As I’m currently researching affordable foundations to help clients, I figured I might as well review a couple of them for you. Seems daft not to really and we’re starting with a well known brand.
The Maybelline Dream Radiant liquid foundation is available to purchase from Boots and Superdrug as well as a couple of other retailers. You can also grab these in stores too. It retails for £8.99 for a 30ml bottle. You qualify for free UK shipping on orders over £25 from both places with standard shipping starting at £3. I purchased mine from Superdrug as part of a larger order at 3AM on a Monday morning and it was here by Tuesday. Not bad.
This packaging is very typical for drugstore brands. There’s no outer box, just the glass bottle thankfully secured with a sealed plastic wrap and stickers. The bottle itself feels well made and secure with a decent weight to it. The protective cap also feels well made and snaps tightly into place. I doubt that will come off accidently when in a bag. There is a pump nozzle dispenser that works nicely but feels cheap and not as sturdy as everything else. All product information including the ingredients list can be found on the bottle.
The Dream Radiant foundation is available in 20 shades which isn’t great to be honest. It’s even worse when you realize there’s only a couple of shades for darker skin tones. Basically if you’re any of the seemingly 5000 shades of white between ghost and beige I’m 100% percent certain you’ll find your shade. Perfect for snowmen, not so much for those with olive tones and deeper. It’s 2023 can we please do better. I picked up the shade Ivory which is a perfect tone for me but then again I’m one of the fifty shades of white.
According to the product description, this is a medium coverage foundation that gives a radiant glow to the skin. The formula is lightweight on the skin allowing you to achieve that no makeup makeup. It contains hyaluronic acid to moisturise and collagen to plump delivering up to 12 hours of hydration and should leave you with smooth, even looking skin. This foundation was once the Dream Satin so if you loved that be sure to give this a try.
The foundation is easily dispensed from the pump and has a nice consistency. It is a little thicker than most radiant or medium coverage foundations though it’s not as thick as full coverage ones. When testing on the hand, it did oxidize slightly but it didn’t darken too much. The formula does have a slight fragrance which may be from the Hyaluronic acid but there is fragrance added also. It’s actually quite pleasant and not overpowering to the senses. It doesn’t linger either which is nice. The foundation feels lightweight on the skin and leaves it feeling more hydrated.
It applies fairly easily but you definitely want to use a brush rather than a sponge for a couple of reasons. With the sponge, it applied thick and patchy while lifting product off the skin in some areas. It clung to dry patches, highlighted skin texture, settled in fine lines quicker and looked cakey with a small amount of powder. Not a good look. With the brush, it’s easier to apply a lighter layer resulting in natural radiant finish to the skin without the issues above. It does still settle into the fine lines of the face but only after several hours of wear which is natural for any foundation.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the Dream Radiant Foundation from Maybelline. For the price, it’s the perfect everyday foundation for those who want a natural look. The packaging is the industry standard and feels fairly well made and sturdy. My only doubt is whether the pump dispenser will last. The foundation itself is quite good when applied lightly. It has medium coverage and leaves you with a natural, radiant glow to the skin. It feels lightweight to wear and lasts well though it does settle into the fine lines and crease of the face after a couple of hours. Not bad for £9.
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