April 28, 2014

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Maybelline Pure BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream is a new BB Cream for acne and blemish skin types that contains 2% salicylic acid to treat skin as you wear it. Pure BB Cream is an 8 in 1 beauty balm skin clearing perfector according to Maybelline.

Available in seven shades Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream is an oil-free formula that multitasks to clear acne as it offers lightweight, comfortable coverage with a hydrating formula.

This is great Summer release as it is light coverage plus the added benefit of salicylic acid is great for those who have issues with acne or blemishes.

Take a look!

If you’re like me and not prone to acne or blemishes the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream formula might not be right for you however, the original Dream Fresh BB Cream is perfectly suitable for other skin types.

Dream Pure BB Cream got an early launch in the UK and abroad and will be finally popping up at US drugstores.

The formula promises to:

  • Clear Acne
  • Conceals Imperfections
  • Minimizes the look of pores
  • Reduces the appearance of redness
  • Adjusts to skin tone
  • Hydrates and smooths
  • Enhances and clarifies

I tried this in medium and even though I’m not prone to blemishes I still wanted to personally get a feel for the product. This a creamy gel texture absorbs easily into skin. The texture is exactly like the Dream Fresh formula. There really isn’t a ton of difference here aside from the fact this is formulated for blemish prone skin.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream swatches

Maybelline Dream Pure swatches

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Swatches

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Swatches (from top to bottom in Light, Medium, and Deep)

I find the texture quite hydrating but not as hydrating as the Dream Fresh formula. This surprised me as I expected something matte. I doesn’t make skin oily, greasy, or shiny and absorbs easily leaving skin soft and smooth with very breathable, weightless coverage. If nothing at all Maybelline totally scores points here for product that’s beautifully formulated. I think it missed the mark slightly as far as BB Cream coverage goes as it is sheerer so it perfects, evens out skin tone, will address dullness by brightening but won’t necessarily conceal major skin issues. I’d say it was a step above a tinted moisturizer in terms of coverage. I love how this melds so beautifully with my skin without being oily or greasy. The product doesn’t oxidize quickly which is the case with hydrating formulas such as this. If you set it with powder you’ll likely get a good five hours of wear from it. Sadly, it doesn’t not contain sun protection which tends to be a key benefit of most Asian BB Creams. I use my own SPF prior to any other products anyway so I’m always a little on the fence about SPF in products anyway so I don’t think I mind too much that it is missing here!

Based on clinical studies done by Maybelline the product works within two weeks to reduce the appearance of blemishes. I think it’s a nice option to have something that treats as you wear it. Considering you apply foundation in the AM and you’re wearing it through the day why not choose a product that you know is going treat your skin as you wear it. Maybelline also included Vitamins C and E.

As with Dream Fresh BB Cream, Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream is quite a lovely, lightly textured base that will be a welcome part of your Summer makeup regime. It wears comfortable, wears long without fading, feels incredible on skin, and has an amazing finish! Rejoice blemish prone girls and guys Maybelline’s Pure BB Cream formula is perfect for you!

Available at drugstores starting in June (and some locations already have it in stock as I’ve had reader’s mention seeing it at Walmart already) for $8.99.

Will you be trying out Maybelline Pure BB Cream when it launches?

Do share!

Maybelline Pure BB Cream6

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christine

    I have acne-prone skin so this definitely interests me! Going to have to pick it up and try it out myself when I get a chance. Thanks for the review!

  • Jess

    Hm, I’m tempted to try this! I bought the UK version when it launched last summer, but I hated it. It broke me out and the color was off. The color choices on this look much better, however, and just going from the swatches the formula looks different than the UK version. I’m a huge fan of the dream fresh bb cream (it’s my favorite foundation/tm type product), but I do have acne so this might be nice on bad skin days. I’m willing to give the US formula a go.

  • Julio

    I’m really surprised it’s not matte. I don’t know if I wanna try it anymore. I’m just glad it’s finally in the US!!

  • Ashley

    I think it’s important to note in case there are folks out there that don’t know this, that whenever you’re using an exfoliating acid it’s especially important to wear spf during the day. Particularly in this case, since you’d have the acid on your face all day! Please take care of your skin, friends.

  • Stephanie

    I was all gung-ho….until I read there’s no SPF…..and now it’s worthless to me lol I may still get it just for summer but it really annoys me that they call it a bb cream but then neglect to add the most important thing, the sun protection!

  • Anna

    This is actually really exciting, as I’ve been using the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream for a year and a half, and while it’s nice, it makes my oily skin a little greasy so maybe this will be better

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    Why do I feel like I’m always having a déjà vu reading your reviews on a Maybelline BB cream?

    • Isabella Muse

      probably because I reviewed dream fresh last year at around the same time?

      • Christine Joy Luikuo

        I think I’m going crazy by now! I’m not sure if it’s the Dream Fresh or the Mineral Watergel that I read before, or maybe both.

        • Isabella Muse

          could be both I reviewed them both in the past…you’ll def run across products that are a lot alike from time to time on here 🙂

          • Christine Joy Luikuo

            I just reread the reviews of those two products and well, the Dream Fresh was the one I read before. And speaking of BB creams, do you know a BB cream that will be good for oily skin (and probably a drugstore one or an Asian brand)? I want something mattifying but will still look natural and can even out my skin tone. I don’t need lots of coverage though.

          • Isabella Muse

            i have dry skin so no real recs for mattifying bb creams, never really tried any so can’t really recommend any. typically I go with moisture rich BB Cream formulas! :-/

  • Hannah

    I would love to try it…. but think I’m going to have to pass. I don’t know what it is about Maybelline face products, but they exacerbate my rosacea like nothing else! I’ve tried a few foundations and primers from them, and by midday my face is covered in itchy little bumps! 🙁 It’s a shame though, because it looks like the palest shade might actually be pale enough for my skin (a hard thing to find in drugstore BB creams)!

  • Christy

    I was wondering if it was a good idea to have the salicylic acid on my face without sunscreen. There should be sunscreen in it although I could always apply my own . I thought using any kind of acid meant my skin would be even more prone to damage without even more diligent use of sunscreen. It’s disappointing to think some women who may not be aware of that could be making their skin look worse in the long run. I was really disappointed in the way the “gilded in gold” collection was released plus having not one but two repromoted eye shadows released under different names just seems sneaky and underhanded to me. I really like the color tattoos but I’ve been kind’ve turned off on the brand as a whole lately. Anyone else not feeling Maybelline right now?

  • Ashley

    Hi Muse! In terms of color payoff, is this BB Cream sheerer than the Aveeno Tinted Moisturizer or Olay BB Cream? Or does it offer more coverage?

    • Isabella Muse

      more coverage than aveeno and less than olay Ashley hope this helps!

  • Jess

    did you ever try the maybelline dream fresh bb cream a few years ago? i did, ran out and bought another recently like a few months ago and the second one happened to be incredibly but strangely watery. is that…normal?

  • Rachel P.

    I’ve been on the fence about trying this since I watched Tati’s video, and she didn’t love it. Then again, her own skin is not blemish-prone, and I feel like you gave a much more objective review. I’m going to try this. For the price point, it’s ok if it doesn’t work out for me. I know it won’t have the coverage I usually go for, but I think I will love it on light makeup days, and I can always spot-conceal my major blemish areas without having to cake on foundation all over (which can feel especially icky in the summer heat). I love the idea of wearing makeup that could clear my skin a couple days a week. Thanks, Muse!

  • adrianna

    Ok so I have a lot of acne scarring and some active acne and I think the coverage on this is great!! It covers everything while still looking natural and like my skin I love this stuff!!