May 24, 2012

Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream Review & Swatches

Ahhh Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream coming atcha in June according to word around the Internet. It originally released a few months ago in the UK and now we are finally seeing it here in the US shortly.


I’ve had one for a little bit that I purchased from the UK and was kinda sitting on it but I thought I might as well review now that we’ll see it in our market.

Let’s take a look!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream promises an 8 in 1 formula but some of the “8 in 1” claims are kinda silly. For example, “creates a natural glow…” “feels fresh…” I’m not sure if these should qualify as part of the formula but hey, ok, we can deal.

Here’s the full list:

  • Creates a natural glow
  • SPF 30 UV protection
  • Compliments skin tone
  • Hydrates all day
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Oil free, non greasy
  • Looks visibly smooth
  • Feels Fresh

Ok, so overall, they have taken out the BB Cream aspect with some of these “promises” about the formula. Nothing about anti-aging here, nothing about improving skin, and the formula is fairly light with very little pigment so the points are raking up as this is not a BB Cream.

It’s going to be available in five shades, so again, it’s taking away from the traditional BB Cream formula.

If it’s a tinted moisturizer, please, call it one. Throwing BB Cream around in the title doesn’t make it one.

If you can get over the disappointment of it being named a BB Cream with a formula that’s more of a tinted moisturizer you’ll be a-ok. However, if you’re expecting a traditional BB Cream formula, look elsewhere, it is NOT a BB Cream.

That being said…

I’ll rave a little.

This is a gel-like formula that’s highly hydrating. It feels incredible on my skin. The texture starts out thicker with a water based formula that’s super moisturizing but it does run a little thinner as you massage it on which results in a lightweight feel and texture on skin.

I’m in love with the formula. It just sits comfortably on skin, melds beautifully, and remains lightweight through the entire wear time without being oily or greasy. Maybelline choose a perfect time to introduce it as it’ll work as both a moisturizer and a foundation product all in one for Summer.

Coverage is zero…it’s very subtle color pay off so it’ll perfect somewhat and even gives skin a “fresher” look but it won’t conceal major problems, dark spots, acne, etc…if you need a full coverage BB Cream and/or foundation product this won’t work for you. However, if you wanted something that perfects skin like a tinted moisturizer this works perfectly. It doesn’t oxidize too quickly either so that fresh faced glow remains in place for a good deal particularly when you set it with powder.

The sun protection here, as far as I’m concerned is a little low but some sun protection rather than none is appreciated however you’d have to apply a TON of product to get the best results so using your own SPF prior might be a better solution.

I tried this in medium and it’s the only shade I’ve actually seen in person for myself. I think light would have been better because as you can see medium runs fairly dark. I’m curious if light will prove a better option. I think maybe if you’re a medium shade this could prove a little dark for many medium skin types so it appears the shades might run pretty dark.

Overall, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream has a great formula. It wears comfortable, it doesn’t fade or oxidize too quickly, and it feels lovely on skin. What it isn’t, however, is a BB Cream and I can’t help but argue, rant, and complain about the fact that the US Market is just not understanding the idea behind a BB Cream and just have embraced a “trend” for money making purposes only.

Those who have never used or heard of a BB Cream before won’t really mind but those familiar with Asian BB Creams will proceed to feel a little disappointed that they so casually toss around the term “BB Cream”.

Have you tried Dream Fresh BB?

Do share!

I paid £7.99 but I picture it be vastly cheaper here in the US. I don’t have an official price but if I guess, I would say, anywhere from $7.99-$9.99.

About the Muse

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  • Cj

    Wait did you say rave?? TIME TO EBAY! Lol I hope the lightest shade is light enough for me 🙂

    • the Muse

      lol some raving ;-D nice formula, little coverage sadly, and NOT a bb cream lol! wait until it hits drugstores, should be arriving shortly ;-D

  • Stacie

    Thanks for the review! I agree that US companies are just trying to get on the BB bandwagon. I personally do like the tinted moisturizer type formulas, I will definitely be giving this one a try since I have really liked Maybelline’s products lately. Stacie xo

    • the Muse

      hi stacie my pleasure! agreed, a real shame too! as many beauty lovers have never tried a real BB Cream and this is what they are introduced to it as 🙁 You’ll love this than as it has a super hydrating feel. The gel formula is quite lovely. Update me after you tried, I’d really like to hear what you think about it!

  • Quinctia

    I wouldn’t say having a couple color choices necessarily makes something “not a BB cream,” because Missha’s got color choices. It’s everything else that’s different that does it! 😉

    I’m so disappointed no one’s come close, because I want someone in this market to release a good BB cream that dark skinned people can wear. I want them to be happy like I am. I guess I’ll just feel fortunate I’m in the right skintone range to use products from Korea.

    • the Muse

      true quinctia but I think missha is possibly one of the only exceptions for color variations ;-D

    • Kamile

      I am dark skinned and wish that there was a good BB cream that I could wear. That being said, I understand why they have a limited color choice. I hope that this BB popularity will encourage these companies to create darker shades.

      That being said…

      I apologize if this has been asked, but what is the best BB cream for darker skin tones without having to mix colors (I don’t care where it’s from).

      • GG

        If you are black try deep. It worked perfectly on me and blended in seamlessly. For comparison, I am about Tina Turner’s complexion but a lot younger LOL!

    • chasadie

      I soooo agree. BB creams look like a lot of fun, but it would be easier if I didn’t have to mix a darker foundation than my skin to try and figure out the right shade for me, since they only seem to come in pale, and paler. :c

      • ck

        I have exactly the same problem but, im really pale!
        I hate foundations so i thought id try a bb cream.
        I hate this product.
        It makes me break out and have greasy skin!it also has no coverage!

  • Tiffany Martin

    Thanks for the review! I was hoping to see how these western BB’s turn out. I like color variations, but yeah they aren’t ever inclusive enough for all skin colors, so I don’t think they’re being done right.

    I need coverage in a BB so I’m a little sad that this has no coverage, but it’s nice to see the gel texture because it’s a sign that western BB’s are starting to be a bit closer to Asian BB’s. I hope one day to have a wide selection I can buy in drugstores that is high quality!

  • Lulubelle

    I finally ordered a BB cream – Skinfood’s Peach Sake Pore BB cream. I was leaning towards Clinique’s BB cream, but your reviews with the distinctions between American and Asian brands persuaded me to go with Skinfood instead. I won’t get it until late June as I ordered from a Korean company (via Amazon), so that’s the downside. The price was inexpensive compared to a lot of the American brands, however.

    So excited but impatiently waiting!

  • SuzB

    It compliments skin tone? I hope this is just one of those British/American English spelling differences, because, unless it’s giving my skin tone compliments, it complements skin tone. Sorry, the compliment/complement error gets under my skin, as it were.
    Anyhow, it sounds nice, but as someone with combination to oily skin, hydration isn’t that important to me. Something that mattifies or helps with acne- now you’re talking.

    • Carrie

      Hahaha. That is exactly what bothered me about this review. I hope it’s one of those differences in British spelling, too, because if not, Maybelline’s got some explaining to do!

  • Grace

    Thanks for the review! I was thinking of getting this but not anymore; tinted moisturizers just don’t cut it for me ever since I switched to BB creams a few years ago :/ A bit disappointed because Maybelline does have BB creams out in Asia and I heard those were not bad…was definitely expecting more from them 🙁 cute packaging though!

    • the Muse

      the maybelline bb creams in Japan are ok but a little TOO light Grace! ;-/ but yeah, kinda sad this is more of a TM than a BB

  • Nat

    I am god damn in love with the Hanskin BB cream right now – I bought a few Asian ones that I also like, but it’s so good that I keep end up using it instead. I notice as soon as I use a different one, I have to use a lot more concealer under eyes and on red spots.

  • Fuuka

    That is not a BB, it a foundation with BB slapped on it. BB Creams are a hybrid most-shades foundation+serum.

  • C

    I’ll just stick to Korean bb creams. :/ I’d love to have good ones in the drugstores but looks like that won’t be anytime soon. Off topic, have you ever tried the Innisfree Mineral Melting Foundation? I’m leaning towards trying creamy bb pacts these days. It’s received some good reviews! Can’t wait for mine to come in the mail. X)

  • Reena

    BB creams are essential for me when it comes to make up. I can’t leave the house without wearing it. I have been using maybelline’s bb cream like forever because it compliments my skin. When I read about this I rush into the mall to look for one. Sadly they don’t have this yet.

  • Olivia

    Hmm definitely not a BB Cream! What a bummer- I was looking forward to it! I love the garnier one, but it’s just a touch too dark for me- but summer is coming after all…

  • Phyrra

    I am soooo sick of seeing american products called BB creams that are NOT! Bleh.

  • Chelle

    Thanks for the review, interested in taking a peek when it hits the US!

  • Tess gonzales

    I live in the phils. Where can i order maybelline bb fresh and how much?

    • the Muse

      hi tess all the info about the product, price, and when it will be sale is right in this post.

  • Reena

    Maybelline is one of my favorite American Brands and I really think that their BB creams are great. But I DO love my Asian Brands. I’ve tried the Skin Food Agave Cactus Sun BB Cream. It’s a really nice product. 🙂 Have you tried the ones from Etude House? Their BB creams are the BOOOMB!

    • the Muse

      hi reena! happy to hear you’re loving maybelline’s version ;-D Yup, reviewed a few of ’em before, they are quite lovely!

  • joah may

    Muse: Do you have any ideas on a BB cream suitable for a Mac NW 3-35?
    I’ve been on the search forever, and the only one that slightly comes close is Missha Perfect Cover 27, but it has mineral oil in it, which causes breakouts. Any advice?

  • Kate

    thank you for the review! i love your new website! it’s soooo gorgeous 😀

    • the Muse

      aw thanks kate! glad you like and happy that you liked the review!

  • Jess

    I recently seen this in a store and was immediately put off. This cheap tinted moisturizer gives a bad name to BB Cream in my opinion. I only rubbed some of the sample into me hand, but it didn’t impress me. It was only $6.99 for the small tube. It didn’t have any really qualities of a BB cream, just as your review has stated.

  • Rola

    I just picked this up for the summer. It was awesome that Walgreens has testers and I tried Light/Medium which is perfect for me. The texture feels nice, but I am not sure about the scent. I got it anyways and hope it will work for me on casual days. Your review is helpful, thanks!

    • the Muse

      rola I think it’s a great casual makeup day makeup! glad my review helped ;-D sadly it isn’t a bb cream really but it is a very nice tinted moisturizer ;-D enjoy! do write back when you tried and let me know what you think I’d love to hear!

  • Nikki

    I just tried this and it’s the best TM I’ve used. I love how smooth and light it feels. Great for the summer.

  • Veevs Taka

    I simply love your reviews! Thanks for this one, I’m cutting this BB Cream out of my list 🙂

    • the Muse

      my pleasure veevs and thanks so glad you enjoy the reviews on Musings ;-D

  • RuhRoh

    HATE this.

    Initial application is actually quite nice. Feels rather light on the skin, gives skin a nice healthy glow, and gives light to medium coverage based on application technique.

    However, it has breakthrough greasiness within 1-2 hours on my nose. And I am in my mid forties–not the average young lady who is struggling to combat oil issues.

    I’ve tried this set with a powder–no difference. I’ve tried it with powder applied HOURLY–no difference.

    If you have EVER seen oil on your skin, you will HATE THIS. I am returning it TODAY. Utter crap.

    *if you do tend toward the oily side, I can not give enough praise to the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreens. They stay matte all day and do not cause breakouts.*

  • Micki

    So what shade would you suggest for a tan/olive skin tone? 🙂

  • ju

    To be honest I have never heard of BB creams until today. I went looking for something I could use on holiday that had Spf when I came across this maybeline bliss. I’m going to give it a go on holiday but now I’ve seen your reviews about BB creams I might look into this more for future purchases ..

    • the Muse

      hey ju! I hope the maybelline worked for you ;-D have a nice time on your holiday!

  • Candice

    Thanks for the review. I saw it at Walmart and since I want to try a BB cream, I was interested (it’s not expensive) but I put it back right away when I read the 8 in 1 claims. As you pointed out, it’s ridiculous. It’s more like a 3-in-1. SPF, moisturizer and light foundation… And as you wrote, that’s not a BB cream. I left it on the shelf and even if it’s getting good reviews, I’m not looking for a tinted moisturizer so it’s not the product for me!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure candice, really, all it is, is a glorified TM 🙁

  • Diva

    I have tried this and it covered up the dark circles under my eyes and blemishes. You just have to make sure it is the exact color you need. 🙂
    And it is not a tinted moisturizer, a tinted moisturizer doesn’t cover. This does!!! It does everything it says that it would do. The best BB cream I have ever tried!! 🙂

  • jorge mai kelly

    tried it today. it is definitely a tinted moisturizer. but it felt nice on my skin. didn’t cause any skin reaction so far unlike the others i have tried. i tried the light/medium and it matched my skintone quite well. it is not spectacular or anything but i have defininitely had and felt worse products on my face.

  • Em

    Love this! I have it in Light-Medium (which would probably be the perfect shade for you as well) and it just evens out my skin and has the prettiest, dewy finish. As a bonus, it doesn’t obscure my freckles too much either! Definitely not much coverage, but if you don’t need it it’s perfect.

  • Naku

    Hi I was ordered from this product. But i can’t see the expiration day from it’s package. Where does it printed. What does mean 20k604? Please answer to my email address