by Rosy Day Blog
Banila Co Dear Hydration Boosting Cream Product ReviewI picked this product for review because it seemed more than your basic hydrating cream. I became interested from the product description on Soko Glam, "...imparts a long-lasting glow and makes skin dewier, softer, and smoother, prepping it for makeup application." I'm always up for products that claim to give you naturally dewy, glowing skin.
Disclaimer: This product was given to me from The Klog as their contributor. I was not given any money to do this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful.
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by Rosy Day Blog
Makeup: Maybelline Hydrate + Smooth, Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth ReviewsGet dewy skin with Maybelline’s Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth foundation!
I received these products from Maybelline through Influenster in exchange for my honest review. I was not given any money to do this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Maybelline.
Maybelline is probably a brand that needs no introduction. It was probably the gateway makeup brand for many growing up as it was always affordable and easily accessible at many grocery and drug stores.
Most western makeup looks from what I've seen tend to gravitate towards more of a matte look. However that has changed the last couple of years or so as I've been seeing more dewy or even semi-dewy looks lately (especially with all that strobing and highlighting). Here I will be trying out Maybelline's hydrating Master Prime Primer + Base in their Hydrate + Smooth formulation, and their Fit Me! Foundation in their Dewy + Smooth formulation.
Just The Primer
As quoted from Ulta, its a primer "formulated with a water-soluble base and active ingredients that refine the look and feel of skin and keep makeup in place from morning to night."
Primer Claims: Like its name, hydrate and smooth, as well as even out skin tone. Can be worn alone and when used under foundation, helps prolong the look and wear of makeup.
Primer Notable Ingredients:
Primer Full Ingredients List:
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Propanediol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cera Alba / Beeswax / Cire Dabeille, Tocopheryl Acetate, Talc, Acrylamide / Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Isohexadecane, Sorbic Acid, Myristic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Sorbitan Oleate, Citric Acid.
The packaging is actually really similar to a lot of other primers. This is basically like the standard primer bottle shape, though the color on this specific packaging, reminds me a bit of the Smashbox primer (the one that’s specifically designed for acne/oil control). It’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you see familiar packaging, it just makes it easier to distinguish a product as “oh this is definitely a primer”. It looks like a primer and it is a primer. I really like this particular shade of green. It also kind of looks more like a department store product.
Primer Scent & Texture:
As this isn’t a skincare product, I don’t normally go around smelling primers unless they’re specifically advertised as being scented. There’s no noticeable scents with this product, maybe your typical slightly chemical/artificial scent, but nothing worth noting as being particularly bad or offensive. As for the texture, it is similar to other liquidy-cream silicone-based primers. It glides on smooth and feels silky/light to the touch. If you are sensitive to silicone/dimethicone, etc., I wouldn’t recommend this product and would instead look for one that doesn’t have it (it would be a bit difficult though as most primers have -cones).
I really liked this. I didn’t use any moisturizer prior to using this product, just toner and some essence/light serum, and this does truly hydrate. I test the true performance of a primer by its ability to smooth out the fine lines around my eye area. There are actually a lot of primers that smooth out your skin, however, they still make my eye area look dry and things settle into those fine lines. Being older, my eye area needs to be well hydrated whenever I wear any form of makeup. I’m happy to announce that this primer provided enough hydration that by the end of the day, it looks nearly the same as when I first applied makeup, and nothing has settled into my fine lines.
Although this primer doesn’t have any specific skincare claims other than to hydrate and smooth, as seen in the Notable Ingredients section above, it does boast quite a bit of some nourishing and healing skincare benefits. It can definitely double as a moisturizer/primer combo when needed. I have combo skin (more dry in the winter and more oily in the summer), and I didn’t have any bad reactions to this product. Sometimes I can feel how pore clogging a primer can be and can feel a pimple coming on as the hours go by, but this product was light and at the end of the day, I didn’t see any pimples forming after taking off all my makeup.
Just The Foundation
As quoted from Ulta, “Maybelline's Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is face makeup that fits you. No oils. No waxes. No nonsense. This foundation blends seamlessly for light to medium, natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be - fresh, breathing, flawless. The exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin's natural highs and lows to show through.”
Unlike some foundations, this one claims to not clog pores and is “shade-true” in that it merges with your natural skin tone (for women in all colors).
Foundation Notable Ingredients:
None. This isn’t a BB/CC cream or cushion where one would normally expect skincare benefits in addition to some coverage.
Foundation Full Ingredients List:
For my shade (Medium Buff) - Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylparaben, Parfum / Fragrance, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Butylparaben, PEG-9, Ethylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.
The packaging is pretty similar/standard to other foundations you might find, whether you get your foundation at a department store or a drug store/grocery store. Maybe it’s just me since I don’t typically wear foundation, but the size of this bottle seemed to be on the small side, especially if you’re one who needs to pack on additional foundation in areas that need more coverage. I guess this size is enough if you normally just put a light, even amount all over and don’t necessarily wear foundation everyday. Also, I don’t know if all foundation bottles have an opening this size, but I tried to be careful pouring out the foundation, and some came out a bit too much (what a waste) :/ Maybe if the opening was a tad bit smaller or this came in a pump bottle, I wouldn’t have wasted so much product and there would definitely be more to go around.
Foundation Scent & Texture:
Just like with the primer, I didn’t really detect any specific scents with this product. As for the texture, it’s pretty much the same as any other liquid foundation. I will add though, that this didn’t feel heavy or suffocating on my face.
As someone who doesn’t normally wear foundation (I wear a tone-up/tinted sunscreen most of the time and occasionally wear a BB cushion), I liked how this looked fairly natural for a medium-ish coverage foundation. I still think one would be able to tell you’re wearing foundation (at least after first application), but as the day goes on and the foundation settles on your skin/oxidizes a little bit, it does look more like a natural dewy glow. This didn’t feel heavy/suffocating at all on my face. I also didn’t experience any oncoming breakouts or pore clogging with this product. Now, I haven’t tried this foundation with any other primer besides the Maybelline Hydrate + Smooth one, but having a hydrating primer combined with a hydrating foundation (this is formulated for normal to dry skin), this one did not last long on my face, LOL.
Within a couple of hours, my dewy look turned into a greasy look. Maybe a more mattifying/oil control primer and/or someone with dry to very dry skin would combat this better. I’d love to test this out in the future and update this post with my findings. Obviously if you already have oily to even somewhat oily skin, don’t bother with anything in a “dewy” formulation. You already produce enough of your own “dew” naturally. I would look for a semi-matte formulation (it’ll go on more matte looking initially but your own face oils will eventually produce their own natural glow). There’s also strobing/highlighting options as well.
Both Primer & Foundation
Primer & Foundation Final Impressions:
I have to admit, prior to this I haven’t really tried that many Maybelline products, and the few I have tried in the past, they were basically subpar. I really liked the primer and although the foundation didn’t completely work out for me (next time I should try a mattifying primer or switch to the one made for oily skin) - the foundation is still a solid pick and there are plenty that enjoy it for what it is. In short, if you have dry to very dry skin, I definitely recommend this combo of the Hydrate + Smooth primer and Dewy + Smooth foundation.
If you are more normal to combo skin, I would probably only go for the Hydrate + Smooth primer and go for a more semi-matte foundation. However, if you are oily and/or acne-prone, I’d probably look elsewhere or look into Maybelline’s other offerings (they might have other options better suited for these skin types). Overall, good picks for their price, especially the primer.
Hydrate + Smooth - Primer + Base 4.5/5 = Great product! Lacking a couple of minor things to truly be a holy grail, but it’s cheap and definitely smooths out my eye area! I would definitely consider purchasing this in the future, even if I only end up using it for my eye area. Pretty darn good for a drugstore brand – I totally recommend!
Fit Me! - Dewy + Smooth Foundation 3/5 = Good for what it is. Not very long lasting but other reviews I’ve read seem to like this product so maybe I just need to find some way to make it last longer. Other than that, it truly is dewy and smooth. I have no problems recommending this to someone who craves hydration and doesn’t have any issues with dewy/hydrating makeup not lasting long on their skin. Just be sure to wear sunscreen underneath as this one is only SPF 15. I would also consider wearing this for special ocassions where one would only need to wear makeup for a couple of hours (and not necessarily the whole day).
I offer you some suggestions for similar products if you are still interested in general for hydrating primers and dewy foundation.
I’m not going to list any similar foundations as I feel like there are far too many out there that there is definitely a foundation (or BB or CC, etc.) for everyone.
Any questions about the products and/or my experience? Just let me know!
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