Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream – Review

BB creams are something which have eluded me for quite some time. I’ve tried a few, from the obvious brands; rimmel, garnier and others but, thus far, I’ve been stumped by the fact that I’m too darn pale or that my skin is too cool toned whereas the products are more warm toned. 
When I was browsing in Superdrug a while ago, trying to kill some time, I saw testers for this new, Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream and I also saw that it has 2% salicylic acid in it. As someone with blemish prone skin I am instantly drawn to things with this miracle ingredient in them, but I was still expecting the shade to be too dark/yellow for my skin. 

But, yay, I was wrong! 
This BB cream, in the shade Light, is a really really good shade for pale skin. It’s not too pinky or too yellow though I’d say it errs closer to cooler toned skin; that said, it’s so pale that most tones would Probably manage with it but I’d definitely recommend trying out a tester first. 
I’ve wanted a BB cream for the days when I cannot be bothered with a brush, and with buffing and with the full coverage of a foundation. But I’ve still wanted Some coverage and something to even out my skin tone. 

And This is the product. Just look at how nicely this blended in to the back of my hand, how you can see less of my blue veins and how, even my hand, looks so much smoother!

It is light coverage, but it does a really good job of covering the lighter blemishes or discolouration and smooths out the complexion really nicely . If I have really red blemishes I’ll need concealer too but if I’ve just got some paler discolouration, for whatever reason, then this base is just fine on its own (with concealer under the eyes of course!)

I, honestly, don’t know how much the salicylic acid does as I’ve been trying out all sorts of different skin care over the past few months and my skin has improved Drastically; I just need to work out which elements have done it and which are duds. One thing I’m pretty sure about, though, is that this stuff doesn’t definitely doesn’t make it worse.

I don’t have overly oily skin but I do get it sometimes. I bought this without noticing the oily skin part, but I don’t think it’s detrimental to my skin despite the fact that I only get oily from time-to-time. I do suffer from dry patches when I have a healing blemish but I don’t find that this stuff makes it worse at all.

Honestly – I love it. So much so that when superdrug had a two for £10 going on Maybelline products I bought Two back-ups, though the £6.99 regular price really isn’t bad either. 
I can’t recommend this enough and I think the fact that I bought two back-ups says more than anything else I can write.


  1. MermaidinJeans August 16, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Might have to give this a try though am also tempted by their new foundation stick.

    • admin August 16, 2013 / 1:28 pm

      Really do recommend it, it's fab. The foundation stick is on my wishlist too xx

  2. Nivedita August 16, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    It sounds like the one launched here in India in a different packaging though. I absolutely love that one.

  3. Carrie August 16, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    I'm a huge fan of this product, and think it is completely underrated! It is the only bb cream that suits my skin tone, and really does a lot for my oily skin! Great post! 🙂
    Carrie:Brighton xx

  4. admin August 16, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    That wouldn't surprise me Nivedita, they always seem to change these things 🙂

    Glad you enjoy it, too, Carrie. It won't stay underrated if those of us that love it keep spreading the word and sharing the love 🙂 xx

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