I’ve been bursting to buy this and give it a whirl since I saw the ad a while ago, so here are my thoughts on the new Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation and Dream Blender Sponge from Maybelline.
I’ll just start off by quickly saying that I’m always excited to try new foundations. Ultimately they are the one piece of kit in your bag which is going to get the most use on a daily basis. (If you’re anything like me and tend to wear a fair bit most days of the week).
They are one of those pieces of make up which can literally transform your appearance, especially now that every brand out there has so much variety in terms of coverage and shades. The good thing with the high street/drug store (depending on whether you are UK or US for which option you want to go with), is that there is a ton of choice available.
I’ve worn a few Maybelline foundations in the past. Remember the Dream Matte Mousse?! What a craze that started when it first came out in its little glass pot. It was such a novelty, and thinking back it was actually a pretty innovative release from Maybelline. I wore Dream Matte for the best part of a year when I was at uni. It provided great coverage and like the name suggested, was a matte finish which is what I always look out for, being more of an oily-skinned gal. It was also cheap! Always under a tenner and often on promotion. Dream Matte Mousse was a firm favourite of mine for quite a while.
Then for some reason or another I decided to give the Dream Satin Liquid a go. I loved this to begin with…like the mousse it also gave great coverage and came in a good variety of shades, but I found that it just wasn’t for my skin-type after a while. It started making me shine in all the wrong places after only a couple of hours and even with powder on top it just seemed to slip off my face. For those with dry skin I would definitely recommend giving Dream Satin a go; but for anyone who is prone to an oily forehead and nose like myself I think it’s best given a wide berth.
Most recently I bought the Superstay 24 Hour which I’ve been really liking. I think it’s actually a good high-street alternative to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear as it has great staying power, brilliant coverage and good shine control. A very nice all-rounder and by far and away my favourite from Maybelline recently.
Then they go and release another one. Although admittedly I am pretty excited about this, especially as it’s sold as being soft-matte AND hydrating. Surely a win-win? The Dream Velvet is:
Dream Velvet gel whipped foundation combines…
Pigments wrapped in a velvet shield for a soft-matte finish and natural looking coverage.
A refreshing gel with 2x more water vs Dream Satin Liquid. Skin looks fresh and feels hydrated for 12 hours.
Our first hydrating matte foundation for 100% velvet smooth perfection.
The Dream Velvet has had a little companion released with it in the shape of the Dream Blender; essentially a mini beauty blender but the difference with this one is that it is attached to a little stick. Kudos to Maybelline for trying something a bit different as I’m almost a hundred per cent sure that they are the first high street brand to have released their very own alternative to the classic beauty blender.
Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation
I went for 21 Nude as I remember buying this shade in the past and it being a close match to my skin tone. They always tend to slightly oxidise though I find. It comes in a standard plastic tube with a screw cap and is actually a bit of a break from most of the other high street foundations that seem to have gone down the glass bottle route recently.
First thing to note. It has a very subtle fruity scent, which I actually quite liked. It’s not overpowering, but it’s there, and worth noting if you’re not a big fan of scented products on the face. The formulation of this reminds me so much of Maybelline’s mousse, combined with the dream satin liquid.
It’s basically a hybrid of the two I think, and the best way that I can describe it. It is quite a thick formula, but applies very nicely (with fingers; more on that in a moment), and gives a medium to full coverage. I love the fact that it feels so light on the skin though.
Good shine control and a nice ‘soft’ finish to the skin. Its lasting power is average, but I found that even without using a pressed powder on top, this didn’t reveal any shine until much later in the day, which is a big bonus for me.
I like this foundation a lot, and think that it could well knock Superstay off my Maybelline favourites list in the near future. It is £7.99 and available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.
So that’s the good news….
Dream Blender Foundation Sponge
The bad news is that for me personally, the Dream Blender just did not live up to the hype. For a start it’s just far too small in my opinion to be able to collect enough product for an area such as the face. For smaller areas such as around the eyes, nose and mouth its absolutely perfect, but for the cheeks and forehead it just seemed to make life more difficult during application.
I like the idea of the handle, as I find that with other beauty blenders I have used in the past (the Real Techniques one is a favourite of mine), it can get slightly messy when holding with your fingers the entire time.That said though, the sponges are a lot bigger in the first place, and I hate to be the one to say that size matters, but in this case, it definitely does.
One more little thing which I wasn’t so keen on with the blender is its lack of ‘bounce’. I just found it far too firm to be able to dab and blend the foundation over my face and so ended up giving up and just applying the rest with my fingers, which was far more satisfying and actually created quite a nice look. I think that the Dream Velvet is a foundation to be used with hands rather than sponges, which is totally ironic given the fact that they have created a blender to accompany this product, but there you go.
Saying that however, it would be well worth trying the Dream Velvet with another beauty blender, such as the original pink one, or any of the hight-street dupes. The Real Techniques one is a good shout, and I’ve even used Primark’s own version in the past which wasn’t too bad to use. Alternatively of course, you could always use a good old brush, and I think that this sort of foundation would be best buffed into the skin to give that really pore-less and airbrushed look. Otherwise, go with the hands!
Sorry for the long ramble of a post. I sometimes find it crazy to think that I can write so much about make up, but I like to think that the reviews are useful to someone out there thinking of trying something new. Definitely worth giving the Dream Velvet a go, although I’m just not too sure about the blender…
Have you used this foundation and/or blender yet? Let me know your thoughts and how how you got on with it? Would love to hear from you, and go follow me on Bloglovin if you haven’t already! Thank you xx