So the Maybelline gods have unleashed a new foundation on the world and like the total makeup addict that I am, I duly went out and procured some. The eagled eyed amongst you might notice the packaging of this new foundation from it's American twin, the Dream Wonder foundation, and as you can see from the picture below, the packaging is pretty much identical. The foundation is fluid touch which means it is incredibly runny and, like the YSL Le Teint Encre de Peau or Fusion Ink Foundation (which I blogged about here and here) comes with a little plastic applicator as opposed to a pump. I got the Maybelline Dream Wonder over the summer and I absolutely despised everything about it and relegated it to the back of my foundation drawer- my biggest problem with it was the shade which honestly made me look so yellow, I looked jaundiced. I didn't like the texture, the feeling of it on my skin, the application- I just wrote this off. However, in getting the palest shade available of the European equivalent Dream Flawless Nude, I still had hope that I could get this foundation to work. I was VERY wrong.
The instruction on the back indicated that you are to put a drop of this on one finger and then apply it to your face and even though I HATE HATE HATE using my fingers to apply foundation, I sucked it up and tried. I found it was hard to blend, it clung to every part of my skin and the colour of the palest shade Ivory was still incredibly yellow. I've tried this on bare skin, moisturised skin and primered skin and this foundation just does not sit right AT ALL. I've used a painter style foundation brush, a flat top kabuki, a round top kabuki and my Real Techniques buffing brush to get this to settle on my face but it just blatantly refuses to. Plus I had to wash my hands at least three times after using to fingers to apply this because this just sank into my fingerprints.
The coverage is medium at most and bearing in mind that one coat does not sit well on my skin, trying to build up the coverage was equally as frustrating. I don't have oily skin but this is one slippy slidy foundation and it dried to a powdery matte finish which I really did not like at all, particularly given that the coverage was nothing to write home about. Over the course of wear, it just moved and gathered in patches, got sucked into pores and any crinkles or crevices on my face (see pics below) and made my skin look greasy and sickly. It did not even remotely cover my blemishes- in fact, it positively glided over them and paved the way to show them off in all their glory.
If you have perfect, poreless, flawless skin AND are a Simpson, this foundation would probably work for you- if not, maybe pick up another foundation. I have never disliked a foundation so much, and I am incredibly disappointed with it- bearing in mind how much I enjoyed using other Maybelline foundations historically. I didn't like the American incarnation and I certainly don't like the new European version either. Sorry Maybelline, I gave it my best shot (twice!!) but you're getting an F for foundation fail. This comes in seven shades and costs €11.99 in Boots BUT bear in mind you are only getting 20ml of product instead of the usual, standard 30ml. Which makes it the most expensive foundation in the pharmacy per ml #justsayin
Some have compared this to the YSL Fusion Ink foundation but there is honestly no comparison- the YSL is 10000000 times better in shade range, performance, application and longevity stakes. These two foundations, in my opinion, are simply not comparable. YSL's Fusion Ink was one of my highlights of 2014 but the Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude is definitely the most disappointing makeup product I have come across in a very long time.
Have you tried this foundation yet? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Let me know if you were able to get this to work for you!