Seeing everyone do their "Best of 2016" round-ups this time of year got me thinking:
"What was the best drugstore beauty product that I bought in 2016?"
Well I didn't have to think long or hard about that. The answer came to me almost instantly.
The answer: CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin.
Debuting in the Spring of 2016, I purchased this product not long after I first posted about it back in May. And it was pretty much love at first "try". Retailing for between $8.50 at Ulta and $6.37 at Walmart for 1.0 oz., it's worth every single penny to me, and it rivals BB creams that retail for 3x as much.
Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Pvp, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylonitrile/Methyl Methacrylate/Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
Since I purchased this right before summer, I had many opportunities last year to wear it in 100+ degree weather. I have very oily skin (especially in my t-zone) and let me tell you, this stuff doesn't budge on oily skin in warm weather, nor does it break me out. In that sense, it very much reminds me of my favorite drugstore foundation, which is CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation. But to me, this is a lighter, easier to wear, less "high-maintenance" version. It doesn't have the full coverage of Stay Fabulous, nor does it have the hardcore matte finish (it's more natural looking). But it has the same staying power, making it great on light makeup days when you just need to apply something quickly and run out the door. You can apply this and nothing else, and it won't leave you looking "unfinished" like if you just applied foundation and nothing else. It looks natural on its own, which is great if you don't have time to apply other makeup.
What I also love about this BB cream is that I can apply it to bare skin without having to apply a moisturizer first (one of the benefits of BB/CC creams). So if I'm going to be out in the sun on a hot day, it's nice that I can skip that extra layer of moisturizer and go from applying my sunscreen to this BB cream and I'm done. I don't even have to apply setting powder with this stuff, which is rare for me.
My favorite way to apply this product is with my fingers. It's quick and easy and I don't have any issues with blending using just my fingers. In fact, I have even applied this in the car (as a passenger, not driver!) with no mirror and it looked fine when I got to my destination and looked at my face in the mirror. Impressive.
The formula is not too thick and not too thin. It's just right. I love that it doesn't settle into my fine lines or large pores, even by the end of the day. I also love that even though the coverage is medium-to-light, it concealers most of my imperfections (not all, but most) and I can go back in and layer more product without it becoming cakey.
As for the shade, I have tried "Light" but it was too light for my NC20 skintone. I feel that "Light/Medium" is the best fit for me. It's not perfect, but it's close enough!
Again, I have oily skin and this product works beautifully for me, but I have seen this BB cream on many other bloggers' "Best of" lists this year, including those with dry skin. So if you have normal-to-dry skin, don't discount this one. It may work for you too.
So that's it. My favorite drugstore beauty product of 2016. Please check back next week when I reveal my favorite high-end beauty product of 2016 (it may surprise you!). In the meantime, do you own this BB cream? What do YOU think of it?
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.