If you are looking for a few more options in the BB cream department, here comes Maybelline. It’s been the new talk of the town since its release as our options for affordable BB creams are quite limited in Canada.
I for one have been anticipating this for years now, as I’ve already heard many positive things about Maybelline’s Asia BB line which has now grown extensively with it’s first success. Didn’t think I would ever see the day when Maybelline would bring this concept to North America (this is why you’re my favourite Maybelline. Muah.)
Here’s a look at the range sold in Asia, from the Maybelline China website. The original came in the blue tube, then expanded to other variations (purple and pink) and they have even come out with a foam BB cream!
I first spotted the Western variation called “Dream Fresh BB” while I was browsing a UK web shop and in my excitement I immediately hunted one down to be shipped here. (By the way, you’ll be amazed at the different types of cool new products that do not get released in North America by the various big brands.)
Little did I know that it was already on it’s way here! Soon afterwards, they ads for the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream started popping up everywhere and although I haven’t spotted them in my local drugstore yet, I’m sure the stands will be up very soon!
The Basics: Maybelline
Type: Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream, SPF30
Colour selection: 5 shades in North America
Price: $9-12 CAD
So is this really the dream product that it’s hyped up to be?
Watch my review video to find out!
As I mentioned in the video, Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB isn’t quite the same a the Asian concept and therefore you’ll likely be rather disappointed if that is what you expecting. If you approach this as a multi-tasking tinted moisturizer then it’s going to woo a lot more people out there.
However on me, it is still slightly too dark in intensity in comparison to my neck/chest. Here I’ve applied it on my bare skin which just balanced any colour evenness to my skin but didn’t cover anything major. I love the way that it doesn’t look powdery and the finish is incredibly natural.
(Listed on North American versions: Titanium Dioxide 1.15%)
Aqua, ethylhexyl palmitate, glycerin, octyldodecanol, silica, pentylene glycol, octldodecyl xyloside, phenoxyethanol, sodium acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, hydrogenated lecithin, isohexadecane, hydroxyethl, acrylate/ sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate, copolymer, Peg-30 dipolyhydroxsterate, sodium dehydroacetate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, caprylyl glycol, disodium edta, citric acid, polysorbate 80, potassium sorbate, propylene glycol, methylisothiazolinione, chamomilla recutitia extract/ matricaria flower extract, aloe barbadensis extract/ aloe bardadensis leaf extract [+/- may contain: cl7891/titanium dioxide, cl77491, cl77492, cl77499/ iron oxides] (f.i.l. d50140/1)
Made in France (as mine was from the UK)
- Drugstore friendly and wallet friendly (catch it on sale for extra savings!)
- A good selection of colours for a BB Cream
- Sheer/Light coverage with daily SPF30
- Beautiful gel texture, spreadability and natural skin like finish
- Makes skin look fresh and youthful
- Best for: Dehydrated skin, super dry/dry skin, n
- NOTE: Pop a primer underneath to ensure oil control and all day wear or else this does grease up easily.
I’d have to say that I am very impressed by this drugstore gem and I am completely settled now that I know the SPF30 comes from a physical sunscreen (I’m crazy reaction to many chemical sun protectants). Although oil control isn’t great and my shade isn’t perfect, it doesn’t take away from the fact this is a beautifully formulated product with a texture that rivals many higher end brands. I will continue to use this with a primer for the summertime on those “I’m not wearing any makeup” days and I think it will be a super loveable product come the Canadian winter. A true skin healing BB cream this is not but a wonderful tinted moisturizer? Yes it is!