Oh that time when a new foundation hits the shelves of Dischem or Clicks and the temptation to snatch it up is so strong – I think that’s because we don’t get all the foundations when they launch overseas and often they take so long to arrive on our shores.
I hadn’t heard much about the Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte when I picked it up from Zando. This is sometimes the best way to test something out because your opinion is non bias to either side.
It’s marketed to be a hydrating matte foundation with a mousse consistency. The shade range is quite extensive but as always the lightest shade (10 Ivory which is actually the 3rd shade in the offering!) we get here in South Africa is just not light enough for me and I did notice there aren’t a huge selection of darker shades available either. What drew me to the Maybelline Dream Velvet was two things; firstly the fact that it claims to be hydrating and secondly the velvet part.
The first time I used it I absolutely loved it, it left my skin feeling hydrated and soft, matte enough not to need a powder but still not a flat matte if you know what I mean. I honestly thought I had found a winner! Somehow the next time I used it I noticed that it oxidised a bit on my skin I wrote it off as sometime the way you apply a foundation can be a bit off one day or your tool could be a little dirty and not work well with the formula. So I tried a few more times and I honestly was so disappointed, each time it seemed to get worse, I started off the day with an ok looking base and ended the day with a patchy mess, I mean just look at my nose:
I wasn’t expecting a full coverage foundation out of this one but I was hoping for a comfortable every day base that could hold up at least 8 hours without my face looking like I forgot to remove the last years of foundation!
Unfortunately for me the Maybelline Dream Velvet was a huge disappointment, I wonder if it has to do with my skin being more to the oily side and if it works better on dry skin types? If you have dry skin and have tried this please let me know how it worked for you? What baffles me is that matte foundations are usually made with oiler skins in mind.
I love Maybelline as a brand; their mascara’s are my absolute favourites always have been! I think I have been usuing Maybelline Mascara’s for over 13 years now, can we just take a moment for the falsies – my most favourite mascara *heart eyes* I can’t wait to try the new push up falsies *heart eyes*, they really do Mascara’s well. I also really enjoy their Color Sensational Lipsticks are some of my favourites, but I have to say that I don’t seem to get a long well with their face products, you may remember my experience with baby skin so I think going forward I’ll stick to using the products that I think Maybelline do really well, mascara and lipsticks!