Product Review | Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Alright. I've been on a roller coaster ride with this Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, so I have quite a bit of rambling to do. If you were curious about this product, buckle up!

First of all, it took 3 tries to find the right shade, and even at that it's not quite a perfect match, but good enough to work with and wear out. Because the packaging doesn't let you see the actual product, you have to rely on the colors painted on there, which aren't super accurate. Also, all shades I've tried either lean towards the pink or orange undertone...But that's my one BIG complaint with this foundation. Could be worse...On the bright side, it doesn't oxidize much?
a picture of Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation (05 Warm Porcelain, 10 Porcelain Ivory, 20 Classic Ivory)
a picture of Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation ; 05 Warm Porcelain, 10 Porcelain Ivory, 20 Classic Ivory (swatches)

a picture of Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in 20 Classic Ivory (swatch, blended out)
I finally opted for shade 20 Classic Ivory. Above, is a picture of it blended out on my hand. The texture of this foundation is a nice dense mousse, reminiscent of the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, if you're familiar with it. This claims to be a hydrating foundation, but quite frankly, if you have dry skin, I would avoid this. It's not that it's drying either, but you definitely need to moisturize very well, way ahead of time, and use the proper primer (I'm still using the Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm and a bit of Benefit POREfessional where my pores are the largest). If not, it will cling to dry patches quite a bit. Also make sure you also exfoliate before for best results. That being said, it's not a flat matte either...It applies very smoothly and has a nice perfecting finish with a light to medium coverage. Through trial and error, I found that it looks best when applied with a buffing brush and then going back over with a Beauty Blender

Here's a little before and after for y'all :
a picture of Before Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in 20 Classic Ivory (no makeup)
a picture of After Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in 20 Classic Ivory (application swatch)
As you can see, it does a decent job at covering the redness and evening out the skin tone, yet some of my freckles still show through, which I like. And here it is, below, with the rest of my face makeup.
a picture of After Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in 20 Classic Ivory and face makeup (application swatch)
Let's tally up shall we?
Finish : 5/5 Very beautiful finish, not 100% natural, but lovely and not too obvious. It also blurs out imperfections nicely.
Color match : 3/5   Since it was such a struggle to find my best match, which was still not perfect, I have to knock down a few points here.
Performance/Longevity : 3.5/5 If you prep very well, this foundation will wear nicely throughout the day. It will get a bit "dewey-er" on my T-Zone but it just looks glowly, not greasy. However, if I particularly dry in some areas, it will look awful, clings to dry patches, enhances them, settles into pores and fine lines...A hot mess. But it can be avoided. So if all goes well, this is a great day time foundation (not super long lasting, but will get you through quite a few hours)
Packaging : 3/5 Although I like the easiness and hygienic properties of the tube, not being able to easily pick out a shade (which is already hard enough at the drugstore to being with), is incredibly frustrating.
Price : 5/5 Price is your average drugstore foundation price (around $8.99), so I can't complain.
Final score : 3.9/5 

All in all, this a decent foundation for more natural days. I like it, but I don't love it. I'll keep using it but I still prefer the No.7 Lift & Luminate Foundation for every day. For long days, nights out or anything else, the Fit Me Matte + Poreless, this day is still my Holy Grail.

Have you tried it? Let me know if it worked out for you!

Talk to you soon,

-Xoxo, Val

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