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Review | Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes in Light/Medium

Klik hier voor de Nederlandse versie.

I know that we’re already one or even two letters further into the beauty alphabet (BB creams are soooo last year) and I know that many people (including myself) are getting pretty tired of the whole hype around BB creams, but bear with me please because I swear that today’s article is not just another BB cream post. So what’s different about it, you ask? Well, the product that I’m reviewing today is not a regular BB cream, but it’s a BB cream for the eye contour. Mid-January Smashbox is launching the brand new Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes, and today I get to show it to you in preview. I told you this would be worth sticking around for, didn’t I?

Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (1)
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I think everyone more or less knows by now what BB creams do. They don’t just even out imperfections, but they also hydrate, nourish and protect the skin. And the same goes for Smashbox’s new Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes: it’s an eye cream and an under eye concealer in one that nourishes the eye contour but also evens out and brightens up the skin in that area. Smashbox describes the new Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes as a 5-in-1 product that at the same time hydrates, protects, perfects, corrects and illuminates the eye contour. Nice claims, but does the product really live up to the expectations? Let’s find out.

Claim 1 – Hydrate

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes is more than an under eye concealer, because apart from color pigment it also contains moisturizing ingredients like chamomile extract, caffeine and hyaluronate that hydrate the skin and keep it moisturized around the clock. Normally I use eye cream and eye primer under my under eye concealer, but with the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream Eyes I can skip that step because it keeps my skin moisturized all on its own. So it definitely hydrates the skin, great!

Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (2)
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Claim 2 – Protect

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes contains SPF15 in the form of octinoxate, titanium oxide and zinc oxide. So it contains mineral sunscreen, which is great because mineral sunscreen is way more effective than chemical sunscreen. I would have liked to see a higher SPF, but hey, SPF 15 is better than no sun protection at all.

Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (3)
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Claim 3 – Perfect

To perfect the eye contour… what does that even mean? I guess it means that the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I haven’t used the product long enough to see any real changes or improvements yet, but the caffeine and hyaluronate in the formula could definitely diminish fine lines and wrinkles. I say could, because it’s too early to see any real results at this point. That would take more time.

Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (4)
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Claim 4 – Correct

By this they probably mean that the product corrects or evens out skin discolorations. I don’t really have dark circles under my eyes – phew – but after a short night I can definitely use a little help to get rid of the grayish dull skin under my eyes. And the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream is perfect for that. The problem that I usually have with BB creams is that they don’t provide enough coverage to even out my skin, but the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes contains more than enough pigment to cover dark circles and dull-looking skin. Awesome!

Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (5)

Claim 5 – Illuminate

Not only getting plenty of sleep, but also using an under eye concealer in a shade lighter than your foundation can make your eyes look brighter and more awake. I have the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes in the color Light/Medium which is basically a perfect match for my skin, so it doesn’t really brighten up my eye contour. For that I would need to go a shade lighter. But the formula definitely contains enough pigment to have an illuminating effect on the eye contour (a bit like the YSL Touche Eclat), as long as you use a color that’s a bit lighter than your own skin tone.Preview (Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes) (6)
Click to enlarge | Took this pic after only having had 5 hours of sleep and waaay too many cocktails the night before. Not too shabby, right?

Bottom line?

Five promises of which three are clearly being kept, one is hard to judge at this point, and one would probably be kept if I used the product in a lighter shade. Not bad. I never really got sucked into the whole BB cream hype, but I am more than happy to give this BB cream for the eye contour from Smashbox a spot in my make-up bag!

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes will be available mid-January in five shades. It will be sold exclusively at Marionnaud for 34 CHF.

Are you a BB cream fanatic? Have you ever tried a BB cream for the eye contour?

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  1. die foto ziet er inderdaad niet slecht uit! ik zie er eerder zombie-like uit na 5 uur slapen en te veel cocktails ;)

  2. Wauw, op de foto is die prachtig. jammer dat die niet langer goed bleef zitten

  3. You look gorgeous girl!! Zelf was ik vanaf dag 1 bb cream fan;) Nog steeds eigenlijk. Maar ik ben het wel met je eens. Veel merken zijn waardeloos. Mijn eerste bb cream was een van skin79 en die geven echt een hoop dekking en zijn goed voor je huid. De versies die in Nederland uitkwamen vond ik niet zo bijzonder. Behalve die van catrice. Deze klinkt wel goed trouwens, de perfecte concealer in feite:) Maar smashbox is hier niet te krijgen geloof ik, alleen via the beauty bay? X

  4. Klinkt fijn! Ik heb zelf nog nooit een BB-cream voor de oogcontour geprobeerd!

  5. Ik kende zo’n product nog niet! Maar zeg wat heb jij een mooie huid :o

  6. I love BB creams and I use them all the time, but I’ve never tried one specifically for eyes. Sounds really cool! And you look so pretty!

  7. deze lijkt me echt goed, mooie look ook.ik heb nog helemaal niks van smashbox als makeup wil er wel wat van hebben haha

  8. Ik heb vrees ik ook heel de hype gemist maar je huid ziet er wel heel mooi effen uit!
    Oplichtend is hij inderdaad niet, maar alles ziet er natuurlijk en goed uit.

  9. NIce pictures and great review !

  10. Het resultaat ziet er wel goed uit.

  11. Mooi weer meis! Een BB Cream voor de oogcontour kende ik nog niet, misschien toch eens proberen!

  12. I can’t say I was sucked into the BB hype but did like the one I tried for the convenience so I’ll probably try a few more. This for the eye area is super interesting and I might have a go at it when it comes out! :)

  13. Ik hoor hele goed berichten over smashbox, maar ik heb er zelf nog geen ervaring mee. Op die foto zie je er trouwens heel goed uit!

  14. I am a bit tired of companies slapping BB, CC, and whatever other alphabet in front of a product, but if it works, it works! I like how natural this looks on you! Glad to hear it hydrates so well!

  15. I grew out of the BB cream hype too, but this looks promising. It wears really natural on you, good to know it’s moisturising too!

  16. Wat een mooi resultaat,perfect ja!

  17. Ziet er goed uit! Ik zag dat de Douglas in NL net Smashbox verkoopt, dus ik zal eens gaan kijken! Soms zie ik er echt niet uit ‘s ochtends, dus dit zou een ideale oplossing zijn!

  18. I must admit I like BB creams, esp. the Garnier one. But of course, Smashbox always comes up with these innovative products, and now, we get the BB cream for eyes, which I’m kinda actually really looking forward to. Great review:)

  19. I like BB Creams for eyes. That is very interesting. BB Creams as a face foundation? Don’t know…
    There are too much and too much worse… I am a big fan of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturzer and this is actually a BB Cream. Thank you for the post…sometimes a forget smashbox…

  20. Ik heb nog nooit een BB-Cream voor de ogen getest. Benieuwd!

  21. Looks like a really good product, quite close to the YSL highlighter actually…
    Mafalda ❤

  22. Wow moet ik proberen! Je huid ziet er echt super uit! Ik zou moorden voor zo een velletje ^^ Je ogen zijn trouwens eens ook prachtig gedaan. x

  23. Your make up always looks so flawless, very pretty :)

  24. Oh, wat goed dat je het ook één voor één beoordeeld, dat is duidelijk! Enne… de resultaten mogen er wezen. Met 5 uur slaap zie je er goed uit!

  25. Ziet er erg goed uit bij je! Ik kende nog een BB cream voor onder de ogen

  26. I have never tried a BB Cream before. I didn’t know they make BB Creams especially for the under eye. I might have to check this out.

  27. Ik ben ook niet zo’n BB-cream hype’r. Ik heb het één keer gebruikt en ik vond er maar niets aan. Maar een BB-cream voor ondere ogen kende ik nog niet, dus mss moet ik die ook maar eens gaan testen :)

  28. Yesterday I stood in line at our popular cosmetic store and to make time pass faster, I was reading about different makeup. I saw the BB cream and thought…what would Melissa say about this? I dont have any and didnt know what it was until reading this post. Im ona mission for a great sensitive skin serum. Have you ever reviewed LaRoche Posay? It was used on my skin for a facial and I loved it. Now Im thinking of investing in the entire line.

    • Hehe, that is just awesome that you immediately thought of me :-D As for La Roche Posay, I haven’t reviewed the brand on the blog yet, but I’m definitely a fan. I’ve tried many of their face creams, and they’re amazing at treating specific skin problems. I really like pharmacy brands in general, really. They may not look as glamorous as high-end products, but they do deliver and you can usually really trust on them to do their job.

  29. Klinkt fijn!

  30. Ziet er heel goed uit! Vooral als je maar weinig hebt geslapen en die avond ervoor cocktails hebt gedronken, haha. x

  31. Ziet er goed uit, erg mooi kwastje ook!

  32. You look gorgeous!! I need to learn to do makeup like this!

  33. Coucou
    Je n’utilise pas trop de correcteur/illuminateur de teint…mais ce produit à l’air sympa ;)

  34. Ziet er goed uit

  35. Ziet er echt goed uit!

  36. Het ziet er geweldig uit en ik ken dit helemaal niet ;-)
    Je hebt een prachtige kleur lipstick op!

  37. Great review! This BB cream for the eyes is calling my name. I haven’t tried any product from smashbox yet but I could totally see myself trying this one. Thanks for the review!

  38. Looks like a good product!


  39. Wauw ziet er best mooi uit!

  40. Vind hem erg goed uit zien!

  41. Love this make up, great job doll :)

  42. Ik heb nog nooit iets van dit merk geprobeerd. Ben wel benieuwd naar dit product!

  43. I’ve never really taken up with BB cream, but reading this makes me feel I should at least give a sample a chance haha. My skin is crap right now because I think I’m having an allergic reaction to either the cold or dog hair, but I need to try this some day!

    Joana x

  44. very interesting review

  45. I haven’t gotten sucked into the BB hole either. I tried a few of them out and none of them made any difference, they’re all too light and ‘fluffy’ so why even bother?? But it would be nice to brighten up my eyes, I’m not getting enough sleep these days, there’s so much fun stuff happening at night everywhere.:D

  46. I can use this product for those sleepless nights as well because normally I don’t have dark circles underneath.


  47. This product sounds amazing!


  48. De resultaten liegen er niet om! Wow, I am impressed. Ik gebruik ook graag concealer en een BB variant lijkt me best interessant (foundations gebruik ik niet dus daarom was ik nooit geinteresseerd in BB creams).. ik vraag me af of ik er zo flawless kan uitzien als jij na een zware nacht… maar het is het proberen waard ;-) Ik zag dat ze sinds kort smashbox verkopen bij douglas dus ik ga zeker even kijken of ze mijn tint hebben.

  49. Your posts are wonderful, looking gorgeous, wishing you happy holidays.

  50. Lijkt me een heel fijn & handig product! Zou ik ook wel in mijn stash willen!

  51. That looks so great!! Everytime I am standing at the counter I take a closer look on the primers, I have to try one!! Lg

  52. Klinkt erg goed! Die wil ik ook hebben :)

  53. I don’t think you need any help in the eye department, gorgeous! It does seem to have a nice brightening effect, though.

  54. Never tried a BB for the eye zone…just not sure if it would be extra. Although I most say you look pretty fresh after only 5 hours of sleep!

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