Maybelline's "Dream" line of products expands with Dream Bronze BB 8-in-1 Sunkissed Glow Perfector SPF 25 , which claims to be a bronzer with the benefits of a BB cream. While there are supposed to be eight benefits in all, the brand doesn't get too specific about any of them, using somewhat vague and related adjectives like "evens," "veils imperfections," "hydrates," and "refreshes" to describe them. What is clear is that this does not live up to its various claims.
Dream Bronze BB comes in a tube container with a twist-off lid, similar to other Dream BB products. The bronzer itself is fragrance-free, has a gel-liquid consistency that is easy to smooth onto skin, and dries to a soft powder finish. The issues with this bronzer start with the color, however. There are two shades available, Light/Medium Bronze and Medium/Deep Bronze, and both are overly warm in their undertone, with an appearance that appears orange-tinted instead of bronze or tan, and have small sparkle particles that are especially apparent in natural light.
This is designed to be used all over the face, so if you apply it that way it will not look like a natural tan. Even if you only use it as a highlighter, it will still result in orange-toned patches on your face. While this certainly will warm your skin tone as Maybelline claims, it will not be in the way you intended!
The second issue is with the sun protection. Maybelline makes note, both on its in-store advertising and its packaging, that this bronzer has the benefit of broad-spectrum SPF. While it does, the SPF rating of 25 is too low to provide adequate sun protection (SPF 30 or higher is recommended).
Maybelline's Dream Bronze BB 8-in-1 Sunkissed Glow Perfector SPF 25 is an overall lackluster formula that, despite its affordable price, is one we don't recommend. You can find much better options in all price ranges on our list of Best Bronzers (including a few excellent options from other drugstore brands).
8 Benefits in 1: Illuminates, Warms skintone, Evens, Veils imperfections, Helps protect with SPF 25, Hydrates, Smoothes, Refreshes.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybelline’s formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company L’Oreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you money—without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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