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L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Today I want to show you the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  I mentioned this foundation in my latest Monthly Favorites post so you know that I like it, but now I want to give you the details.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte was released for Spring 2015.  Here is what L’Oreal has to say about the new foundation: “L’Oreal  presents Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation, air-light texture with a demi-matte finish. For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Let’s start with the packaging.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation comes in a squeeze tube which makes for an easy, controlled application.  For those who feel hinky about buying drugstore products, there is a safety seal on the tube to keep people from tampering with the product.  Although you can see the product through the tube, it is still very hard to get an accurate idea of what the shade will actually look like on the skin.  There is 1 fl oz of product in this tube.  I know a lot of you prefer glass jars with a pump, but I don’t mind the squeeze tube.  It’s pretty thin and easy to store.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is not actually matte.  It has a demi-matte finish that is quite flattering.  True mattes can tend to suck the life out of your skin, and that is definitely not the case here.  Pro matte has solid medium coverage.  I do need to go back in with a second layer over my very red cheeks as I do with any foundation, but otherwise the coverage is decent in just one layer.  It is a pretty lightweight foundation, and sinks into my skin nicely.  I have dry skin and large pores, so I always wear a good primer and recommend that you do the same.  With use of a primer, I have no issues with Pro Matte clinging to dry areas, sinking into pores, or flaking on me at all.  I have not tested the 24 hr claim (please don’t wear your makeup for 24 hours) but I can tell you that it has lasted very well for 10+ hours on me, including having to survive dancing, sweating, and being out of doors in the So Cal heat. The only issue that I had with Pro Matte is that it dries very quickly, so you need to be speedy during application so it doesn’t dry down before you finish blending.  My preferred blending method is with a flat top kabuki like the Sigma F-80 and I don’t have any trouble now that I am used to the formula.  The foundation is fragrance-free and I did not notice any discernible scent.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation shades 101 (L) and 103 (R)

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation shades 101 (L) and 103 (R)

There are 12 shades in the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation line.  I have shades 101 Classic Ivory (pictured on the left hand side of the swatch) and 103 Natural Buff (pictured on the right).  Shade 101 is definitely too light for my NC20 skin.  Shade 103 looks a little dark, but when blended out it’s not a bad match.  It will definitely work well as we head into the warmer months and I pick up some color.  Slade 102 Shell Beige would probably have been a better skin tone match, but it leans pink and I need a yellow undertone to cancel out my rosacea redness.  Mixing 101 and 103 is also an option, but frankly, I am too lazy to do so.  As I mentioned earlier, shade selection is tough because, even though you can see through the tube, many the shades look the same and it is hard to see what you are actually getting.  Definitely keep your receipt to exchange for a different shade if you need to.

All in all, I really like L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  It does have some quirks like the quick dry down time, and the hard-to-match shade selection.  I happen to really like the formula, and the beautiful finish it gives me.  You do not have to set it with powder, though you certainly can.  Again, I strongly recommend using a primer underneath if you have dry skin to prevent any clinging.  This would be a great formula for those with oily skin.  I know that it has gotten some mixed reviews, but I would say that L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is worth trying out to see if it is right for you.  It is a winner in my book.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

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Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Today I have a review for the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer.  This concealer was released as part of Maybelline’s Spring line.  Here is what Maybelling has to say: “New Master Conceal by Face Studio from Maybelline New York, is a master concealer. Our formula camouflages imperfections and dark circles with ultra-resistant full coverage.  Ultra-concentrated formula with no buildup. Camouflage flaws and dark circles with no telltale cover and undetectable finish.”  Spoiler alert: this concealer is great y’all.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer comes in a squeeze tube with a pointed applicator.  It is wonderful packaging because you can easily control how much product comes out.  You are not wasting any product with the easy to use applicator.  Often when you try a drugstore concealer you will find that they are either way too dry and crease up in fine lines, or else super runny with no coverage.  What’s great about the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer is that the formula has a good deal of moisture, but is more creamy than runny.  It felt great on my dry skin, didn’t look cakey in the slightest, did not crease at all, and it didn’t settle into fine lines around my eyes.  At the same time, it had really great staying power.  When I set it with powder, I get a solid seven hours before it starts to fade.  The creamy fomula melts into the skin so easily that the finish really is undetectable.  I would call the coverage more medium than full coverage.  It is great at concealing minor dark circles and spots.  If you have really major dark circles, it may not be quite enough, but most people will find the coverage sufficient.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in "Light"

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in “Light”

I purchased the second shade in the lineup, which is “Light”.  There are five shades total.  I am pretty pale, but “Light” is almost too light for me.  It definitely has a brightening effect under my eyes and I need to be careful when I use it on the rest of my face to blend it in with my foundation.  (I was having lighting issues and just could not get it to come out right, so this picture makes the concealer look darker than it really is.  At least you can see the consistency and how well it blends out, even though the color is a little off.)  So when purchasing, keep in mind that the shades run lighter than you would expect.  “Light” also has a strong yellow undertone, which is great for covering up dark circles and neutralizing redness.  I believe “Fair” has some peachy undertones, but the other four shades are all yellow based.  Cooler skin tones may have some trouble shade matching.  Other than that, though, the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer is a great drugstore option.  I highly recommend it.

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir Review

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NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

For my first post back after my move, I want to review the Q10 Renew Skin Elixir from NYX.  I mentioned this one way back in my October favorites post, but haven’t gotten a chance to review it with all of the chaos of the last couple months.  Thank you, again, for your patience while I was relocating.  I am very happy to be back to posting.  The NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is a little different as far as primers go.  It is sort of a hybrid product, falling somewhere between primer and a skin care serum.  If you have the right skin type, this can be a wonderful product, but it is not for everyone.  Read on to see what I mean.

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir Swatch

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir has a creamy, lightweight formula with a fresh, unassuming scent.  It is not a silicone primer, so it will not fill in lines or pores.  It also does not have that soft focus effect that blurs your edges like the Revlon Photoready primers.  What the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir does do, is infuse your skin with CoEnzyme Q10 that brightens and softens your skin for a flawless foundation application.  NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is especially lovely for those with slightly dry or mature skin.  The added moisture boost will leave your skin soft and supple, but not so much so that it mucks up your foundation.  CoQ10 boosts collagen and elastin production, which wains once you leave your twenties behind.  NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir isn’t what I would recommend for a serum in your regular skin care regimen, but it is an excellent prep for your makeup routine.  Mature skin can tend to look dry or dull, but the Renew Skin Elixir will help to temporarily gain a smooth, bright, and youthful appearance.  Foundation blends evenly over the primer and looks beautiful.  Though a perfectly serviceable option for those with extremely dry skin or those with very youthful skin, they probably won’t love NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir as much as I do.  The former will not get enough of a moisture boost from the mild formula, and the latter will probably not see enough of a difference from their already smooth supple skin.  I definitely think that NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is targeted at those with normal to slightly dry skin and mature skin.  The Elixir does a great job at smoothing out flakes and rough patches so foundation doesn’t get stuck on them.  The formula absorbs quickly and does not leave skin tacky or sticky.  The formula feels lovely and my foundation lasts all day.  I would definitely caution those with oily skin because, though not greasy, NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir will do nothing to control oil production, mattify, or keep oil from breaking down your foundation.  This isn’t the product for you.  And again, those with large pores (my sistas) will need to look elsewhere for something to fill them in.

All in all, though certainly not a miracle product, if you fit the target audience that the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir was designed for, it is great.  I don’t use it everyday, but I do like it very much and use it often.  The only real issue that I have is that the tube is so small.  You only get .68 fl oz for around $12.  NYX is often BOGO 50% off at Ulta, and there are several sales happening this time of year, so you can find it cheaper than that.  Still, it’s not exactly a great bargain.  I do think the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is worth checking out, but try to wait for a sale to do so.  I will never let go of silicone primers as favorites for my skin needs, but the NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir formula is a win in my book.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. has a new line of bronzers out that I mentioned last month, and now I have one of them to show you.  This is the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  I had heard that Tan Toffee was a matte shade, and I was anxious to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have some comparison swatches at the end, but first let me talk about this bronzer.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  I really like this formula.  It feels silky soft and goes on smoothly and evenly.  It actually has a higher end feel, in my opinion.  The pigmentation is great, and it lasts on my skin all day.  The only issue I have with the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer is that it is so soft that you have to be careful what brush you use with it.  If you have a good soft brush, you should be fine.  Just remember to tap off before you apply.  If your brushes are a little coarse, or if you have a heavy hand, you can kick up a lot of product in the pan.  You should never have to “dig” into a product, and if you feel you do, then you should probably be using a better quality product.  If you use a light hand, you shouldn’t have much of an issue, but otherwise things can get a little messy.  That issue aside, the formula is fantastic.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee is a medium bronze shade with subtly warm undertones.  It is not actually matte.  It’s more of a matte-satin with just the slightest sheen.  It is difficult to detect the sheen on the skin, but it is there if you look very closely.  I feel that it is matte enough for me to contour my cheeks and forehead, but not my nose.  I don’t find it too warm for me, but my skin has a warmish-neutral undertone.  People with cooler toned skin, especially if it is also fair, may find Tan Toffee too warm for contouring.  I am not someone who contours on a daily basis, and like to just warm up my face with bronzer, so Tan Toffee is a great color for me.  If you have medium-tan skin or darker, Tan Toffee will be too light for you.  It should work well for anyone with light-medium skin or lighter.  Now, let’s see how it stacks up against other well-known bronzers.

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Here I have swatched NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  I don’t want to just compare color, but also quality.  These three products were swatched exactly the same way.  As you can see, NYC Sunny, the cheapest of the three by far, looks patchy.  It doesn’t look at all like the other two.  The e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee swatches just as smoothly as the much more expensive Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have never had issue with NYC Sunny, and think that it is a good drugstore bronzer, but you do have to work with it to get the same color payoff as the other two bronzers.  As far as color goes, Tan Toffee is darker than NYC Sunny, and also not as warm.  If NYC Sunny is too warm for you, Tan Toffee may be a good option.  Chocolate Soleil is pretty darn close in color to Tan Toffee.  They have similar pigment and depth, but Tan Toffee is warmer toned than Chocolate Soleil.  The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is .14oz.  A full size Chocolate Soleil is $30 for .35oz.  If the two products were the same size, e.l.f.’s bronzer would retail for $12.50, still a significant savings to the higher end alternative.  Are the formulas exactly the same?  No.  But they have enough similarities to make e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee a worthy alternative.

Overall, I am very pleased with E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I think that the formula is great, and the color works with my skintone.  I definitely recommend taking a closer look at the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers.  I believe the lightest shade is a peach highlight, but the two darker shades are definitely bronzers.  If you have lighter skin with a warm or neutral undertone, give Tan Toffee a try.  It is only $5, full price, and it stands up against higher end products of its kind.  I you plan to order online, be sure to take advantage of one of the many sales e.l.f. has going.  You may be able to pick it up for even less.

Battle of the Drugstore Primers, Take 2

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Drugstore Primers, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, and L'Oreal

Drugstore Primers, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, and L’Oreal

So way back in 2011 I did a little post entitled Battle of the Drugstore Primers.  My blog was only two months old, and I had a lot to learn.  However, that little post has remained the most popular of all my posts, even years later.  Obviously y’all want the skinny on primers.  So that being said, I wanted to take another crack at it and tackle some new drugstore primers that have come out since then.  Today I have four different primers to review and compare, all of which can be found at the drugstore or Target, and online.  If you are new to this blog and are not sure what a face primer is, a primer is a product that you put on before your foundation.  It is used to smooth out your skin so that you have an even canvas to apply your foundation, similar to priming a wall before you paint it.  Primers also help to extend the wear-time of foundation by creating a barrier that controls oil from breaking down foundation or prevents dry skin from sucking up the moisture in a foundation.  If you have never used a primer, I definitely recommend you try one because it truly makes a huge difference in the appearance and performance of your foundation.

Before we begin, I should tell you a little about my skin type and what I prefer in a primer.  I have dry skin that, in the summertime, becomes a combination of dry/normal.  I never have oil control issues, rarely have products break me out, and do not need a primer to mattify.  My foundation usually lasts pretty well even without a primer.  I do, however often have dry patches and sometimes eczema spots.  My main focus with primers is to even my skin out and fill my ginormous pores (thanks dad).  I’m trying to give myself the smoothest possible canvas.  I usually gravitate to silicone based primers, and my favorite one of all time is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  So, now that you understand what I look for in a primer and my particular bias (because we all have them) let’s get into the reviews.

L-R: Revlon Photoready, e.l.f. Mineral Infused, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving, and L'Oreal Miracle Blur

L-R: Revlon Photoready, e.l.f. Mineral Infused, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving, and L’Oreal Miracle Blur

I have four primers to talk about today.  I went ahead and swatched a dollop of each primer so that you could see how they look in comparison to each other.  From left to right, we have Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer, e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, and L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother.  All four primers, regardless of initial appearance blend out translucent on the skin.  I’ve described each one in detail below, but I wanted you to get a visual reference of all of them next to each other first.

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer comes in a glass jar with a pump style applicator.  The pump flows easily and is controllable to provide just the right amount of primer to cover the face without wasting product.  Revlon claims that the Photoready Color Correcting Primer’s soft lavender color “Brightens skin and neutralizes redness while evening out uneven skin tone.”  This is the only one of the four that I have today that isn’t a silicone primer.  The consistency is more a cross between lotion and liquid foundation.  The formula dries down to a satiny finish that offers a bit of hydration, without getting oily.  I actually really like the formula quite a bit.  It does sort of sit on top of the skin a little, but it feels lightweight and still wears comfortably.  My makeup blends over it very easily and evenly.  You do want to wait a minute for the primer to dry down a little before applying foundation over it, though.  Despite its claims, Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer doesn’t do a great job at color-correcting or brightening, but it does give the skin a lovely soft-focus look.  It absolutely diminishes the look of fine lines and pores.  It even fuzzes out my freckles a bit.  My skin looks younger and more even with Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer.  Revlon also has a “Perfecting” version of this primer which is almost identical.  Though this isn’t my favorite formula, the Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer is a very good option, especially for those who don’t like silicone primers or who break out from them.  I think the formula is unique for the drugstore, and worth checking out.  Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer retails for around $11-$13, regular price, and is 0.91 fl oz.

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

Now onto the silicone based primers, the first of which is the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer.  In my opinion, the e.l.f. Mineral Primer and the NYX Photo-Loving primer are the most similar.  The main difference is that the e.l.f primer is a little dryer, and a little thinner than NYX.  I really like the silky smooth texture of the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer.  It is a fragrance-free silicone primer that, for me, does a great job of filling in my pores and smoothing over any dry patches to prep my face for an even foundation application. It blends into my skin easily and has a really quick dry-down time.  There is no blurring or anything like that with the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer, but that allows for a more natural finish.  It is very similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish.  I’ve tried it under all sorts of foundations and have had great success with it.  The e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer is available in four shades.  E.l.f. has the Clear one that I am showing you today, Tone Adjusting Green, Brightening Lavender, and Radiant Glow.  When they added the three additional shades, e.l.f. thankfully redesigned the pump, because the old one was terrible.  It was a common problem, and e.l.f. needed to change the packaging because half the pumps didn’t work.  Luckily, the redesign works perfectly and that makes the e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer and excellent option.  E.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer retails for $6 full price for 0.49 oz. and can be found at Target or online at eyeslipsface.com.

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer is pretty much a dead-on dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish.  They are nearly identical.  It glides on so smoothly and evenly, and it disappears into nothing on the skin, leaving a perfect, yet undetectable canvas.  If you like silicone primers, this is the one.  There is only one thing that I have to complain about the NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer and it is that the primer separates, so you need to shake it up first before applying.  I have never had this issue with the Smashbox or e.l.f. primers.  The tube clearly states on the back that separation is normal and does not effect the quality of the formula, but it can be annoying and a little wasteful if you forget to shake first.  I don’t really understand how NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer can be so similar to Smashbox Photo Finish, but one separates and the other doesn’t.  Either way, I highly recommend NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer.  It is becoming my number one drugstore primer choice.  If you shop nyxcosmetics.com, you can find the Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer in Clear, Green, and Lavender but Target and Ulta only carry the clear version.  NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer retails for $12-$13 regular price, and is 1 fl oz.

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother

The final primer I have to review today is the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother.  Though L’Oreal says that Miracle Blur is more than a primer, with it’s claim to “Instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores; Skin instantly looks and feels smooth, leaving a velvet soft matte finish that lasts all day,” it functions as a primer so I’m counting it as such.  L’Oreal Miracle Blur is really thick, so much so that it is tough to squeeze out of the tube.  I don’t like the way it feels at all.  It does not like to blend into my skin, and it pills on me so that it doesn’t go on evenly at all.  It feels heavy and greasy, even on my dry skin, so I can only imagine how it feels for those with oily skin.  The dry-down time is pretty long, but necessary, because if you don’t wait it leaves a slippery canvas that repels makeup.  L’Oreal Miracle Blur doesn’t help out my foundation at all.  I get an uneven application with several different foundations which makes me think that L’Oreal Miracle Blur just doesn’t play well with others.  The formula is simply not made for my skin and looks terrible on me.  The other draw back is the price.  Though you get a lot of product, 1.8 fl oz, L’Oreal Miracle Blur retails anywhere from $20-$25.  It would have been better if L’Oreal had made smaller tubes for less money.  I personally do not recommend L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother because it did not work for me at all.

I hope that this overview of drugstore primers was helpful to you.  To recap, if you like silicone primers like Smashbox Photo Finish, both the NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer and e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer are good options.  I prefer the NYX over the e.l.f., but only slightly.  I would skip the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother because of the inflated price and difficult formula.  If silicone primers aren’t your thing, Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer is a pretty good drugstore option.  God luck on your hunt, and happy shopping.  Have you tried any of these products, or do you have a drugstore primer that you recommend?  Let us know in the comments below.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

I am very excited to show the the new Maybelline Dream Winder Powder today.  Maybelline discontinued their Dream Matte Powder and added Dream Wonder Powder to their permanent lineup.  I don’t necessarily think that Dream Wonder is a close replacement for those who loved Dream Matte, but I do think that it’s a good addition to the Maybelline line.  For those of you who like pressed powders, Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great new option.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder comes in a flip up compact with a well for the sponge.  Do not use the sponge that comes with the compact.  Take it as a friendly warning.  I don’t know what Maybelline was thinking when they included this horrible item.  It smells so bad.  The sponge smells like oil and rubber and it is a very potent odor.  And what’s worse, is that the smell clings to skin so that you fingers and face will smell as well.  Just chuck the sponge.  You can easily find replacement sponges that don’t smell to use instead, or you can do what I do and apply the powder with a brush.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

The formula of the powder itself is very nice.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is smooth and very finely milled.  According to Maybelline, the “Powder is smooth-whipped with 60% less talc, so there’s no chalky dust to cling to flaws. Our powder glides on smoothly for smooth-buffed perfection.”  It’s supposed to feel like a “powder-less powder” that looks like second skin.  I have to say that I agree.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is extremely lightweight and blends into skin seamlessly to give an enhanced and even look that doesn’t look powdery at all.  Dream Wonder Powder minimizes pores and fine lines, and while it doesn’t give the same soft-focus look that, say, Revlon Nearly Naked does, it gives a smoothed over look that hides imperfections.  With my dry skin, I can’t speak to how well it manages oil, but I can say that it doesn’t cling to dry patches or look powdery, so this is great for those with dry skin or older skin.

There are 16 shades in the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder line.  There is a wonderful selection of light, medium and tan skin tones.  Those who are very fair and those who have very dark skin may have problems finding the right shade.  This is a problem because Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder does have some coverage of it’s own.  I wouldn’t call it a proper powder foundation, but it is not translucent by any means.  It’s a great powder to top off a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for a light, natural look.  If you have really god skin that just needs a little evening, you could probably get away with just using the powder, but the rest of us will need a little more.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder wore well on me and stayed for 6+ hours before needing a touch up.

All in all, I think Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great product and recommend it.  It is priced at around $10, but that will vary by location.  Be sure to keep an eye out for sales in the drugstore, and Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off of $10 coupon available to print on the website.  The powder really does look like second skin and blends in flawlessly.  I’d say that it is a win for Maybelline, though people who loved Maybelline Dream Matte Powder may resent the change.  It is not a true replacement, but rather an innovative addition to the line.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation.  I was so excited when this foundation was announced because the stick form is so easy and hassle free, and also so travel friendly.  Foundation in stick form is so rare for the drugstore, and I’m thrilled that the major drugstore brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline are branching out and bringing the innovations of higher-end brands into the drugstore.  So let’s see how Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation stacks up.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

First, here is what Maybelline has to say about the Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation: “Our first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core.  Fresh gel foundation blends to a flawless matte finish. Get flawless, shine-free skin instantly and on-the-go for tailor-made mattifying coverage. The anti-shine core has ultra-lightweight powders built in to the stick foundation to instantly dissolve excess oil. Available in 12 oil-free shades“.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation holds .32 oz of product, which is not a lot and will go quickly.  Just like the original Fit Me liquid foundation, the stick has sheer coverage that can be built up to the lighter side of medium at best.  The gel formula is creamy and smooth, and it glides on like a dream.  It is not drying in any way.  It is lightweight, and feels very nice on the skin.  Maybelline recommends blending out with your fingers, and I second that.  I prefer using either my fingers or a sponge blender for this one.  I felt that my brush buffed out too much of the product and significantly cut down on the already sheer coverage.

For those familiar with the original Fit Me foundation, the shade range doesn’t match up.  I am the shade 130 Buff Beige in the original liquid formula, but 130 Buff Beige in the Fit Me stick is too dark for me unless I am self-tanning, which I was not in the swatch picture.  So, be careful when choosing shades.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation in 130 Buff Beige

The Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation gives a semi-matte finish.  If your skin is pretty clear, you may want to skip powder on shorter makeup days.  However, if you need more coverage, or need staying power then you will want to top with a good powder.  Unfortunately, Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation has pretty poor longevity.  It starts to fade out on me withing four hours.  I can’t speak to the oil-control claims because I don’t have oily skin.  I can say that on my dry skin it did not sink into fine lines, but it did slightly cling to dry patches.  There was a day when my skin was having major drying issues, and Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation definitely emphasized the flaky areas.  But on my normal days when I didn’t have extra dryness, I didn’t see any problems with clinging, so it really depends on what your skin is doing.  In general, I feel that the Fit Me line is designed for people with good skin.  If you have clear skin with minor flaws that you want to even out, both Fit Me foundations are good options.  However, if you wear foundation to cover acne scars or discoloration, then you will need to pair the Fit Me foundations with other corrective products.  Personally, I like to use certain BB Creams as primers underneath sheer foundations to give myself extra coverage without having to apply a million layers of foundation.

Overall, Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation is a good idea, but misses the mark for me.  I will still use it on light makeup days when I’m running errands or something like that.  I do really love how fast and easy it is to use because of the convenient stick form.  Being so travel-friendly it is easy to take Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation with you and touch up your foundation at work or on the go.  I like it enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t anything to rush out and get.  Pick Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation up if it’s on sale, but don’t pay $8-$10 for so little of just an average product.