I used to use Dream Matte Mousse (whipped creamy foundation) which I loved. But then I stopped using foundation & switched to powder makeup only. So when this powder came out I was eager to try it. It's just OK with me, but I wouldn't buy it again.
The powder is fine-milled & smooth, but leaves me looking flatly matte, lacking any dimension or glow. I have to add shimmery contouring over it to bring my face back to life. Though it does give decently good smooth coverage. But the packaging --- don't get me started on that! Packaging just too cumbersome (see picture), you have to twist out the bottom chamber to get the puff, then flip the clear lid to access the powder. Then you have to twist again & awkwardly hold the compact to view the mirror which is in the bottom chamber (and BTW gets mucky from the powder buildup b/c that's where the puff goes). Goodness sake, give me a break. I don't like these dual-chamber versions of pressed powder that are coming out on the market. Physician's Formula, Neutrogena & others are using various versions of these cumbersome compacts (and BTW that makes them really bulky & purse-unfriendly). No-no. Just make it simple please.
Anyway, it was nice trying this product but I've no need of buying it again. I like other powders much better (such as Revlon PhotoReady & Physician's Formula Mineral Wear).
bad bad bad bad. after only a few days i got really bad acne and i blame it on this.
I absolutely love this powder!! Right before buying this I bought the MAC MSF natural, and after discovering this I went and returned it because this is just waay better in terms of the product and its price!
It provides better coverage than the MSF and on most days I just dust this all over my face and it covers up some of my redness and just smoothes out my skin tone to be more neutral and it works great for that. I dont feel bare at all, it gives me the coverage I desire on an average day. Note: I have pretty clear skin, no acne and no acne scarring. So for me, this is enough on a typical day.
Another thing I love about it is that it has a mattifying property. I have combination/oily skin, and I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in how long I stay matte before I need to blot. I would say 1.5x longer than usual, and this is without any primer!
For $10 this is a steal and works PERFECTLY for me!
I bought this one in Sand and it was a bit chalky on my NC30 skin color. This powder does go on really smoothly and looks natural when you use a kabuki brush. To be honest, I don't like the extremely matte effect of this powder since if you put alot it will look very unnaturally matte. Perhaps I like the more dewy look than completely matte. The staying powder is ok but it does oxidize a bit by 2-3 hrs later which made my skin darker by a shade. I find that it accentuate my fine line on my forehead abit, not that obvious from far away, but enought to bug me. There are no ingredient list at all when I tried to look it up but I gave Maybelline a call a few weeks ago to provide me with an ingredient list. So here it is, for those who would like to know what's in it.
DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL
METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE
DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE
VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER
[+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR
CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE
CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES
CI 77163 / BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
I did suspect that this product contain Bismuth oxychloride and I was not wrong. At least the amount is minimal and I still haven't had any reactions to it yet. I might give this a try in Beige perhaps, but for now I don't think I would repurchase, since I do believe there must be a better powder out there.
so i got this product in the lightest shade on sale for 6.99 cnd (for some reason it was the only colour that was on sale) and im reletavly pleased with it
- nice, light-medium coverage (i use as a setting powder)
- good for touchups throught the day unlike my MAC MSNF
- i love the packaging!!!! it comes with a mirror (again unlike MSFN) and a puff that is okay for touch ups although you have to be carefull to blend well
- price isnt bad if its on sale
- doesnt cake
- good blot powder
- bad colour selection; i got the lightest shadee which is a bit to light for me and the next shade was incredibally pink which i try to subract from my skin
- it seems to stick to all of the little hairs on my face which i really dont like..
im not sure if this has been breaking me out.. ive been getting some really bad acne recently and even in places i dont really break out so im trying to decide if its this or my studio scuplt consealer.. ive been useing the consealer since the end of decemer so im pritty sure its this :S
ive stopped useing this :( my skin has cleared up considerably so im guessing it was this... what a shame..
I finally caved in a purchased this product after all of the rave reviews it's been recieving. Dream Matte is a perfect setting and shine control powder. There isn't much of a shade selection if you have a darker skintone (I'm an NC42), but I found that Honey works perfect for me. Obviously, this isn't going to give me any coverage, but it does keep my skin from getting excessively oily. It also does an excellent job of keeping my liquid foundation in place. Great drugstore powder.
This product is honestly comparable to MAC's minearlized skin finish powder. It's oil free, and it lasts all day. It gives me a great full coverage and p[perfect if you don't want to put on a liquid foundation.
This is my favorite pressed powder ever, especially for a drugstore powder. I have three main problems with my skin. 1) It is extremely breakout-prone, 2) Oily T-Zone, 3) Super pale. This abides with all three issues.
I actually like the packaging a lot, mostly because of skin problem no. 1. I stock up on puffs, because I can't use one for more than a week or so. Even then, I don't like a puff that's building up oil to be sitting on top of my powder, letting the powder soak up grime. Plus, even with the puff sitting on the mirror, it seems to keep from getting dusty faster than other compacts with the mirrors in the same compartment as the powder.
-One last note, I've dropped this thing a million times, and the worst damage I've done was a tiny flake that came off the top of the powder. Awesome.
This powder is the best one I have used in decades. My previous favorite compact powder was by Laura Mercier in translucent. For a drugstore brand it’s pretty awesome. Maybelline finally got it right with this one. I use the shade Fair Light 0-1. It doesn’t turn orange or settle into my fine lines. It gives really good oil control without drying out the area around my mouth. Its matte but not fake looking. Its so much cheaper than the LM powder. I really shouldn’t be spending over $30 buck for a face powder. Its outrageous. I paid $4.50 for the Maybelline one.
The down side….Of course my shade has been DISCONTINUED. I ended up buying it on EBAY. The packaging is really stupid. Once you use it you’ll know what I mean. Who designed that?? Swivel out mirror, take out powder puff, close mirror, open powder, swipe powder, close that then swivel out the mirror?? Put on powder but then oops you need more powder so swivel mirror close then do the whole damn thing over again. Totally annoying and just not convenient at all. I would have put up with all that hassle if they had kept making my shade.
I purchased this powder in Cream Light (4-5) and it's a perfect match to my complexion (reference MAC NC15, Maybelline Classic Ivory, Rimmel 100, Revlon Buff). I picked this up based on all the reviews and wasn't disappointed. A nice high quality powder for d/s price. Leaves a matte finish to my t-zone without caking or oxidizing and seems to keep the oilies at bay longer then other powders. Very impressed and I can see this being a staple in my m/u bag.