What it is: Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid Foundation is described as a hydrating foundation that delivers medium coverage and a radiant finish.
Price/Quanity: $13 for 1 fl. Oz / 30 mL
Shade Range: 20 Shades
Packaging: Glass bottle with a good quality plastic pump that is easy to control. Something to note is that I’m not sure if you can remove the pump without damaging it. It doesn’t twist off. If you are somebody that likes to get every last drop out of your foundations, this might be an issue for you.
Smell/Fragrance: It doesn’t smell like anything to me and I don’t see any fragrance listed in the ingredients.
Expires After: 12 Months
Ingredients (from Ulta’s website, also printed on the bottle): Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Propylene Glycol, Methicone, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Trisodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir CI 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499/Iron Oxides CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide CI 77007/Ultramarines CI 15985/Yellow 6 Lake] D237038/1.
Shade: I have the shades 20 Classic Ivory, which is just a touch darker than my natural skin tone, and 10 Porcelain Ivory, which is a perfect match for me. I would say both of these shades have very neutral undertones. For the demo photos below, I used 20 Classic Ivory.
Application: I am able to apply this equally well with a damp sponge or a brush. It spreads out super easily and blends out really fast. I feel like using a brush perhaps gives the skin a dewier, more radiant finish than using sponge, which is the opposite of what I would expect. When first applied, it leaves behind a lightly tacky feel that resembles what a gel-cream moisturizer or serum feels like on the skin, except it doesn’t seem to soak in or dry down completely. If you plan on applying powder blush or bronzer over this, I recommend setting the foundation to avoid any patchiness.
Texture and Finish: The texture feels lightweight, whipped, and very hydrating. It does not feel oily – the hydration feels more water based. The finish is lightly dewy. I wouldn’t say it’s incredibly radiant or shiny. I do not see any shimmery particles. The dewiness seems to come from the hydrating ingredients. If you set this foundation with a powder, the radiance will go away. It offers a slight smoothing of texture and pores on the skin, at least when it is initially applied. As my skin gets a little more shiny throughout the day, pores and texture naturally become more obvious. I wouldn’t say they look emphasized, though.
Coverage: The coverage is light and builds up to medium. I am able to layer this quite a bit without it looking cakey, but be aware that the more you build this up, the longer it takes to dry down. It doesn’t dry down completely but after a few minutes, it eventually feels less wet on the skin.
Longevity: I need to touch up with powder or a blotting sheet half way through the day, especially on a warmer day or if I’m more active that day. However, I don’t have any issues with it breaking up on me.
Yes. This is one of the more beautiful foundations I’ve come across in a long time. If you have dry, textured, more mature skin, and don’t need super high coverage, you might want to give this one a try. This foundation is very forgiving and super easy to work with.