I got a free sample of Baby Skin with my most recent Maybelline BB cream purchase from Guardian in Singapore (labelled Babe Skin and appears to be the Chinese version). I thought it might be useful to compare it to Benefit Porefessional which is a similar silcone based primer/pore smoother. If you haven’t used these before it’s quite fun, it’s almost a light airbrushing effect when you apply them. This is some initial back of the handswatches as I have some excema where I usually use this primer (inner cheek/side of nose pore-field) but thought it might be useful.
Porefessional is beige toned primer. It only comes in one tone. It seems to blend fairly well over a range of skin tones but some people report it giving a funny ‘cast’ on darker skins. Baby Skin is clear which makes it more friendly for wider range of skin tones. On my skin tone the porefessional blends well and gives a slight evening effect over redness.
The porefessional has a nice slightly powdery finish where baby skin dries to a slightly more dewy finish. In both cases a little goes a long way – think a pea sized amount for the whole face. It can be used by itself (although it doesn’t have an SPF so I wouldn’t use it alone) or as a primer/base. If can melt off relatively quickly as a standalone product in a hot/sweaty climate I find but it is good for 2-3 hours or so and given the ease of blending it is a nice one to have with you to cut down on the shine if you are having some photos or want to make a good impression.
Overall I think the benefit is the better product for my skin, but given the price point seems to be around 2-3x higher the Maybelline is a very nice subsitute and seems like a better option for very light or very dark toned skins.
I suspect teenage girls are going to find their brothers or boyfriends hijacking their Maybelline Baby Skin. It gives a super discrete smoothing effect and won’t look at all like makeup. Even the more metrosexual older guys might like to disguise some big pores on a date with out looking like they are wearing foundation.
My word of warning will be to test a similar primer before buying if you haven’t used silicon based products like this before. Some folks find them very irrititating and reddening so it’s worth trying at least a similar product before you buy.