Salicylic acid is an excellent chemical exfoliant that can help unclog pores and treat acne so when we saw this BB cream from Maybelline that's medicated with this anti-acne ingredient, we were instantly intrigued. If a BB cream could help fight acne at the same time it covers it up, that would really be a dreamy find!
Unfortunately, this one misses the mark. Although this contains sodium hydroxide which is typically used to adjust and hold a formula's pH, the amount of kaolin (clay) that precedes it on the ingredient list likely keeps this BB cream from being within the ideal acidic pH range for the salicylic acid to exfoliate. That's a real bummer for anyone hoping this could be a two-in-one makeup/acne-treatment.
That aside, let's address the other BB benefits this product claims to have.
- Conceals imperfections? Only slightly since the coverage is sheer.
- Minimizes the look of pores? No more than your typical foundation.
- Reduces appearance of redness? The coverage isn't opaque enough to do that to most people's satisfaction.
- Adjusts to skin tone? No. Even though this is sheer, you still have to pick out the right color. Still, each shade has a natural-looking finish.
- Hydrates and smoothes? A smidge.
- Enhances and clarifies skin? No more than your typical foundation. (And what does that really mean anyway?)
- Lightweight feel? Yes.
- If you want to use Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm for lightweight, sheer, natural-looking foundation, its creamy, fluid texture does just that, but don't count on it to clear up your skin.
- Thumbs up to Maybelline for keeping the formula free of fragrance, and providing complexion flattering shades for light to medium-deep skin tones.
- Complexion flattering shades for light to medium-deep skin tones.
- Lightweight, sheer, natural-looking coverage.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Salicylic acid can't work the way it needs to in this formula in order to treat acne.
- Too sheer to cover imperfections and redness.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%). Other: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin 3 Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG-9, Dipropylene Glycol
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.