Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

When the summer months come around we all tend to prefer using lighter make-up on our faces and clearly many beauty companies have cottoned on to this, as there's been a whole range of BB creams released recently. I sent off for a free sample of Maybelline's offering, Dream Fresh BB, and have been testing it over the past week.

What's BB Cream?

'BB' stands for 'Blemish Balm'. In the words of Maybelline"Not a foundation, but more than just a moisturiser, lightweight BB cream smoothes on effortlessly to make you look fresh-faced and perfected  not 'made-up'. It's like having good skin, every day."

Well, who doesn't want that?

They then go on to describe their own BB cream: "Thanks to its oil-free, water-based gel formula, Dream Fresh BB is lighter than other BB creams. And with four shades to choose from you're sure to find one that's just perfect for you. No fussing, no caking, no tide marks. Just bare 8-in-1 perfection  with SPF30 protection  in a single step."

8-in-1 perfection is quite a promise. The free samples come in the shade 'light', the palest, it's not quite pale enough for me.

8-in-1 Skin Perfector  My Thoughts

1. 'Imperfections look blurred'  Yes. My skintone looked more even but still natural.

2. 'A natural looking glow'  No. The cream made my skin look quite skiny, particularly on my cheeks.

3. 'Fresh feel'  Yes. The cream feels incredibly light and blends beautifully.

4. 'Compliments skin tone'  Yes and no. 'Light' is not light enough for me, but it wasn't so dark that I looked like I was wearing a mask. If I had a bit of a tan this would be okay but it's just not the right shade for me.

5. 'Skin looks smooth'  Yes. The best thing about this cream is the way it subltly makes skin look better.

6. 'Hydrates'  Yes. My skin can sometimes feel quite dry and tight at the end of the day but this didn't happen when I was wearing the BB cream.

7. 'Protects with SPF30'  Yes. Many similar products only contain SPF15, so I was really happy Maybelline doubled the protection. And seeing as we're all so busy, products with in-built SPF are always welcome.

8. 'Oil-free, non-greasy'  Yes and no. Sure, there's no oil but my skin looked shiny and that in turn made it look greasy, even though it wasn't. This is probably because of the gel formula; I've found that some products with gel in them can do this even if you use them sparingly.

Overall, Dream Fresh BB is not a bad product, although I don't see myself rushing out to buy it. Maybe if they make a lighter shade and tweak the formula a little to stop the shine then I'd be interested because it does make skin look even and smooth.

Have you tried Dream Fresh BB? What did you think? Would you buy the full-sized version?

You can also buy Dream Fresh BB instore and online from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets for £7.99


  1. Ah I've been dying to try this but I'm quite pale as well and that color is definitely not light enough for me. Four shades is just not enough to choose from, in my opinion!

    1. I agree! I was excited to try it and it's always frustrating when there aren't enough pale shades xx

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  3. Great review darling, really informative :D I'm not keen on BB creams as I prefer more coverage xx


    1. Thank you :) I think BB creams are better in summer when you want more of a 'no make-up make-up' look xx

  4. I'm using the Garnier one but want to try others! This sounds lovely, I'm sure I've got that free sample lying around somewhere. xxx

    1. I tried the Garnier one and liked it, but I still haven't found one I really love xx

  5. I have the Garnier one, and my face looks extremely shiny when I use it. I always have to put on some powder afterwards.

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

    1. That's a shame, I didn't think the Garnier one was that bad but my skin looked really shiny when I used this one. Having to put powder over it sort of defeats the point of 'natural but better' skin :( xx


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