I'm sure you're all aware of the 'BB cream' craze that has been occurring in the beauty world ever since Garnier released their version last year. Well if not then they stand for 'beauty balm' and are supposed to be more easy to apply and lightweight than a foundation, but actually do more to your skin. Of course I was sucked the hype last year and bought the Garnier one full of expectations that unfortunately weren't met as the cream didn't come in a light enough shade for me and was so thick and hard to blend that it was heavy and uneven on my skin (If you want more detail on that then check out my review). So needless to say that put me off BB creams for quite a while, until last week when I was browsing in Boots and saw the new Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream on a stand and as I had been looking for a light and quick summer base and Maybelline was also on a 3 for 2 offer I thought I'd give it go...
My initial thoughts were that the packaging was nothing special and the nozzle and the lid can get a bit messy too (although I suppose that's all to be expected considering the nice and reasonable £7.99 price tag), but what about the actual stuff inside the bottle...
Maybelline Dream Fresh 8 in 1 BB Cream. Instant fresh-faced Glow without looking all made up.
Our gel based formula enhances skin with 8 benefits in 1-
Creates a natural glow
Compliments skin tone
SPF30 UV Protection
Hydrates all day
Looks visibly smooth.
So as you can see, just like the other BB creams, this product claims it does a ridiculous amount of things, but unlike some of the others, I think it actually does do most of them! Firstly, although there are only 4 shades I think they have very good ability to adapt to and compliment your skin tone so the lightest shade is a good match for me when I have a tan and when I don't. I would say this shade would suit the majority of skin tones as 'medium' and 'dark' come out incredibly dark and 'universal glow' came out incredibly orange, although I have been told it does blend out to a more natural colour.
shade 'light' swatched and blended.
The main thing I adore about this product though is how easy and quick it is to apply as it has such a thin and light consistency that you can literally just rub it into your skin like you would with a moisturiser and it applies evenly and perfectly. This is the one thing I really wanted from this product, as I wanted to use it on lazy days or when I'm in a hurry and don't want to faff around with a proper foundation and a make up brush.
The price you pay for such easy application is a low coverage, as the reason it's so easy to apply is because it's so thin and sheers out like a tinted moisturiser. But to be honest if I want a fuller coverage I'll use foundation or apply it with a brush and it does only promise to blur imperfections and not to conceal them and it does indeed do this, as well evening out my skin tone nicely. But I would suggest that if you're like me and want a bit more coverage on blemishes and scarring, then you should use this with a good concealer like Collection's lasting perfection or as I said, apply it with a brush.
Coverage aside, the actual finish this gives is gorgeous as my skin looked so glowy, healthy and fresh and did hydrate my skin without looking too oily, so perfect for hot summer days, although I do have a normal to dry skin type and if you have a more oily one you may need to powder over this.
I took this photo before I went to work to give an idea of the coverage and finish of this product and it pretty much still looked like this when I left work 8 hours later so it lasts pretty well on the skin too, even though you don't notice it being there.
So overall, even though I'd like the coverage to be a little fuller, I'm really impressed with this product and happy I gave BB creams another go. I will definitely be reaching for this if I'm just in the house, popping to the shops, in a hurry or on hot summer days...
Have you tried this BB cream or any of the others?
I've just been chilling out with my boyfriend today as it's my first proper day back home, but I plan to get on with more productive 'life plan' things tomorrow as I'm getting a bit scared that I only have one more year at uni and need to figure out what I'm doing!
Have a lovely night,