Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn : Review, Swatch, FOTD


Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the latest launch from Maybelline – the Clearglow Shine BB Stick in the shade Fawn. This little chubby form of the BB cream has been all over the Indian blogosphere this past week and for good reason! Read on for the full review..

Price : Rs 250 for 10 g


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review





What Maybelline says about the Product :


 It Provides 8 benefits in just 1 step!  

1.    Instantly brightens : Brightens skin to one tone lighter.

2.    Protects with SPF 21/ PA+++ : Has a smooth, light & non-greasy texture.

3.    Evens tone : Hides imperfections & corrects uneven skin tone.

4.    Hydrates : Moisturizes all day (8 hours).

5.    Conceals : Perfectly conceals flaws, blemishes & redness.

6.    Smoothes : Instantly makes skin softer & smoother.

7.    Mattifies : Controls shine all day.

8.    Freshens : Resists sweat & sebum for 5 hours.


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



My take on the Product


As you can see from the pictures, the product comes in a twist up stick packaging which I find very convenient to use. The color scheme of the BB stick is same as the Indian BB cream – pale turquoise blue with metallic onion pink motif. I have the Malaysian version of the BB cream which is much plainer in packaging compared to the Indian version. The plastic packaging is quite light weight and sturdy and tiny enough to slip into the smallest of purses!


The texture of the product is quite soft and smooth – it glides onto the skin without any tugging or pulling. It gives pretty good coverage with a small amount of product – almost as good as a medium coverage foundation. I do not need an extra concealer when I’m using this. It can be layered to build up coverage in areas that need some extra attention. It is super easy to blend – just a few dabs of fingers is enough to smoothen it out. Convenience of use aside, what makes this a star product for me is that is actually diminishes the appearance of pores and imperfections to give a very smooth, flawless look! As far as the claim of brightening is concerned, it does add a soft glow to the face. Despite the fact that the shade is slightly dark for me, my skin looks fresh though a bit tanned when I apply this.


The finish is semi-matte and since its already pretty hot in Mumbai, I cannot get away without powder. After powdering, it does keep my face shine free for about 4-5 hours after which my T-zone acquires a bit of shine. But it doesn’t make my skin oily. I’ve been out in the afternoons wearing this and it doesn’t melt off the skin. I’ve worn it for about 8 hours at a stretch and it wore pretty well. I needed to blot my nose after 5 hours of wear but apart from that, the wear was stellar! Despite being mattifying, it doesn’t make the skin dry or stretchy, the skin feels velvety soft even in the troublesome dry areas (my nose)after a day’s wear. It claims to have Salicyclic acid for treating breakouts but I haven’t noticed any change in a breakout on my chin in 3 days. I’m guessing the concentration might be too low for treating large pimples.

The formula contains SPF 21 AND PA+++ so you can skip your sunscreen. Most foundations/TMs offer some SPF but rarely does a product come with SPF and UVA protection. This is what really makes it a multi-tasker!


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review


I’ve tried the BB cream and liked it though it doesn’t wear well on my oily skin in hot weather and gives lesser coverage. The BB stick however addresses all these concerns. I think its a MUST-HAVE for summers! Its best suited for oily skin but I think if you moisturize well before application, it can work just as well for other skin types. I have some dry patches around my nose at the moment and it did not emphasize them or make them drier. In this price range, I think this is perhaps the best product I’ve tried. I expected it to be similar to the Lotus Herbals Naturalblend Swift makeup but it is much much better!

So far you can see I’m absolutely smitten by the product but here comes the downside. Its available only in 2 shades. I was sent a sample (Fawn – the darker shade) by the PR and its a tad darker for my skin. Radiance (the lighter shade) might be perhaps too light for me. Fawn does work for me, it doesn’t make me look dull, just a little tanned but a medium shade is definitely needed in this range! I hope Maybelline is listening! Its such a spectacular product otherwise, I hate taking away points for this drawback!


Fawn is exactly the shade of my arm which is a shade darker than my face, you can see it vanishes once blended –


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



I’ve been ill since the past 2 days but it brightens up my skin so nicely, you wouldn’t know I wasn’t well!


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



The shade is perfect of under eye concealing, see how seamlessly it blends –


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



In Natural Light


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



In flash (gives a slight whitish case because of the SPF) –

(Notice how smooth it makes my skin look!)


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn  Review
Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick Fawn Review



The GOOD about Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick :

  1. Convenient, sturdy packaging
  2. Smooth texture
  3. Does not tug at the skin
  4. Does not emphasize dryness ; makes the skin soft
  5. Blends easily and seamlessly
  6. Gives medium coverage ; can be layered
  7. Brightens skin ; evens out skin tone
  8. Diminishes pores and imperfections
  9. Controls oil
  10. Wears well
  11. Doesn’t melt off the skin in hot weather
  12. Contains UVA and UVB protection
  13. Affordably priced!


The NOT-SO-GOOD about Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick : 

  1. Only 2 shades available


Overall Verdict


Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick does pretty much all it claims – its conceals, brightens, evens out skin tone and gives a flawless smooth look to the face. It is easy to use, blends seamlessly and offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. The coverage is about medium but can be layered to get better concealing. I am blown over by how good this is and despite the shade mismatch, how well it wears on my combination skin. I wish Maybelline introduces a Medium shade, I hate to take away points for shade limitation! I think this is MUST-HAVE for Summers!

Rating : 4.75/5


[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the new Maybelline BB stick? Did you like it? Share your comments below! [/note]

Disclaimer : Product sent by the brand for consideration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always. Read full policy HERE.



      1. hehe…I stay in Mlore too!!! They never know anything about make-up here!!! If you ask brown lipstick they show you pink lipstick! SAs in Blore re much better. Just ask the fat lady in NewU, she ll know when the new stock arrives there even though she wont know what products & its waste giving your number, they never call. Rest ll ve no idea!

  1. hey Ankita! Awesome review! The female at the counter said radiance would suit me but sadly its too light me! I guess I will again have to buy Fawn! Btw I love ur lipcolour! Which one is it? 🙂 Hope you get well soon! 🙂

    1. hey Swarnali! In the pictures without flash I’m wearing Maybelline Stay with me Coral (superstay range) sheered out with lip balm. In the last pic, its Revlon Super lustrous lipstick in Red Lacquer.

  2. very nice review…and u look lovely dear..
    I haven’t tried it yet but will do it soon…
    get well soon ankita..

  3. i really like their cream….it doesnt feel heavy at all. but stick would be good to carry along… i think fawn would match my complexion.

  4. wow this shade matches you pretty well! though it looks quite dark in the stick! u look pretty an eye makeup is gorgeous 🙂 get well soon 🙂 tc

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I’m wearing Chambor eye shadow crayon along with Avon Goldshine pencil and mascara – takes about 2-3 minutes to do!

  5. Great review..and I must say I was paying more attention to your eyes and lip shade :)…pls tell which lipshade you are wearing??

    1. Hey Mansi!

      Lip shades – In first few pics – Maybelline Stay with me Coral (superstay range) – used sheer with Baby lips lip balm.

      Last pic – Revlon Super lustrous lipstick in Red Lacquer.

  6. looks like a promising product…the change in the 2nd picture is just amaaazing(for a bb stick, i mean)…the bb cream didn’t do much for me…lets see how this one fares…
    u look rly pretty, despite being ill…:)

  7. Hi Ankita, its seems gud product but im unsure that which shade will suits me better. As my complexion is medium fair. and Fawn seems to be dark. I am having lil dry but normal skin.

  8. Hey..
    Sorry for the dumb ass query but is a primer needed before this and if so, can u pl suggest one? n if i need more SPF, do i use a sunscreen below? mine is an oily,acne prone skin with dark spots and blemishes. So for everyday make up I’ll need what…a moisturiser,primer, sunscreen n then this (or any foundation) :-/??

    1. Hey, I don’t think you need a primer underneath this because it stays long and minimizes imperfections – 2 things primers are required for. For everyday makeup, you need this along with a powder on top. If you are not exposed to the sun for very long everyday, you can skip sunscreen too. Apply oil free moisturizer, sunscreen (optional) and then the BB stick. Add some compact powder on top using a fluffy brush to set the BB stick.

  9. Very helpful review, hoping to by one asap. How do you apply it? Do you apply it all over your face? What else did you put on the face along with this, to get the complete look?

    1. Hey Fari, sorry for the late reply. You swipe the stick on your face – 3 swiped on the cheeks to the jawline, one on the chin, one across forehead and along the nose. Then use your fingers to blend it till you get a uniform finish. I applied Maybelline Dream matte powder all over the face and Clarins Blush Prodige 02 on the cheeks.

  10. Hi ankita…after goin through ur review I bought ths stick..actly nxt week I wil b goin for south india trip so wil thr b any req to use sunscreen if I use ths stick as u said tht ths stick hav SPF..

    1. The SPF 21 will protect you from about 2-2.5 hours of sun. If you’re going to be in the sun for more than 2 hours, do wear a sunscreen underneath.

  11. Hey Ankita,

    I tried the BB cream , it’s great ,but as you said i have an oily T zone , so after couple of hours i have to reapply. Think will go in for a stick to get better results, thanks for the great review, dfntly it comes with a great pricing 😉

  12. hey…it looks very beautiful, but how can i understand what my skin is and which shade shud i buy?? ..
    BB cream is also available …tell me more abt that..

  13. I totally love all the read up on this product… n u look totally gorgeous…from the eye color to make up…very pretty …can c the difference tht this product does to your skin..makes it mor alive 🙂
    i will be in india 2 days time n can not wait to buy my stock of it…i am frm south africa..n the maybelline range is not always suited for indian skin, am really excited to get my hands on them 🙂 <3

  14. Hi Corallista
    This was great! I’m going to have to try the Maybelline Clearglow Shine free BB Stick. I usually don’t have a lot of time to do makeup so I am glad that it easy easy to apply.

  15. great review….m surely gonna buy this asap!!!!
    m kinda confused… i have medium fair skin with pink undertone…should i go for radiance?

  16. Hey, i am getting more and more addicted to your blog.
    For mr make up was all about a moisturizer witha kajal and liner until last week i went to make up class :p
    I had a query, though generally face make up includes moisturizer primer, foundation, concealer, when using BB stick what all other things we need to avoid or use?
    Also, i have a very fair skin with pinkish tone, and when i use maybelline bb cream(radiance), my skin becomes extra white. 🙁

    1. Hey Nidhi! Hope you’re enjoying your foray into makeup! If you’re using a BB cream with medium coverage, you can skip foundation else the overall look will be too heavy and cakey. Use concealer in only areas that you need extra coverage – pigmentation/spots etc.

    2. hey even I face the same problem.I have fair skin with pinkish tone.Fawn made me look tanned so I went for radiance and that make me ghostly white.I tried using the minimum amt and blending it all over the face with a brush.I worked to some extent when I used so little product to cover up the whole face.

  17. U have applied Fawn…I have a skin tone 1 shade darker than you….I m sorry its a stupid question but it really doesn’t look that u have applied Fawn shade…Pls help me to choose Which shade should i go for….So confusing as there are only 2 shades available….Kindly Reply…U doing very good job Love ur blog.. Really Helpful…Thank you…

  18. Hi Ankita, Absolutely loved ur post! I have sensitive and oily skin and medium tone.Could you please suggest a good BB cream for me ?? Also would BB cream or CC cream be better??

  19. Hi ankita, I have an oily skin. I want to use a fairness cream and i am dusky. I dont want to use foundation or compact powder. Just want to use only fairness cream which would keep my face fresh and bright. Can you suggest a day time fairness cream and also i would like to know the brand as well?

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