|Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 in Light/Medium and Light|
It claims that it could provide the following 8 benefits:
1. With SPF 30 helps prevent sunburn
2. Helps blur the look of imperfections
3. Creates a natural looking glow
4. Skin looks visibly smoother
5. Compliments skin-tone
6. Hydrates all day
7. Feels fresh
8. Oil free
It is recommended for people with normal skin (I have oily skin).
|Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 Beauty Balm SPF 30 claims|
|Comes in a squeeze tube and a security seal. Very sanitary =D|
For a “BB Cream”, it has a great selection of shades: light, light/medium, medium, medium/deep, and deep. You would think that 5 shades are still quite limited, but because this BB Cream is on a sheerer side, each shade suits more different skin tone. For example, I can wear both light and light/medium. It also has a variety of undertone. The two shades I have are light and light/medium. Light is more yellow, where light/medium is neurtal to pink. They always have testers at the display, so I recommend that you test it out to find your shade J.
|L to R: Light and Light/Medium (as you can see light is more yellow, whereas light/medium is slightly pink)|
PRODUCT (finish/soft-focus effect/coverage/shine control/lasting power)
The first thing you would notice when you apply this product is that it gives a very fresh and dewy finish. Now this is subject to preference, some people like dewiness, some people like matte. I personally prefer matte with a glow, which is like you’re glowing from within but I don’t think such thing actually exists in just one tube. But it could definitely be achieved by using a combination of products. Anyway, I’m getting off topic. Since it’s too dewy for my liking and the fact that I have such oily skin, I always set it with a loose powder.
Even before I set it with powder, I notice that my pores seem less apparent when I have this BB Cream on. This is one thing that I really appreciate because my pores can look quite large L. Like I mentioned before, it has a sheer coverage but it still blurs out imperfection, if it makes sense. As for the shine control part, Maybelline didn’t claim that it would control shine, so I didn’t expect a lot. The good news is that it didn’t make my skin extra oily, nor non-oily, so at least, it’s not making things worse J. Now this would mean that it has an average lasting power on me (about 5 hours or so). It will last longer, however, if you do some mid day touch ups (blotting and apply some more powder). But if I know I’m going to have a very long day, this will not be the BB Cream of choice.
It also claims that it hydrates all day, which I think is true because I don’t see any dry patches while I have it on.
|Before and After|
The best way I find to apply this Beauty Balm is with my fingers, because it will give me the highest coverage out of all other methods that I have tried (with a sponge or a brush). Despite the fact that applying with fingers is not my favourite way to apply anything (I don’t like getting them dirty), I still like to use my fingers with this products. It is very easy to blend, even with fingers.
|Slightly blended out - L to R: Light and Light/Medium|
|Very blended out - L to R: Light and Light/Medium|
This is, I believe, the most affordable BB Cream on the market. With a price tag of $6~11 (depending where you get it), it is a pretty good deal. It also comes in a good amount of product (30mL). I usually use about two a pea size amount for my entire face, so I would say it’ll last about 2 months if I were to use it every single day.
AVAILABILITYIt’s available at most drugstores, Walmart, and online (well.ca and drugstore.com)
Overall, I think that most of the claims are satisfied, though some kind of go hand-in-hand, or another way to put it, redundant. It does give a fresh and dewy look (#3 and 7), it does blur out the imperfections and hence makes skin smoother (#2 and 4). A sunscreen is always a plus, and being oil-free is another plus! I can feel that my skin is more hydrated. However, it does not have a great staying power for me because of my extremely oily skin. I have worn it to work, it works doesn’t look too bad at the end of the day even though it had noticeably faded. I like to use it more for casual days where I’m just out running errands. But if you are less oily than me, you should get a longer wear.
Soft Focus Effect: ❤❤❤❤
Staying Power: ❤❤ and ½ ❤
Overall: ❤❤❤❤ (for oily skin, it'll be ❤❤❤)
Disclaimer: Product was provided by PR/manufacturer for review consideration. I receive no monetary compensation for this review. All my opinions are my own.