Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (£7.70) has a whipped formula, which is purported to provide an air-soft, weightless, perfect matte finish coverage. It contains silicone polymers to prevent caking. It is recommended to apply a small amount on the centre of the face first and then blend thoroughly and build in layers if required. I purchased the colour Caramel, which clearly isn't a match for me but I wanted to use it for contouring instead as I had seen a YouTuber do this. To be quite honest I wouldn't recommend it at all. I am not a fan of the whipped texture, I found the formula difficult to blend; it looked patchy and unattractive in person and it looked thick even when I used the tiniest amount.

I have combination/oily skin and the texture did not feel right for me at all. If you have dry skin anywhere do not use this foundation. I would only recommend it if you have extremely oily skin and even then I wouldn't suggest continued use as after using it more than two or three times consecutively it made my skin feel so dry and my makeup looked awful. I haven't touched it since I purchased it a few months ago. It's not worth it at all, for foundation or contouring. My cheeks are quite dry so I think that it why I found it so hard to blend. I use it with my fingers, so can't comment on how it applies with a brush or a beauty blender. You might get a better finish depending on the tool you use but the packaging leads me to believe fingers are best despite hygiene issues. It's such a shame because I really like the packaging, so good for travel and just to toss in your bag for work, and there are a good range of shades too but it didn't work for me at all. It is definitely matte and has a high coverage but again this consistency was so difficult to blend and didn't look nice at all.


  • Matte foundation
  • Good for really oily skin
  • Does keep oil at bay 
  • High coverage 
  • 15 shades available
  • Nice packaging, compact, ideal for travel
  • Easy application, just dip your finger in (or a spatula) and apply to the face


  • Extremely hard to blend
  • Looked patchy and unattractive in appearance
  • Doesn't photograph well on the skin
  • Thick, odd consistency which feels heavy on the face
  • Dries the skin out
  • Not suitable for anyone dry to combination
  • Looks heavy on the skin
Thank you for reading this review, if you have tried this foundation and it worked for you let me know in the comments. I would love to know if there is a better way to use it and to hear your personal experiences with this product. I really wanted to like it as it sounds ideal for my needs, I do adore a matte finish, but alas this gets a resounding no from me. I am eager to try the Dream Velvet foundation, so let me know if you have tried that. I think I will stick with powder contouring for now. Hope you are all well, I am currently in Barcelona and will reply to all comments when I return so please do share your thoughts below and don't forget to follow via Bloglovin'. Take care. 

What Maybelline products have you tried?

Love ❤



  1. I used to use this foundation religiously as a teenager because everyone else did (how original of me!) and I found it very drying and dry-patch-showing too, although it is matte and high coverage. Fab thorough review though! Shame you couldn't even use it to contour :(
    Rebecca | Notes From September

    1. Yes it is patchy, isn't it? I really don't know why it is so popular. Thanks for sharing your experience too. I thought it was just my skin being an oddball! Xx

  2. Too many cons on this foundation. Not sure if it would be right for me. Also, it might be too drying for my skin. Great review Hun! x

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

    1. Massively regret buying it, I would only recommend it for those with extremely oily skin.

  3. I remember trying this out when I was in high school and it was sooo disappointing. I had some combo skin, mostly oily, but this really managed to accentuate every dry patch imaginable on my face. This is definitely a no-no, I agree.


    1. Yes! It did the exact same for mine. Thank you for commenting, Jasmine xxx

  4. Lovely review! As you said it is not suitable for dry skin but extremely oil skin and obviously you do not have. (You mentioned it opps!) So how could you be so sure it will be perfect for oil skin?

    1. Hello Amy, I have combination oily skin which tends to be more oily. On the oily areas of my face the foundation didn't cling and applied easily. My only issue with it that would prohibit me from using it again is that it accentuated my dry patches, therefore if you don't have any dry patches (as those with really oily skin don't) then this foundation would be a better fit for you. I wouldn't say it is perfect more better suited. Thank you for your comment, I hope my reply cleared that up x

  5. I have seen a few reviews on this and it's either love or hate, nothing in between. I won't be giving this a try as I have dry skin. Great review!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Thank you Shireen, no definitely not for those with dry skin xxx

  6. Obviously, there have been consistent upgrades since the absolute first nose work, yet the reality remains that however long there have been individuals, they need to look and feel their best. Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme Weight:6g Shade:15 Gorgeous


© ALITTLEKIRAN. All rights reserved.