At heart – high end foundations work better for me than anything I’ve found on the high street. I’d never have picked up this Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation had I have not been sent a bundle of Maybelline products to try at the end of 2015. I’ve actually had this review written since May, but by the time I came around to posting as I’d not managed to get pictures of it on my face – I’d ended up spending a week in the sun in a heatwave and the colour no longer matched, funnily my thoughts seem to have changed a little now I’ve revisited it in winter.
The Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation contains SPF 13 I’d describe this as a light-medium finish, whilst it could probably be built up and layered if you were prepared to wait for this to set. I find that if I’m not applying a powder straight away it takes a good 10 minutes for the tacky feeling that it leaves behind to settle down enough to be able to add another layer.
I have real trouble applying this foundation, I find it very easy to ruin what I’ve just put on. I’ve tried with beauty blenders and brushes and this works best for me applied with my fingers. I find blenders start picking the product back up off the face and tends to go quite patchy, and brushes create a really streaky finish. Fingers certainly don’t give a perfect finish, but they get the closest.
So whilst I clearly do not love the application leaving the skin looking just ‘okay’, I dislike even more how long it lasts. No amount of blotting and powdering through the day keeps this looking good. I find that by midday/1 o clock at work if I’ve applied this somewhere around 7.30 – I look like a total greaseball and it’s virtually all gone from my skin.
On the hand it looks fine:
Whilst I’m heavily criticising this foundation, in reality I just don’t think that it’s made for oily skins and I can imagine those with dry skins who are looking for something with a light-medium coverage might get a long somewhat better. I’ll attempt to use this up as quick as possible and I’d like to see it gone from my collection, ultimately I don’t enjoy using it – but if I get to summer the colour has stopped matching my skin before it’s empty, it’ll probably be binned off before it sits in my drawer until the winter again only to be disappointed all over again.
This is actually okay, I’m not now suddenly blown away with it’s performance. It kind of reminds me of the EX1 foundation although it’s initial finish isn’t as nice. I’ve found that this works a hell of a lot better if I use the Instablur primer from the Body Shop, but it’s the only one that seems to help on that initial application problem where it smeared and budged – it’s definitely one that works best with fingers.
I was initially a bit harsh saying the coverage was light, it’s a medium although some areas of the face I have to layer up two or three times before it looks passable, It really struggles to apply well at all to the nose or chin. I still don’t find that this lasts all day on me, and I start feeling oily quite quickly when I wear this – and the performance lasts around 3/4 hours before it’s basically done and gone. This is fine for every day, or a short afternoon out of the house when I want to be ready quickly but it’s not something that I’ll be actively seeking out to repurchase once it’s done and dusted.
After (Used over Laura Geller Spackle Primer)
Full Face (with translucent powder, but no concealer)
Have you tried this from Maybelline? Any great drugstore foundation recommendations will be happily taken on board! If you would like to give this a whirl for yourself you can find this on Boots website here.
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