Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Review

Reviewed by Mary Ajaka, Makeup Artist Mary Ajaka Mary AjakaMakeup Artist insta_icon
Written by , MA (Mass Communication & Media Studies) Esha Saxena MA (Mass Communication & Media Studies) Experience: 3 years

Want to achieve a natural-looking makeup base? If you can’t stand that dreaded cake face and want a foundation that’s perfect for daily wear, it’s time you switch to a different formula. I wanted a change from my liquid foundation, so I tried the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. If you’re looking for a change too and are eager to know how this foundation works, read on because this review hits all the right spots.

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Classic Ivory 20Price On Amazon
Porcelain Ivory 10Price On Amazon
Nude 40Price On Amazon
Creamy Natural 50Price On Amazon
Light Beige 55
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Pure Beige 70Price On Amazon
Natural Beige 75Price On Amazon
Medium Beige 80Price On Amazon
Honey Beige 90Price On Amazon

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Review

Stay matte with the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation for 16 hours. Its lightweight, medium-to-full coverage formula features a shine-free finish that does not feel heavy. It has been developed with a unique whipped formula that does not clog pores. This will leave your skin looking smooth and flawless. This one’s ideal for all skin types.

Features & Benefits

  • Enhances the skin’s natural radiance
  • Beautifully sheer and layers easily
  • Whipped, mousse-like texture
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Weightless and air-soft feel
  • Adjustable, natural-looking finish
  • Matte coverage


This foundation comes in a small cylindrical glass pot that makes it ideal to be carried around while traveling.


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My Experience With Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

I was on the lookout for a new lightweight foundation – something that I could wear more often, and I found the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. I have combination skin, and the idea of a mousse-based formula really appealed to me. I bought this in the shade ‘Natural Beige’  for my skin tone. Here’s my experience!

  • Texture And Fragrance

This foundation has a lovely texture – it’s thick and moussey. The consistency felt so light on my skin, and it also allowed better blending. The application process is easy as this stuff just glides onto the skin with ease. Coming to the fragrance, it has a mild scent like that of a sunscreen, which fades immediately after application.

  • Coverage And Efficacy

Coming to coverage, this product left me impressed. Firstly, it takes less makeup to get the same coverage as a liquid foundation; and secondly, it’s so easy to blend out. It offers sheer to medium coverage – you can build it by layering the foundation. The foundation kept my face feeling mattified all day. Also, I have an oily T-zone, and it seemed to control oil in the area. It made my skin look beautiful and dewy, unlike most foundations that tend to look dull after a while.

  • Staying Power

The staying power is quite great – it stays on for a good 7-8 hours, after which it starts to get a little oily, mainly on my T-zone. You can increase its staying power by using a little powder on the areas your skin tends to get oily. It’s not water-resistant or waterproof, but it definitely does not budge on hot days or on days the humidity levels are high.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Shades

The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation comes in a range of 12 shades to match every skin tone. Read on to find out how each one looks and performs.

Classic Ivory 20

This shade is perfect for fair skin tones with slightly yellow undertones. It just blends seamlessly without leaving a ghastly white cast on your already fair skin. It also photographs well and does not oxidize.

Skin Type: AllColor: Classic ivory | Product Dimensions: 1.31 x 2.06 x 3 inches | Weight: 0.92 Ounces

Porcelain Ivory 10

If you have a pale to fair skin tone with pink undertones, ‘Porcelain Ivory’ makes for an ideal shade for your skin.

Nude 40

‘Nude’ is an extremely versatile shade because it’s somewhere in the middle. If you have fair to medium skin tone with yellow undertones, this shade will do you justice.

Creamy Natural 50

This shade is for fair to medium skin tones with pink undertones.

Skin Type: AllColor: Creamy Natural 50 | Product Dimensions: 1.31 x 2.06 x 3 inches | Weight: 3.81 Ounces

Light Beige 55

If you have a medium to dusky skin tone with yellow undertones, ‘Light Beige’ will be a great match for your skin.

Sandy Beige 60

This one’s for medium to dusky skin tones with subtle pink undertones.

Pure Beige 70

‘Pure Beige’ is a good option for fair to medium skin tones with pink undertones.

Natural Beige 75

‘Natural Beige’ suits medium skin tones with yellow undertones. It’s great for Indian skin tones.

Medium Beige 80

‘Medium Beige’ suits medium skin tones with pink undertones.

Honey Beige 90

This is for dusky to dark skin tones with neutral undertones.

Caramel 120

Caramel is perfect for dusky to dark skin tones with pink undertones.

Cocoa 130

This is the darkest shade from the Dream Matte Mousse range, and it suits dusky to dark skin tones.

*Subject to Availability


  • Light texture
  • Does not clog your pores
  • Available in a good range of shades
  • Easy to spread and blend
  • Hides redness well
  • Great for oily and combination skin
  • Affordable


  • Highlights dry and textured areas of the skin
  • You’ll need to dip your fingers to dispense the foundation, owing to its pot type packaging.

How To Apply Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation?

  • Step 1: Apply moisturizer and a primer.
  • Step 2: Dot the foundation on your face and apply it sparingly, because a little product goes a long way.
  • Step 3: Blend the product using a damp makeup sponge or your fingers, spreading it over your entire face.
  • Step 4: You can dab some extra foundation on trouble areas like age spots or blemishes.

Shelf Life: 18 months

Will I Recommend This Product?

Yes, I recommend the Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation to anyone who’s looking for a budget-friendly drugstore foundation to wear on a daily basis. If you have an oily or combination skin type, this will work beautifully for you. Also, it works for people whose skin is already pretty decent. It’s low-maintenance, easy to use and it blends seamlessly. Despite its pot packaging that I hate dipping my fingers into, I like not having to worry about spillage when I’m carrying this in my bag while traveling.

However, I do not recommend you to purchase this if you’re someone with dry to very dry skin. It will highlight dry areas and make your skin look flaky. It won’t drastically conceal acne scars and pigmentation too.

All factors considered, this is a neat product, and for the price, I’m quite impressed with how this performs in making my face look matte and radiant all through the day.

To achieve that flawless makeup, a perfect base is the key. You might just really love this foundation or absolutely hate it, but it’s worth a shot! Those were my thoughts on the Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation. Have you ever used this product? Share your views in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation differ from other Maybelline foundations?

The formulation and finish of the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation sets it apart from other Maybelline foundations. The Dream Matte Mousse Foundation has a unique mousse-like texture, which feels light and airy on the skin. It typically offers a matte finish, making it ideal for those with oily or combination skin. While other Maybelline foundations cater to specific skin types, the mousse foundation is suitable for almost all skin types.

Can Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation be used by people with sensitive skin?

Yes, the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation can be used by sensitive skin. However, we recommend performing a patch test before using this foundation, as individual reactions to cosmetic products can vary.

Does Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation settle into fine lines or wrinkles?

No, the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation has a matte finish which is less likely to settle into fine lines and wrinkles. However, if you have dry skin or pronounced lines, moisturize your skin well before applying the foundation. Using a hydrating primer can further create a smoother base and reduce the chance of the foundation emphasizing fine lines.

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