Monday, 9 March 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation - review

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation
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?
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation
maybelline Dream Flawless Nude 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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  1. Chloe Butchers9 March 2015 at 10:02

    Thanks so much for being honest. I was really tempted to try this foundation but after this I might give it a miss. I often find the lightest colours in makeup still too dark for me, and have dry skin too, so it doesn't look like I'll be loving it ;)

    Chloe x

  2. Love the honest review. I had been thinking of buying this but won't now having read that it clings to dry patches! xx

  3. I for sure will not be trying this one then as I have horrible break outs at the moment and would hate anything that could make that worse, also don't like the look of the dropper on it. Great honest review :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

  4. Phew so glad I waited for your review instead of purchasing this like I was tempted to. The cons of this foundation definitely want to make me stay away from it and I don't think it would suit my skin at all x

    Beauty with charm

  5. It's such a shame when foundations let you down :( I'm glad I haven't purchased this!!

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty // YouTube Channel

  6. I have the same skin type as you at the moment. Defo going to be avoiding this then! I've just learn to accept that 90% of drugstore foundations don't cater for my fair (ghost) skin.
    Speckled Beauty Blog

  7. Victoria Nightingale9 March 2015 at 19:03

    I haven't tried this but it's a shame that you had such a bad experience! I hate the applicator, it looks really annoying to use!

  8. Thanks for your honest review - I've been thinking whether to give this a try as it sounded great but will be saving my money now lol 😊 hate the look of that dropper applicator too - looks like it'd be a nightmare to use! 😕

  9. What a shame! I ummed and ahhed over this but ended up leaving it - good job too it sounds! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  10. Hmm, I have dry skin too, so looks like I wouldn't get on with this either. Great honest and detailed review! X

    Kate Louise Blogs

  11. When I went on my last trip to boots I really couldn't resist picking this up as it was still on offer haha, and so far I've been liking it, my skin is on the more normal side (it gets a bit dry during winter) so fortunately it didn't cling and applied well, the only thing that's quite disappointing for me is the shade selection, its not a perfect match for my skin tone. And I agree the applicator is plain useless! x

  12. It's good that you like it! I will try it again in a couple of weeks after deeply hydrating my skin to see if it will looks better then :) x

  13. Now I've tried it I wouldn't recommend it but it might be different for everyone :) x

  14. The applicator is completely useless :) And I wouldn't recommend the foundation to anyone with dry, dehydrated skin. x

  15. The applicator is really useless :) I wanted to love this foundation but unfortunately it's not for me, at least at this moment. x

  16. I thought so too and was very excited to get it but it let me down :( If you have some dry patches on your skin this foundation most likely will accentuate them. x

  17. Fortunately I can easily find a shade for my skin in the drugstore but I can imagine that someone with paler than mine skin will struggle :(

  18. It might have been different for you but for me definitely doesn't work :( x

  19. I'm glad you didn't rush with buying this foundation because most likely you'd be disappointed just as I am, especially if your skin is on the drier side. x

  20. Yeah, I'm really thinking that this foundation made me break out, not good! x

  21. Yeah, it would be more useful!

  22. Thanks! I feel a bit bad writing a negative review but it might save someone from disappointment. It clings badly to dry patches so if you have them then it's better to avoid it. x

  23. Thanks! The foundation looks really bad on dry/dehydrated skin so if that's your case I would rather avoid it. x

  24. I was watching this in Boots today because of all the hype around it. I didn't pick it up in the end and after reading your post, I am glad I didn't. My skin is just so sensitive to breakouts at the moment that I need to stay away from any product that block pores xx

    Brenda BusyBee | Bella & Bear Professional 15 Piece Makeup Brush Set Giveaway

  25. I'm hearing such mixed reviews about this foundation, but my skin is dry so I'm not even going to try it! I love your blog btw :)


  26. Such a shame it didn't work for you! I have combination skin too and it has been a bit on the drier side lately but when I tried a sample of this foundation, it worked well for me. The applicator looks so useless though, why can't they just put a pump on every foundation?! Haha, xx

    Anu | My life as Anu | bloglovin

  27. Definitely! What's the problem with putting a pump in every foundation :) Glad the foundation worked for you! x

  28. Thanks so much! My skin is dry at the moment and this foundation doesn't look good on it. x

  29. I wouldn't recommend this foundation after trying it myself. Of course you might have a different experience but I don't think it's worth risking :) x

  30. I am having the exact same experience with a similar Maybelline foundation, so I understand completely!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  31. I was so disappointed with how this foundation performed for me :( x

  32. Sorry to read it didn't work for you. I love the fresh makeup look though. :) x

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  33. I really wanted to love it but it's just doesn't work for my skin at the moment, I'm glad it was cheap :) x

  34. Oh no, I had so much hope for this, Dagmara! My skin is also dry and have a few dry patches so I'll probably be giving this a miss. What a shame, I really thought this would be brilliant. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity


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