Navigating the ever expanding world of foundations is a difficult task. So when foundation decided to form some offspring, in the form of BB and CC creams, this array of skin saviours became even more difficult to navigate. Beauty bloggers across the globe sprinted after the prospectus bandwagon before it took off completely as expected. And it did. 'BB creams' are now as common in your average beauty bloggers make up bag as their holy grail foundation. Being as unfit as I am, it took me a fair while as per usual to catch up with the bandwagon, but, yes, I have indeed hopped aboard.
In all honesty, I always expected BB creams to be glorified tinted moisturisers. I've always done a fine job of mixing foundation and moisturisers myself on low-maintenance days, so I was a tad sceptical about venturing into the world of BB creams.
As ever, my quest for ideal skin is still ongoing. Thus, the promise of imperfection hiding, skin clearing properties swayed me over into the wonderful world of BB creams. The Maybelline Dream Pure 8-in-1 BB Cream claims an abundance of wished-upon-a-star dreams. Maybelline claim that this beauty balm effectively conceals imperfections; helps protect against the appearance of blemishes; minimises the appearance of pores; clarifies the skin's look; conceals redness; hydrates and smooths the skin and complements your skin tone. And all at the same time as being oil-free and non-greasy. Maybelline have certainly set high hopes, eh?
The product contains 2% sacilylic acid, which for any likewise skincare addicts, you will know that this word is the Caroline Hirons of the spot clearing clan. For those of you who aren't so clued up on the skincare front, don't go running a mile with your knickers in a twist at the mention of putting acid of your face. It's not some crazed ploy to destroy your face and fab looks. I promise. No, sacilylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid, (commonly known as BHA's) which to put it into friendlier terms, is an organic acid. They really aren't as scary as they sound. They come from products such as fruits, nuts, milk and even trees. Yes, trees. The BHA family work as an exfoliant, promoting the sloughing away of dead skin cells. Salicylic acid has the ability to penetrate the skin follicle (clogged pores). The acid encourages the pore to shed the dead skin cells, which are the cause of cellular debris (the stuff that results in nasty clogged pores). As a result, the cellular debris is reduced, meaning that your skin is left looking clearer, brighter and less red. To skip the science lesson and to sum it up in a nutshell, salicylic acid reduces the number of pore blockages and breakouts on the skin.
The consistency of the BB cream is lovely and it blends ridiculously easy. Whilst its fairly sheer, the coverage is still pretty good, and redness is reduced significantly. Cakey make up being every girls' worst nightmare, rest assure that is not the case here. The BB cream provides a natural looking coverage, without being reminiscent of a member from the cast of TOWIE, or a satsuma. Unlike wearing a full face of foundation, where you can feel it literally sliding off your face, this beauty balm is so light you can get away thinking you forgot to apply any foundation in the morning, and you're just having a rare brilliant skin day. However, it does wear off within 4 and a half hours or so, so I suggest wearing a primer or setting it with a translucent powder to keep it in place for a longer period of time.
Moving onto addressing the other multiple claims of this product, the BB cream does indeed minimise the appearance of pores. Unfortunately for me, I have been blessed by the devil with large pores on my nose, resulting in lots of nasty black heads (yuck). Alas, this BB cream does reduce the appearance of these, and at the same time as reducing redness. I have heard other bloggers mention that the cream has a certain level of greenness to the formula, which I have not yet been able to identify, although if it does, that is the reasoning why. A green tint is great for combating redness, as it neutralises the colour. Whilst the BB cream covers small blemishes, those nasty under the skin spots are too great for such a cream as the coverage is only light-medium. However, if you apply concealer over the top, then this should not be an issue.
Despite the long list of positives, I have a few minor 'constructive criticisms' towards this BB cream. Firstly, it appears maybelline have been a bit tight in regard to shade options. With only two shades available; Medium and Light, Maybelline have automatically cut the target audience by hundreds of thousands of girls. 'Light' is still fairly dark, so for those of you with porcelain plain white skin, then this is not the BB cream for you. Likewise, if you have dark skin then this probably isn't the best suited either. I chose the shade medium, and whilst its fortunately the perfect shade (although its the first time ever I must admit), that will not be the case for hundreds of thousands of girls out there. Yup, great one Maybelline.
In addition to the highly apparent lack of shades, the SPF of the product is only 15. I cannot stress how important it is to use products with an SPF. Exposing your skin to the sun too often can result in the UV rays causing skin damage. Whilst an SPF is better than none at all, I would love to have seen an SPF of about 30. Especially as this is the perfect product for summer days. Nonetheless, an SPF of 15 is better than none I suppose.
To sum it up in a nutshell, this has forced me to reluctantly admit I have been swayed into the world of BB creams. Contrary to any previous woes, the offspring of foundation is so much more than a glorified tinted moisturiser. Congratulations Foundation, you're now the proud parent of one of my new best friends.