Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

Hi friends!

For the past week, I have been trying out and testing the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation.  This is Maybelline’s newest foundation and it honestly was kind of hard to get my hands on.  I did finally find it at Target and I’m so glad that I did.  Let’s just jump right into the review.



As always, let’s start with what the Maybelline website says.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

Maybelline’s first hydrating matte foundation for 100% velvet-smooth perfection
Unique gel-whipped formula
Ideal for normal to combination skin, medium coverage

Why You’ll Love It

This refreshing gel-whipped foundation leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.

For Best Results

Apply Maybelline Dream Velvet™ Foundation using Maybelline Dream Blender.

$10.99 USD

12 Hydrating Matte Shades

Alright, you know the drill, let’s jump into my thoughts and opinions about this foundation.

I do wish that this particular foundation had a larger shade variety.  Although it was fairly easy for me to find my shade, I definitely can see why some people may be frustrated when trying to find theirs.  It just doesn’t cater to a lot of skin tones out there which is unfortunate.  I hope they release more shades in the near future.

Alright, Maybelline does recommend that you use their Dream Blender to apply this foundation but as I stood in the checkout line to purchase my products, I just couldn’t pay $8 for a tiny little sponge when I had my wonderful Beauty Blender at home.  It just didn’t seem worth it to me. I used a buffing brush the first time around and my Beauty Blender the second time around.

Before I jump into the application, let’s talk about the consistency of this foundation.  It is a rather thick foundation but light at the same time.  It almost looks like a mousse but just a tad thicker.  Look at the picture and I’m sure you’ll understand a bit better than how I’m describing it.  Because it does look so thick, I was so afraid of how the product would apply.


Let’s start with the buffing brush application.  Wow!  A little amount with a brush goes such a long way.  One squeeze of the tube was more than plenty.  In fact, I wasted quite a bit of product because it goes such a long way with a brush.  It does blend out rather nicely but I highly suggest applying it section by section as it does seem to dry rather quickly making it a little harder to blend out if you leave it just sitting while buffing out another part of your face. This isn’t quite a full coverage foundation although, it does cover rather well.  After applying one layer, I could still see a bit of my stubborn spots but overall, it does a great job making your skin tone even and covering minor blemishes and spots.  Going over my stubborn areas with a little more foundation, it did cover them up even more which I was happy about.  As for dry patches, if you have dry skin, I highly recommend that you moisturize really well prior to applying this foundation and I would even suggest using a hydrating primer on top of the moisturizer.  This foundation clings to dry patches like crazy!!  I have combination skin but during the winter months, I do get some stubborn dry patches in certain areas of my face and wow, this foundation really grabbed a hold of those patches and stuck out like a sore thumb.  Yikes!  I did notice that the foundation seemed to really cake on around my mouth and nose when I used the brush.  I tried buffing it out really well but it just didn’t sit quite right, unfortunately.

Now for applying with the Beauty Blender.  This, personally, is my favorite way to apply this foundation.  Using a damp Beauty Blender really helped blend out this foundation beautifully and it helped with the dry patches on my face.  The foundation didn’t cling onto them as much as it did when using the brush.  I also found that the Beauty Blender really made this foundation look flawless and airbrush like.  Unlike the buffing brush, using this sponge, the foundation didn’t cake at all and really made my skin tone look even.  The downfall, I did have to use a little more product with the sponge in comparison to the buffing brush.  I’m sorry but I would rather use a little more product to achieve that flawless, airbrushed look but that’s just me.  Because the Beauty Blender did such a beautiful job blending out this foundation, I kind of want to go and buy the Dream Blender and see how that works.  If I do, I’ll do an updated blog post and let all of you know.

Now let’s talk about the wear of this foundation.  My t-zone is stubborn.  STUBBORN!  It doesn’t matter what I do, my t-zone loves oil and shine.  It’s so frustrating and so annoying!  This foundation truly, truly kept my oil and shine at bay.  I was SHOCKED!  I wore this foundation for about 5 hours before needing to blot.  Let me tell you, this is HUGE for me.  I usually have to blot within 2 hours of wearing foundation so going 5 hours…I was so happy!  All I had to do was blot and voila!  It looked fresh and I was good to go.  By the end of my day, I did need to blot again which resulted in me needing to re-powder but hey, I was happy.  It’s been a long time since I have found a foundation that truly keeps my oil and shine at bay.  Mind you, I didn’t use a primer the first time around since I wanted to really get a good feel for how this foundation wears.  The second time, I did use the Nivea Post Shave Balm and the third, I used the Smashbox primer.  I personally felt the Smashbox primer worked better for me with this foundation.

One thing to definitely keep in mind is that this foundation does transfer.  Ohhhh it transfers.  So make sure you get dressed prior to doing your makeup or be fully aware that if you aren’t careful, you’ll end up with foundation on your shirt once you do get dressed.

Even though this is a matte foundation, I still had to set it with a powder all thanks to my t-zone.  I didn’t have to set it as heavily as I do with other foundations which again, is a huge plus in my book.  Just a bit of setting powder and voila!  I was good to go!

The rest of my face makeup blended out and sat really well on top of this foundation which always surprises me when trying something new.  Again, huge plus in my book.

I do like that this foundation comes in a tube rather than a bottle since most drugstore foundations don’t come with a pump.  I’d take a squeezy tube over a bottle without a pump any day.  Now it may seem like you are getting such a small amount for the price that you pay but trust me, a little goes such a long way so I know this tube will last quite a while even if I did use it every single day.

Oh!  I should probably mention that when my oil did start to come through the second time around after blotting a few hours prior, I did need to touch up as mentioned, because the foundation did look like it was starting to melt off of my face.  That was kind of a bummer for me but I figure that as long as I stay on top of it, it’s not going to bother me too much.

I didn't edit this photo at all so you could really see how this foundation looks on my skin.

I didn’t edit this photo at all so you could really see how this foundation looks on my skin.

Alright, so overall, I am so in love with this foundation and have been wearing it every single day ever since I purchased it.  It works really well for my combination skin and the shade, Sandy Beige, was a perfect match for my skin tone.  I love that I only have to use such a small amount of product to cover my entire face which means it will last a lot longer than some of my other foundations.  The price is great for the quality that you are receiving which, of course, makes us all happy.  For a drugstore foundation, I am super impressed and in love with this foundation.  If you have combination/oily skin and are on a budget, I highly recommend the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation.




**This blog post is not affiliated with Maybelline.  I purchased this foundation with my own money and these are strictly my own personal thoughts and opinions.