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.
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.