Dream Wonder Powder
Maybelline's Dream Wonder Powder is a fragrance-free pressed powder that promises a smoother application because it has "60% less talc" than the company's Fit Me! pressed powder, which was a Beautypedia "BEST." Unfortunately, eliminating some of that talc does not make for a superior product! We always wonder why companies take the marketing approach of highlighting what a product omits or has less of, as if the underlying message is that whatever the ingredient it has "less of" must not be any good, even though their other products contain that ingredient! Go figure.
This powder does have a smooth, silky feel, and is easy to pick up with a brush. (We don't recommend using the sponge included in the compact, as applying it with the sponge results in a too-cakey application.) It applies well, feels lightweight, controls oil, and doesn't emphasize pores.
The bad news is that this powder makes any wrinkles or creases on your skin more apparent. Even if you buff it down and smooth it with a brush or your fingers, this is still the case. Today's top powders have managed to avoid this effect, leaving Dream Wonder seeming more like a throwback than a revolutionary product.
Dream Wonder Powder comes in many shades for light to medium skin tones; however, even the lightest shade is too dark for those with truly porcelain complexions.
Despite some strong points, we advise skipping Dream Wonder Powder and checking out Maybelline's other excellent pressed powders (such as Fit Me!) instead!
- Powder has a smooth, silky feel and is easy to apply.
- Feels lightweight.
- Controls oil and doesn't emphasize pores.
- Powder makes fine lines and wrinkles very apparent, even after buffing it down.
- The lightest shade is still too dark for those with porcelain skin tones.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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