Happy Wednesday Sunshines! I picked up this foundation from the drugstore the other day. While I’m not much of a powder foundation type, I decided to pick it up anyway because it did have an SPF in it and it was a two way cake – meaning you can use it both dry and wet. Without the hassle of any liquids this would’ve been great for travel or whenever you’re out on the beach, so why not give it a go. I do have to say up front though, that after doing some research, this foundation is much more popular in Asia than in Europe so it might be difficult to find elsewhere.
Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake SPF 32 PA+++
Size / Price : 9 Grams – HK$129
Shade Variation : 10 shades
[ #01 – Light / #03 – Creamy Beige / B00 – Soft Almond / B1 – Nude Beige / B2 – Soft Honey / B3 – Natural / B4 – Caramel / P0 – Peachy Puff / P01 – Beige Chiffon / P03 – Sandy Brown ]
Coverage: light to medium coverage
The all new Dream Satin Skin Two Way Cake Powder. Providing a non-cakey effect, ultra-breathable satin perfection and SPF 30+ protection to your skin. The unique one-film technology in the powder makes it 5X thinner than conventional powders and extremely fit for a stretchable finish that lasts 12 hours.
The shade selection is very limited, it had a few shades in one of the drugstores and a few different shades in other stores. So I wasn’t too sure on how many they had exactly, but it was definitely not catered to those with darker skin tones or even if you start getting a tan. Then again, from a business perspective considering that this foundation is mainly sold in Asian countries, they wouldn’t really need to have many darker shades available since many Asians prefer to a more fair look. It still would’ve been nice to see though. I got the shade 03 - Natural which looks pretty pale on me during summer months but would be the right shade during the winter.
PRICE and size
The price is typical for a drugstore foundation and you do get the standard amount of powder inside.
The packaging looks sleek and compact with a plastic beige colour and the brand imprinted into the packaging. It comes with a rather large mirror which is perfect for travelling and a middle partition separating the sponge and product. It does have holes on the bottom side for the sponge, I’m guessing this is for when the sponge is wet. However, if something were to leak in your bag, it will get into the powder and you can basically throw it away.
COVERAGE AND FINISH
I’m not a big fan of using the sponge, it’s fairly thin and dense but it will give you a medium to even full coverage if you were build it up with the sponge. This method will easily make you look cakey though but it’s manageable if you buff it out with a buffing brush. I prefer to build it up slowly with a buffing brush and only build up the areas where I’d need to. Applying a heavier amount will make it look a lot more flawless in photos (not flash photography though because of the spf!).
So the first time I tried this foundation with a wet sponge I couldn’t really see any coverage being build up as it was wet. If you do wet your sponge again and go over certain areas you might run into the problem that you take away some foundation if you start blending. I tried it with a wet foundation brush, patting it over with a sponge which worked much better. If you only apply it with a foundation brush you will get streaky lines. Once it dries, it leaves a powdery film on your face and emphasises any dry patches you might have. Definitely not a look I go for, so I didn’t really test out the wet method properly as I just couldn’t stand that finish. This is probably more suitable for those with an oily skin type.
I wore this foundation a few times dry and it did last a solid 8 hours but you do get shiny after 3 hours in a humid and sunny environment, if you don’t use a heavy application. If you do end up using a heavier amount it will control shine for about 5 to 6 hours, note I do have a dry skin type so it will be a little less for those with oily skin.
Despite that it’s finely mild, I wouldn’t apply it underneath the eyes to set any type of concealer as it will tend to break apart throughout the day. However, if you don’t need much concealing, this powder can already cover up quite a bit.
A finely mild pressed powder that feels velvety and smooth and is easily blended.
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SUITABLE FOR ...
Those with oily skin, looking for an on the go product in the summer months.
THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Holes in the packaging
- Thin sponge
- Shade selection
- Easily looks cakey with sponge
- Doesn’t control shine for a long period of time
- Sleek Packaging, large mirror
- Nice finish if used with a buffing brush
- Finely mild
MY OVERALL THOUGHTS
This product is one that I won’t use often and will probably be forgotten sometime soon to be completely honest with you. Perhaps I would use it in an on-the-go situation like if I were to travel in a plane and need some type of foundation that’s easy to travel with and quickly controls shine yet still gives me some type of coverage. That’s it for today, cheers Sam