Back when I was a teenager, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse was my foundation Holy Grail. I loved this stuff. During my late teens, I moved over to liquid foundations and left Dream Matte Mousse behind. I thought I’d revisit this old staple of my makeup routine and see if it’s as good as I remember.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Review
Firstly, it’s just how I remember it being back in 2006. The packaging might have changed slightly, and it now states that it’s also a primer as well as a foundation, but other than that there are few differences from how it used to be back in the day.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is medium coverage with a matte finish (the clue’s in the title and all that) but it isn’t drying or uncomfortable in the slightest. Some matte foundations have been unwearable for someone like me who has dry and sensitive skin, but thankfully, this is different. Obviously, being matte, it’s designed for oily skin, but I’ve personally found that it doesn’t cling to dry patches or irritate my sensitive skin. If you apply a nourishing moisturiser underneath, you should be able to get away with it.
I’ve got some quite angry spots at the moment, and while this foundation covered some of the smaller ones a little, I definitely needed some concealer to cover the bigger spots, blemishes, and dark circles. On the plus side, it didn’t accentuate pore size, nor did it minimise them.
I applied the Dream Matte Mousse over Olay Sensitive Beauty Fluid and it sat well on top of it for several hours without any additional primer underneath, or even any powder to set it. With liquid foundations, I always need a touch of powder around my T-zone, but the mattifying nature of this foundation meant that I simply didn’t need any on even the oiliest parts of my face.
When you apply Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, it just glides straight onto your skin, in exactly the same way as it used to. Applying it with your fingers is the best method, rather than using a sponge or a brush, by the way.
Is 04 Light Porcelain light enough for pale skin?
Dream Matte Mousse is famous for being that foundation that those of us who were teenagers in the noughties used en masse. There weren’t enough shades, we didn’t apply it well, and it gained a reputation for being tacky. We looked orange, to be frank. Thankfully, there appears to be a larger selection of shades than there were back when it launched in 2005.
I picked up Dream Matte Mousse in the lightest shade on offer: 04 Light Porcelain. Having reddish hair, I’m also super pale, so I normally need the lightest foundation shade from each range I try – and they’re often still too dark. I’m normally quite limited in what foundations I can actually use; I usually stick to MAC Studio Sculpt in NC15 or The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 1.0N Very Fair.
It’s slightly, and I mean only slightly, too dark for my very pale skin. You can probably get away with it by blending it well. It does have a pinkish undertone, rather than a more yellow one, in my opinion. As an aside, it doesn’t oxidise, which is an advantage.
Dream Matte Mousse foundation also lasts a good few hours without any touch-ups at all being needed.
All in all, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is a great daytime foundation, especially if you’re one of those people like me who’s always in a hurry when getting ready. You can just smear it over your face without too much fuss or effort.
You can often pick this foundation up for a lower price than high street stores by buying it online at places like Fragrance Direct, where I managed to pick up a pot of this for £6.50. It’s normally £7.69 at Boots, by contrast.
As a teenager, I swore by this foundation for easy, fast, and frankly lazy, application. Revisiting it hasn’t made me want to throw all of my other foundations away, but it’s something I’m going to keep in my makeup bag for those Summer days where I’m rushing around getting ready and need something quick, easy and reliable to use.
Have you ever tried Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse?