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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream


I've been using BB creams for... a while. I'm so specific, but before North American versions started popping up at least. I was quite excited, way back then, at the prospect of having easier access to variations of the product I'd come to love. You know where this is going, don't you? I've yet to be thrilled with the majority of the domestic BB creams. They just don't don't live up the Asian formulas. Does that stop me from trying them though? Of course not. I cling to the hopes that someone might just crack the code and get it right.

I'd heard a lot of positive buzz regarding Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream. It seems like a lot of ladies really get on with it. My little touch of British phraseology there, as I'm currently watching the Graham Norton Show. I've been using this off and on for month's and thought I'd better get a review at least in draft before I finish it off.


  


'The 1-step wonder for a good skin day, everyday. Packed with 8 great skin benefits for instant skin perfection. Ideal for Normal Skin.
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Brightens
  • Evens skin tone
  • Smoothes
  • Hydrates
  • Enhances
  • Protects with SPF 30
  • 0% oils and heavy ingredients' - Maybelline

First off, can we all just agree that Maybelline's list of 'benefits' (as seen on the tube in the photo above) is absolutely ridiculous?  Stating what is, essentially, the same thing three times does not equal eight benefits. I don't like when brands push crap like that and expect consumers to eat it up. Really? 'Compliment's skin tone'? We're not that stupid.

Anyhow, I don't love this product. There, that's out of the way. I picked it up during the summer, and I remember when I was at checking out and tossed it onto the counter, I noticed something that slightly alarmed me; I could hear the product sloshing around in the tube. Okay, it didn't full on slosh, but it made a sound that clearly indicated a liquid like product was in that tube. Warning sign number one. The second came when I started reading the package once I got home. The major phrase that bummed me out was 'Sheer Tint'. Oh No. I never expected full coverage, but when the makers themselves call it sheer, I get a bit worried.

Enough negativity though, I didn't say that I hated this product, it does have some redeeming factors. I picked up the shade 'light' which initially looked like it may be a bit too dark for me, but once blended out, worked well, due to the fact that this is very sheer. It blurs imperfections a bit; enough to even out skin tone, but it doesn't cover much else. I did like the finish though; it's super natural. It feels light on, and is lightly hydrating. I like using on my 'I'm having a lazy day at home. I don't expect anyone will see me, but I felt like putting a bit of makeup on anyway' kind of days. For a bit of extra coverage, I've been adding a few drops of Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid foundation (I'm trying to finish the last little bit off) into the BB cream. That was a great foundation, but it looks like it's been discontinued. It gives it enough coverage to cover the majority of my dark spots/acne scars. The addition of SPF 30 is great too, just had to throw that in there.

Overall, this is a tinted moisturizer with very little coverage. It's not a terrible product, but it is not a true representation of BB cream. Have you tried this? Thoughts?