Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Review, Photos, Swatches!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($9) is described as a "1-step wonder" for your skin. It combines 8 skin benefits for instant skin perfection. These benefits include: bluring your skins imperfections, brightening up the skin, evening out the skintone, smoothing, enhancing and hydrating your skin, and lastly protects your skin with 30 SPF. It also doesn't contain any oils or heavy ingredients.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is available in (5) shades: Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep and Deep.

Since the formula is so sheer, it's very forgiveable if you pick up a shade that is too light or dark. I have the shade Light/Medium, and it works really well for me when I have a light tan going on - around the MAC NC25 coloring.

It has a really creamy wet consistency - very reminiscent of the texture of Physicians Formula Super BB Cream. The very creamy consistency allows the product to glide across the skin really well like a moisturizer. 

My method of application is my fingers, applying it as I would a moisturizer, in small, light circular motions until blended. If I want to build slightly more coverage (not much, though) I'll add an additional layer on certain areas by dabbing and lightly dragging the product down my face until blended.

The coverage is sheer to light. It won't conceal imperfections, but it will tint the skin as well as make the skin look more even. I really like the way it looks on my skin. I use facial self tanners, so sometimes my skin isn't always even, and this evens out my skin color well and makes my skin look smooth, fresh and dewy. 

This is ideal for those who already have pretty good skin, but would like something extremely natural and sheer on days where you don't want to wear makeup or don't want to look like you are wearing makeup. It's great for daytime, especially if you spend some time in the sun because it has a high SPF. You won't catch me running errands bare faced, but I like to wear this and a little concealer when I want to fake it!

Now, if I don't set it with a light dusting of powder, it's just a little too dewy for my taste. I've worn it without a powder on a few occasions, and my skin felt like it was greasy and just about every area of my face looked shiny. Because of that, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this BB Cream if you have oily skin. It's actually targeted for normal skin, but I find it to be really moisturizing, so I believe it'd work well for dry skin too. 

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Light/Medium Swatches
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium swatched and blended

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Here's a super close-up of my fuzzy face. This is with one (generous) layer of product applied with my fingers. Does it look like I'm wearing makeup? My sunspots are still visible, but it has evened out and illuminated my skin pretty well.

I was fully expecting this BB Cream to disappear by the end of the day, but it actually holds up really well!

The overall verdict? I like it. You definitely have to be somewhat comfortable with your skin because it won't provide loads of coverage, but I actually like that on some days. If you like tinted moisturizers, you will probably like this product.

The Round-Up

  • Lightweight
  • Hydrating
  • Dewy finish - brightens the skin and gives it a healthy look
  • Has a light tint with sheer coverage for a very natural "no-makep makeup" look
  • Great for the Summer or daytime 
  • Suitable for dry and normal skin
  • Squeeze-tube packaging - which is sanitary and works well for travel
  • The coverage doesn't build up to much, so if you're looking for more coverage, you may want to skip out on this product - For more coverage, but a very similar product, try out Physicians Formula Super BB Cream. It has a light-medium coverage as opposed to sheer-light. 
  • The dewy finish can look and feel oily if you don't set it with a light dusting of powder
  • Not geared for oily skin types
Price: $9, at your local drugstore. Prices may vary based on location. 


  1. I don't think this would work for me as I usually just use powder if I'm looking for that light coverage and I have oily skin :( It looks really good on you though xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  2. Awww. I really wanted to try this but I have oily skin also..! hah :(

  3. I want to try it! I always in love with sheer/tinted moisturiser for a everyday look :) This might be the one for me :D

  4. These are all nice benefits, it would be almost worth trying... Only thing is the lightest shade could be a bronzer for me. -_- Aaaaalways the same with drugstore face products. Does anyone know an affordable brand that has actual pale shades?

  5. This looks great for a good skin day, the shade matches really well.
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  6. i like this stuff a lot, mainly bc of how high the spf is. don't know if i would count it having '0 oils' as a benefit though ;o) i was smiling at them when i read that on the does go on to being uuber-dewy. and i'm a preggo-monster now, and usually during the winter i'm dryer. so i tried this with a few diff powders, and i wound up shiny w/all the ones i tried. but last year, it was my go-to. pregnancy, is def one of the better ones too. no parabens in this one, kind of hard to find. revlon and l'oreal's bother have the paras. i love your site btw! found it last week by ways of the careblend review :O)

  7. I'm very pleasantly surprised by the shade, a very nice light tan skin tone compared to some of the super pale gray cast ones by a lot of other brands. I personally use bb creams from asian brands that are super oil controlling and haven't tried this yet! This isn't found here either! I think it looks very natural on you!

  8. I LOVE this product!!!!! I don't know how, but my skin looks better the longer I wear it. I have normal, light olive toned skin, with a little redness around my nose, and it hides everything. I have a fancy (read: expensive) bottle of foundation in my makeup kit that rarely gets used because this BB cream is so much better!

  9. It sounded really awesome until you said it wouldn't be great for oily skin. Looks like I'll be passing this up, thanks for the review!

  10. I'm loving your new layout ! It's much easier to navigate, this sounds quite interesting

  11. I have oily skin so I will probably be skipping out on this one. Thanks for the lovely swatch though, always so accurate and clear!


  12. I've recently started using this and like it as well. Good review!

  13. You have given nice review of the BB cream. I want to try this cream. Soon this cream will become a part of my makeup kit. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I'm very pleasantly surprised by the shade, a very nice light tan skin tone compared to some of the super pale gray cast ones by a lot of other brands. Thanks for sharing the useful information.

  15. Yeah they both work good! As the summers are on is way, so I will prefer to the people with oily skin to go for Lakme Invisible finish!
    Whenever i need light coverage without getting any oiliness I go for the invisible one! I use it may b every day…
    For duey and lil heavy finish for any event etc I go for Lakme CC Cream.

  16. Hmmm the swatch looks kind of orange but it looks fine on your skin. Do you find it oxidizes?

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