Before & After Photos: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector

I recently tried a small sample of Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Light/Medium.  It was one of those magazine pull-out cards so I just wanted to share my first impression as I have only used it once.  I did take before and after photos so hopefully that might help some of you!  Maybelline claims that the Dream Fresh BB will: blur imperfections, enhance, brighten, even skin tone, smooth, and hydrate skin.  No heavy ingredients, 0% oils.

The product itself is of a thin consistency, very easy to blend.  Very easy to add an extra layer where you may need it most.

maybelline dream fresh bb swatch

My skin was in poor condition at the time of these before photos so you can see all types of imperfections: redness, clogged pores, uneven skin tone, you name it.  I had been testing out a new skin care regimen for about a week and it was NOT working for me at all, clearly.

On to the before and after photos:

maybelline dream fresh bb before and after photo

The BEFORE photo is my bare face (obviously), the AFTER photo is me wearing only the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Light/Medium.  I did not add any setting powder or any additional makeup for these photos.

My first impression:  Maybelline Dream Fresh BB does a very nice job of blurring imperfections, enhancing/brightening, evening skin tone, smoothing, and hydrating!  I certainly did not feel like I was wearing makeup at all, it is so light.  It wore extremely well on my oily/acne-prone skin and I needed minimal blotting (maybe twice) throughout a 10-hour day.  I love that!  I did not use any setting powder at all.

I found Maybelline Dream Fresh BB provides comparable coverage to the Garnier BB Cream (full review with before & after photos).  The main difference is that the Garnier BB Cream required a lot of extra blotting of oil throughout the day.  Regarding sun protection, Maybelline is SPF 30, Garnier is SPF 15.  The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB is also a more watery consistency, Garnier is creamier.

Available at Walmart, $7.44.  Very affordable!

This product is a free sample. Affiliate link.

Have you tried Maybelline Dream Fresh BB yet?  If so, what did you think?


  1. Deboti Chowdhury
    February 21, 2013 / 4:15 am

    I am using the Garnier BB Cream, to be franc, I am disappointed. I saw your other post about the Garnier BB Cream review, the before and after pictures were amazing. I’m not sure why it doesn’t work for me. I have oily skin too (I’m Indian by the way). I am thinking of using the Maybelline one. Your reviews are really helpful.

      February 21, 2013 / 6:10 am

      Hi Deboti! I am sorry to hear that the Garnier did not work for you. Even though we both have oily skin we still may feel differently about how the product works for us. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and find my reviews helpful. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have at any time. Recently, I have been loving the L’Oreal BB Cream, also working great with my oily skin:

      • Deboti Chowdhury
        February 21, 2013 / 11:27 pm

        Great, the before and after for L’Oreal BB Cream looks promising, I’m gonna have to decide in between L’Oreal and Maybelline after I finish my Garnier.

        Your reviews are quite helpful as you show the before and after images. I may have few more question regarding skin care, is there any other way to communicate with you besides commenting?

  2. December 12, 2012 / 2:36 am

    I went on a vacation a couple weeks ago and forgot to take my foundation. So I went to the drugstore to grab something, ANYTHING, that looked close to my skintone. It just happened to be this BB cream. And I love it. I haven’t gone back to my usual foundation yet, just enjoying the heck out of the Maybelline.
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      December 12, 2012 / 7:58 am

      See, I’m glad my first impression was right! The Dream Fresh just feels and looks really nice. I love that you found it by accident too :).

  3. December 12, 2012 / 1:38 am

    Hmmm Tina do you think this is more like a tinted moisturiser? I’m noticing that a lot I’m testing out over here have quite a thin consistency compared to the Korean BBs! Hence the hmmm as I’m wondering if some Western companies are just wanting to get on the BBB (BB Bandwagon lol!) 😉

    Sorry to hear about the skincare range; it’s always a joy to discover something great but rough if it doesn’t work well for you.

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      December 12, 2012 / 7:57 am

      Sarah, I totally agree a lot of companies are jumping on the BB bandwagon. My first impression of the Dream Fresh is that I like it a lot. I’m betting you could probably call it a tinted moisturizer! I think maybe with the skincare I was testing out I just added too many products all at once. I have stopped using some and combined them with some of my old favorites to see if that will help!

  4. Nicole
    December 11, 2012 / 8:52 am

    I just ran out of my usual Neutrogena foundation and have been thinking of getting a BB to replace it. I too am prone to oily skin and breakouts and have been nervous about trying something new because of that. I really wish that we had ready access to some of the Asian BBs that are actually more like skin treatments than the US ones, but for the price, it seems like Maybelline is worth trying out.

      December 12, 2012 / 7:53 am

      Nicole, I’ve heard the Missha is a good one that is accessible for purchase online, there are a few different varieties too. My first impression of Dream Fresh is a good one though!

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