How Does Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation Compare to L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint?

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

I’ve mentioned this several times on the blog that I really like L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint foundation (even more than Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation). When I heard that Maybelline launched their Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation in the US many months ago, I was intrigued to find out if it would do as well as the NM Eau de Teint. I’ve read product reviews and YouTubes videos on the Dream Wonder foundation and was particularly curious about that dropper-stick-thing that’s attached to the cap.

A couple of months ago, I was fortunate to be sent a few new products by Maybelline that would be launched this month and one of them was the Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation. I’ve been itching to share my thoughts about it but given that it would only be launched in Australia in February 2015, it wouldn’t make sense for me to talk about it in November 2014.

Alrighty, let’s get started!

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

Maybelline’s Dream Wonder foundation is a liquid-to-powder foundation. It’s incredibly light in texture and when you shake the bottle, it sounds like you’re shaking a water bottle. It leaves a matte velvet finish on the skin. It’s packed with silicones that give you that velvety smooth texture and finish so if you’re not a fan of high-siliconed makeup, you’re not going to like this one.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

The Dream Wonder is very similar to L’Oreal’s NM Eau de Teint. They’re both liquid-to-powder foundations that leave similar velvety smooth and matte finish on the skin. They’re both very watery and come in glass bottles. The only difference in packaging would be that the Dream Wonder foundation comes with what I’d call a “dropper stick”. It may look like a dropper but there’s nothing to press to dispense the foundation. According to the instructions, you’re to shake the bottle well, dispense the dropper stick to your fingertip and apply it to your face. According to Maybelline, one “drop” is sufficient for the whole face. Erm, sorry Maybelline, unless you’re talking about very tiny faces, one drop is definitely insufficient. Plus, there’s nothing to “drop” because it’s not a dropper!

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation and L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Swatch Comparison

What I do is that I swipe the side of the dropper stick onto the back of my hand and start the application process from there. Perhaps I have a larger face than most but I needed at least 2-3 swipes of the foundation to cover my whole face. One swipe was definitely not enough.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

Let’s compare this to the my favourite L’Oreal NM Eau de Teint. The NM Eau de Teint is actually lighter in texture compared to Maybelline’s Dream Wonder if that’s even possible given that both foundations are already so light and liquid-y. The Dream Wonder feels slightly creamier when blended on the skin whereas the NM Eau de Teint feels more like water. On the other hand, the NM Eau de Teint’s coverage is much better than the Dream Wonder. This is the thing I don’t like about the Dream Wonder; the coverage is pretty poor. It’s the lightest-coverage foundation I’ve tried thus far. I’d have to have very good skin to begin with to use the Dream Wonder but really, if that’s the case, I might as well not wear foundation at all.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation Before and After

As you can see from the before and after photo, the foundation barely did anything on my skin. I was having hormonal breakouts when this photo was taken (not my best but I decided to take photos with my pimples so that you can see if the foundation made any difference). Most foundations would cover up at least 50% of my major pimples and most of my tiny blemishes but the Dream Wonder barely covered even the smallest pimples. Funny enough, the photo actually made my “after foundation” skin look better. In real life, the dry-touch foundation made some of my pimples appear dry and flaky.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

Even though I didn’t really understand the point of the dropper-stick-thing, it was easier for me to use compared to L’Oreal’s packaging of the NM Eau de Teint. If it was the NM Eau de Teint in the Maybelline Dream Wonder’s packaging, I’d say we have a winner right there. If only the Dream Wonder provided better coverage; it would have surpassed L’Oreal’s Nude Magique in more ways than one.

Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation retails at AU$21.95 for 20ml and is available at leading pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.

What I like about it: Even though I didn’t understand the dropper-stick-thingy at first, it does make dispensing of foundation on the back of my hand much easier than having to pour the foundation on the back of my hand risking spillage.

What I do not like about it: Coverage is too light for my liking.

Have you tried the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch foundation? If you have and have also tried L’Oreal’s Nude Magique Eau de Teint, how did you think they compared to each other?

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15 comments… add one
  1. Kerri @ Beauty and Things

    I haven’t tried this but I do agree having the stick thing in there is better than nothing. I’m always pouring out too much when I use my Lโ€™Orealโ€™s Nude Magique Eau de Teint. Reading your post reminded me I haven’t used my Lโ€™Orealโ€™s Nude Magique in a while.
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    1. Tine

      I spilled the Eau de Teint on my desk several times and once, very almost onto my dark carpet. I swear my heart skipped a beat then. I wonder if I could pour some of the Eau de Teint into the Maybelline Dream Wonder, give it a mix and use? ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Ana paula

    Is it good for oily skin?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Tine

      I have combination skin with a very oily T-zone and it works for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lee

    Bah, i actually got a friend to pick me up one of these from the US recently because I was hoping it would kick ass like the Loreal one. I DID just get the facial peel of my life yesterday though so I am optimistic to a fault about having clear skin that needs minimal makeup, sometime in the near future..

    1. Tine

      Well, for me, the L’Oreal one kicked better ass but I know many preferred this Maybelline one.

      What’s this facial peel of your life and where did you get it??

      1. Lee

        Me Skin and Body in South Yarra, lovely lady! All of their girls are so educated and NONE are afraid of working hard for results. I go back in tomorrow for a Manhattan Lift (SO swish sounding) which is the insanely glowing-like-craycray combo of microderma + a lactic peel. I’ve got insane congestion and have never peeled from a treatment in my life so I think they are all chomping at the bit to get my skin to give up the goods – In the best way possible of course!

        1. Tine

          That sounds like my cup of tea, thanks for the rec! I’m putting that in my to-check-out list right now!

  4. Kate from Seduced by Beauty

    I haven’t tried the Nude Magique but I didn’t like the Wonder Foundation at all. The instant smell of alcohol put me off and then I couldn’t get the foundation to blend on my skin at all. I tried absolutely everything to get it to work and in the end I have put it in the pile of products to give to the women’s shelter. Hopefully someone there will have better luck than I did with it.
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    1. Tine

      Sorry it didn’t work out for you at all. I didn’t actually notice the smell of alcohol but I didn’t like it all that much because of its lack of coverage. That’s a good idea donating them to women’s shelters. I have a big bag of products sitting in my office just waiting to be donated. Just a bit off topic of the foundation: do you get people from the women’s shelters to pick up the donations? I can’t bring mine in because women’s shelters’ addresses are hidden (rightfully so).

      1. Kate from Seduced by Beauty

        I have a friend who I give the products to and she arranges to get them to the women’s shelter. I know that I have seen a couple of groups on Facebook who co-ordinate these initiatives but I can’t find the link ๐Ÿ™ Maybe you could contact The Salvo’s or maybe a charity that helps refugees?
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        1. Tine

          Thanks Kate! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Kate from Seduced by Beauty

            Here is one where they put together boxes for women in need

            Plus here is another one that may be of interest although I am not sure where they are located

            If you have unwanted toiletries or makeup you can contact Jen Armstrong at the Beauty Bank via the Facebook page or call 0401 045 981.

          2. Tine

            I’ve donated to the Beauty Bank before, that’s a good one. The thing is, I do have a lot to donate and it’s going to cost a fortune to mail out. It’d be better if I could either bring it in personally or have someone pick ’em up. Oh well, thanks for the reminder of Beauty Bank though. It’s been a while since I donated to them; I’ll put some items together.

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