Maybelline BB Cream {Dream Fresh}

Posted on July 26, 2012


Happy Thursday!

Maybelline has finally jumped on the BB Cream bandwagon. While it’s not what I might expect from a traditional Korean/Japanese BB Cream in terms of coverage, hydration, and skincare benefits… Maybelline has made a good 1st effort. I’ll jump right in and show you swatches and share my thoughts on how Maybelline’s BB Cream compares to other drugstore BB Creams I’ve recently tried/reviewed (L’Oreal Youth Code, L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifer, and Garnier Skin Renew)!

According to Maybelline: BB creams combine skincare + makeup in 1 simple step
8-in-1 Skin Perfector: Blurs imperfections | Brightens | Evens skin tone | Smoothes |
Hydrates | Enhances | Protects with SPF 30 | 0% oils and heavy ingredients

I’ll start my Maybelline BB Cream review and comparison with these 3 drugstore brands:

My observations:

  • Consistency: Maybelline is very watery/lotion-y compared to Garnier’s Skin Renew and L’Oreal’s Youth Code BB Creams. If you’ve tried L’Oreal and Garnier’s BB Cream and thought they were heavy or oily, you’ll probably like this one a lot.
  • Application: I don’t bother with a brush. My fingers are good enough especially since this product is very sheer and I don’t have to worry about streaks.
  • Finish: Maybelline has more of a matte finish compared to the other two BB Creams. I likey. :)
  • Coverage: The coverage is very sheer (similar to the others), but as it promises… it “blurs {some} imperfections.”
  • Hydration: Maybelline lacks a little in this department, which makes it a great option for people with combination to oily skin. Having said that, I have dry skin but I still like this BB Cream… I just need to make sure I wear my normal moisturizer underneath it. Garnier and L’Oreal’s BB Cream tends to be a bit oily, suitable for people with dry skin or for use in the colder/dryer seasons.
  • Sun Protection: Maybelline has an SPF of 30! Woohoo(!) right? Well, not so fast… Titanium dioxide (oxide) is the active ingredient which protects you from UVB and short UVA radiation. Unfortunately, long UVA rays are what causes sun damage and aging. :( Garnier and L’Oreal’s Youth Code BB Cream only have a SPF of 15 (also lacking in long UVA ray protection). If you want to protect your skin all the time, always wear a separate sunblock that protects against ALL rays. Want some suggestions, that’s what I’m here for: click here.
  • Cost + Available Shades:  I purchased “Light”for all 3 BB Creams.
    Maybelline: 1 oz for $8.99 (5 shades): Light|LightMed|Med|MedDeep|Deep
    Garnier: 2.5 oz for $12.99 (2 shades): Light/Med and Med/Deep
    L’Oreal: 2.5 oz for $16.99 (2 shades): Light and Medium

Additional comparison:

Here are some more comparison swatches of Maybelline’s BB Cream, this time with L’Oreal’s Youth Code BB Cream and L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifer BB Cream! All of them are so different from each other, it was really fun doing these swatches.

My {additional} observations:

From the swatches above, looks like Maybelline’s BB Cream (middle) is the lightest and yellow-est. This actually works well for my Asian skin. L’Oreal’s Skin Beautifier BB Cream (right) can leave you looking white/chalky if you’re not careful about rubbing in the BB Cream thoroughly. And finally… L’Oreal’s Youth Code BB Cream (left) looks a little dark on me, BUT this isn’t such a bad thing especially during the summer. Also, these pictures were taken indoors. In natural light, it actually doesn’t look that dark and blends well into my skin.

Final thoughts:

Maybelline is a great drugstore option for people with combination to oily skin. It’s light in moisture and has a nice matte finish. Don’t expect much coverage with this BB Cream, just a ‘blurring’ effect at best.

Hope this review has helped you find a drugstore BB Cream. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section below.

If you’re interested in other BB Cream reviews, check out these reviews:
Smashbox and Stila | Clinique, Dr. Jart, boscia, Dr. G | Estee Lauder DayWear |
Garnier Skin Renew L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier | L’Oreal Youth Code

Which BB Creams have you tried and loved/hated? Please gossip in the comments below.

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