Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector's had a minor makeover since first hitting the market, and that's a good thing. Though the changes aren't huge, they are enough to make this latest version a superior product to its predecessor.
Textures can differ among BB products from Western brands (versus Asian brands where BB creams became popular), but this one from Maybelline is truly a cream, and it's easy to spread across skin and blend in. The color of each shade looks a bit too unnatural straight out of the tube, but it's actually quite sheer once you apply it which means each of the six shades offered (for fair to medium-deep skin tones) are versatile enough to work for a range of skin tones.
The sheer finish is also good for another reason: It means you're more likely to apply enough of this SPF 30 product to get sufficient sun protection benefits. Liberal application is always essential when applying any sunscreen!
As for aesthetics, this sets to a slightly dewy finish that makes it a good choice for normal to dry skin (those with oily skin or an oily t-zone might find this product emphasizes shine).
It feels moisturizing without being too rich, and does a good job meshing with skin to cover and blur minor imperfections. It also wears well without creasing or fading. Did we also mention this is fragrance free?
With regard to the changes for this formula, Maybelline increased the amount of titanium dioxide included as an active ingredient, and removed a preservative that can potentially aggravate skin when used in leave-on products. We're glad to see that the brand's revamping was an improvement!
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive BB cream that does what it says and provides sun protection, then this is certainly one to consider.
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Pentylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract; May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.
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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