Review – Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation

In all honesty, I think foundation is one of the hardest items of makeup to get right. It’s not something you can experiment with. Some brands still don’t understand the importance of colour ranges no matter how often it comes to the forefront. We often ride the hype of a certain brand or foundation, and find ourselves disappointed because no foundation is built for every skin type. And as much as I’d love to try Estee Lauder Double Wear, £33.50 is a lot to ask for a foundation!

I have tried a lot of foundations, from BB creams to full coverage formulas. I recently splashed out on the Fenty Beauty Foundation (a shade too light, for once!), only to find it’s mattifying effects were not right for my dry skin. I finally found myself using my Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer more often, and loved it. But with that running out, and my only other options matte bases that were full coverage, I needed a new foundation. I had my heart set on the Bare Minerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, but just didn’t have the cash to spare to add it to my collection.

I have realised recently that I’ve become somewhat of a snob when it comes to makeup. I made high-end products my norm. I convinced myself that drugstore just wasn’t as good, and everything needed to cost upwards of £20 to be any good. But when my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil ran out, and I didn’t have the money to order a new one, I swallowed my pride and went in search of a good drugstore dupe. A quick online search led me to Maybelline for a similar pencil. And whilst there, I decided to try some other things that had a good reputation, before being drawn to the foundations. Having done most of my makeup shopping online, I was pretty impressed to see a display that talked through each foundation type and told me which one was for each skin type. After a little swatching, I settled on the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid.

And guys, I am OBSESSED!

It applies very smoothly, although using a brush can often leave a few streaks if not blended out carefully. I have found that patting it in with my fingers gives a great, natural coverage. Using a beauty sponge works brilliantly too.

This foundation is medium coverage, and that suits the feel of the foundation just fine. I wouldn’t say it’s buildable – it’s quite thin. It’s definitely better for those who need a more natural coverage. If you do have skin that suffers primarily from dryness, but has very few imperfections, this is pretty much perfect!

Don’t get me wrong, this foundation isn’t perfect. I’ve never been much of a powder person, but if this isn’t set with powder, it does separate. So I’ve had to suck it up. But, with a hydrating serum infused, this foundation works wonders for dry skin! I’ve been using it with the Too Faced Hangover Primer and it creates a lovely, smooth, hydrated base. Admittedly, the foundation takes a little while to dry down, but when it does, it creates a lovely, natural, dewy finish. It’s not greasy (although I definitely don’t recommend this for oily skin), and it doesn’t feel dry either. Overall, it gives a “your skin, but better” feel. And that’s just what I want.

Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation, stood up on a blue background

I really love the way this makes my skin look and feel. At the end of the day, I’m not piling moisturiser on to cancel out the drying effects. My skin feels soft. And it works well for those days I just want a more natural makeup look. Sometimes, just this and concealer is all I need, and it doesn’t look like a have a scrap of makeup on my face! The skin match is pretty good too, and with a relatively wide shade range to go with it!

If you have dry skin, and need a foundation that provides a bit of coverage whilst not drying out or caking your skin, this is a serious contender. What’s better, it only costs £7.99, so it won’t break the bank. I only need to use about 2 pumps for a full face and neck cover, so this should last a little while.

This is definitely an effective foundation that won’t cost the earth, and I’m really happy with it. I do think it’s best suited to a specific skin type – dry skin. Oily skin probably wouldn’t suit this foundation – whilst it is oil free, it is quite a wet foundation. I get the feeling this wouldn’t set on oily skin. Although if you have used this on oily skin and can prove me wrong, I’d be more than happy to know!

Have you tried this foundation? How did it suit you?


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