Pros: Great coverage; applies easily; wears well; nice glass packaging
Cons: Never really "sets"; finished look not as smooth as others
I don't know why I feel the urge to go out and buy every new drugstore foundation that comes out on the market. I have purchased at least six new foundations over the past year or so, but have always returned to my beloved Cover Girl AquaSmooth Foundation.
When I started to see ads for Maybelline's newest foundation, Dream Matte Mousse Foundation, I was curious about the light, moussey texture. It wasn't long before my local Rite Aid had a 40% off all Maybelline cosmetics sale, and I dashed in to pick up this new foundation.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation comes in a small glass jar with a flesh-colored plastic screw-on lid. The glass jar is substantial and weighty (this is one of the things I like about this foundation - the glass jar is a nice change from plastic containers). The jar is just over 2" in diameter and is just over 1" tall in its highest place.
There is .64 oz. of foundation in each jar.
Ingredients (taken from packaging):
Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, squalane, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, hydrogenated jojoba oil, polymethylsilsesquioxane, polymethyl methacrylate, silica dimethyl silylate, phenoxyethanol, phenyl trimethicone, disodium stearoyl glutamate, methylparaben, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsequioxane crosspolymer, aluminum hydroxide, silica, BHT, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium dioxide, iron oxides, bismuth oxychloride, mica.
*Revolutionary whipped formula provides an air-soft, perfect matte finish coverage, with a weightless feel.
*Breakthrough technology with flexible, silicone polymers help prevent caking, and settling into creases and lines in the skin.
*Color pigments give superior coverage that blends effortlessly, imparting a soft, natural-looking, even-toned result.
*Long-wearing formula will not clog pores.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation must be applied with your fingers or with a foundation sponge. I wasn't happy about the fact that I had to go back to applying foundation with my fingers. I love the fact that my Cover Girl AquaSmooth Foundation has an applicator sponge included. I can apply my foundation and go - no hand-washing required. But I still wanted to try the new Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.
The texture of Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is very unique. It's fluffy, like a mousse, but it's still somewhat dense and thick. It's hard to describe - but the fluffy texture makes this foundation subscribe to the "a little goes a long way" club. I don't have to dab my fingers into this foundation more than three times to get enough foundation to cover my entire face.
Dream Matte Mousse Foundation glides on easily and feels smooth. It feels very good on my skin; it has a comfortable, moist feel. I almost don't need a concealer when wearing this foundation. The coverage is excellent, especially for a drugstore brand. It covers my under-eye circles nicely, as well as any other flaws in my skin. It covers blue-ish flaws (under-eye circles) a bit better than it covers reddish flaws (such as the occasional small spot of psoriasis I get on my face). The look of Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is that of any foundation - however, I think that I get a smoother look from my Cover Girl AquaSmooth Foundation.
My favorite loose face powder goes on over Dream Matte Mousse Foundation smoothly and with no complications.
The problems for me start when I look in the mirror closely. I can almost see the foundation just sitting there on my face and not becoming part of my skin. Several hours later, it's still there - but I feel like it has not "set". This can be annoying. Touching my face, the foundation feels "just applied" - and not in a good way. In other words, the foundation is still just sitting there.
This foundation is a "matte" foundation - it doesn't offer a "dewy" look at all. Because it's matte, it does a nice job of absorbing oil. The only area of my face that is oily is my nose, and this foundation does a nice job of keeping the oil at bay for several hours. I think that the fact that it's a matte foundation is what makes the finished look of this foundation less smooth than a foundation with a dewier finish would.
I don't think that this is a foundation for all skin types. As a woman in my 30's with combination skin, I prefer a foundation with a dewier appearance. I feel that this product is somewhat drying to the skin. Also, I don't have fine lines or wrinkles yet - but I think that if I did, this product could potentially emphasize those lines and wrinkles - despite Maybelline's claims that it does not settle into these lines and wrinkles.
Overall, the negative aspects of this foundation do not outweigh the positive aspects. I tend to use this foundation when I am running late, because I can skip the step of applying a concealer and my flaws won't be as obvious had I used the Cover Girl AquaSmooth Foundation with no concealer. However, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation will not replace my beloved Cover Girl AquaSmooth Foundation. I feel that the Cover Girl foundation works better for me overall.
Price and Purchasing Information:
I found my Dream Matte Mousse Foundation at my local Rite Aid drugstore. The regular price is $7.99, but I got it for $4.79 during a 40% off sale. I recommend purchasing from a drugstore that takes returns on used makeup, such as Rite Aid and CVS, in case you end up not liking this foundation.
Check Out Some of My Other Foundation Reviews:
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Bare Perfection Makeup
Clinique Continuous Coverage Foundation
Jane Lightweight Cream to Powder Makeup
Cover Girl Tru Blend Liquid Foundation
Maybelline Wonder Finish Clean Powder-Finish Foundation
Maybelline EverFresh Makeup
Jane Oil-Free Foundation