Maybelline New York
Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Cream-to-Powder Foundation
Last Updated:01.27.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Dream Matte Mousse Foundation has a smooth, whipped texture that feels wonderfully light on the skin and blends impeccably, setting to a slightly powdery matte finish. Coverage can go from sheer to medium, and this foundation layers well for additional coverage without a heavy or caked appearance. The nonaqueous silicone formula’s main drawback is that it exaggerates any degree of dry skin. Therefore, either exfoliate your skin before using it or make sure your skin is prepped by applying a moisturizing sunscreen. Of course, applying a moisturizer negates this matte makeup’s benefit for oily skin, but someone with very oily skin (who is unlikely to have any dry patches) can skip this step. Of the shades available, there are options for light and dark (but not very dark) skin tones. The only shades to steer clear of due to strong overtones of pink or peach are Creamy Natural, Pure Beige, Medium Beige, and Tan. Porcelain Ivory is a good shade for fair skin tones, while Cocoa is a deep brown shade that doesn’t turn ashy on skin, always a plus! Classic Ivory may be too peach for some light skin tones.


CyclopentaSiloxane, Dimethicone, Squalane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, BHT, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica

Brand Overview

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Some of the foundations with sunscreen lack the right UVA-protecting ingredients; disappointing lip balms; the Great Lash mascaras tend to be mediocre to downright bad.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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LOVE IT!!!!!!!

I don't think I've ever LOVED a foundation before. I picked this one up at the drugstore on a whim because the name sounded appealing. I've been hooked ever since. It covers my acne scars and mild acne without looking fake. Its so light and fluffy that you barely feel it. Forewarning, it does go a little orange after a month or so, but for the price, that's pretty darn good. The only way this foundation could be better would be if it had SPF

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Kacey S.
Wouldn't buy again but not bad

I bought this based on beautypedia's review and this is definitely matte. It almost has a "sand-like" texture but it's not rough at all. It just applies so so matte/dry. My issue is that I got this in the lightest shade Porcelain Ivory and it's actually too dark for my skin tone. So I'd say if you have very light skin, I'd look elsewhere.

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I'd buy it again

This went on well and coverage is build-able light/medium; but it dries fast, so be careful with your application. The only gripe I have is with the shade range. Maybe its just my local store, but There was no selection between the lightest porcelain shade and the shade I purchased Light Beige. And believe me, Light Beige is a golden tan color. Its a good foundation, but the shade range is not good for fair/light people.

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Excellent product

This is a quality foundation, excellent for normal to oily skin. I love the way it applied to my skin...it pats on lightly and highly blendable but offers excellent coverage. The best quality I love is the way it lasts on my T-zone oily skin. Even after many hours my skin was still shine free. The quality and appearance of this product are superior to high end products I have tried.

Reviewed by
Margaret M.
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