Review & Swatches: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Availability: ULTA, Drugstores
Price: $8.99 (approx.)

Company’s Description

The 1-step wonder for a good skin day, everyday. Packed with 8 great skin benefits for instant skin perfection. Ideal for Normal Skin.

Maybelline’s brand new 8-In-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector comes in 5 shades. Maybelline says that it imparts 8 benefits for the skin:

  • Blurs imperfections
  • Brightens
  • Evens skin tone
  • Smoothes
  • Hydrates
  • Enhances
  • Protects with SPF 30
  • 0% oils and heavy ingredients

My shade and the one tested in this review is 110 Light/Medium.

Packaging: 9.25/10

This Beauty Balm Cream comes in an opaque, plastic squeeze-tube. The opaque packaging is important because it protects the ingredients inside from sun exposure. The twist-on cap covers a small opening from which the product dispenses.

Quality: 9.75/10

This BB Cream has a thin, watery consistency. It gives you minimal, light coverage, even if you layer it. It won’t cover more than slight imperfections, so expect to use concealer for covering the under-eye area and any blemishes. The BB Cream will give you an overall more even and smooth appearance.

The shade Light/Medium should work on several skin tones, ranging from NC/W 15-25. The pigmentation is subtle enough that it will blend in with a wider range of skin colors than a typical foundation.

I do love the overall appearance of my skin after applying this product. It looks 100% natural and leaves a very slightly dewy finish. This makes the product ideal for those with dry, normal, or combination skin. With my combination skin, I very lightly dab powder on just my forehead and down my nose after applying the cream. If you have oily skin, this cream should still work if you powder over it.

The wonderful thing about this product is that it doesn’t get oily over the course of the day. I have tried 2-3 other BB Creams, and all of them have been more thick in consistency than Maybelline’s and they become quite oily and slick by the middle of the day. This BB doesn’t have that effect. It feels so light that I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my skin. It doesn’t break down over the course of the day, though it won’t keep your skin’s natural oil-production at bay either.

Of course, the #1 thing about this face product is the sun protection it provides. It contains titanium dioxide, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and is a wonderful sun-protection ingredient for sensitive skin. The Dream Fresh BB Cream has an SPF rating of 30–a solid number for everyday wear.

Ease of Use: 10/10

I apply this cream with my hands in sections on the face. You could easily just spread the product out between your palms and apply it all over the face at once. It sinks into the skin seamlessly. There’s no need to use a brush.

Price: 9.5/10

For $8.99 you get 1 fl oz (30 ml) of product. This is the expected amount of product but at a lower price-point than other drugstore BB creams. L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is $10.99 while Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream is $12.99.

Final Grade

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

Bare Skin

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium Swatch

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium Applied


Titanium Dioxide 1.15%. Inactive: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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5 Responses to Review & Swatches: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

  1. Mandy Mabeline says:

    Hi, I really really like your blog, the pictures are so beautiful. Can you do some Revlon products? What do u think of revlon bb cream? Hopefully you will see this.

  2. Karla O. says:

    Hi Allura! First I want to say that I love your reviews!!! You always do an amazing job. Secondly, out of all 3 drugstore BB Creams (L’Oreal, Garnier, and Maybelline) which one is your favorite? Also, is there much of a difference between the 3?

    • Allura says:

      Hi Karla! I actually haven’t tried Garnier’s or L’Oreal’s. I’ve tried some BB creams back when they were only sold by Asian companies. Oh, and MAC’s BB Cream. I’ll let you know if I ever review any others, though!

  3. Lisa B. says:

    This sounds great! A question for you, though: do you think a BB cream is really anything more than a new name for a tinted moisturizer (usually with SPF)? Because all of the ones I’ve seen claim to brighten, hydrate, protect, prime, etc…all of which is what a tinted moisturizer does as well.
    Not that I want companies to stop producing them (since the 2 you’ve reviewed have been good products) it just generally bothers me that they felt the need to call them “BB creams” instead of tinted moisturizer, to capitalize on the craze/gimmick.

    • Allura says:

      Your point is spot-on. It’s just another name for a tinted moisturizer. I think American companies are calling them BB Creams because of the craze in Asia.

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