On my quest to find the perfect drugstore foundation that truly can compare to high end products, I picked up a bunch on my way home from work. This first one is a product that I remember using in high school and loving. Of course, a lot of things have changed since them. I’ve been spoiled on Sephora products and my skin has changed significantly. In high school, my skin was much oilier than it is now and I had more acne. Still, I wanted to give it a try to see what my impression would be after years of trying other makeup. This is the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for $8.
The texture, true to its name, is a mousse. This is a much different texture than most foundations – it’s very light but kind of dry and it dries down into a kind of powdery finish. I’ve found that this doesn’t apply well with a brush or beauty blender sponge. It’s much easier to blend with your fingers, and I suspect this is because of the way fingers warm the foundation. This may sound odd, but skin is much warmer than room temperature and the contact seems to almost melt this makeup a little (which provides a better finish). Similarly, after I apply this foundation, it almost always looks weirdly cakey, but after a few minutes, my skin has warmed it up and it suddenly has a very pretty demi-matte finish. So, if you’re trying this one, don’t judge it too much until you’ve worn it for about 15 minutes.
I will say that this is a very medium coverage foundation. It covers redness and dullness and has a lovely finish, but it does not do a good job at covering acne, which makes it hard for me to wear it during certain times of the month. Also, because of the strange texture, I’ve found that it’s hard to layer concealer over the foundation. So, this is a better foundation if you have small flaws to cover that aren’t textural like zits or scars. I’m happy to wear it on “good” skin days, but I need something with fuller coverage and a different texture for “bad” skin days.
As for lasting power, this one does fade surprisingly fast. By lunchtime, I can tell that it’s faded quite a bit. I don’t want to reapply all my face makeup at work. I’ve tried setting powders and finishing sprays with it, and that helps a little but it’s still noticeably faded. Overall, I was disappointed with the lasting power and I wouldn’t suggest this one if you’re going to be in a humid or warm environment for long because it will definitely be gone quickly under those conditions.
I was impressed by this foundation, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I’ve already found at least two better drugstore foundations that I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
What is your favorite drugstore foundation? I’d love to know, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section so I can check them out.
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