New in Beauty: Review of Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation and Dream Blender Foundation Sponge

New in Beauty: Review of Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation and Dream Blender Foundation Sponge

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.

maybelline dream velvet foundation and dream blender foundation spinge review by ellemma

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.

review of maybelline dream velvet foundation and dream blender foundation sponge

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.

maybelline dream velvet foundation review by ellemma

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.


make up using maybelline dream velvet foundation

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.

maybelline dream blender sponge review by ellemma

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.

review of dream maybelline dream blender foundation sponge

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



  1. February 18, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Lovely post, I’ve wanted to try this since it came out – but I’ve been waiting for a review! I think I’ll have to take a trip to boots some time soon 🙂

    Love your blog <3

    Love & Hugs
    Frances xoxo

    • February 18, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much Frances, am really glad you enjoyed the review and like the blog. I would be interested to see what you think of the foundation and blender, let me know your thoughts when you give them a try! Going to have a little nosey of your blog now, I love your Instagram feed

      • February 19, 2016 / 9:23 am

        I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.
        Thank you, I love your instagram too <3

        • February 19, 2016 / 10:20 am

          Can’t wait to hear your thoughts 🙂 Ah thanks lovely! Your feed is so pretty too X

  2. Megan
    February 18, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Lovely review. It looks so beautiful and natural on your skin!

    • February 18, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Oh thank you so much Megan that’s very kind of you! I am really liking the foundation, it feels so light on the skin but gives great coverage x

  3. Amy Hicks
    February 19, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Great review! Definitely think I will be giving this a try, I am always on the hunt for a good foundation for oily skin, glad I know not to invest in the blender tho!

    Love your blog Emma I really enjoy reading it! I used to have one myself but gave up in the end! I can definitely see your’s going far 🙂 xxxx

    • February 20, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Hi my lovely thanks so much for your comment! I love getting feedback on my posts and it’s so nice to hear that a review has been useful. You might like the blender, I just wasn’t a fan. For smaller areas it does work well but for a couple of pounds more I think it’s worth getting the Real Techniques version as that’s huge and really squishy; perfect for the face lol! So sorry to hear you stopped blogging! I really enjoyed reading your posts, maybe pick it up again when it suits you 🙂 Hope all is good with you xxxx

    • March 14, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you so much for the nomination Urvashi! I will be posting my answers very soon. I enjoyed reading your post xx

  4. March 2, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Great review, really helpful. I’ve been wondering whether to make this purchase… I think you’ve tempted me! 🙂

    • March 2, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment Alisha and so glad that you liked the review! Means so much to me when someone has gained from a post, I hope you like the foundation as much as I do! 🙂 x

  5. Ceeza
    November 8, 2017 / 4:37 am

    I loved the review and how much detail u explained ive been wanting to try it out but was un sure is it a matte finish

    • November 8, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Hi Ceeza thanks for your comment! Yes it’s a very matte finish – it’s a great bargain foundation

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