I have been obsessed with Asian beauty and skincare trends…
A box of Maybelline Spring 2016 products landed on my doorstep over the holidays, and let me tell you… I am excited! I decided to start with a few products I’ve already seen on store shelves, all about being selfie ready and getting that perfectly sculpted look.
Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation comes in 12 shades from the fairest coolest shades to the deepest and warmest shades. The formula reminds me a lot of the Dream Mousse that comes in the tub, it has the same medium coverage and a gel-like whipped texture. It dries down to a velvety soft matte that gives skin natural coverage.
I received three shades and as you can see Porcelain Ivory is a near exact match. These swatches are just a small dab of foundation, so a little goes a very long way.
I applied Dream Velvet in Porcelain Ivory using my fingers, but Maybelline has also released a Dream Velvet blending sponge that is quite a bit like the BeautyBlender. I really like the amount of coverage this gives me and am glad it comes in a squeeze tube versus the tub the Dream Mousse comes in.
Next up is the Master Contour Palette ($15.99 CAD) available in two shades. Each kit comes with a matte bronzer, a satin blush and a shimmer highlight. Shown above is 10 Light to Medium with a light warm/neutral sculpting shade, a rosy pink blush and vanilla soft beige shimmer (which reminds me of The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer).
This palette is such a soft contouring kit. The bronze is subtle and the blush is the perfect flush pink for me. The highlight is shimmery and pale without being too glittery.
20 Medium to Deep has a warmer, darker bronze, a much more shimmery blush that has a peach tone to it with gold highlight and a darker peachy champagne highlight shade.
The bronze shade is quite nice, although a bit too warm and dark for my skin. I love the blush though, it reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm. And that highlight is gorgeous, although a touch too dark for my fairer skin ladies. These powders are soft and buildable with no fallout!
Included in each palette is an angled contour brush. It’s quite small so you’re probably better off using your own, but this will work in a pinch.
You can really see the difference between the contour shades here, with the Light to Medium one being much pinker than the Deep shade.
The last step in creating the perfect look is a setting spray, and I have become quite taken with the new Master Fix ($15.99 CAD). Typically, I have to touch up my foundation on my nose and my forehead throughout the day, but when I use this it all stays in place. And it doesn’t affect the finish of my foundation at all either.
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