There are so many new products coming out at the drugstore that it’s been hard to resist buying any of them. I’d watched and read a few rave reviews about the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, so when I saw it at Target I just had to pick it up. The shade selection didn’t include the full range, but Sandy Beige looked like a pretty good match. It was the only one left on the display, so I took it as a sign that I had to try it.
Here are the claims on the back of the tube.
Packaging. It’s a squeeze tube, which I actually like compared to the typical open bottle with no pump and it works well with the consistency of the foundation. I don’t like that I can’t actually see what the foundation shade looks like through the tube. Compared to the color on the tube, the actual product is lighter. Rating: 4/5
Performance. The foundation is a mousse-like consistency, although it appears pretty thick when you squeeze it out, it’s also has an airy feel to it. There is a sponge that is sold separately, but in conjunction with the foundation which I did not buy. I felt like my Beauty Blender would suffice. After the first layer, I noticed that the foundation is lighter than it appears on the packaging. It covered my redness, but any blemishes still peeked through. After a second layer they were less visible, but I’d say this gives a good medium coverage. From a distance, the finish does looks great and gives that “soft-matte” effect, but up close its not as great. It clung to any dryness and just didn’t meld with my skin well. I felt like two layers made it look cakey. I’ve tried this with and without primer and I think it does look better with. My pores were much less noticeable and it held up on my t-zone slightly better. After about 3 hours I needed to touch up. My pores around my nose were more noticeable and the foundation was starting to break down. I blotted and powdered with the Rimmel Stay Matte and it held up better for the rest of the night. Everywhere else where my skin is more normal it looked fine. In terms of being hydrating, all I can say is that it felt comfortable on my skin over almost 8 hours of wear. I think this would be better for someone with normal skin, maybe even dry, but you definitely want to exfoliate because it will cling to any dry patches. I’d also prime, powder, and even use a setting spray if you have more combination/oily skin to extend the wear. Rating: 3/5
After two layers.
Price. I got mine from Target for about $8-9, I couldn’t find the receipt for the exact price. I think that’s actually pretty good, especially if the foundation works for you. In my case, it wasn’t anything special, but I don’t think it’s terribly overpriced for what it is. Rating: 4/5
Total rating: 3.6/5
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this foundation, I think it just didn’t work for my skin type. I think the L’Oreal Pro-Matte is a better choice if you have combination/oily skin. If you’ve tried this, what did you think?