Thursday, 10 July 2014

Maybelline Baby Skin

I have had a few requests asking about the Maybelline Baby Skin so what better to do than a full review? The full name of this product is actually the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (what a mouthful!) but it’s usually known as just Baby Skin. Infuriatingly, it’s one of very few Maybelline items that isn’t available in Australia (boo!). Here’s what I thought of Baby Skin.

The Brand – Maybelline New York

Maybelline is another brand owned by Big Mama L’Oreal and has been around since 1917 and was one of the very first “everyday cosmetic” brands around. It’s actually quite a funny story, apparently the lad who came up with Maybelline (good old Thomas Williams) had an older sister (Maybel) who was keen to get her a man. Thomas, being the clever chappie that he was, decided to help the lovely Maybel accentuate her pretty face and together they came up with the Maybelline Cake Mascara. in case you’re wondering, Maybel got the man…I don’t know what that says about looks vs personality but it’s a good story! Mayelline New York is now a global brand (No.1 according to their website…) and they specialise in affordable, on-trend cosmetics. They are also the official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in case you needed another reason to love them! 

The Product – Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($6.99 US for 20ml)

This was a product that I definitely wanted to pick up on my trip to the US and I liked it so much that I bought 2. Also because I knew how hard they were to get here in Australia. Baby Skin is a clear, silicone based gel primer that has been described as a dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (similar texture). It both smoothes and reduce the appearance of pores for a soft, flawless finish (according to the advertising). It comes in very cute baby blue squeezy tube with baby pink writing (they were really milking the baby theme here!) and a screw top (hate!). It’s a very convenient size for travel or just to pop into your handbag. I just wish this was easier to find in Australia!

Side note: The website stocks this for $13.30 AUD but I haven’t ever used them before. If you know anywhere else that Australians can source this from, please let me know! 

Using the product

The most important thing to note with this primer is that a little goes a long way! You can use it in a number of ways: alone to blur imperfections, as a full face primer or just on areas with particularly visible pores. I usually use it as a full face primer or on very “porey” areas. It does a really good job with blurring imperfections and hiding pores. I do find the texture a little weird, it kind of feels a bit slippery on the skin. I’ve also heard it described as velvety. It’s pretty decent as a primer for makeup wear, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best. I think they best way to use this would be around the nose/chin/forehead (that’s where I have noticeable pores anyway) and use a primer targeted as promoting wear time all over as well as the Baby Skin. I have heard a few people say this makes their skin feel oilier but I personally haven’t experienced that problem. I think this is a great little product that does exactly what it says on the label. 

Overall Score

The Good
Blurs imperfections.
Reduces visibility of pores.
Leaves skin baby soft.
The Bad
Difficult to source in Australia.
Not the best primer at promoting makeup wear

KaBOOM! Cosmetics gives the Maybelline Baby Skin:
Despite some of the negative reviews I have read, I quite like this primer. Maybe it’s not the best all-round primer, but it does what it says on the label, what more can you ask for? Now, Maybelline, please make this available in Australia so that we can all have baby-smooth perfect skin! 

Stay beautiful!

Dani xx


Kate Flint said...

I hate when they don't release hyped up products in Australia it's such a tease!! It looks more gel-y (?) than the other primers I've seen. Still intrigued to try it :)

Kate |

KABOOM! Cosmetics said...

It's the worst! I was so pleased to find it in the US, I'll have to investigate how else to buy it when I eventually run out. It does have a more gel-like consistency, I would liken it to the Smashbox or NYX primers I think.

Holly Bissell said...

I have this on a watchlist on a Japanese website!
I want to see the difference between The Porefessional and this.
Thanks for reviewing!!
xo Holly xo


KABOOM! Cosmetics said...

I quite like it but I haven't tried the Porefessional yet so I can't say which I like better. I think the Porefessional is more like a liquid and this has a more gel-like consistency.

Lisa T said...

I haven't found my holy grail primer as of yet, but the one I'm using atm is by mecca cosmetica, and it gives such a nice glow, but doesn't really reduce the visibility of pores, this might be a great budget buy!

Lisa | Multitasking Damsel

KABOOM! Cosmetics said...

Ooh, which primer is that? This works pretty well on pores but it's so hard to get ahold of in Australia

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