Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector

Like any cosmetics loving lady, I am always in search of a drugstore product that is as good if not better than those I can buy at the makeup counters.  The old adage that “you get what you pay for,” while true in most instances, does not always apply when it comes to cosmetics.


Ever the intrepid bargain hunter I was excited to get a sample of the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector ($8.99) in a recent order.  The sample card claims the product does/has the following skin benefits: “blurs imperfections, enhances, brightens, evens skin-tone, smoothes, hydrates, [has] no heavy ingredients, [and has] 0% oils.”  While these claims are lofty ones it should be noted that many of the BB Creams that are on the American market-- both drugstore and high end-- are glorified tinted moisturizers.

[caption id="attachment_519" align="aligncenter" width="246"]Image via Target Image via Target[/caption]


Whatever magical claims cosmetics companies may make, unless you’re shelling out for an Asian BB Cream, you should take these outlandish declarations with a grain of salt.  With this in mind, I kept my expectations realistic during the trial period. With the Dream Fresh BB Cream, I was primarily looking for a comfortable, sheer coverage and non-oily hydration-- humble expectations of a product that offers consumers the world.


I wore the product three times--getting as much use out of the small sample sachet as possible--on non-workdays while running errands around town.  I applied the product using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to really buff it into my skin; since my sample was in Light/Medium I wanted to make sure that I blended the BB cream as well as possible (I could have worn the lightest shade, aptly called “Light”) so I didn’t end up with a tideline.  Since my skin is oily combination, I made sure to set the product with my trusty Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder.

[caption id="attachment_520" align="aligncenter" width="220"]Day 1: after 4 hours of wear. Day 1: after 4 hours of wear.[/caption]


Upon first application I noticed that the BB Cream had a really thin texture and I immediately became concerned about the coverage it would offer.  A lot of modern base products have a liquidy consistency, but this one had almost no slip to it; there is a stark difference between sheer coverage and no coverage, after all.  After buffing the product into my skin and trying to apply more in areas where I needed additional coverage, I was disappointed to find that the BB Cream didn’t offer even minimal coverage.  To make matters worse, within 15 minutes of application, the product oxidized and began turning orange.  Within two hours, my skin was extremely oily and patchy, oiler in fact than if I hadn’t applied any face products at all.  These same phenomenon repeated themselves in my next two applications.

[caption id="attachment_521" align="aligncenter" width="211"]Day 2: after 3 hours of wear. Day 2: after 3 hours of wear.[/caption]


The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream didn’t live up to either of my simplified testing criteria (sheer coverage and non-oily hydration) let alone the outrageous skin benefits it toutes.  In little more than an hour, the product left me looking like I had been bobbing for apples in a vat of Crisco.  I know I have oily-combination skin, but that was outrageous!

[caption id="attachment_522" align="aligncenter" width="203"]Day 3: after 2.5 hours of wear and re-application of pressed powder. Day 3: after 2.5 hours of wear and re-application of pressed powder.[/caption]

The next time you’re in the drugstore and looking for a light summer-ready face product, give the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream a miss!




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