Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake : Review, Swatches


Hey everyone!

Maybelline India recently launched 2 new base products – the Dream Satin Skin Liquid Foundation and the Dream Satin Two way cake which is a powder foundation. I’ve been testing these in the past few weeks and you might recall these from my recent videos and look posts. I’ll be reviewing the shade B5 Buff in the liquid foundation and shade B2 Soft Honey in the powder.



Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake





Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation B5 Buff : Review (Rs 700)

The Dream Satin Skin foundation is a light-medium coverage foundation with a satin finish. The foundation is like a more lightweight version of the Dream Liquid Mousse foundation which I’ve really liked using in the past. Even though the coverage of the Satin Skin foundation isn’t very high, it covers redness and uneven areas of the skin quite well and gives a beautiful airbrushed finish to the skin. There is a bit of learning curve with this foundation – using a small amount of product with a stippling brush or Beauty Blender works best. Using a dense brush could lead to too much product on the skin which in turn can look cakey and settle into pores. The consistency is slightly on the thicker side and the formula is a little rich for my oily summer skin. Even with a loose powder on top, this makes my skin shiny in 2-3 hours and I need several blotting/powder touch ups to keep my skin looking fresh and matte. It did look great freshly applied though and photographed well.

Overall, this is a good foundation and works best for normal/dry/combination skin. I would not recommend this for oilier skin since the oil control is really poor and you need a lot of prepping with primer/oil control lotion etc. to make this last without making you greasy in a few hours. When used correctly, this foundation gives natural looking coverage and an airbrushed satin finish which I quite like! The foundation also has SPF 24 with PA++ protection.

The shade range seems a bit limited for deeper skin though. I tried shade B5 which according to the numbering at least, seems like one of the deeper medium shades but its a bit light for me. I think it would be best for NC35-37 skin tones while I am closer to NC40.

Rating : 3.75/5



Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake


Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation B5

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation B5



Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake B2 Soft Honey : Review (Rs 550)

The Dream Satin Skin Two way cake is a powder foundation you can use either dry (to set liquid foundation) or with a damp sponge to get higher coverage. The powder has a soft, blendable texture and but isn’t so soft/powdery that you end up with loads of fall out. The shade once again was a touch light for me and it really shows when I use it with a damp sponge because of the higher coverage. But I can get away using this powder to set my foundation in the centre of my face. It gives light coverage, softens the look of pores (which most powders do) and mattifies though I’m sad to report the oil control over time isn’t impressive. Maybe on a more mattifying foundation, you won’t have much of an issue but over the Dream Satin skin liquid foundation, this does a poor job of keeping oil in check. Once again, this isn’t something I would recommend for oily skin. I do like the packaging though and I see myself using this more in the winters when my skin isn’t so oily.

Rating : 3.75/5



Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake


Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake B2

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake B2



Overall, I think both the products are good and can give a flawless, airbrushed yet natural look to the skin when used correctly. The shade range seems limited for the Indian market though and they didn’t perform that well on me in terms of longevity because neither is very suitable for oily skin (especially in the summer time). I see myself using these more in the winters. If you have normal to dry skin and find a good color match, I think the Dream Satin Skin range is worth a try!


I’m wearing both the liquid foundation (shade B5) and powder (shade B2) in the look below –



Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Foundation, Two Way Cake





  1. madhusinha
    June 22, 2015 / 9:48 am

    nice review Ankita!!
    hey how's it weekend? I think u visited Kyoto.did u see any Geisha?? u r so lucky to see all those wonderful places..did u visit mount Fuji? heard its a beautiful some of those pics even on blog…..

    • June 22, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      We are in Kyoto and Nara for some days. Enjoying it! Didn't see a geisha yet but lots of girls dressed in kimonos especially in tourist areas. We climbed Mount Fuji last year. It was amazing!!

  2. Joo
    June 22, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Thanks alot for reviewing these… u have schduled ur posts so that daily we have something to read… Thanks alot..

  3. Joo
    June 22, 2015 / 11:13 am

    as u said the compact is nt so good in controlling oil & i have dry skin & my T zone becomes oily a litte bit so i can give a try..

    • June 22, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      I think it would work on your skin. Just use a light brush as heavy application might emphasize dryness.

      • Joo
        June 22, 2015 / 9:20 pm

        Thanks for ur reply… Solved my problem…

  4. ritika
    June 22, 2015 / 11:16 am

    can u plz suggest any foundation for medium coverge and for oily skin too ..tyvm

  5. June 22, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    I love how your skin looks ! The finish is so pretty …. going to try this for sure 🙂

  6. June 22, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    You look lovely and your skin is also glowing..

    • June 22, 2015 / 6:22 pm

      It does photograph well 😊

  7. June 22, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I really liked that it photographed really well and how it covers redness!

  8. June 22, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    i might skip this because i have super oily skin!

  9. June 22, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I was thinking to buy it. Your skin looks amazing with these foundation and compact on. But my skin is too oily so its a obviously a no-no. Thanks for reviewing it and saving my money 🙂

  10. June 22, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I’m hoping they release more shades in the future!

  11. June 22, 2015 / 10:12 pm


    The foundation and powder looks lovely on you. I am on a perfect foundation hunt and I fell that the sales rep can help me out to find the perfect one.

    I will try out these at the Maybellie stores and crossing fingers that it matches my sensitive skin.

  12. June 23, 2015 / 1:42 am

    I have got both of them and using it these. They both are working quite well for me 🙂

  13. June 23, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Though I have oily skin, I wanted to try both. But since I am dusky dint find match in either of them. You look great, that lipshade looks amazing 🙂

  14. June 25, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Love the product on you.. may give it a try!

  15. Rose
    June 26, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    hi Ankita, appreciate all your reviews!! your swatches and final photos are really beautiful and helps a lot in knowing the shade accurately..but I really wonder how can you be NC 37-40?!! you seem to be a lot fairer with pink undertones…btw me too NC 37-40 🙂

  16. Moh
    July 11, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Whats the best powder to go with this foundation? I have Dream Satin Skin Foundation in shade PO3. It goes well with my skin but the minute I put my Revlon Natural Matt compact powder, I start looking a darker shade of brown !

    The compact suits me by itself, the foundation suits me well too. But the combination of the two make me look a shade or two darker. Please suggest a good powder for this foundation

    • Ankita Srivastava
      July 20, 2016 / 12:55 am

      Hi, you could try a translucent loose powder like the one from NATIO which won’t alter the color and just mattify.

  17. vinnie
    October 26, 2016 / 7:53 am

    I had a dry skin and I has some hairs on my face?? Is it useful?? Does it cover the hairs??

  18. Husna Afzal
    December 4, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I cannot believe you’re an NC 40 ! Isn’t it supposed to be around wheatish shades ? You’re fair ! I’m around the same skin tone as yours , your skin is clearer though. I have hyperpigmentation. N I’m an NC 25! How are you 40 then ! 😕

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