If you read my recent drugstore haul you know that I was very excited to get the new Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation (£5.99). I've heard many people raving about it and even comparing it to the YSL Fusion Ink foundation which I wanted to try since its launch.
The Maybelline foundation comes in a cute glass bottle which contains 20ml of product. There are 7 shades available in UK with Ivory being the palest and unfortunately, I don't think is pale enough for very fair skin.
What the Maybelline says about this foundation?
*Ultra-fine, lightweight formula that is 12 x finer can be applied like a face cream
*Blends instantly onto skin
*Gives impeccable yet undetectable coverage
*Coverage that is buildable but still looks and feels natural
*No heavy, caked-on effect
*Our special teardrop shaped applicator delivers the perfect amount of product for fuss-free application
What do I think of the Maybelline Dream Flawless foundation?
Firstly, the applicator is a glass dropper which is actually really annoying because it doesn't deliver the right amount of the product, it gives a teeny tiny drop and I have no patience for that, so normally I just swipe the dropper on the back of my hand and use a brush/blender/fingers to apply it to my face.
The foundation is quite liquidy (you need to shake the bottle before using it) and indeed very lightweight, silky to the touch and no wonder, because if you look at the list of ingredients the first one is Dimethicone-silicon based polymer which makes the 'dreamy gliding over skin' sensation. But also it might be responsible for blocking pores and breakouts and I have to report that during the time of testing the foundation I got a few painful breakouts which normally I very rarely get. I can't be 100% sure it's the foundation's fault because I've been using couple of different new products at the same time, but bare that in mind if you're prone to breakouts.
The coverage is medium and I didn't find it builds up nicely.
I found it difficult to blend it into my skin to make it look flawless. I used my fingers, as Maybelline suggests, my beloved Beauty Blender, Sigma F80 kabuki brush, Real Techniques buffing brush and every time the effect was more or less awful.
Unfortunately I really dislike this foundation.
It clings to any dry areas I didn't even know I had, sinks into my pores and just doesn't look right.
I've tried it for more than a week with different primers, without primers and the result was always dissatisfying. The best effect I got using the buffing brush but the foundation still accentuated dry skin and pores. Also it doesn't last well on my skin, after 4 hours the tip of my nose and chin were looking patchy and needed touch up. These parts of my face are the ones that foundation likes to disappear from very quickly, so they're normally the big test for any of my base products.
Even though my skin is usually combination/oily, lately has been really dehydrated and the foundation just showed me how much. So if your skin is in a very good condition you might actually like the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation because it's very lightweight and when I swatch it on my hand it feels and looks dreamy.
I might give this foundation another go in a few weeks when my skin gets less dry but right now I'm putting it in the back of the makeup drawer.
I've decided to show you on pictures what's the coverage like and how the foundation looks on my skin. Please, excuse my bare face and wet hair!
Pic 1 - my skin with only primer on
Pic 2 - after applying a layer of the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation
Pic 3 - close up of my skin to show how the foundation accentuate dry areas
Pic 4 - my face with an every day 'fresh look' makeup on, just to balance out the two first pictures which probably scared the hell out of you, haha!
I was really excited about this new Maybelline foundation and really wanted to love it but unfortunately I don't even like it.
Have you tried it? If you did, what was your experience? Did you like it? Let me know your thoughts.
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