Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation


The shade I picked up was Sandy Beige. I paid around $7 at Target.

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Here is another drugstore foundation review for all of you.
I have combination skin so I’m pretty oily in my t-zone and normal on my cheek areas so I search for foundations that are designed to help control the oil and keep you matte.  I’ve seen the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in the past but didn’t really think anything of it nor did it really appeal to me until recently.  I originally was searching for the SuperStay 24hr foundation but couldn’t find it and the word “matte” on the mousse foundation really stood out to me this time around so I picked it up.  Color matching in the drugstore is so hard but the pot this foundation comes in makes it a little more difficult than usual to attempt color matching.  I grabbed the one that I felt was best and went on my way.  Here is what the product description on the Maybelline website says:

Ideal for Normal to Oily Skin


Why You’ll Love It

  • Revolutionary air-soft mousse provides perfecting coverage for 100% velvet-matte perfection
  • Ideal for normal to oily skin
  • Fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores, safe for sensitive skin

For Best Results

Apply smoothly and evenly to your face and blend with your fingertips.

Maybelline has 12 shades available in this foundation and I think that’s another reason why it was so difficult to color match–not too many shade options available.  I always find that such a bummer.  I have more of yellowish undertones and drugstore foundations always seem to run more on the pinkish side.

Now for my thoughts and what I agree with as far as what Maybelline says about this foundation.

***When trying out a new foundation especially to review, I do not use a primer as I want to get the full effect of the product itself.  I do moisturize since I do that on a daily basis regardless.

When opening this foundation, the very first thing I noticed was the appearance of the foundation itself.  I know it says mousse right on the lid but the appearance still threw me off a little.  It almost looks like the product is dry–and then I touched it.  Nope, not dry at all.  It’s very light in consistency and definitely feels more on the mousse side.  I applied this foundation to my face with my fingertips as it suggested, and especially since the consistency seemed kind of chunk-like.  It’s such a weird consistency.  I knew it would take me some time to get used to the way it felt and the way it applied.  I spread it  around my face a little with my fingers and then used a flat top kabuki brush to blend and buff it into my skin.  Once I got past the weirdness of the consistency, I really liked the way it was blending and buffing out into my skin.  It made my skin look velvety soft and matte so yes, I completely agree when they say “velvet-matte perfection”.  Unfortunately the shade is a little pink for me but it’s nothing too terrible and I can get away with wearing it and not looking like an unmatched freak. 😛  The other thing that I really liked it that this foundation does not have a scent at all.  It definitely is fragrance free like they claim.

The coverage of the foundation is more of a medium coverage but I was able to build the foundation for more of a full coverage.  I didn’t feel like I needed to conceal any blemishes or underneath my eyes after applying this foundation which actually surprised me.  I did set my t-zone with a translucent loose powder since I tend to get a little more oily in those areas.  Using the foundation after my first initial use, I definitely understand why they suggest that combo/oily skin types use this product.  It clings to dry patches like crazy!  You definitely have to moisturize prior to applying the foundation if you have any dry spots on your face at all.  So if you have dry skin, definitely stay away from this foundation.  I’m not even sure someone with normal skin type could get away with using this.  I almost think it would look overly matte on them.

Now for the wear of the foundation.  It definitely kept me matte but not for as long as I was hoping.  After about 4 hours, I needed to blot and touch up the foundation.  I avoided touching up the foundation when I first used it since I wanted to get  the full effect of this product.  I had to blot though.  If I didn’t blot, it would bug me.  I only had to blot a little on my forehead and around my nose.  I didn’t need to blot my entire nose or my chin area like I usually need to so this impressed me.  I was a little bummed that it looked like my foundation was wearing off of my face in what seems like such a short period of time.  4 hours seems short to me.  Maybe I’m just used to my holy grail MAC foundation.  Spoiled brat!

Look how beautiful this foundation looks just an hour after application.  I wish it stayed this way.

Look how beautiful this foundation looks just an hour after application. I wish it stayed this way.

I did try the foundation again the following day and this time I used a primer to see how the foundation held up since without, it did not last as long as I was hoping.  The primer I did use was the Mary Kay Foundation Primer.  This has been one of my favorite primers for a while now so I figured I would try the foundation with that particular primer underneath.  Again, the consistency was just weird and I have such a hard time overlooking this.  There is no way you could actually apply this foundation with a brush. It would just fall off the brush and your face in little chunks if you tried.  Sounds pretty, huh?  LOL  I promise, it’s not that bad…just weird.  Really, go and feel it and see for yourself.  It did blend and buff out a little smoother with the primer but without primer, it still blended out nicely.  I did stay matte for a little longer with the primer but I still ended up needing to blot in the same areas as before– a little on my forehead and a little around my nose.  By the time I was ready to wash my face for the night, I noticed that my blemishes still poked through a bit but not as bad as without primer.  I still looked like I had a bit of foundation on.

So to wrap it up, the consistency of this foundation is weird.  Yup, I keep saying weird because that’s just the only way I can describe it without totally grossing all of you out.  Haha!  Using this product without a primer, you’ll definitely find yourself wanting to touch up your foundation throughout the day.  It did keep me fairly matte which I was extremely happy about.  Now for the big question–will I continue to purchase this foundation and use it?  Probably not.  Big bummer huh?  I probably will use this foundation from time to time since it is on my shelf and I’m sure I’ll want to give it another chance but I don’t see myself re-purchasing.  When it comes to Maybelline foundations, I’ll stick with the Fit Me Matte + Poreless.  Now that stuff is bomb!

Sorry Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation…you weren’t my favorite whatsoever. I like the way you cover and the way you look for the first couple of hours but I need more out of a foundation then you can provide.  Unfortunately we will need to part ways.  Maybe I’ll pick you up and use you down the line to give you another chance but for now, I’m sticking with your competitor–Fit Me!

Have you tried this particular foundation?  Did it work for you?  Any tips you can give me when using this foundation?  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!!  ❤