6.16.2011

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder vs. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.


As any sufferer of excessively oily skin would know, face powder is a MUST. I had been using MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Plus for the past year or so and while I liked it, it's not the absolute best powder for controlling oil. It'd probably be fine for someone with normal, combination, or even slightly oily skin, but for people with extremely oily skin like me, we sometimes need something more heavy-duty, if you will. 

At some point while I was still on P10P a little while ago, I started hearing J. from Lil Lady's Life raving about Maybelline Dream Matte Powder and naturally, as someone who is very easily persuaded, my little ears perked up and I was immediately intrigued. The second I threw up my white flag to P10P, I ran (let's be honest, I drove) to the nearest store and picked the Maybelline powder.



My Maybelline Dream Matte Powder is in the shade Sand (or Medium 0-1) and my MAC MSFN is in the shade Medium Plus. Sand is noticeabley lighter than Medium Plus in the pan, but since it has lighter coverage then MSFN, it's really not noticeable at all once it's applied to the skin.

In addition to offering less coverage, Dream Matte Powder is also not as smooth as MSFN. When I set my face (either foundation or just moisturizer) with MSFN, the powder just seems to melt into my skin, creating a healthy and natural finish that subtly suggests you may just have been blessed with perfect skin. With Dream Matte Powder, I obviously get a completely matte finish (which is to be expected), and while it still looks nice, it doesn't seem to "melt" into my foundation or moisturizer in quite the same way.

What I love about Dream Matte Powder, however, is its ability to control oil much better than MSFN can for me. While I still blot every few hours (I told you I have extremely oily skin, remember?), it's a little bit less than I'd normally have to blot with MSFN and since I'm blotting less, I'm also removing less makeup each time and therefore, my makeup also stays on longer throughout the day. For me, since oil-control is my main concern in the warmer months, I've been greatly favoring Dream Matte Powder over MSFN lately, despite it not looking quite as flawless and amazing on the skin (not to say it doesn't look good in its own right, though), because of its stronger oil-controlling properties.

I normally powder my face twice a day, once in the morning and once around mid-afternoon, and I've never noticed any cakey-ness whatsoever with Dream Matte Powder, but note that I also always remove excess oil from my skin before powdering...in other words, I don't powder on the oily areas in an attempt to remove the oil. That would likely create cakey-ness regardless of what powder you're using.

Notice the difference in packaging too...

MSFN is mirror-less and just opens up like a normal compact but doesn't have any sort of compartment under the powder to house a sponge or powder poof thingy (you know what I mean!). Dream Matte Powder has a lid that lifts open to expose the powder but then the platform that the powder is on can actually be swivelled to the side to expose an area that houses a cheap powder poof (I threw mine away - it's crap) and a mirror (forgot to photograph this, but the mirror is right under the poof). While I don't care for the poof at all since I apply my powder on-the-go with a retractable kabuki brush from EcoTools anyway (it's fantastic, by the way!), I really appreciate that it has a mirror.

I still really like my MSFN, although I'm not sure it really lives up to all of the hype since I don't think it's that amazing, but I think that I've definitely permanently converted to using Dream Matte Powder in the warmer months (probably Spring and definitely Summer!) since that's when my excessively oily skin tends to become excessively, excessively oily.

What's your go-to face powder?


64 comments:

  1. YAY glad u like this so much!!!! =D yes the texture is not as smooth, def but the results and the claims of "matte" is enough for me, at least while it is so darn hot! As the day goes on though with natural oiliness this melds more into my skin and dosent look as powdery but i know what you mean, MSF N looks really..natural! lol with a glow, which i miss sometimes, but girls like me and u create our own natural glow around noon lol so no worries there! 
    thanks for the shout out! 

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  2. I just picked up my first MSF natural from the CCO but have yet to try it (finishing up my other powders first). I'm in the same shade as you! I've heard so many good things about the Dream Matte Powder and I'll probably like it since I have very oily skin as well.

    I'm not the most well versed in powders since I haven't used too many. My go-to powder is Neutrogena's Mineral Sheers Pressed Powder Foundation which I use as a setting powder or just over concealer as it gives some coverage. It doesn't mattify my face TOO much to the point where I look cakey and I would venture to say that it gives a natural look. What I really like about it is that it seems to work my oils throughout the day to give me a semi dewy finish. I don't look oily and gross but it's more of a healthy glow.

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  3. I use BareMinerals powder foundation (I prefer to use Mineral foundations), or bare minerals translucent powder depending what liquid foundation I have on underneath. I have pretty oily skin too.

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  4. Great review.  Right now because I am trying a more serious approach at P10P I've been using/trying to finish up my MAC blot pressed powder in Medium.  I don't think it helps lol.

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  5. I want to try MSF one day, I have normal/dry skin so I think it will be just fine for me, since it provides such a gorgeous finish too! :)))

    great post!!! I really can't sympathize with oily-skin girls haha but this post will be helpful to a lot of them. :))) Love your photos! ^_^

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  6. I really like the Mac Blot Powder! Have you tried that before?

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  7. I'll have to try this out when I run out of my Ben Nye Neutral Set (which I don't think will be anytime soon sadly, I've had that thing for 2 years and it looks like I've only used 1/6 of it!) :)

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  8. :)  are you still going to be repurchasing the msf over andd over again?

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  9. Since i've changed my foundation oiliness seemed to have gone, thank god as nothing would control it! I really want to try the MSFN as im using the laura geller version and the two colour options we get here are useless for summer and its pricer than MAC!
    xx

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  10. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Aww yes, the "noon glow"...my noon glow ends up looking like a wet face if I don't blot and powder! LOL! Thanks for posting/tweeting about this gem!

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  11. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Ooo, that Neutrogena powder sounds nice! I never seem to hear much about Neutrogena makeup for some reason. I hope you like the MSFN! Some people have said that they get the same oil control from MSFN and Dream Matte Powder...let me know how MSFN works out for you!

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  12. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    I used to use BareMinerals religiously! I actually still like to use it from time to time but I feel like I get better oil control and lasting powder from a combination of liquid foundation and setting powder. I'm glad it works for you though!

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  13. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Oh no, really? MAC blot powder isn't all it's crapped up to be? I've never tried it. Good luck with the rest of P10P - you can do it!! :D

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  14. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks, Denise! I think MSFN would be fantastic on you!

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  15. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    No, not yet. I've heard that some people love it but others say that it looks cakey so I've been too afraid to take the plunge and purchase it :(

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  16. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    At the rate you're going, it'll only take you another 10 years to finish it! LOL

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  17. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Me too :)

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  18. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I've actually never repurchased it - this is still my first one! Can you believe it?! I used it every time I wore makeup (which admittedly, is not every day) and I've probably only used about half of it! I would consider repurchasing it if I ever used it up, but there's so many other powders I want to try too (like the Chanel one), so I'm not sure.

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  19. WillWorkForMakeupJune 16, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    What's your secret?! What foundation are you using now? 

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  20. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I used to use Maybelline liquid Mineral BIG mistake! With the DWL my make up looks the same at the end of the day and theres no oil slick business! xx

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  21. great comparison! i completely feel you, my makeup is ready to go in  the morning but by the time i have my fist coffee it's like "hello disco ball" i have the oiliest t-zone. i've been using MAC min. skin finish for months and agree, while it does the job .. think it could work better. will have to check out the maybelling matte powder.

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  22. Bailey_AlltheWordsJune 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    I love the MSFN because it doesn't absorb that well! My skin tends to be dry, and not prone to oiliness, so I find it the best because it is so light and is just enough for me.

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  23. Thank you for this! I briefly used MSFN as a setting powder and it did not work for me at all; it looked great at first but after a couple of hours my oily T-zone was a mess so I must try the Maybelline. I hear good things about it all the time... I don't know why I still haven't bought it ;D

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  24. I definately agree with you Tiffany, I use to love MSF but when I discovered Dream matte powder.... I didnt go back to the MSF! I am on my third one now! :p and it cost less too!

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  25. I agree with you about MSFN melting seamlessly into the skin as a setting powder. But it isnt a good powder to used to combat oil throughout the day. My skin isnt excessively oily, I have combination skin with oilyness through my tzone. I've noticed by the end of the day I have extreme oilyness around my nose. Which I didnt have when I was using the mac blot powder. The blot powder actually kept my face oil free throughout the day but because I only have combination skin it was a little drying to use during the winter. xx

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  26. Ooh snap, this what I use at the moment as well :D I think it's the one face powder that I keep coming back to. This is a life saver for me on night outs.
    I understand what you mean by the finish of it though, it tends to be quite noticeable. I normally like to use a brush that has a flat top to buff it in nicely; a normal powder brush just tends to leave the product on top even more. Maybe that works just for me but I still suggest you try it out too :) xoxo

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  27. sounds great. i havent tried either of these! maybe i will.

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  28. I remember I used to use the Maybelline probably about 3 years ago? and I found it so cakey! I also would of never recommended MSFN to people with oily skin because it is meant to leave a dewy finish so its interested you picked that powder :) good post! xo

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  29. I have the exact opposite problem. My skin is excessively dry, especially in the colder months, so powder is a no-go. But now that it's warmer I've actually been getting oily in a couple of places so I needed a powder that will control the oiliness but not make the rest of my face super dry. I've been using a Sonia Kashuk pressed powder and it seems to do the trick. I'd like to try the MSFN or the Studio Careblend pressed powder.

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  30. Have you tried NO MORE SHINE MAKEUP FINISH setting spray??? By skindinavia?? www.skindinavia.com That might help :)You so wont have to blot as much :)xxxx

    http://hollyssecret.blogspot.com/ 

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  31. When it first came out in Canada, Dream Matte came in my shade and now it doesn't! I was Hazlenut Dark 2-3. I think they've discontinued it in the US too! :( Otherwise I would have repurchased. I went through an entire compact. I actually found it pigmented enough to use as foundation!

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  32. Nice review! Thanks, it makes me want to go buy the dream matte just to try it out. lol.
    I think I've tried every product mentioned in the comments and I can truly say the best one is mac blot powder. I use 3 times thru out the day for touch ups. You have to try mac blot powder! Its a must for us oily skin girls. My dupe for mac blot powder is Neutrogena healthy skins blends translucent oil control powder.

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  33. Instead of going lower in price to improve oil control after I found MSFN wasn't cutting it anymore, I went straight up to Chanel Loose Powder, oops. It's great though, from touching up 3-5 times a day, I only have to once with MSFN.

    Annoying that I can't carry it around though & the jar is huge.

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  34. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Ah, nice! I've heard good things about DWL for oily skin. I should give that one a try sometime - glad it works so well for you!

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  35. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Let me know if you like it too if you end up trying it!

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  36. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    It sounds like it's the perfect powder for you! I wish my skin wasn't so ridiculously oily.

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  37. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Do you find that Blot Powder is cakey at all?

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  38. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Give it a try! It's so affordable too :)

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  39. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Yup, it costs sooo much less! Love it!

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  40. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Do you find that Blot Powder is cakey at all? I've heard mixed things about that one.

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  41. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I'll give it a try sometime! Thank you for the suggestion :)

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  42. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    What powder do you like to use?

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  43. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Thank you :) And did you mean to say dewy? Because while it's not the best at controlling oily skin, I don't think it gives a dewy finish either since it's a powder after all. I'd say it's more of a luminous finish (for a powder) but it's still kind of matte immediately after I apply it. And that's so odd because I've never noticed the Maybelline one looking cakey on me - maybe it only looks good on super oily skin? 

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  44. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    I've heard good things about the Careblend powder too but heard it's not good at controlling oily skin so it sounds like it might be a good choice for you!

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  45. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    No, not yet, because I know it has SD-alcohol as a main ingredient and it's not good for your skin :(

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  46. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Aww, that's the worst when that happens! :(

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  47. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Everyone who's commenting on this post seems to LOVE Blot Powder! I had no idea it would get that much love. Do you find it looks cakey at all?

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  48. WillWorkForMakeupJune 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Wait, do you mean you only have to touch up once with Chanel now? I wanted to try the Chanel loose powder too! It has slight shimmer in it, doesn't it?

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  49. Yes you're probably right! I find that msfn makes me look more dewy but doesn't feel it... If that makes any sense haha! I only apply a little bit really to set my foundation etc, I suppose all products come up differently on different peoples skin :) xo

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  50. I agree with everything you said! I do miss my MSFN for the natural finish - I find that a Nivea powder I got in Germany is right inbetween!

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  51. WillWorkForMakeupJune 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Oh, nice! I've never seen Nivea makeup before, aside from the lip balms and lipglosses.

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  52. Helloo! we have rather similar skin (I'm combi-oily and NC25 too), and MAC Blot powder works great for oil-control, as many others have recommended. I've never found it cakey as I usually blot before applying the powder. I quite like the finish actually. And because it's really sheer, you won't look like you've been piling on the powder. 

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  53. I so love the dream matte powder! It's my everyday to go powder. I also have extremely oily skin so sometimes I need to blot more often especially on summer.  The MSFN is quite expensive but I'd love to try it someday. Hope I wont break out on it cuz I have a very sensitive skin. :(

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  54. I've tried Blot Powder, and while it works to control oil, it made me break out (I think silica is one of the top ingredients). I know it's crazy, but I've actually been embracing the oil lately and nixing the powder altogether! I've been putting a little Dior Aurora on my forehead and chin and that's it.  Although, I might change my mind soon with this Florida summer humidity - THE WORST!! 

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  55. Not unless you get the right colour Tiffany! Im an NC 30 and I got my self Meidum Dark! I am currently switching that as a setting powder and it does an amazing job for oily skin! I completely understand when you mean Axcessively oily! i have the same skin type as u and I reccomend the blot powder by mac :) and its not cakey at all! just make sure you get the right colorur :)

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  56. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Sounds great! So many people have recommended it to me now that it MUST be good! I definitely think I'm going to get it sometime. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  57. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    MSFN doesn't break me out at all, but my skin isn't generally very sensitive to breaking out from beauty products.

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  58. WillWorkForMakeupJune 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    OMG, I know what you mean! Sweat + oil = disaster! D:

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  59. Thank you for this!!!
    I totally agree that MSF natural isn't all that it's supposed to be! Personally, I rate it among the lowest of any powders I've tried - it does seem to cake up on me even though I have combination skin! I seriously think that if this product wasn't MAC that many ppl would have a change of heart!
    Will look into the Maybelline one next! xx

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  60. Can't decide between Sand or Beige. I'm MAC NC25 and acidic. What do you think? =)

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  61. Ματίνα ΧατζηβασιλείουOctober 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    I have found them on ebay from a very reliable seller(i have bought myself a few times) if you want the link to these powders. They are your shade

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  62. Ματίνα ΧατζηβασιλείουOctober 30, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    i believe sand will be a good choice :)

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  63. I' m using MSFN for over a year now and satisfied with it.

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