September 2016 | Alexis Adrienne

30.9.16

DREAM ON: Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation Review

Hey babes,

As an oily-skinned girl, today's product was a very hyped up release for me! I was super stoked to finally get my hands on the Dream Velvet foundation when it released at Farmers in 10 shades. I chose the shade 60 Sandy Beige. The texture is a whipped, mousse texture - very, very similar to the Rimmel Stay Matte mousse foundation. It has a true matte finish once applied, and actually does control oil decently well.
maybelline dream velvet foundation nc25 review
Unfortunately, my excitement for it ends here. I found it to be very difficult to work with if my skin wasn't primed and moisturised enough before application. It was very easy to use too much product and end up with a cakey finish.

I found that it took a lot of work to blend into the skin (spreading around then patting in with a beauty blender), which just makes it oxidise more. The more I have to push around and blend a product into my skin, the more orange and oxidised it will turn. I tried to remedy this by mixing with a facial oil, which did improve the overall finish but did not completely fix oxidising. I feel like drugstore foundations ALWAYS oxidise on me :(

It also did not wear well, with or without facial oil. It wore off on my nose (always happens) but wore off very quickly on my chin as well - definitely an issue I don't have with most other foundations or BB creams.

We can take a peek at the full ingredients list here:
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aluminum Hydroxide. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.
maybelline dream velvet foundation ingredients
Some swatches compared to other foundations - really illustrates how thick and moussey this formula is. From left to right: Etude House Cotton Fit BB Cream (W24), Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless (220), MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC25), MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC25)
maybelline dream velvet foundation swatch nc25
I made a short gif to show the texture of the foundation. Notice that it sticks together well enough to not even drip when upside down - this is why I had such a hard time blending it!
Overall, I'm going to give this a 2/5. While it's a tricky formula to work with and oxidises TERRIBLY, it kept my skin matte where it was able to actually stay on my face.

Have you tried this foundation yet? Did it work for you?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy Maybelline online
Amazon* | Farmers

where to buy Maybelline in-store
kmart | The Warehouse | Farmers | Unichem Pharmacies

purchased / contains affiliate links*

21.9.16

The Truth About e.l.f. Primer (& Review!)

Hey babes!

Every so often I see a post on social media complaining about how this particular little product is a complete rip off - deceptively large packaging, tiny product reservoir, etc etc. I finally decided I've had enough of that and wanted to help explain how exactly e.l.f's Primer packaging works! I'm using the Tone Adjusting Primer as my guinea pig today. I picked it up for NZ $14 at Kmart!
elf primer packaging small
So, as you can see here it comes in a nice pump bottle (yay for hygienic packaging!) with a frosted outer, with the product inside the green inner tube. The outer packaging also states it has a volume of 14ml.
elf tone adjusting primer review
The removable outer shell reveals the bottom of the airless pump which e.l.f. uses for this product. This is where people get confused! Because of how airless pumps work, the bottom of it moves up each time it is used. Thus, people open their fully used primers and don't realise that it looks like that because the product is used.
In these photos, I haven't even used the primer yet - so this is what a completely untouched primer looks like.
I'm going to decant it into another airless pump to show you how much the bottom plate moves up (and how much product I can actually get out!). The container I'm decanting into has a volume of 15ml.
You can see that there is some space left at the top - I'm not sure if that is the entire 1ml difference, or partially from product being left in the original packaging.
And here you can see a fully used tube - the bottom is fully pushed up, indicating all the product is gone.

As far as the product itself goes, it's a pretty standard primer. It has a smoothing & mattifying effect once applied, however it doesn't meet it's claim of neutralizing any redness - it's just not pigmented enough for the green tint to actually do anything on bare skin. My foundations/bb creams definitely go on smoother when I use this, though! It's a silicone-based primer, and we can have a full look at the ingredients here:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

My only gripe about this, and some other silicone-based primers is they smell lightly of petrol to me. It's not strong and dissipates fairly quickly, but I'm not sure why this happens. I first noticed it with the L'Oreal Infallible Matte primer... If anyone out there could help explain this, please comment below!

Overall, this gets a 3/5 from me. Even though it doesn't neutralize any redness, it's still a decent and cheap primer.

I hope this post has helped to understand the product and packaging a little more! If you have any more questions or comments do let me know!

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy e.l.f. online
Amazon* | e.l.f. cosmetics | BeautyJoint | makeup.co.nz | iHerb*

where to buy e.l.f. in-store
kmart

purchased / contains affiliate links*

9.9.16

JUST SHEET IT: TonyMoly I'm Real Red Wine Mask Sheet

Hey babes!

I'm starting to slowly work my way through my TonyMoly mask haul, and the mask I have up next is the Red Wine one. It claims to "tighten uneven skin texture with enlarged pores". I feel like I have pretty big pores on either side of my nose, so I was definitely curious to see how well this worked!
I was worried about how this would smell - things soaked with wine tend to smell awful and vinegary to me! However, I found that the mask smelled lightly of artificial grape/grape lollies. Like the tea tree mask, the mask was richly saturated in a thin, watery essence.
Here is the ingredients list:

Purified water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Red Wine Extract, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Green Tea Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Extract, Jasmine Flower Juice, Dipotassium Glycyrrizate, Caprylyl-Glycol, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Perfume

Like the other flavours in this collection that I've tried, the mask doesn't fit me amazingly well, but the thinner fabric allows me to pull and stretch it into an ideal shape. So did it meet it's claim of shrinking my pores? Unfortunately not. However, it still worked well to hydrate and soothe my skin due to the other beneficial ingredients such as green tea and Japenese Camellia extract. I give this a 2.5/5!

What's your favourite sheetmask brand?

Lexie

rating scale

1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

where to buy tony moly online
Amazon (all flavour pack)* | RoseRoseShop (individual) | q-depot (10-pack)*

where to buy tony moly in-store
The Cosmetic Store | Vanessa

purchased / contains affiliate links*

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