Foundations can be very hit and miss. Especially if, like me, you have dry skin. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not bother than have cakey, lumpy, dry patches on my face. Overall, I don’t have a lot to cover, but there are some occasions when a BB cream just isn’t enough. There has been a lot of hype around the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation. Maybelline presumably sent a huge batch out to all the beauty vloggers on YouTube, because they all suddenly started featuring it at the same time. So, being the mug that I am, I decided to jump aboard and try it out for myself.
As I mentioned above – and in my haul post here – I have dry skin. It’s bad in the summer, but in the winter, it’s just….uggh. My problem areas are around my nose, and on my forehead. So the idea of a matte foundation kind of makes me want to run away screaming. So far, my favourite two foundations are the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I wrote about both here if you want a read. FYI: I have never bought a high-end foundation. Say what?!
So, how does the Dream Velvet Matte Foundation shape up? Overall not bad, not bad at all. I have worn it a few times, and have mostly been impressed. The colour, 10 Ivory, is excellent for my pale (but not the palest) skin. I have yet to figure out if I have warm or cool undertones, for the record, so I can’t comment on that. The texture is soft, moussey, and almost fluffy. I found that it is most like the Bourjois Nude Sensation Foundation in texture, but the Maybelline foundation is slightly thinner and lighter.
It applies really nicely, and goes on smoothly. ( I am just going to stop here and say, Maybelline, what the heck were you thinking with this little sponge doohickey? It is some sort of joke surely? It certainly cannot be used to apply foundation with, it is too small and rubbery. Useless. Don’t bother buying it, even if it is on offer) Right, anyway, back to the foundation. Applied with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, it leaves a smooth matte base. One thing to be aware of is that (in my case) the foundation applied much more evenly on exfoliated skin. I also used my favourite moisturising primer (Too Faced Hangover Primer). I wore it for around six hours each time (that seems to be my average for needing to look presentable, after that I am ready to wash my face and get my PJs on), and it lasted well. There wasn’t a lot of fading, in fact it wore extremely well. It didn’t go patchy, and still looked natural at the end of the day. The first time, I did apply my Pixi Glow Mist, which may have defeated the purpose of the matte foundation, but I just couldn’t help myself. After that though – in the interest of giving a fair review – I did refrain, and left the foundation to do its thang.
By itself, the finish is definitely matte, but not overly drying. It took a little while to ‘settle’ on my skin, and looked infinitely better around 30 minutes after application, than it did initially. By then my skin looked a lot more natural and less like a mask. The coverage is medium, and although I didn’t have a great deal of luck building it up (it started to cake on me), that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.
Can I recommend the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation? In a word, yes. I think it is a good foundation for the price point (it’s £7.99 here), and if you can find your shade in the limited selection, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Personally, I prefer a more dewy finish, but if we have a hot summer (ha – as if) then I think it would be more successful on my skin.
What do you think? Are you keen to try this latest offering from Maybelline, or are you going to give it a miss?