I have been testing out this foundation for a few weeks now and can confidently come with a final verdict! It honestly wasn’t love at first wear, but I grew to love this foundation and the key was in the application method. Read on if you’re curious!
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation
Texture & Consistency
The texture of this liquid foundation is very runny and rather oily/slick to the touch, but once blended on to the skin it transforms itself into a soft, satin powdery finish. It kind of has the consistency of liquid-to-powder products. It reminds me of the Hourglass Mineral Veil foundation primer a bit!
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation Swatch
Although it’s very smooth to the touch, whenever it glides on dry patches, it clings to it and accentuates them. Since this foundation is targeted for people with normal skin, people with drier skin types have to be cautious about this. Make sure you moisturize well a few minutes before applying this!
Coverage & Finish
The coverage is light to medium
and covers minor flaws
like faded acne scars and mild redness, but concealer is still required on inflamed, red acne bumps and other obvious flaws. I love it also gives the skin an airbrushed finish, diminishing the look of pores around the nose and cheek area.
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation
Can you tell which side has the foundation on?
You should be able to! The right side of my face (left side of the screen) has the foundation on (one layer) and if you look closely, my pores on the other side are still very obvious and redness around my nose is pretty prominent. The side with no foundation also seems slightly dull.
The side with one layer of foundation on looks slightly brighter and more airbrushed.
The finish is very skin-like when applied thinly (one layer), but it cakes up a bit when you add more layers and will accentuate dry patches more.
I have never worn this foundation for more than 10 hours, so I won’t know if it lasts more than that, but for the multiple times I’ve been wearing this foundation for about 10 hours, it still looks great at the end of the day. No ugly patchiness at all, but it did transfer easily on to clothes and tissue (or whatever touches your face) during the day. I also notice it fading around the nose area by the 5th or 6th hour mark though, but that happens with most of my foundations anyway!
Note that I never set this foundation with powder because I have dry skin, but for people with oilier skin types, I recommend setting with a setting powder.
With the dryness issue, I carry a facial mist everywhere I go (I use Chanel Hydra Beauty Mist or La Mer The Mist) and never had trouble with flakiness every time I spray my dry areas with a mist.
These come in 12 shades, but only 8 are available in Australia, 80 Medium Buff (MAC NC40 equivalent) being the darkest. I wear the shade 40 Nude and my skin tone is around a MAC NC30.
The foundation is nicely packaged in a glass tube with a dropper. I’m honestly not a big fan of the dropper thing but it doesn’t really bother me much. It’s just a tad unhygienic because the dropper doesn’t really “drop” the products fast enough, I usually have to pat it on my brush to apply it.
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation Applicator
I honestly prefer a pump!
The instruction on the bottle says to drop some of the foundation on to the tip of a finger and blend it on to the skin with our fingers. I have dry skin and had trouble with this foundation the first few tries because of this application method. I don’t know why my skin feels so tight and dry after application even though I’ve already worn a thick moistrizer underneath (I wear Creme de La Mer).
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation on ELF Cosmetics Stippling Brush
However, I found out that I only get this “tight” feeling on the skin when I apply it with my fingers!
I experimented with it a bit and tried applying with a soft stippling brush (I used Elf Cosmetics Stippling Brush) and it blends the foundation away so nicely and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry at all. I don’t know the science behind this, but on my dry skin, it feels so much better when applied this way.
|Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation Application
I basically drop a few drops of foundation straight on to the brush and then dab the brush all around my face, then blend away in circular motions. It applies very smoothly and evenly, and application is so fast and easy!
This retails for AU$21.95 at Priceline
and supermarkets, and about US$9.99 (approx. AU$12.99) at Ulta
and American drugstores.
Nice, smooth finish
Skin-like finish when applied thin, but can be built up to medium coverage (have to be careful because it may make it look slightly cakey)
No disturbing scent
Nice, even coverage
Good shade range (except in Australia!)
Weird packaging (dropper)
A bit too dry for dry skin (but then again it’s targeted for Normal skin)
I’m giving this bad boy a 4/5
because of its packaging and the fact that it’s a bit too dry for people with dry skin.
I would personally repurchase this even though I have dry skin because I loved wearing this when I was in Indonesia (hot and humid tropical weather). I don’t think I would be able to wear this much when I’m in Australia or the States, but whenever I’m in places like Indonesia or Singapore, this is definitely my go-to foundation!
So, if you live in hot and humid climates, I think you will like this!