Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation Review

Maybelline Dream Review

There are so many new drugstore makeup releases throughout the year, and it's hard to choose which ones are worth trying out. I recently received this generous sample of a brand new Maybelline foundation from the ChickAdvisor Product Review Club. Dream Velvet claims to be a hydrating yet matte foundation, formulated with 2x more water. It feels really fresh on the skin, and I am impressed by the natural coverage and finish.


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I  am surprised by how orange this foundation looks swatched beside my other go-to face products. But much like the Rimmel concealer, when I sheer out the Dream Velvet foundation it isn't too dark, and it looks very natural.

I matched up with the lightest shade, 05 Warm Porcelain, which suits my neutral-pink skin. I always prefer my foundations to be a bit more yellow-toned to balance out any redness, and luckily this one is just right. I also like to apply this foundation with a damp BeautyBlender sponge. I don't recommend the little blender stick that it came with, since it's way too dense, and overpriced at $8. Clearly it isn't too hard to make an affordable sponge, just look at Real Techniques!

So what are the downsides? 

I have oily-combination skin, and I find that my dry patches do become more visible right when I apply this foundation. Luckily I only need a light layer of coverage, and the finish is generally quite smooth and natural. The formula is a bit silicone-y, so I find that this foundation almost floats on the skin versus a regular liquid that really sticks once it is set with powder. I'd probably set this with a blotting powder about one or two hours after application for the longest wear. I have tried applying a primer beforehand, and I can't decide if it makes a big difference or not. I would not omit a moisturizer before applying this foundation, despite it's "hydrating" claims.

The one big plus is that this foundation doesn't oxidize or break up on my skin throughout the day. I definitely notice shine breaking through the matte-ness, but no more than usual. I can't believe how smooth and airbrushed my skin looks after applying this foundation. It's definitely a nice find from the drugstore, with a price of around $10. 

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

The coverage is light and airy. It doesn't feel heavy throughout the day, and my concealers and powders layer well over top.

See the product in action here:


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