Today I’m reviewing Maybelline Dream Matte Powder which has been recently launched in the Dream touch range of face products. I had hit pan in my Chambor Silver Shadow compact a while back and was looking to pick up a compact and the Maybelline Dream Matte powder came along at just the right time!
Price : Rs 475 for 9 g
It comes in a camel colored compact packaging with a transparent cover and a separate compartment at the bottom that houses a mirror and a puff. The compartment swivels in and out easily and closes with a click so its quite travel friendly and sturdy. I love this concept of packaging, I do not like compacts where the puff sits on top of the powder pan. The mirror is very useful for touch-ups. There is a notch in the compartment so that one can easily lift out the puff for application. I like this swivel out compartment more than the lift up compartment one (like The Body shop Extra Virgin Minerals compact). With this, one has the mirror and the powder pan open at the same time and that makes application so convenient. With the lift up compartment packaging, the mirror is underneath the pan and one has to go back and forth between the mirror and the product during application. These are really subtle things but make a lot of difference on user experience!
Overall, I really like the packaging, its easy to use , thoughtfully designed and the puff that comes with it is good quality as well. I have used it a few times for applications and it picks up the right amount of product for application.
The powder is fine milled, smooth and soft in texture. It blends like a dream on the skin and is much better than the UV stay powder from Maybelline which wasn’t as finely milled. It gives light coverage, does not clog pores and does not give a heavy, cakey look even if you end up applying excess. The only complaint I have is the oil control. I have oily skin and with this, my T-zone began to show shine after about 2.5-3 hours of wear which I think could have been better. If you stay in a humid place like Mumbai and have extremely oily skin, this would keep you shine-free about 3 hours at most, if you have moderately oily/combination skin, it would keep the oil at bay longer. Its not the best compact I have come across but its not bad. I still feel though that for the price tag, the oil control should have been better.
On a close up shot, I detected very fine shimmer in the product but this does not translate on the face. I wouldn’t have known it if I hadn’t been trying to get a very close shot of the pan!
You would find 3-4 shades on most Maybelline counters. I was matched with the lightest shade by the SA which did not look right to me as I generally go for a medium-light shade but when she did apply it on me, it suited me well. From the images, you can tell that the shade looks too pale for me in the pan but surprisingly it looks quite natural on my skin. Since it’s a light coverage product, I think most people would find their shade match within these 3-4 shades.
I would recommend it to everyone except extremely oily skin types staying in places with high humidity.
I have worn this powder in my Maybelline FOTD HERE.
Can you see the shimmer in the powder in direct sunlight?
The GOOD about Maybelline Dream Matte Powder :
- Packaging – it has a very convenient and thoughtful packaging, probably the best one in terms of ease of use I’ve come across!
- Soft texture, finely milled
- Blends like a dream
- Gives a nice finish, not too dry or cakey
- Does not clog pores
- Would give good oil control to normal/combination/moderately oily skin types
- Good quantity (9 g)
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Maybelline Dream Matte Powder :
- Not enough oil control for very oily skin
- Expensive for a Maybelline product
Maybelline is known as one of the budget brands so this powder comes out slightly expensive considering the existing brand price point. The packaging is BRILLIANT, very easy to use and convenient, the texture is soft, smooth and the powder is finely milled. It gives a neat finish to the face without giving a cakey look. The only point where it falls short is the oil control. On my oily skin (in Mumbai humidity), it gives only about 2.5 hours of oil control which I feel should have been better!
Rating : 4/5
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