APRIL 3 2013 EDIT: My skincare regimine is still the same if you bother to read this review. Since then I have tried and gotten a lot more BBs and have an entirely new opinion on atleast the western (American) ones. If I use a BB cream, it's because minimum I want to get some sunscreen, try to cover the rest of my redness, moisturize, and "equal out" my skintone overall. I mean dream fresh is able to do that so it makes me happy. Most importantly I have never had a breakout from using this.
gave 4 for packaging quality because i think there should be a lot more product inside. there ain't shit in this. wonder how long it'll last. i tried this on in store long before i bought it. i honestly don't like to call american bb creams, well, bb creams! they are tinted moisturizers given another name! anyway.. my initial reaction was, oh my god, i got to get this into my face before someone sees me, because i thought oil-free would mean thick, but a little bit goes a long way. i got the lightest tint one by the way. matched my skintone unlike garnier's miracle skin perfecting light/medium bullshit. but if you've used at least two of maybelline's foundations, you would know they have a penchant for oxidizing--turning orange on you. this seemed to happen when i bought it and was able to actually spend time with it over and over. i guess i don't notice it anymore. it seemed to stop somehow. i am still ivory-pale, no orange in me as we speak. i really didn't wanna like this! i had just got garnier's new crap cream a little bit ago, but they only have two color choices, the light/medium worked on me, but it was a tanner me, and i want to be as white an asian as i possibly can. one day i decided to put these bb creams on one half of my face. the garnier, although you do get a splendid amount, will leave your face feeling tacky and as i was getting used to maybelline, when i applied garnier i could really smell that scent everyone was talking about. i just don't like fragrances on my face. it makes me prone to breaking out. anywho, i think most of the photos online of befores and afters don't really help. all the pictures made me think i'd get no coverage but even though i have been told by female classmates that they wish they had my porcelain skin, i still will always be in danger by the threat of rosacea and like everyone else, the occasional zit that i hope to catch early before it can get too much worse. at the moment my biggest problem is getting rid of dark spots. i'm not sure if maybelline, or garnier, will actually do anything about them but these are dark spots from former zits--one on my left cheek and three on my forehead. i use the power of salicylic acid to rid me of those. if these tinted moisturizers can aid in that, then continue on. i've never been a makeup person, until recently really. i was always afraid anything and everything would give me acne. so before this, all i used (and i still use) was/is revlon colorstay blemish concealer. too little s-acid to truely make a difference, but at least i can cover the dark stuff. when i'm done applying that, i apply the maybelline. i'll stop using anything giving me any sign of breakouts. but so far, my face is solid. i am quite surprised, and think that when xmas rolls around, i'll use gifted money to go for a real bb cream (i'm a poor 21 year old girl!). my dream one would help with acne, dark spots, whitening, and have true all-around spf 30. if you are a bb cream queen please message me suggestions! if you're interested in bb creams, or just like the idea of a tinted moisturizer with spf 30 that may have other benefits, get maybelline. and make sure you remember--less is more. you don't need to cover your whole face at once. just work areas that you can tell need moisturizing. i literally always have red cheeks.. i have a ton of little broken capillaries there.. and when i use this, i can see any areas that i should apply more concealer on. i cleanse, acne-lotion up, conceal, bb cream it up, then conceal again if i have to. i do still rub a dot of concealer into my cheek afterwards most of the time but i just like that look. funny how after all that and lip balm and eye makeup that it takes 20 minutes for me to make myself look as if i have no makeup on! and.. more flawless skin than before, ha. skip garnier, skip loreal, try maybelline.
This product is really good for someone who has clear skin with a couple small blemishes. I have sometimes pretty oily skin and when ive cleared up it looks really nice. it has a weird smell and looks a lot more orange then it really is.But i dont recomend for really oily skin!
This product is good if you want something to brighten your face, but not cake on a foundation. I have mixed feeling about it. It does brightens your face but only lasts for a few hours. Since I have an oily face, I don't think I will get this product again though because when you apply it your face looks like a shine ball. My cheeks were shiny, my chin, under my eyes, my nose, and my forehead. It was overdone.
What can I say about this product that can sum it up entirely? Let's see.. amazing!
For a few reasons I absolutely loved this BB cream and I have been so pleased (and surprised). Firstly, I found the colour spread evenly, flawlessly and was generally well rounded. Secondly, it wasn't too thick or too thin and the consistency was perfect (I've used watery BB creams and ones that are thick as paste so this was the perfect medium).
Just like the branding suggests it really does "do it all" and meets every one of its eight proclamations.
The only thing I didn't love about the product is the packaging. I found it kind of tacky and overdone but then again it is a drugstore product and with the amount of drugstore product competition the flashier the better, I suppose.
Anyway, will DEFINITELY buy again.
I bought this as emergency drugstore makeup after evacuating from Hurricane Sandy, and was pleasantly surprised. I'm a TM snob (La Mer and Laura Mercier) and found this comparable to LM, even though it's not a TM. I'm very pale and the lightest shade blended very well into my skin. The yellow-based tint is great for pink-toned Irish girls like me. It's thick enough to minimize the appearance of pores, and gives skin a healthy glow without looking greasy. You may want to use a primer on any dry areas, because it does drag a bit if skin isn't smooth. I'll use this instead of LM in the future, as it doesn't settle into pores the way that LM can. I've been using it for a few days and haven't had any breakouts; it also feels lovely on skin (not too heavy). Most important, it doesn't look like makeup; it looks like great skin.
I love this, I wanted something to offer a little coverage but could double as a moisturiser as I don't want to moisturise too much with oily skin. I also didn't want to get another foundation when my skin got lighter.
Lightly moisturises but isn't greasy/oily so my oily skin likes it.
Blurs imperfections (as it claims) and makes my skin look great.
Makes my skin look nicer than any foundation has.
The price suits it nicely.
I can wear this to work without worrying about it unlike any foundation/foundation type product I have used before.
I sometimes mis-judge how much to squeeze out and can end up with too much/too little but that's my mistake and not the product.
Would definitely buy again, and it fits nicely into my budget :)
This is.. A greasy tinted mouisterizer. It offers barely any coverage and does nothing to control oil. I'd much prefer my Too Faced BB Cream.
This stuff has altered my life! For real, in the nicest possible way! I completely and totally love it! I combine medium with medium/deep, and omg, I look amazing! It truly does blur imperfections, creates an amazingly sheer canvas, and lasts all day. Keeps me looking "fresh" nonstop. Cannot believe how much I love this! Makes my skin look soooo good, healthy, perfectly radiant, and does NOT look like I have foundation on. Could not be happier. Do not discontinue this product. Ever!
What an excellent product this is. I have wanted to try a BB cream for quite a while and started with the Garnier BB Cream and was really dissatisfied with it due to the funereal floral Smell of it which lingered a long time after applying.
This Maybelline BB Cream is Excellent for the following reasons:
1] No odor
2] SPF 30
3] Moisturizing but not greasy.
4] Enough yet sheer coverage to even out my skin tone and blend easily.
5] No Parabens so I'm not having to worry about scary diseases.
6] Has a brightening effect yet without shimmer.
7] Very low price.
For reference, my skin is light/medium with yellow undertones [nc20 to nc25]. My own fault I purchased the 'Light' because Target was out of the 'Light/Medium'. So the color was too pale for me, but I will know better next time. The 'Light' would be good for someone who is nc15 or nw15.
To use this, I apply right out of the tube with my fingers. Then I use my fabulous Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in light. Then I brush on my MAC Skin Finish Natural in 'light plus'.
I love this product because it eliminates so many steps yet my skin looks lovely yet natural.
Sadly this isnt BB cream either, it's tinted moisturizer. I won't repurchase this item because it makes my skin a bit oily, provides very little coverage and though it doesnt break me out, it also does nothing special either. Too bad these western drug store "BB creams" really aren't the thing! Now I've switched to Misscha M perfect cover and its does a much better job (see my other review)