Friday, 29 April 2016

Foundation Diaries: Maybelline Dream Velvet

I got this Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation a couple months ago in a Boots haul, and I think I have experimented with it enough to write a review about it!

As I mentioned in that haul I was mainly curious about this foundation because I was obsessed with the Dream Matte Mousse as a teenager and wanted to see how they compare.

My skin:
My skin is combination, with oily T-zone and normal/dry cheeks. I have monthly breakouts mainly on the chin and around the mouth. I am left with hyperpigmentation and scars from my previous acne struggles, and huge pores around my nose. I have some flat warts on my forehead which wouldn't leave my face and an overall redness.
I have written about my skin concerns in a previous post here if you want to read about it in more depth!

The promise:
Maybelline’s first hydrating matte foundation for 100% velvet-   smooth perfection.
Unique gel-whipped formula.
Ideal for normal to combination skin, medium coverage.
This refreshing gel-whipped foundation leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.

How to use:
Apply smoothly and evenly to your face and blend with your fingertips.
For best results, use Dream Blender for an effortless and mess-free application.

First of all, I love the squeezy tube packaging because you can get the exact amount of product you need and when you are running low, you can just cut the packaging up and get the last bits out so there is no wastage. It is also light and very practical to travel with.

I found it needless to get the sponge applicator they came out with for this foundation. 
I'm a big fan of applying foundation with my fingers and then blending it in with a damp makeup sponge (this technique works with the Dream Velvet foundation as well), but I've found that the fastest and most effective way is using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

It is a light hydrating whipped-gel that has a natural skin-like finish. It is not too matte or powdery, it really is best described as velvety. It's very comfortable on the skin, doesn't feel heavy.
It has a light scent but nothing overpowering. I can smell it on my hands but not during application or on my face.
I got this in the second lightest shade, 10 Ivory which looked a bit orangey and dark at first but after blending, it's the perfect shade for me. 

The coverage is higher than I expected, it's between medium and full coverage. 

Right after applying, the foundation tends to sit in the dry areas (sides of my nose) and the little hairs on my face look more visible, but after a couple minutes this effect caused by the whipped formula seems to disappear.

For me, this is the kind of foundation that looks best after 2-3 hours of wear when my skin lets some oils through.

Although I think without blotting and reapplying powder this foundation only looks good for 5-6 hours.

With one layer of foundation

As you can see with one thin layer my skin looks more even and it cancelled out my redness as well.
Foundation, concealer and loose powder

- good coverage
- easy and fast to apply
- little goes a long way
- looks natural
- practical packaging
- good price

- accentuates dry areas
- not long-lasting

I have mixed feelings about this foundation because the coverage is great, it looks natural and just like skin, but unfortunately, I wouldn't reach for it before heading into a long day, because it wouldn't last more than 6 hours.

I think this foundation would be perfect for those who prefer a higher coverage, have normal skin and are looking for a base that is not too dewy nor too matte.

It's a 6/10 for me.

If you want to give this foundation a go, it's currently £7,99 for 30ml in Boots

Have you tried this foundation? Did you like it? 


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