It’s been a long while since I reviewed a new foundation. That’s partly because I’ve not been wearing much, because I’m working at home a lot, and also down to the fact that I’m just so happy with Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation in Ivory – like I’ve mentioned many times before, it’s the perfect match for my skin. Nevertheless, on my recent trip to Wales the shopping was limited and the only shops of interest to me were pharmacies and chemists, because they stocked makeup. I didn’t necessarily need anything but Maybelline’s Dream Satin Liquid caught my eye, and so I convinced Sam I needed not only one, but two – to test out the colours.

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I swatched a tester on my hand in the chemist and liked the look of the Ivory on my hand but knew my face is usually much lighter, especially this time of year, so picked up one in Light Porcelain too.

The next day I tested the foundation on my face for the first time. I decided not to use a primer and use my fingers rather than a sponge or brush. It applied nicely – the texture was smooth, the colours were a good match (I used Light Porcelain on my face and Ivory on my neck) and the coverage was decent, not heavy but definitely not poor. If I did have redness or lots of blemishes I would have put some concealer on beforehand.

I set the foundation with a translucent loose power but actually, I think Dream Satin Liquid is best not to be set with power and could probably work well with a fixing spray instead (not that I’ve tried that yet). As many of you know, I’m a fan of a matte finish. Dream Satin isn’t for a matte finish, but I thought I could adapt it. I couldn’t, and quickly realised this foundation is for those who want a natural, dewy look.

I finished off my makeup as usual, adding bronzer, highlight and the rest and went about my normal day.


For the first two hours my makeup stayed put perfectly but as the day went on I started to produce oil in my T-section and the foundation was doing absolutely nothing to prevent it. In fact, it made it look worse as it slipped and slided, rubbing off altogether whenever I tried to mattify with blotting paper or pressed power.

To conclude, I’d recommend this foundation to those who have dry to combination skin. Those who need oil control (like me) should probably try something else, like one of my all-time favourites Maybelline Better Skin.

What are your thoughts on this product? Do you agree or disagree?

Let me know using the comments section below 🙂


  1. I haven’t heard of this foundation – it looks nice applied initially. But too bad it didn’t fare very well on your skin type. I wonder if it would perform better with a oil controlling type of primer underneath?

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