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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

I have yet to find a foundation that I absolutely love. When I started out in makeup, my first foundation was Mac's studio fix compact in NC42. I was completely devoted to that for so many years. Until two years ago, I began to venture out of my studio fix world and began trying other foundation products.

The only issue I run into is finding the right match for my skin. The beauty of going to Mac is that the MUA/sales reps are great at matching foundation colors but this is not the case at the drugstore. I used NC42 as my foundation matching reference and used websites like, temptalia.com, to find comparable shades in different brands.

I like the liquid foundations I use now but I'm not in love them. So periodically I venture out and find drugstore foundations that address my needs. I have combination oily skin and need a product that meets that along with not breaking me out, has build-able coverage (sometimes I want a range of coverages) and doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a mask because the color doesn't match.

Around a month and a half ago, I picked up the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation at Walmart.  As I usually do, I went through google and searched what the equivalent of NC42 was for this product and came up with Honey Beige Medium 4.

Dream Matte Mousse 100% Velvet matte perfection; Air soft feel; Ideal for normal to oily skin; 16 shades to choose from


  • 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


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


#1 foundation in the world

Upon opening the package that had a glass bottom and plastic twist lid, the consistency of the foundation was exactly as its title indicated - mousse. It was very light and almost had an airy touch to it. Unaware of its consistency, I applied the foundation with my fingers (as I prefer this method over brushes) onto my moisturized face and found myself looking like Snooki on a tanning binge.

On a different day, I proceeded to apply the foundation with my fingers little at a time and built up the coverage I wanted. I realized that the color that I had gotten was too dark for my skin at the time. Now that the summer sun has debuted in Las Vegas late last month, I've been able to get back to my NC42 roots.

Overall, I liked this product because it gave me a very matte finish, I did have to use blotting sheets after around 3 - 4 hours and it was really soft on my skin. I did end up using a primer for my oily skin and it helped keep the shininess at bay. Although, I got a color that suited me best during summer rather than spring I found that this product was fairly build-able in a medium to full coverage. Full coverage entailed a darker color on my pre tan face so I  ended up having light to medium coverage to avoid a dark mask on my face. Now that I am back to my summer shade, this is a perfect fit for my skin tone!

Wearing the Dream Matte Mousse (1)

Wearing the Dream Matte Mousse (2)

Pro -
  • Matte finish
  • Light texture
  • Build-able to coverage desired
  • Fit my skin type
  • Can apply with fingers or flat top brush
  • Felt soft on skin

Con - 
  • Can look too cakey if too much is applied
  • May need to apply a primer suited for skin to ensure shininess is under control
  • Not a fan of glass packaging and it can be unsanitary dipping fingers or brush back in forth
  • May take a couple tries to get used to consistency

In short -

Packaging - Glass bottom casing with plastic twist lid. Need to use brush or fingers to re-dip into product while applying causing concern of sanitation
Ease of use - With its light consistency, may take a bit to get used to using for fear of applying too much
Smell - Unscented
Addressed needs - Gave me a matte finish, took 3-4 hours to oil up in my t-zone, didn't cause me to break out, was build-able and with proper application looked great on my skin.
Cost - At Walmart $7.94 (I had a dollar off coupon so I paid $6.94)
Additional - Available at most drugstores, retail stores and online
More information - www.maybelline.com

Ranked: 4 out 5 stars
Recommend to a friend? YES 
(but only if they have normal to oily skin and are ok with packaging)

Have you tried this product? Thoughts? How do you go about choosing a drugstore foundation? What are important to you when it comes to choosing a drugstore foundation?

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FTC:Not a sponsored post. Product discussed was purchased by me. Thoughts and opinions are 100% honest


Small Town Gal said...

I love foundation with this texture. But totally agree with you if applied too much, it's too cakey. I have a similar foundation by Bourjois and would just lightly apply to areas I need more coverage. Great review and post :)

Gina said...

great review. i have sensitive skin and find it difficult to find a foundation that i just love. i too use mac and it does not break me out or make me look oily which are my two main problems. usually when i try a new product my skin breaks out right away. after your review i would be willing to give this product a try.

Iram said...

I tried out this foundation a long time ago but that was when I was like 13 or 14 lol. I had a horrible experience with it but now I'm kind of tempted to try it out again because of your review as I have a little more experience now and will probably be able to make it work a lot better...


reeracoma said...

Thank you! I've never tried bourjois before.

reeracoma said...

Thanks for swinging by! I would live to hear your thoughts on trying this.

reeracoma said...

I definitely have to do that with products. Try it out after having a bad experience with them bec the circumstance of the time with my skin, my patience etc! I would love to hear your thoughts.

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