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Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder

Maybelline-Dream-Matte-Pressed-PowderI have plenty of eyeshadow, a stockpile of lip gloss (never leave home without it!), a rotation of waterproof mascaras, and plenty of blush and bronzers. Yet, what I’m missing in my beauty arsenal is any powder or foundation. Like, zero, zip, nada. Recently, I did find a powder that I’m liking so far: Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder. In a desperate moment, I went to Walgreen’s and just grabbed it and crossed my fingers. I cannot remember the last time I bought a drugstore product without reading tons of reviews, getting prior recommendations from other beauty blog, etc. But I bought this little number totally cold–mainly based on the fact that I like Maybelline’s mascaras, so maybe I’d like their pressed powder too? Thankfully, I did.

Overall: Basically, I don’t use too much makeup on my skin–just a little blush and some concealer under my eyes, but I wanted something to take the shine away and give me slight coverage for during the day. Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder did the trick. It’s very finely milled and goes on smooth, not caking or making my skin appear dry, which other powders do on my skin. If I want shear coverage, I just swipe on a little, but I can layer it for heavier coverage. The powder evens out my skin tone and controls oil well.

Everything you want to know about Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder’s packaging and color options, after the break.

Packaging: Of course, I immediately ditched the applicator that came with the compact and used my own kabuki brush to apply. The packaging is a little annoying. The flip top is fine, but it also has a mirror compartment at the bottom that holds the applicator puff. Its construction is kind of clunky and I could see it breaking after a lot of use. Also, since I use a separate brush to apply the powder, I’d rather it came in a more streamlined container (minus the extra bottom compartment) anyway.


  • Cream Light, 4-5, 30: Best for fair or medium skin tones. (This looked super light in real life, like Nicole Kidman light!)
  • Sand Medium, 0-1, 40: Best for medium skin tones (This is the shade I got, and my skin is definitely on the fair side. It was a perfect match, so these run a little on the fair side.)
  • Beige Medium, 2-2.5, 50: Best for medium skin tones.
  • Honey Medium, 3-4, 60: Best for medium skin tone.

Honey Medium is as dark as Maybelline Dream Matte Pressed Powder goes and with only four options, I think it would be nice if Maybelline extended the color range to include darker shades. That said, the powders are sheer and would probably work on a range of skin tones. Overall, I think this is a great, inexpensive pressed powder option!  Price $6.49

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