Two Maybelline reviews today: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (£6) #130 Buff Beige and Maybelline Dream BB Bronze Cream (£7) in Medium/Deep. Matte + Poreless is created with normal to oily skins in mind i.e. perfect for me. The foundation comes in a disappointing six shades and although Buff Beige is slightly too late for me right now it was ideal for the start of the summer. It is purported to possess blurring micro powders which refine pores while absorbing shine for a natural matte finish. It is a runny, lightweight formula with medium, but buildable, coverage and has proven to be long-lasting on my skin once set. I apply this foundation with a stippling brush.
Most importantly, the foundation doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin despite being semi-matte and covering well. I wouldn't describe it as being fully matte but I don't like a fully matte base. I detest foundations that feel like makeup but this sits very well. I like the foundation, it hasn’t blown me away and I don’t see myself repurchasing it. I find it to be very comparable to the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation except the Pro Matte has a bit more coverage and isn’t as runny which I prefer. I have to say for holidays the Matte + Poreless has been my go to foundation and it has stunningly held up in sweltering heat, hot nightclubs and all-nighters.
Moving onto the Dream Bronze BB Cream in Medium/Deep, I like the concept of this because it can work in a variety of ways. For anyone with fair to medium skin this can be used like a Shade Adjusting Drop to make foundations a shade darker for fair to tan skin, to match that summer skin, or just add warmth for tan to medium skin (like mine). I can get away with wearing this all over my face and it just gives me a nice natural warm complexion. It can also be used as a liquid bronzer for anyone with fair to light skin too, but not on me. So again those with deeper skin tones are completely overlooked which is annoying but not unheard of.
This has a Broad Spectrum of SPF 25 which is better than the average drugstore foundation which typically has an SP5 15-20. However, according to this article on Paula’s Choice there is only one active sunscreen ingredient in this product so be warned not to rely solely on this alone to protect you from the sun rays. It feels tacky on the skin after first applying it, I am a big fan of the Dream Fresh BB Cream from Maybelline and this was equivalent in terms of being a light but good coverage. It evened out skin tone, gave my skin some glow without being obnoxious, it has a gel based formula so suits my oily/combination skin perfectly and the tackiness I think helps the longevity of the product as it really sticks to my skin without clinging to any dry patches. I don’t need to set this product but I prefer too as I still go in with a contour shadow to provide my face some definition. However, I think this would be great for anyone with medium/olive skin to wear on its own on holiday or to the beach or the pool. The perfect low maintenance makeup.
I have tried to get better at discovering more about the ingredients and ethics behind the products and brands I present to you guys, but I purchased these two a long time ago and can’t find the ingredients online anywhere. I apologise for that and will endeavour to take greater care next time. Many thanks for reading this post, have you tried any of these foundations? What is your favourite affordable foundation? Let me know in the comments below. Take care.
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