creams have been around since the 90s, especially popular with Asian women. They are known to have really flawless skin and many Asian celebrities have attributed this to the BB cream.

BB Creams claim to help reduce your beauty routine drastically because they combine the power of a moisturiser, primer, concealer, foundation and sunblock in one product. They are also known to possess skin healing properties i.e over time they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as even out skin tone.

Many black women, myself inclusive were a bit wary when the fad hit Europe and America for fear of not being able to find a shade match. The earlier ones simply did not cater to Women of Colour but I’m happy that in recent times, brands have started to rectify this huge oversight. I recently bought Smashbox’s own version of the BB cream after a lot of research.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF35 

Like other BB creams before it, the Smashbox one offers a 5-in-1 product that Primes, Perfects, Protects, Hydrates and Controls Oil. It comes in only 5 shades from Fair – Dark but I believe to covers most skin tones. I find that a range of skin tones may fall under one shade. I got the darkest shade Dark and i’m an NC50 in Mac foundations. I know people from NW45 to NC45 that also use this same Dark shade. I will suggest using a tester though to be sure of your closest shade match. 

In my opinion, this product is totally worth the hype. It really does cut my beauty routine in half. On my bare face, I rub the cream in with my hands until it’s perfectly blended and I set it with my Mac MSF Natural. If you have extremely dry skin you may still want to moisturise first before applying the BB cream. 

It gives a very natural finish whilst still covering any darkness and blemishes on the face. It feels like I’m not wearing any makeup yet my face is flawless, amazing. It’s also particularly great if you live in a hot climate like me, it lets your skin breathe whilst protecting it with a high SPF of 35! It offers light-medium coverage but if you want fuller coverage you can wear it as a primer and use your foundation over it. 

I did not expect it to last very long being so light, but it stayed put on a 12-hr day and I only touched up my powder once. I also found that it controlled my oils well through the day. 


I swatched the product on the back of my hand to give you an idea of the colour match. For a full face picture, see this previous post.

Blended in 

The only drawback of this product is the price. For £27/$39 you get a mere 30ml of product. It’s sold in Boots in the UK or Sephora in the US. You can also get it on the Smashbox website here

I wish it was a little more affordable but apart from that I’ll rate it 5 stars out of 5. Other brands offer cheaper alternatives and I’m on the look out for something more pocket friendly. I have read mixed reviews on the Sleek BB cream and I can’t wait to try it out and let you know if it’s any good. 

Have you tried any BB creams? Do you think they are worth the hype or just a fad? I’d love to read your thoughts. 

Peace and Love, 



  1. January 8, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    I'm so tempted to get this but the price tag is painful! I love BB creams though, I'm all about the Sleek BB cream! Great post love!

    • January 9, 2013 / 9:30 pm

      Girl..the price tag is a major downer. Deffers going to get the Sleek one as soon as I can 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    I so need to bag this, been looking for something that isn't too thick and doesn't cake u up when you're done. 🙂 I'll email you a picture when I'm done. Thanks for the help.

    • January 9, 2013 / 9:35 pm

      Yayy! Please do..xx

  3. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Taking a stroll to boots now 😀 thanks gurl

    • January 9, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Whoop! my pleasure..

  4. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    Hi yewi, thanks a lot for this post, If this really gives u the 5-1 effect itl be amazing. Do you know any1 in naija that sells it?

    • January 9, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Hi dear, i'm afraid I don't know anyone locally that stocks it but will keep an eye out and update this post if I find one 🙂

  5. Anonymous
    January 8, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    Smashbox is amazing…You should also try make up for ever…as the name implies, make up for everrrr

    • January 9, 2013 / 9:40 pm forever is a brand I plan to delve into this year..too many great reviews..

  6. Adaora
    January 10, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    27 pounds for this small thing, i refuse.
    The reviews look good though, i just may/might try it.

  7. January 19, 2013 / 12:01 am

    Hello Yewande, please do you know any store here in Lagos that sells bb creams?. Thank you.

    • January 19, 2013 / 11:54 am

      Hi dear, not this Smashbox one but I believe the Sleek studio should have their BB cream in stock..xx

  8. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Hi Yewande, pls do a review of the Sleek so we can know if to buy it. Thanks for being our cute tester. LOL
    Unrelated question- I have spots from acne on my face & they are so embarrassing. Used some creams that just make my face whiter and spots darker. Do you recommend anything or should I continue saving for Laser?

    • January 26, 2013 / 1:18 am

      Hi dear, I'm happy to be your guinea pig 🙂 I'm hoping I can pick up the Sleek BB cream soon so i can review it. As for your dark spots, have you tried a spot removal treatment like Clinique's dark spot corrector. I hear it works. You can also choose to go the natural way, dilute fresh lemon juice with equal parts water, and use as a toner after cleansing your face a few days a week. It will deff clear up your spots but you'll need to be patient 🙂

  9. January 26, 2013 / 11:06 am

    wow i didn't know that they a BB cream for darker skin tones, i will definitely give this a try. Maybelline have one too but its only available in the US but you can purchase off eBay.

    Great read, x

  10. Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 / 9:41 am

    Thanks yewizzy for being our adorable guinea pig..I tried sleek creme to powder(henna 481)and I can say its Amazeeenn!!the oil control is terrific..I'll check out sLeeks bb cream soon.. Smashbox products are really expensive 🙁 foudation primer costs 11500 naira in a casabella shop!

  11. February 21, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Thanks for review, really helped as u r jus abt my skintone !

  12. March 22, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    Thanks for the review! I have never tried the Smashbox BB cream but I have recently purchased the Sleek BB cream. I was wondering if you'd had the chance to try the Sleek BB cream and how it compares to the Smashbox. xx

  13. July 24, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Hii Yewande thankss for this review I hope to get the review for the sleek I love their products and pls between ebay and amazon which ship down to Nigeria Lagos and is it safe to order products online and get them in Lagos?and pls do a review on EOS honeysuckle lip balm iv been looking all over lagos for it. Thankss

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