Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse: My Journey Into Cream Foundations?
I'm a big fan of trying out drugstore foundations. First, they're super afforadle, and second sometimes you'll run across some rare gems. I bought the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse foundation when it first launched after seeing it in a magazine ad (typical consumer). It ranges from about $7 to $10. I heard some good reviews on Maybelline's Dream Smooth Matte, but matte looks aren't for me. But, as luck would have it, they came out with Dream Smooth Mousse, which is supposed to moisturize your skin at the same time. Being from the US, there aren't any testers, so I gave an educated guess on the shade and got the color Natural Beige which is in the Medium range. It has a warm undertone, even though my face is neutral, I find yellow undertones match the rest of my body better. Natural beige is the first box in the Medium row.
The top opens to reveal a compartment for a sponge. Excuse my used sponge. I also found out there's no way to actually clean these things. I used the sponge once and tried to clean it. Fail. How are you supposed to survive with a sponge you can only use once? Yes, I'm ignorant, I usually never have this problem because I use liquid, not cream, foundations. I've resulted to squeezing in a triangular sponge in there and throwing it away after one use.
240 is actually a very good color match. For the product itself, it's a very smooth cream. I really like the texture because it glides on my skin easily. I would say the coverage is light/medium. I prefer heavier coverage than this offers so sometimes I build it up a little more. I've come to reserve this foundation for Sundays and lazy days. I do like the way it looks. The formula isn't drying, and there's no dry patching involved.
In my opinion this is definitely a good foundation. However, it would be better with better coverage, but for those who want light/medium coverage this would be perfect. The only reason coverage concerned me is that I have some freckles, and EVERY single one of them showed through. I'm not sure if this is something I personally would repurchase, mostly from the fact that I barely use it and probably won't even go through this one. Another downside is it only has .49 oz of product, whereas most liquid foundations contain a full oz. It's decent for me though, considering I'll wear it once every 3-4 weeks.
Have you tried Dream Smooth Mousse? Is it better with Dream Matte Powder on top? Let me know!