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So having tried both of these products for a decent amount of time, I figured I should do a comparison. First off, I know the NARS one is a skin tint, however it has the coverage and texture of a foundation which is why I am comparing these two products today. Have you tried either of them?

When this foundation came about, there was a massive hype over it's release. A shine-reducing complexion perfector which hydrates the skin for up to 12 hours sounds like any makeup lovers dream. For only £7.99, amazing. The Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Foundation was also released with the slightly odd looking Dream Blender which costs £4.99, with the foundation costing £7.99, so it's on the lower end of the drugstore foundation price spectrum which is great.
The Dream Blender isn't my cup of tea, it just didn't work for me. It's basically a much tougher, harder beauty blender on a stick but it doesn't expand it doesn't bounce or perfect it just wipes product around and feels very stiff and hard so it was a thumbs down on that one. 

The foundation however, well I got on really well with it to start off with, but unfortunately it broke me out in a rash of tiny red, really painful bumps that took a few days to completely clear up, however I have found that to happen with the Maybelline Setting Spray so it must be an ingredient that they put in there that my skin just doesn't agree with. So this foundation is also a fail for me, but when I was trying it out for those few days, I did actually really like it. The shade isn't my shade at all, it's way too dark and orange and there's only 6 shades available, but I used my trusted The Body Shop Lightening Drops and managed to make it work. It felt very velvety smooth on my skin. I was really impressed with out how it looked and my skin felt like it was hydrated. But after about 3-4 hours I started to get particularly shiny on my forehead and nose and I'm not really an oily person, especially in the colder months which is when I tried this out, so it requires some maintenance which I just can't be dealing with. 

There has been quite a lot of hype and attention around this new Velvet Matte Skin Tint from NARS and I just couldn't resist as I've always got on really well with their base products. This is the higher end offering in today's face off, it costs £30 for 50ml of product which is more than your typical foundation and is more than the drugstore alternative mentioned above which only has 30ml. This product also has SPF 30 PA+++ Broad Spectrum which the Maybelline one doesn't have any SPF from what I have found.
I have done a full in depth review on this product so I'm not going to go into too much detail here, if you want to see the review then click here. But in short, this is an oil-free lightweight tinted moisturiser-esque product but with the coverage of a foundation. It smooths the appearance of pores and fine lines and leaves a soft-matte finish that lasts all day. It doesn't even look like I have anything on my skin when I wear this and I have to say, I love this so much.

The shade range is much better as it has 12 shades, which have different undertones as well as skin tones and if you have difficulty finding the right shade, check the review as this has a list of all the shades with their undertones so you can see which one bests suits your needs. I have the shade Finland / Light 1 which as you can see is still slightly too dark for my skin but I add the TBS Lightening Drops in and it works perfectly. Again, if you want to know more info on this, then check out the review which you can find here.

So as you can see when they're swatched next to each other, the shades are very different. The Maybelline one looks very orange to the NARS. The textures are slightly different. As I mentioned before the Maybelline Foundation has that thicker whipped gel type feel with a velvety soft finish whereas the NARS is a lighter more serum feeling type product I think but it still has a velvety finish when applied to the skin so they are very similar in many ways. 

Now for the results. The NARS one is my favourite and is up there in my favourite products of the year, as it's just that amazing, and even though shade isn't light enough, I can make it work. The Maybelline one would be okay as I could adjust the shade to make it work for me, but unfortunately this breaks me out in a rash almost of tiny red painful bumps (which I also found the setting spray did as well) so I think it might be an ingredient they have that causes me to breakout but that means this is a no go. But in terms of formula it's a great concept and I love that you can get that matte finish yet still have a hydrating base, I think that's great and definitely worth checking out. 

I hope you have enjoyed this face off. I would love to know your thoughts on these products if you have tried them or if you are going to try them.




Disclaimer: I have not been asked or paid to write this post. I purchased all products mentioned with my own money and all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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