December 15, 2015

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation Review & Swatches

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Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation ($10.99) is a new hydrating matte foundation. Wait, what? Hydrating and matte? Is that even possible? That’s exactly what Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation is though! This is a new hydrating matte finish foundation that promises to keep skin moist yet still manages to provide a smooth, matte finish.

Dry skin is a pain to deal with but oily skin can can be both rewarding and equally as troublesome as dry skin sometimes. Controlling oil and shine and curbing dryness and keeping skin moist is incredibly difficult sometimes. When skin is dry we tend to want to add as much moisture as possible but we risk creating unnecessary shine. With oily skin our first instinct is to to control shine and we’re reaching for powders to mattify but there is such a thing as over mattifying which in turns leads to dullness, tightness, and even flakiness that’s because you may be curing shine but you’re also not providing enough moisture to skin. The question is how does one get the perfect balance?

That’s where Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation comes into play. Soft, matte, and hydrating enough for drier types without sucking moisture from skin yet gentle, matte, and lightly hydrating for oily skin to curb shine yet still provide a bit of moisture that won’t make you more oily or greasy. So yes, hydrating matte is totally a thing and Maybelline harnessed the power of it and put it into a foundation that both dry and oily skin users can enjoy.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation is possibly my new favorite foundation of the moment and I have a funny feeling you’ll feel the same way. Available in a range of 12 shades this soft, velvety cream foundation glides on skin like a second skin and looks incredibly fresh and flawless sans the dull, flat finish we associate with most matte foundations.

There’s so many things to rave here I’m not sure where to start.

This is a soft, velvety mousse texture with a creamy whipped consistency that blends flawlessly and smoothly into skin leaving behind even, soft perfected coverage. I tried it in the shade 75, Natural Beige and the color was near perfect because out of the tube it is a bit dark but once applied it lightens up considerably. This has a very cool feel on skin with a lightly moisturizing finish that does in fact provide a matte but never flat or dull finish on skin. I was worried it would adhere to drier, flakier areas on my face but it did not. What it did do was provide smooth, flawless coverage that was easy to build, easy to wear, and incredibly lightweight. It wore for me a solid seven hours without fading and without setting with powder. It just looked so beautifully natural on my skin and brightened up my entire complexion.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation Swatches (Nautral Beige)

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation Swatches (Nautral Beige)

If you have larger pores or finer lines this will blur their appearance very easily and provide you with a smooth, working canvas for other makeup. It has the second-skin coverage I love so much but it is so weightless and light that it never cakes up or looks made up nor does it catch on my drier areas! It’s just smooth and beautiful no matter how much I apply. It’s just pure, airbrushed joy!

Maybelline also introduced a Dream Blender Foundation Blending Sponge with this which I have a review of scheduled for later tonight. This makes application really easy but honestly, this applies perfectly with fingers just as well as any brush or sponge.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

I’m trying not to over think the idea of a hydrating matte foundation because that has to be some sort oxymoron right? But none the less that’s exactly what Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation provides! A matte yet lightly moisturizing foundation that can be enjoyed by both oily and drier skin types a like for a flawless, airbrushed finish.

Great job Maybelline, great job!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Maria

    Thanks for your review Muse. I saw it on drugstore website and had it in my basket. I was interested but decided to wait. I have combination skin. I guess this would work.

    • Isabella Muse

      sheer to medium, very customizable and doesn’t look caked on when building but when you say you have a lot to cover, a lot of what exactly? It’ll do well with some blemishes, redness, and minor darkness but if you have major acne or acne scarring, rosacea, it might not be enough coverage!

  • productjunkie

    What is your skin color in MAC terms muse? I found it in harmon but having trouble finding a color match.

    • Isabella Muse

      i haven’t a clue. All MAC foundations look orange or yellow or beige on me. I think I am an NC30!??! Sorry I don’t know for sure 🙂

  • Alli

    Where did you find the foundation at?? Trying to figure out where to go tomorrow to buy it 🙂

  • Laura

    That foundation sounds so good! I love the L’Oreal Infallible 24h Matte Foundation, but the lightest shade avaible here is too dark for me at the moment.
    I hope this comes to Germany, with the fair shades please!

  • JoElla

    Well snap! Looks Loken I need a new foundation and a new brush.

    Thanks for the in depth review. This sounds like it will be perfect during the winter.

  • Dee

    Muse, thank you so much for your review! I was considering this foundation, but wondered how it would fair on my dry, mature skin. Definitely gonna try this one out, as it seems like it would suit just fine!
    Think I’m gonna pass on the sponge brush though. For some reason I feel like I could hold it up in the air, go stand on Staten Island, and make like Lady Liberty. LOL. ~ I guess I just have a weird sense of humor. 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      haha you have a hysterical sense of humor, totally made me laugh! 🙂 Hehe! I think it’ll be fine! I’m like the Sahara right now and it looked smooth and blended beautifully! I hope you like it Dee!

  • An

    I sounds wonderful. I can’t remember when I last bought a drugstore foundation, but I have to try this one. Thanks for the review.

  • Natalie Brown

    I so wanted this foundation to be good & I’m so excited to read your “approved” review! Thanks for the fun information. 🙂

  • Allison

    Man! I can’t wait to find thus in Canada! All the releases! Makes my heart ache and wallet cry! Lol can’t wait!

  • Anastasia

    Hi Isabella! I’m new to your blog and I really love it and you!!! I realy appreciate your drugstore reviews as I just don’t have room in my family budget for Prestige prices! (Plus, I don’t go out anymore, cause I’m an old fuddy-duddy who basically only wears makeup to work). I’m very curious about this because, to me, this just seems like L’ Oreal’s Visible Lift Blur Foundatin re packaged for the Maybelline younger crowd. (Especially when the first ingeediens I see are cones!!! ) What is your opinion? Do they have any similarities in your eyes other that the exact same packaging??? Thanks for your wonderful reviews!!!

  • lisa

    Hello, does this have a noticeable smell? I can’t buy covergirl because of the odor:(
    thanks so much.

  • cat

    This is exciting. I don’t really wear foundation because I don’t have a good one (I use L’Oreal True Match on the few occasions when I decide to wear foundation) and while I don’t mind my natural skin, it might be nice sometimes with more dramatic eye makeup to have a more flawless finish. Thanks, Muse!

  • Jennifer

    This review made me bite the bullet and try it! I love your review because I suspect we have super similar skintones as every product I’ve tried in your shades have been dead ringers for me haha! Anyway, I have been using nothing but asian cosmetics for the past year or two and I find most american brands – especially drugstore – break me out in a nano second (very acne prone and SUPER oily skin

    BUT OMG. Maybelline. You have outdone yourself.
    I absolutely hate wearing foundation because by the end of the day — without fail — i become a disgusting melted mess. But this stuff…I love the moussey-gel texture that glides on and it seriously feels like nothing on your skin. Again, I repeat, I hate wearing almost all foundations because I can’t stand feeling the foundation “sitting” there. This foundation is lighter than pretty much all of my BB creams (it’s seriously weightless, guys), provides really good coverage (hyperpigmentation here), and it is a silky matte finish without being drying at all (like most “matte” products)! It really is hydrating!

    My only downside is — lasting power. It still lasts fairly well and I think for most people the lasting power would be good. On my skin one day, I noticed some settling on my larger pores. However, I am convinced if I could just find an amazing primer for my grease bucket skin, I’d be set. Despite this concern, I remember sleeping through the night with this foundation on and looking remarkably intact and smooth the next morning….with no breakouts…brb while I go buy all the tubes.
    I cry, you guys, I cry tears of joy….it’s a near wish come true

    • Isabella Muse

      ha awesome Jennifer! Skin tone twins 🙂 Thankfully they don’t break me out but I’m always terribly disappointed by them 🙁 I am so glad you liked this as I felt it was quite lovely as well! A good prime is key! 🙂 haha I’m so glad you love this! Enjoy reading your review of it!

  • starbluewhitered

    Hi Isabella, do you use MUFE HD foundation. If so what color do you use? I don’t know what color I would be in the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation . I am MUFE 118. Does someone know what color?
    Thank you

  • starbluewhitered

    Thank you kindly. Did you find that the 75 was the right color for you?
    I think I have the same skin tone as you so I just might get 75

    • Isabella Muse

      hi yup, like I said in the post it was a near perfect match for me! Hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Cynthia Bernal

    Hi! Just for color reference, what is your personal Mac skin color? Just asking Cus this maybelline color looks like it could be an nc30-35

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m not sure. mac shades don’t work for me, they are either too beige or too orange. I’m guessing around nc30 but that shade is a bit too beige for me.

  • Melissa

    I want to try this! Any suggestion on which color? I’m pale with cool undertones. Also, would this be too have for spring and summer. Thanks!

  • Chai

    Hi! Does this shade compliments not so tan skin? You know, not the american skin tone(white). I’m a Filipino.

  • Megan

    I fell in love with this foundation when I first used it. It really is perfect for all skin types!

  • Clarryn

    May I ask if you have worn this during winter? I have tried a handful of foundations, however my skin gets flaky and dry after a few hours in this season. Please let me know ~

    • Isabella Muse

      I have but you need to prep well so it doesn’t cling to drier areas. A rich moisturizer and a hydrating primer are key 🙂

  • Nadya Sadri

    browse click browse

    Hi Bella Muse!
    How are you? Saw this as a new arrival product in a local department store *rub hands with glee* gonna get my hands on one

    will try it and see how it goes

      • Nadya Sadri

        Hi Bella Muse~

        I managed to try this! Mine is in shade 15 Ivory.
        1st impression:
        Tried with L’occitane’s Reine Blanche moisturiser n primed with The Body Shop’s Blur Effect Primer.. Had dry patches and it was streaky even with a sponge.. It was quite a while til I had it blended out well..

        2nd try:
        Primed with Laneige’s Moisture Primer, applied and blended with fingers half side of my face, and used Sigma F88 angled kabuki.. Blended better with the brush. And less dry patches.
        Foundation was dark when squeezed out,but blended out in a lighter shade.

        Hope this was helpful :))