Review: Covergirl Clean Matte BB Creme (Oily Skin)


Oily skin, heavy foundation, and hot summer weather are just not an ideal combo. I’ve found some decent matte full-coverage foundations for summer, but I wanted a very natural and sheer look for a beach trip. Nothing too heavy, just minimal coverage.

I was browsing Ulta and I came across the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream for oily skin. The name basically described what I was looking for and Covergirl was officially declared cruelty free as of late last year! I purchased the color 530 Light Medium.

This is a light-coverage, sheer foundation. It does not cover up blemishes, just fades them out slightly. You can still see blemishes, but they’re not as noticeable.

Here are some pictures to show you guys what it looks like. First picture, no makeup whatsoever. Second picture, with the BB cream only (no other products). Third picture, I did my brows, lashes, light contour, blush, setting powder, and lipstick. I wanted to give you guys an idea of how it looks on its own and with a decent amount of makeup.

This product is not matte for a long time. When I first apply it, it’s matte. But, after a couple hours, it gets dewy throughout the day with the heat and my natural oily skin. I do like this because overall, my skin still looks good at the end of the day.

With my regular full-coverage foundations, at the end of the day there are spots where it’s cakey and dewy. But with this BB cream, though it gets dewy, there’s not cakeyness. It just looks like skin, not something sitting on top of skin, if that makes sense.

I’m going to continue using this for the rest of the summer, maybe add some more BB and CC creams to my collection. I’m usually a full-coverage girl, but I’m starting to enjoy this sheer coverage as well. I don’t have perfect skin, I have a lot of dark spots and pimples in certain areas. I like how it lightly fades and minimizes my blemishes, but it still looks like me normally. Not that I don’t love my full-coverage, but sometimes it’s nice to have a natural look as well.

A huge pro of this BB cream is that it’s so easy and fast to apply. It’s a liquid-formula, very easy to rub in with your hands or a sponge. I’ve been using a sponge, and it takes me about two minutes to blend it out on my entire face.

Another pro is the price. This is only $9.99 at Ulta, which is really inexpensive compared to the other foundations I use.

A huge con is the fact that there are only six shades. The lightest is 510 Fair, and the darkest is 560 Deep. The lightest shade still looks too dark for someone with very fair skin, while the darkest shade…nope. The darkest shade could work for me after I spend some time at the beach, they can definitely go much darker. I understand it’s sheer coverage and certain shades can work for a variety of skin tones, but the six shades they have seem to be geared to more light-tan to medium-tan skin tones. I hope they add more shades in the future because this is a decent, drugstore BB cream and everyone should get the chance to try out the right shade.

I’m starting to find my love for BB and CC creams again. I used to only use the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, and that’s still a favorite. What’s your favorite sheer coverage product?

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