Who remembers the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation? Growing up in secondary school, this was an absolute staple in my make-up bag. Looking back, it was more than ten years ago that I used this product and it’s still available to buy. I thought it would make quite a great throwback post to try it in 2019 and see my thoughts on it now. Looking back, I do remember it been quite a cakey foundation and an absolute mess to apply with fingers. Let’s see what my thoughts are now, ten years on…
I ended up picking up the shade 30 Sand from Notino.co.uk. I’m not 100% sure this was the right shade for me, I can remember using Sand and Fawn back in the day so I went for the paler of the two. The packaging has been re-designed and is a little different but the tub is still made from glass. The product is apprently a mattifying foundation with primer and smooths the skin with excellent coverage. I think the primer aspect of the product is a new thing. When I did a little bit of research, I also came across that Maybelline has brought out a Dream Matte Cream Blush too in several shades.
When it came to trying the foundation, the shade did look a little dark so I thought I’d just roll with it and see how it applies. I also did a little bit more research on the best ways to apply it as back in the day, I went in full force with my fingers and it was quite messy. The Maybelline website did recommend to use your fingers to blend but I thought I would also experiment with a brush and beauty blender. If you are unfamilar with the product it’s almost like a whipped up foundation in a mousse formula.
On first application using my fingers, it was very messy. I felt the application wasn’t great to blend with your fingers but it was a super smooth texture and you can tell its pretty high coverage. I decided to use a Real Techniques beauty sponge and it applied so much better. It blended really easily and overall, I was pretty impressed with how it went on. I did use my fingers firstly to dot product around my face but when I used the sponge to blend it gave me really good coverage and smooth matte finish. Just as it promised it would.
As I said, the shade wasn’t the best for me, the shade Sand was a little bit too dark and on the orange side (hence why there’s no photos of me). However, I actually would be inclined to go and shade match and re-purchase in my actual shade as I was that impressed with it. I’m really surprised that I’ve been won over by this product as I have some very sketchy memories of it from my school days but it was certainly not as bad as I remembered. In fact, Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse is a winner for me. Just need to find the right shade now!
Let me know in the comments below if you used this foundation back in the day! Have you used it since?
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