Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Member Name: walsha11
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Foundation Cream
Advantages: nice consistency, functional tube
Disadvantages: colours, design, price, not a moisturiser, not a foundation
I have tried a few BB creams before (Garnier and L'oreal - both previously reviewed) but never been overly impressed by them. They are somewhere between a moisturiser/tinted moisturiser/foundation but never seem to do any one thing particularly well. I have repurchased the Garnier BB cream and this is leaps and bounds better than the L'oreal one. That said, none that I've tried have stolen my heart so I was excited to test out this one.
I was given this as a gift and was pleased to be able to try something new and different but without having to shell out for it. I do think this cream leaves a fair amount to be desired but I haven't point blank thrown it out so I'll share what I thought of it.
For a start I think the tube is kind of god awful ugly. Now this is personal opinion but I find the fading from skin tone colour to white just frankly hideous. This is then set against Pink and white writing but I think clash in a nasty way and just gives the overall impression of a cheap product. This is a surprise from Maybelline as I tend to find their products well packaged and clean looking. Other than the hideous colours the tube is fairly functional and I have no real issues with the overall design.
The cream itself is a bit of a cross between a moisturiser and the maybelline dream matte mousse which has a thick and almost whipped consistency to it. I find I like the texture of this cream more than the other BB creams that I have used because it doesn't feel to runny or wet. That said, there are some issues with it.
Despite the feel of it I find it doesn't moisturise my skin or cover up particularly well. It's not a strong enough formula to act as a good foundation and it is too heavily mixed with make up to be a good moisturiser. Worst of both worlds. I found I wouldn't feel this offered enough coverage to leave the house and also that it wouldn't keep my skin feeling soft and hydrated, which is the main reason I'd opt for a BB cream rather than a foundation.
I have to say I'm not sure what I actually want from a BB cream. Ultimately I guess I'd quite like it to be as hydrating as a moisturiser but with enough coverage to feel okay leaving the house with that on and not much else (make up wise, obviously I'll be clothed). So I'm left wondering if this product exists and what the purpose of the high street BB creams are, I just can't figure it out.
This cream costs £7.99 which is probably a little overpriced for me. Garnier is similarly priced and though it doesn't offer me the coverage I want it is a much better moisturiser and perfect for holidays because it is so hydrating. So for me this is a loser in the battle of the BB creams, though really are there any winners when no one product suits all my needs?
Overall, not my dream cream.
Summary: Average at best.