Maybelline – Dream Matte Mousse

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This is one of those legendary products that have been around for years, everyone and their mama has either used it or at least have known about it, me included but this is truthfully the first time I’ve bought this….

The reason is very simply that the original shade line always consisted of medium shades with a strong warm undertone.

So you can imagine my surprise when I was at the drugstore and saw this. This new shade is called 02 Fair and it is very weird when you compare it to the rest of the line as it seem to be five shades lighter.

I have been looking for  a new matte foundation as I sometimes feel the need to change my usual routine occasionally. Instead of buying an old favourite of mine I decided to take a chance with Maybelline.

I’ve had this in my cabinet for five months and I’ve tested it properly out.

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What is Maybellines’s claims about this foundation?

  • This long-lasting foundation features exclusive silky matte powder spheres that glide evenly onto the skin for a flawless, soft-focus 16-hour matte finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types. Suitable for sensitive skin.

 

Packaging

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This is where I have some mixed feelings.

The foundation comes in a glass jar and I do worry about the possible hygiene + the fact that this also means that the foundation comes in contact with a lot of air. Which can possibly lead to the foundation not only becoming a breeding ground for bacteria but also dry out very easily.

This is easily partially subverted by using a spatula or spoon to get the product out.

In itself I think the packaging does not look bad nor cheap, I actually like how the lid is colour coded and I like that it feels heavy in my hands.

The jar contains 18 ml of product.

 

Shade

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You can clearly see how it sits atop the skin.

The shade is the lightest in the line and is called 02 Fair.

For my skin tone this is light enough but the undertone is a bit too neutral for me, it makes me look a little bit flat and tired. Plus the “primer” part of the formula gives me  a white cast in certain lights.

But that does not mean that the shade is bad as I know there are a lot of people out there who has requested that brands feature more pale foundations with neutral or warm undertones as it is more common with pale foundations to feature a cool undertone.

I believe this foundation will be a great addition for you if you are pale with neutral undertones.

 

Formula

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The first impression of this foundation as I scooped it out of the jar was that it felt really velvety and that this could possibly become a new holy grail.

Before I applied it to my face I had already primed it even though this foundation claims to already have a priming effect in the formula. I decided to apply it first with my fingers before buffing it out with a finishing brush.

The result left much to be desired. For some very weird reason this made my cheeks look very textured and the most difficult area on my face for this foundation was my nose area which looked like it wanted to flake off.

To “fix” this I actually had to wet my finishing brush and wipe most of the foundation of the nose and spritz my beloved Isadora face mist on multiple times over the entire face to make this look good.

The next time I used this I tried it with a beautyblender and the result were almost the same.

My issue is that this foundation just slides on top of your skin and it never settles down or blend into your skin. It is also difficult to remove.

The coverage is also not that great.

The worst part was that after one hour I looked greasy…

I just can’t understand that since I rarely get oily when I wear foundations.

My skin has never reacted like this to any base product especially not in the way that this made my skin look more flawed than it looks like without any makeup.

My camera had difficulty capturing how this looks on my skin and in lack of proper daylight during the winter month’s it is notoriously difficult to take a good picture. I also decided to not wear anything but the foundation as to showcase the full effect it gives. As you can see my skin looks incredibly dry and flat.

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Conclusion

To be honest this is not a new favourite of mine.

It’s not only that the shade is wrong but also that despite being advertised as a foundation for people with combo/oily skin it still highlights drier areas and does not do enough to hide imperfections or texture. Actually this foundation made me see flaws I don’t see when I’m not wearing any makeup….

I’m really surprised that a foundation that is claimed as the most sold in the world and that has been on display for at least almost a decade is this bad.

It is actually one of the super rare instances where I can’t understand  why anyone would enjoy this.

I truly felt that this foundation was demanding as it required both upkeep and a specific application method, it just became a hassle for me to use this and I did really experiment with it since I wanted to love it so badly.

 

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The Body Shop: Fresh Nude Foundation

According to The Body Shop this foundation is enriched with English rose-water and organic aloe vera. It is supposed to be a hydrating formula with a light to medium coverage and a semi matte finish, it has an spf of 15 and leaves the skin hydrated for 24 hr with comfort and without the mask feeling. It also comes in 16 shades inspired by nature. It is a foundation that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive according to The Body Shop.

But do these claims hold up?

Let’s take a look!

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Now before I go into this review I want to state that I have used this foundation since April 2016, which makes this review long overdue but at least you can say that this is one product that has been fully tested out 😉

 

Packaging

This foundation comes housed in a glass bottle with a pump, something I do prefer since it is more hygienic. It also feels heavy in my hand when I hold it up but I’d really wish that the cap was made from something else than black thin plastic as it does feel flimsy compared to the rest.

It contains 30 ml of product which I feel is a very average amount for foundation.

I feel this bottle has an understated elegance about it which is usually the look I like in makeup packaging.

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Formula

Compared to a lot of liquid foundations I’ve tried through the years, this has a very runny consistency and the pigments in this is very finely milled which is something I prefer in a foundation since it does give a very natural result and is very easy to work with.

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Here you can clearly see the consistency of this foundation.

The closest foundation this reminds me of is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin, not that says a lot really since they are quite different in texture and finish but it is the closest foundation I can compare it to.

I enjoy the floral scent it has, it is mild and non- abrasive but fresh.

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When it comes to the claim about 24hr of hydration, I just have an important question: who wears a foundation that long?

But it does in fact feel great on my combo/oily skin, it does not break me out or feel heavy as most hydrating base products does. On the rare occasion I’m having any red or dry areas on my skin, this foundation does help calm those areas down and conceal them while on my oily areas it helps controlling the oil.

One of the claims The Body Shop has with this foundation is also that it’s supposed to give your skin a nice healthy glow, a claim that it upholds as I’ve never received so many comments on how healthy and glowy my skin look as I have when wearing this.

I feel that this foundation is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to use as it does tick all the boxes for what I look for in a foundation.

It also works over sun screen without getting greasy or starting to separate, something which is important for me as I use sunscreen everyday.

Another thing to mention is that i find this foundation suitable in all kinds of seasons. During winter times it protects my skin while in summer time it helps cooling down my skin.

But it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

This has a medium to light coverage and it is not buildable. Personally this is the coverage I prefer but I know others might want a heavier coverage or at least the possibility to build up the coverage on strategic areas.

When it comes to the claim about it being suitable to all skin types, I just feel the need to state that no matter what sort of beauty product your trying out, please do a sensitivity check first and remember that just because something claims that it is suitable for a certain skin type, it is not always true.

I’ve had experiences with products aimed at oily/combination skin that actually either made me greasy or even dried up my skin so bad that I had to use weeks to get my skin back to health.

 

Conclusion

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I can highly recommend this to people who want a natural looking finish and coverage.

It’s a bonus that this foundation comes in a wide range of skin tones. I wear the lightest shade and it is the first time I can say that my foundation shade suits me seamlessly since I am very pale with a cool undertone.

The deepest shade is darker than what I’ve seen in most other ranges, I’m not the right person to give advice on foundations for people with deeper skin tones but this might be a perfect match for someone who has trouble to find a foundation deep enough for them. Hence I’m mentioning it.

The Body Shop also sells shade adjusting drops in two variants, one for lightening and one for darkening foundations. I haven’t tried these as I feel the foundation works well with my skin tone, but it might be interesting for someone else.

 

L’Oreal Paris: Nude Magique Cushion

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This product has been on the shelves for awhile now but I was interested in trying it out now that it was on clearance sale.

The ordinary price for this foundation is quite steep in my opinion, both for being drugstore but also for containing a small amount of product. Another thing that kept me from buying it before now is also the shade range and me questioning whether the lightest shade would be too dark for me.

But here I am with this brand new cushion foundation.

So what claims does this have and more importantly does it uphold those claims?

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According to L’Oreal this cushion foundation can boast:

An SPF of 29

Buildable coverage and a luminous, dewy finish with a cooling effect during application.

The application sponge contained within is anti-bacterial.

Comes in seven different shades.

 

My first reaction to these claims is that they all make this cushion foundation like something I would really enjoy.

SPF level is higher than most foundations on the market and I like the claims about buildable coverage.

It’s a bonus in my view that the applicator sponge is anti-bacterial, I’ve been worried of the hygiene issues when it comes to these cushion foundations.

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Packaging

I like how compact the packaging is, especially compared to my Etude House: Any Cushion Cream Filter.

I’m usually not a packaging fan as I feel the most important part will always be the content, but I really find the packaging cute. It reminds me of vintage candy adverts and I believe this is one of those items you would not mind having on your vanity.

It is made of plastic but it does not feel cheap or like it would easily break.

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Application and formula.

The formula is quite lovely and I can testify that this does have a cooling effect which combined with the SPF makes me believe this is great for spring and summer. I don’t like the scent it has since it can be a little bit overpowering for my taste.

The finish is luminous just like the brand claims.

However I do feel the need to say that the applicator is sometimes a little bit difficult to use. It is because it has a tendency to drag the product around on top of skin and not buff it in.

The coverage is perhaps one of the downfalls of this foundation. I do love a “natural” coverage or low to medium coverage, but rarely do I have the feeling to pack a foundation on as I did with this.

Combine that with the applicator and I found myself feeling that I wasted a couple of minutes on something that usually does not require a lot of time.

But don’t misunderstand me, it is actually a quite nice formula and I’m just being a little bit nitpicky with this one.

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Shade

As with all cushion foundations, they look much darker in the packaging than on skin. I still found this too dark for me despite being in shade 01 Porcelain, the lightest shade in the line.

It is not too dark but it has a lot of warmth in it, which does give you what could be called a nice glow but personally I prefer a glow that comes from something “cold” such as a pale highlighter or pigments.

But I hear there’s a lot of my fellow pale people who do enjoy this shade namely because of it containing a hint of warmth. That it makes them look glowing but without an orange or yellowish tint, like a fake tan and I have to agree with them.

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Here’s a picture of my face from the side and you can see clearly where the foundation transitions over to my skin. I did really try to blend it out so that it would not be so obvious but then the coverage all but disappeared. It’s not horrible or off-putting but I like my foundation to be a closer match.

Wear

 

The wear time is average but I found myself not liking this foundation over a base, it seemed to me that this foundation prefers to be combined with my sunscreen but not anything else.

The wear time at most before I could notice any significant wear down was 4-5 hours.

Conclusion

This is a product I personally won’t buy again because of the combination of price+shade.

The formula and wear time although it sounded that I hated those were actually not that bad in my opinion.

It is among the better foundations I’ve tried and I do have to say that I would recommend people to try it if they’re curious.