Review: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

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Today I have another great new Maybelline product to show you. As you all probably know, Maybelline released their first BB cream last year, the Dream Fresh one. And I absolutely hated it. Even the lightest shade was a muddy orange on me, and it was unspeakably greasy no matter how much powder I used. It just was not suited to my pale, oily skin at all, but this summer Maybelline released a new BB cream that is formulated specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. I stalked my local drugstores for months before I finally found it, and I’m so glad I did, because this product is a winner. Unlike the original Dream Fresh one, the Dream Pure BB cream actually contains skin-improving salicylic acid, an acne-fighting medication, and although the shade names are the same for both BB creams, this one is much lighter than its predecessor. It actually matches me!

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According to Maybelline, this BB cream fight blemishes with 2% salicylic acid, hydrates and soothes, reduces redness, shrinks pores, and feels lightweight. In my opinion, all those claims are true. To start off, I am in the shade Light (no surprises there) and I like that it is much paler and less pinky-peach than the original one. It looks orange against my skin at first, but it blends in like a dream ( see what I did there) and sheers out to match my skintone. I love that it moisturizes and fights blemishes and evens my skin all in one, so that I don’t have to layer multiple products. The coverage of this BB cream is also better than the previous one, and it is much longer-lasting.  The finish of the first one was extremely shiny, but this one dries to a satin-matte finish and controls shine all day. Look how natural and smooth and glowy-but-still-matte it makes my skin!

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It actually does what it claims to do instead of just being glorified tinted moisturizer–it does reduce the amount of acne I get and it definitely soothes my skin, and I’ve noticed that when I wear this, any blemishes I do have clear up much faster. I have used this under foundation and by itself with no problem, but my favorite way to use it is over my Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pure Primer for poreless, matte skin that lasts all day.  I even like this better than my Pond’s BB cream because the Dream Pure one is more suited to my skin type. Being able to find an acne-fighting BB cream at the drugstore is a huge plus for me, and I am so glad Maybelline is trying to address the skincare needs of all their customers. Love!

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Review: Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Cream

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Up until this point, I have been quite underwhelmed with the Western BB Cream craze. Unlike their Asian counterparts, the BB Creams on this side of the pond have been nothing more than repackaged tinted moisturizers with negligible skincare benefits. Most of them run too orange and have a greasy finish, like Maybelline’s Dream Fresh and Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle BB Cream. After trying several BB creams, I had just about decided that this was one skincare trend that was more of a gimmick than anything else. Until I bought the Pond’s BB cream purely on a whim. I didn’t have high hopes for it. I figured it would be too dark for my pale skin, and too dewy for my combination skin. But I figured I would try it anyway.

Boy was I wrong. I love this stuff! It is NOTHING like the oily, orange Garnier BB cream. This is much more of a true BB cream. It hydrates my skin and dries to a semi-matte finish, it provides as much coverage as a foundation, it contains ingredients that lighten dark spots and improve skin tone, and it contains SPF 15.

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It also comes in a shade light enough to match my skin. I know one of the biggest problems with BB creams is that they often come in one “universal” shade, the problem being that many women are either too light or too dark to wear that shade. You all know by now how pale I am, and this BB cream actually matches my skin. Even better, I have been wearing it for three weeks now, and I have had no breakouts from it, and I swear that my old acne scars have faded. It’s got a great texture too; it looks thick at first but it feels almost luxurious when you put it on. It smells nice and floral too, but not too strong.

Heavily swatched
Heavily swatched

I have used a brush and fingers to apply it, and it goes on great both ways. One thing I don’t really get is why it’s marketed as a “luminous” product. To me, luminous implies dewy/glowy, but this isn’t either of those things. It’s pretty matte, although for me that is a plus. Surprisingly for a BB cream, it’s very long-lasting also. I usually set it with a translucent powder, and I can get twelve hours of wear from it. Colorwise, it’s very neutral; it doesn’t pull too yellow or too pink. It is a teeny bit dark on me, but I don’t really mind because it’s getting warm outside and I want to look a little less pasty. I do wear moisturizer under it, but if your skin is straight-up oily and not combination you could probably get away with using just this.

No foundation, just BB cream
No foundation, just BB cream
Wearing just Ponds BB cream
Wearing just Ponds BB cream

In one easy step, this product does the work of a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation. The only bad thing about it is that Pond’s does test on animals, which definitely bothers me. The product itself is so good that I really regret it isn’t cruelty-free.