I’m a sucker for all types of non-traditional packaging and the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation. When I found out these two concepts existed in a combined form, I had to pick it up, which is why I am now the owner of a pot of this super squishy foundation! For a low $8.99, you too can be the owner of the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. Whether you should be the owner of one is another question.
The 0.64 ounces of product comes in a weighty, but compact glass pot with a plastic lid. When you twist it up and touch it, it feels incredibly spongey and squingy and ultimately feels like what I assume a ColourPop foundation would be. It feels exactly like a looser formula of the ColourPop SuperShock shadows, which is confusing at first, but makes it a great idea for people that like to travel. No shattering, no leaking, and no mess.
The wear of the product, in my opinion, relies upon application. Because it’s a solid foundation, it’s a bit trickier to work with and definitely takes more time to use. The fastest application that I’ve found is using a dense, flatter top foundation brush. I start by dabbing it into the pot about two times and then apply the product that’s on the brush to my face in circular motions. The only problem with this, is that I sometimes end up with the product appearing a little cakey. I think it looks best when applied with a damp blending sponge, but the downside is that it takes forever to apply this way. I dip my finger into the pot with enough force to actually pick up a glob of product. Then I spread it onto a section of my face and use the sponge to blend it in. The sponge presses the product more evenly into the skin, so the finish is a lot more airbrushed. Unfortunately, it also sheers the product out a bit, but you can always tap your finger into your foundation pot and spot conceal where you need the extra help (which is actually pretty nifty)!
Either way, the foundation lasts for about 3 or 4 hours before I start to look pretty luminous, and 6-8 before it actually tries to break up on the face.* Using the sponge can help stop it from breaking up as fast, but doesn’t do anything to keep you from getting oily. The mousse-y texture of the product won’t ever leave you with an ultra-matte finish, which is probably why oil gets through it and breaks it up over time. Also, it definitely emphasizes the presence of pores. For best application I recommend pairing it with a pore filling primer and a setting spray to create a longer lasting, better looking wear.
This isn’t a bad foundation, but it also isn’t a knockout. The application is fussy, it isn’t long-wearing by itself, and the color selection isn’t all that great. It is great for travel though, and does look fairly nice on the skin. Plus, all of my other face products blend into it seamlessly. Is it holy-grail status? No. Is it a fun product to switch things up in your makeup routine for a bit? Definitely.
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