Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Light Porecelain

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Porcelain Ivory

I really want to sit down and talk with you about this foundation because, well, we've had our ups and downs. I first started wearing this foundation almost ten years ago when I was fifteen, maybe sixteen. I loved it for it's matte finish and it's coverage but looking back on photographs now it looked waxy, heavy and cake. Not a good look, especially when I used no blush to warm up my very pale complexion.

I was on the lookout for a good foundation (on a budget) that would provide good coverage without the dewy shine. I like to add shine myself with a highlighter but my base needs to be thick without looking cakey, comfortable and matte. I picked this up with the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107 as it was on a buy one get one half price offer in Boots and it was a sort of impulse buy. Obviously after knowing how it looked on me before I had tried it but not in a long time so I thought I'd give it another shot.

I am so glad I did.

Honestly, I first applied it with my fingers and it gave me the same effect as all those years ago but then I got to buffing it in with my Real Techniques buffing brush and it makes such a difference. It goes from matte and piled on to airbrushed in seconds. I am a true believer that the brush made all the difference but to test it I also tried it with a foundation brush (same effect as with finger blending) and a powder brush (very good, almost on a par with the buffing kabuki brush but not quite). Since it is a matte finish and such heavy coverage, even if you pick a colour that matches your skin tone almost exactly it looks very one dimensional. It's a product to add blush or bronzer to for sure so I tried both powder and cream blushes. Both worked well with the product but I preferred to use a powder so I could buff it in easier and then adding a liquid highlighter on top.

All in all, I will be repurchasing this and it would be great for oily skin. If you have dry or combination skin I would suggest that you use a good moisturiser and a good primer beforehand otherwise the product has a tendency to settle into fine lines and cling to drier areas but that's the same with many foundations, especially matte products. I'm a huge believer that the brush used with this products really transforms it from a not very good product to a very good product that does what it says on the tin glass tub.

5 comments:

  1. i have very bad memories of this foundation from friends who used this and were left with cakey faces years ago, but i'd never thought to try it with a buffing brush! sounds like it makes all the difference, totally changed my view of this product! xxx

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    1. It was so awful but I thought even if I still didn't like it I could use it as a heavier coverage powder over a nice dewy foundation but the brush honestly makes all the difference. xo

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  2. i too have bad memories from this, it made me cakey and oily at the same time yuckkk! i dont know why i kept repurchasing it.. musta been brainwashed by the million of adverts haha dont think id ever try it again thoughxx

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    1. Take a buffer to the testers in boots ;) xo

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  3. I didn't get on well with this at all, not so much for the cakeyness, but it really clung to my pores, that's the main issue I have with most foundations :/ Perhaps if I'd had a RT buffing brush it wouldn't have been as bad ;P

    Georgina

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