Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation SPF 17

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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Simply put, this is a shockingly poor foundation. From the packaging and dispenser (which resembles a can of spray paint), to the texture (watery) and finish (shiny and streaky), we just can’t help but wonder what Maybelline could have possibly been thinking?! There’s just no way to make your foundation look polished and well blended when you’re dealing with a goopy pile of foam-like bubbles that refuse to stick to a brush, fingertips, or skin. The high water content means that this foundation takes a long time to set, and once dry it runs and streaks at the slightest bit of moisture (including perspiration).

Performance aside, even on the formulary level, there’s nothing redeeming about this foundation, which includes the skin irritant alcohol; it also fails to provide adequate UVA sun protection (see More Info for details). We suggest you head straight to our Best Foundations list for superior options.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Silly “airfoam” gimmick hinders smooth and polished application.
  • Watery texture does not adhere or apply easily.
  • Shiny finish takes a long time to set and tends to streak.
  • Sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection.
  • Includes skin irritant alcohol.

More Info:

Insufficient UVA Protection:
This foundation does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits.The sun’s UVB rays cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun’s silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging) UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of these UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active” to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources:Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

Why Irritation From Alcohol is a Problem:
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to minimize, or eliminate as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially considering there are brilliant formulas available that don’t include these types of problematic ingredients.

Active: Octinoxate (7.12%), Octisalate (2.38%), Octocrylene (0.95%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Isobutane, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Calcium Carbonate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Propane, Alcohol Denat, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it'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 getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), 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. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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