If you were to know me in real life, you would know that spending $30 and up on a single, awesome face powder wouldn't even make me flinch but spending the same amount on a shirt is a whole different story! Let's just say that I would have to really adore the shirt to even think about spending that much, but to each their own I guess. That being said, there are times that I do wish I could find an inexpensive alternative to a must have product of mine that isn't only substantially cheaper than my fave, but as effective and able to produce the same results.
That brings me to Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in shade Sand, Medium 0-1, for reference I'm an NC20 in MAC shades (around $6.50 at drugstores), which I consider a great drugstore find. Just a quick FYI, I'm not much of a drugstore girl when it comes to complexion products. I've tried countless drugstore brands and products but have never been completely impressed with the results with very few exceptions, mainly the L'Oreal True Match Foundation and Concealer line and the Revlon Custom Creations line. I think those foundations are true gems and this powder, in my opinion, seems to be as well. I think that the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder gives a decent amount of coverage when used a top foundation and/or concealer, as well as over tinted moisturizer. Basically, it has everything that I'm looking for; it sets any complexion products I use without making my skin appear dull, it leaves me shine free throughout the day and it provides light to medium coverage when used on top of another face product.
There are a few caveats, though, one being that I'm generally not an oily skinned person so I don't know how it would fare with those who are and also that a little of this powder goes a long way. I have normal to dry skin but in the summer I do get slightly shiny on my forehead and the bridge of my nose. Year round I prefer a non-shiny but not completely matte finish to my skin (I guess that could be called a satiny finish). Anyhow, this product seems effective for me as my needs in that department are minimal but if I were more inclined to oiliness I couldn't say that my expectations would be equally met.
As I mentioned earlier, a little of this powder goes a long way, too much of it though and the skin can take an almost chalky appearance. To it's defense, it would indeed take a pretty heavy hand to reach that point so please don't let that put you off.
Overall, I think that this is an excellent find and I must say that I'm especially impressed because it's one found at the drugstore!
Final Beauty For Us All Rating: A
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