Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

I was seriously excited about this product as it arrived without my knowledge, so I just happened upon it during my weekly Boots visit and gave the shades available a quick swatch which you can see here.

When I swatched it, I was really impressed for two reasons; firstly, the Light shade completely disappeared (not great for swatching generally but great for me!) and secondly, the foundation seemed to perfectly mask the little pores on my hand which I tend to use as a guide to establish a product’s pore masking ability.

Left straight out of the tube, right blended lightly…but you still can’t really see it!

Weirdly, I didn’t actually buy it there and then, I instead went back and bought it a few days later.  To be honest, I’m really undecided about it as a BB Cream and I still haven’t completely formed a conclusion.  On the one hand, I like the fact that is has such a high SPF (30), it’s an easy to work with BB Cream that blends seamlessly with my skin tone and doesn’t make me look greasy, and it’s got fairly good staying power.

However, there’s something a bit ‘meh’ about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.  There’s a risk that I’m still too in love with my Ginvera BB Cream (review of which is here) as ever since that arrived, no matter what I try I always end up reverting back to it, but I think it’s more to do with the fact that it doesn’t really amaze me in any way.  It’s a very light coverage (although I quite like that as I prefer something that’ll just give me an even skintone, then I use a concealer on any difficult bits) and it has quite a nice finish, but there’s nothing spectacular about it.

Same as above in different lighting.  

It certainly wears well and I can use it with or without a moisturiser and it doesn’t exacerbate oiliness at all, nor does it show up dry patches, plus it doesn’t break me out.  It also didn’t do half as well with the pores on my face as it did the pores on my hand.  I think it’s the sort of product that I’ll probably end up using up, but that I wouldn’t bother repurchasing.

It’s available now in four shades and the shade I use is light.



  • liloo
    April 27, 2012

    i had so much hopes for this, but i couldn’t get past the smell xx
    liloo /@tsunimee xx

    • BeautyGeekUK
      April 29, 2012

      Really?! I’ve just had a sniff (as you do) and I think it kind of smells like typical moisturiser! I have a rubbish sense of smell though xx

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