4/8/14

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder Review [Comparison w/ Dream Matte]

Hello everyone! How have you all been?
A couple days ago I visited Target to repurchase some essentials and then I came across a new line from Maybelline called the Dream Wonder Powder. They have discontinued the Dream Matte powder which I have been using but I don't like it very much so thank god they discontinued it! Since I'm still in the need of a decent powder I decided to give this a shot. So far, the reviews from people have been a hit and miss. Let's get on with the review!
The packaging is kinda cheap being made from a cheap plastic but what do you expect from a drugstore product? The colour is pretty though being a nudish pink with a rose gold accent. You might want to be careful when closing the compact though since the pan the powder is on is kinda heavy so when you use the mirror that's on the botton of the pan the powder might crumble when you close the lid.
Shade wise, the Dream Wonder comes in 16 different shades ranging from light to tan. There are no shades for fair skinned and deeper skinned people sooo that sucks. What's the point of 16 shades when they're only for light to medium skins? I don't understand the point of that.
Maybelline claims that this powder has less talc then regular powders and boasts about how smooth the powder is. I must say, they are right about how smooth the powder is. When you feel the powder, it's like touching a cream. It's probably one of the smoothest drugstore powders I felt.
Although it's creamy, when you put a brush into the product you get a whole bunch of fallout everywhere! Even if I lightly tap my brush in the powder there's still a whole bunch of powder flying everywhere. The product comes with a sponge but I have yet to apply it with a sponge. Maybe it'll be better since it probably won't have powder flying everywhere.
Application of the product is a breeze. It doesn't have a chalky finish and makes my skin look natural. They also say that this powder can also double as a powder foundation. I don't currently have the skin for a powder foundation since I have some dry spots but this does have decent medium coverage. I can see this powder being a nice everyday foundation for a natural look. I'll probably try it out as a powder foundation soon so I'll let you guys know how that works out.

Unfortunately, this powder doesn't work well for oil control. I find myself getting oily around my nose within two hours. Around my dryer areas, it's perfectly fine. I see that a lot of the people who dislike this product are oily skinned so I think this powder would be more suitable for dryer or aged skin.
Left: Dream Matte / Right: Dream Wonder
Left: Dream Wonder // Right: Dream Matte
In comparison to the discontinued Dream Matte powder, I would prefer the Dream Wonder any day, any second. The Dream Matte was always too chalky and had a very hard texture. You can tell in the swatch, the Dream Wonder just seamlessly blends into the skin while the Dream Matte just sits there and you can see the flakes. Probably because the Dream Wonder is less talc-based than the Dream Matte. Anyways, the Dream Wonder is a good successor to the Dream Matte and I'm happy to throw out my Dream Matte powder now so goodbye Dream Matte!

Likes:
- Creamy texture
- Natural "second skin" finish
- Buildable medium coverage
- Drugstore!! (I bought it for $7.50 but it usually ranges from $8-9)
- Double up as a powder foundation
- Sets foundation well
- BETTER than the Dream Matte (imo)

Not-so-likes:
- No shades for fair skins and deeper skins
- Powder fallout everywhere!!!!
- Not so great for oil control

Overall, I like this powder. It's MUCH better than the Dream Matte in my opinion and I'll continue to use this. I don't know if I'll repurchase it but I'll definitely use it up. If you don't have too much concerns about oil control and want a decently coverage powder at a drugstore price, this will be the product for you.

Before I leave, I want to tell you guys that I opened a store again! If you don't remember, I just sell pre-owned clothes that I want to get rid of. I'm only selling clothes that I think someone else will want so I'm not selling out of date clothes. So please take a look and see if there's anything you want. I will be adding accessories soon!
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Hope you guys enjoyed this review and hopefully it helped you out.
Talk to you guys later!
xx,
Lily

4/6/14

REVIEW: Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Neutralizing Powder Primer

Hey everyone!image How have you been?
Spring has come (unless you're in the southern equator) and the weather will start warming up soon, especially in Southern California where I reside so my skin will start to get oily as hell! I'm still on the hunt for a decent powder that can set my makeup to keep it from melting off. So far, no luck.
Recently, I won a giveaway from Mally Beauty's Youtube channel for their Guide to Gorgeous collection and in it included this Perfect Prep Neutralizing Powder Primer. You heard that right. A powder PRIMER. I was very interested to see how this would work out because I never tried anything like this. Does it work? LET'S FIND OUT.

The overall packaging of the powder has a pink metallic snake skin design which is Mally's signature look in her products. It has a decent sized mirror but the packaging is made of cardboard and has a fixed opening stance. It only opens at a 90 degree angle which isn't so bad but it gets kinda annoying for me. I don't know, maybe I'm being a little prick.
I got the powder and other things in a set and it included this double ended face brush but I believe if you buy just the powder primer it still comes with the brush. The brush is decently soft and I believe it's made out of synthetic fibers. I love the pink metal design but sometimes when using the brush, it sheds. The size is kinda small to be a powder brush and a bit dense. I prefer to apply the product with a fluffy powder brush so I use the double ended brush for foundation sometimes and the smaller end for cream concealer.

You're supposed to apply this before applying your foundation since it's obviously a primer but I also wanted to know if you could use it to set your foundation as well and Mally said herself that you can use this for that function too.
The powders only come in four shades: fair, light/medium, tan, and rich. I chose the fair shade and it fits me perfectly. Feeling the product, it's like a silky creamy texture which I was happy about. The other thing I noticed was that it has shimmers! WHY WHY WHYYY WOULD YOU EVER PUT ANY SHIMMER IN A FACE PRODUCT THAT'S NOT BLUSH?? So obviously the shimmers in the powder was a turn off for me. I was afraid that the shimmer might accentuate my pores and lately I've been struggling with clogged and huge pores so I didn't want that to be any more noticeable that it is already!


Blended out w/ flash
As you can see, the shimmer is noticeable. Indoors you won't be able to tell but in bright sunlight and in flash photography, your face will look illuminated which might be a good thing. I don't notice it enlarging my pores and the primer leaves a soft silky finish to my skin!  My foundation applied smoothly and evenly and then I set it with the primer. First look at it, my face looked good and I was happy with the finish.
Fast forward 20 minutes later, my skin was shiny as hell! I don't experience an oily face until at least 4 hours later so I don't know why my skin got so oily so quick! You would think that a POWDER primer would keep your face matte for a long time. Nooooooo. At the moment, my skin is more normal with an oily T-zone when it's hot. The weather when I tried this product out wasn't even hot. It was around 50-60 degrees so there was no reason for my skin to get so oily.

imageLikes:
- Cute packaging
- Silky smooth texture
- Smooth finish to the skin
- Makes foundation look amazing
- Includes a brush

imageNot-so-likes:
- Shimmery face product? Why would you ever??
- Leaves my normal skin oily as heck!!!!
- Shimmers are noticeable in the light
- Brush that's included sheds on face

In conclusion, it is a good product but I don't recommend to people with normal and oily skin. If you have dry skin, you might have better luck with it. I looked up reviews of this product and it seems like the dry skin girls especially loved this which I find kind of ironic. Maybe when my skin is especially dry again it'll work better for me. I'll keep you guys updated if that ever happens!

Thanks for taking the time to read and for sticking with me! I don't know if you guys could tell from my recent previous posts but I personally haven't had the motivation to write anymore. I don't get the same enjoyment of writing a blog post anymore but I don't want to give up on this blog because I've met so many nice people from my blog! Hopefully I will get the motivation to write and have that same enthusiasm I had a year ago. 

Anyways, thanks again guys and I'll talk to you later!

xx,
Lily

Disclaimer: The following product(s) were not sponsored, I rightfully won them in a giveaway ayyyyy.