I’ve always wanted to see the effects of skincare and makeup WITHOUT Photoshop. But obviously my previous job required every single image to be picture-perfect. Not that it’s bad but I am of the belief that with all that money poured into R&D, surely the beauty industry has to be confident that their products WORK, right?
Anyway, I was super curious about a couple of Maybelline‘s new stuff so I went and terrorise Lili into trying them out for me. And, although she allowed me to take her pictures (Before & After), what she didn’t know was that I was going to blow her pores up close for the whole world to see! Sorry Lili … haha!
Well, let’s start with the Baby Skin Pore Eraser.
What it does: As the name suggests, this gel claims to erase pores, imperfections, lines and creases.
Key ingredients: Cherry extracts (antioxidant properties; so it’s good for acne-prone skin)
How it feels/smells/looks: Colourless gel that is slightly thick because of the silicon elastomer and silica formula. Nonetheless, it’s got emollients as well so the skin will feel hydrated and look soft and moisturised.
Lili says …
“The first thing that struck me was how it glided onto my skin and left a smooth, velvety finish. And, while it obviously can’t magically erase pores, it worked to minimise the appearance of mine. It works great as a makeup base or on it own if you want to achieve a fresh-face no-makeup look.”
Before Baby Skin:
After Baby Skin:
Then I got Lili to try the Dream Matte Mousse foundation. The girl’s never used a mousse foundation before so I was interested to know if she found it easy to use.
What it is: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Nude Light 4
What it does: A lightweight mousse foundation that provides a natural-looking coverage and a matte finish while leaving skin hydrated.
Key ingredients: Amino-acid treated pigments to provide superior blending ability.
How it feels/smells/looks: Feels exactly like mousse – soft, light and airy.
Lili says …
“It’s incredibly easy to blend! I didn’t use a sponge; I applied the foundation using just my fingertips. However, because it dries very quickly to a matte finish, and is oil-free, I wouldn’t recommend this for those with super-dry skin. The Dream Matte range, however, has a liquid foundation, so that might be better for those looking for a more watery option.”
Before Dream Matte Mousse:
After Dream Matte Mousse:
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser retails at $19.90 at Watsons, Guardian and selected stores.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse retails at $24.90 at selected Watsons stores.
The Maybelline products were passed to Material World for review. All opinions are the author’s and tester’s own.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes to meet Steven Tyler in person one day. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.