Maybelline BB Cream {Dream Fresh}

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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  1. Vivian
    March 10, 2014 / 5:00 pm

    This is the only drugstore BB cream I bought (I don’t know why I lean toward Maybelline so much) and I totally agree with you on this review, except that it was too moisturizing for my oily skin. I can use this during the winter as a moisturizer itself and its actually perfect that way O_O

  2. Emma
    July 24, 2013 / 4:32 am

    Out of all of the BB Cremes you’ve tried (the drugstore ones, I’m too broke for anything else), which would you recommend for someone who plays sports, if you would recommend one at all? I’m not after perfection, I just don’t want to look like I just woke up. If it helps at all, I have pretty much normal skin except on my nose and the surrounding cheek area. I would probably say I have a combination of pink and yellow undertones, not really either extreme, a little yellow if anything. If you could help me out that would be fabulous!

    • Emma
      July 24, 2013 / 4:34 am

      I also meant to say around my nose and the cheek area I get oily.

  3. fay
    April 1, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    I saw your blog after I already purchased the loreal bb cream (canada). I have been hating foundations lately, I usually go make-up free daily and only wear make-up for functions, interviews etc.I’m 38 and most guess me younger. Got carded buying a lottery ticket the other day! (made my year!) The Loreal is not bad, I see it, but not sure too many others would. The fragrance was noticeable likely because I shun most products. But after a while I stopped noticing it. I have normal to dry skin and was looking for a product (light coverage) for a july wedding. Don’t know what time or if it is to be indoor our outdoor. Question: how is the longevity of coverage?

  4. Jasmine Colosi
    January 31, 2013 / 9:47 am

    This and your other blogs were VERY helpful. I’ve actually never tried BB Creme but I plan to go tonite and start on the journey to finding my perfect match. Thank you for your input and in-depth breakdowns.

    • February 1, 2013 / 3:58 pm

      Woohoo! I hope all my BB Cream reviews have been helpful. Let me know which one you try and love! Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comment! Xo

  5. Kyle Rich
    October 25, 2012 / 8:32 am

    I am 36 with combination skin that occasionally breaks out, so I was looking for something that moisturizes without adding a bunch of extra oil. My wife (who is SO beautiful and also has combination skin) recommended the Lady Soma Renew Serum that she uses. This really works! My skin is feeling and looking better. I am so satisfied that I have recommended it to family and friends, something I rarely do. My wife always gets mistaken for someone who is at least 10 years younger than she really is. I imagine that is due to her taking good care of her skin and good genetics, but I must say that I think the hyaluronic acid in the Lady Soma Renew Serum helps to keep her (and me) moisturized and to keep the fine lines at bay.

  6. September 16, 2012 / 3:46 am

    I have oily skin, which BB cream would be best? I love the look of them w/a little lite powder and a sweep of bronzer.

  7. Becci
    August 27, 2012 / 8:07 am

    Loved your review. I’ve been wanting to try out a BB cream, but have been afraid because I have dry skin. I think i’ll try the L’oreal youth code. Thanks!

  8. August 6, 2012 / 5:28 am

    Loved reading this- will keep coming back for more blog reviews 😉

  9. July 26, 2012 / 6:18 am

    So it’s good for REALLY oily skin? I found Clinique to still be a bit too much for me. Do you still need to wear moisturizer under?

    I wish drug store brands gave samples like the department store brands…

  10. July 26, 2012 / 5:31 am

    THANK YOU for this review!!!