Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: Review

Why would someone with dry skin buy a matte powder is what anybody who has read my previous posts on how I have extreme dry skin will ask. But let me tell you that even the driest of the dry skin tend to turn a little oily in the T-zone during summers! My nose and that part of the forehead just above the starting of my eyebrows and my chin have turned oily this summer (there is a first for everything you know!! :P)
When Maybelline launched their new Dream line the first thing (along with the foundation) I bought was the Matte Powder from the range. 

What Maybelline Claims: 
 
 
 
Price: 475 INR
Quantity: 9g
 
There is enough quantity to last a lifetime. Being a pressed powder there is no wastage while applying it on the face and a swiping your brush once on the powder will cover the entire face.
 
The packaging is extremely travel friendly. It has an inbuilt mirror and a powder puff.
 
 
 
How I use it: I take a little on my powder puff/brush and dab it ONLY on the oily parts of my face. I don’t use it all over my face. 
 
If you have oily skin then you can dab a little all over your face except your cheeks. Apply your blush and lightly dab the excess matte powder on the puff/brush on your cheeks. This would keep your makeup intact for the day.
 
I need to reapply the powder every 6 hours. The lasting powder is good enough for me. However  I do have a few things which I dislike with respect to this one.
 
The limited availability of shades is one thing I disliked. There are only three shades and the darkest one of the three might be very light for a lot of us. Thankfully it worked perfectly for me.
 
It is NOT a transparent/translucent powder. Sometimes whenever I use this on certain parts of my face I feel it looks whiter than the others. So I use very little and swirl the powder into my skin. That keeps the color of my face even.
 
The price is a little on the higher side (considering the other products from Maybelline are priced at much lesser rates) but the quantity is enough to last forever so that shouldn’t be an issue. It is a one-time investment  😀
 
Can you believe this was the darkest shade available??
Overall I would recommend this to all of you. It is a good travel friendly matte powder which might just be what you need in summer! (It is still summer in Chennai fyi! :P)
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  • hahaha omg this seems like the lightest shade of all !! 😀 this is bad.. maybelline has a good market all over India, they should do something for our skin tones na :-/
    i know my combi/oily skin has turned dry this summers !! and i’m constantly switching to prods.which can give my skin some relief 😛

    • you dont need a matte powder unless your face looks/feels oily when you wear foundation. 😀 but don’t bother too much about it. 😀

  • ooh looks nice. I am facing super dry skin nowadays so not for me 🙂 Fyi, chennai is hot all the year around 😛

    • ya but we had something called “rain/monsoon” inbetween!! but now that has also decreased and it is just summer 😀

  • nice review

    • thank you 🙂 do you use a matte powder?

  • I wud luk lik a white ghost if I used this..only 3 shades n pricey too..tats horrible

    • 😀 you can try the kryolan translucent powder. that one is really good and caters to all skintones 🙂

  • Even I don;t understand why maybelline is being so dumb. We all love Maybelline products. I just wish they did something about their base makeups too

    • i know!! the foundation and the matte powder from the dream range are of good quality too! why would they want to restrict their market to a few consumers when there have a good market in India?

  • Yeahhh.. This was the darkest shade and it was my exact shade, I’m somewhere around fair medium. -__- I feel bad for darker girls, in a country with so many skin colours, their choices are so limited. 🙁

    • the SA tried selling me the lightest shade but when I swatched all of them I knew this was the shade for me but I kept asking her if she was sure that there were only 3 shades and if this was the darkest of the lot 😀

  • Nice Review.. I might go for cheaper options !
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    • kryolan is definitely cheaper. you can also try lakme 🙂

  • I used to lov the whitestay compact..it never gave me a white cast..nice review gurl

    • Pree.. I should get that then the next time.. 😀 my skin is anyway super dry and I dont use a matte powder often but I might need it again next summer

  • I hv a lot of compacts with me right now bt will keep this in mind deeps. You now my skin has become so dry now with the new climate. Guess our skin has its own mind n mood. 😀

    • haha.. 😀 hyderabad and bangalore makes anyone’s skin dry! 😀 whenever i visit hyderabad my skin becomes horrible..

    • Hehe. Gud for my skin though! 😉 it has become normal-oily to normal-dry 😛

  • i m looking for compacts but m confused between maybelline’s dream matte one and clearglow one …cant figure out which to buy … Top thing on my mny list is dream matte liquid foundation

  • nice review, but such limited shades 🙁

  • i love this!! it mattifies my face totlly and makes it totally matte and oil free!

    • 😀 it works well but the choice of colors are limited 🙁

  • Nice review:) using this right now , using beige shade yes it controls oil.. lovin it: love to follow u:) do visit my blog and follow if u like:)

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  • il get this next time for sure..jus need to get my right shade

    • do try it out at the store before buying to ensure you buy the right shade 🙂 the darkest one from this range works perfectly for me (NC 37) 😀