okay product, mostly use it for contouring
I bought this because I heard good things about it. It was on sale for 50% I think because of the shade, I didn't mind that it was super dark because now I use this as a contouring shade only. I think it looks nice. It is a bit orangey for my taste, but I'm still going to use it because hey, it does the job for me. I enjoy the texture of this foundation. I'm not sure I would put this on my entire face thought
Good in the beginning
At the beginning of the summer I went on vacation and got really dark so I needed A new foundation, versus paying $50 for Makeup forever I wanted something cheaper so I picked this up. The first week or two I loved it! I provided great coverage and it just looked great. Now...about about a hour or two it looks like I don't have foundation on anymore. I constantly have to use my blotting powder to prevent all the shine
Pretty good product
I switched to this product from loreal liquid, and it is a better product. Be careful to remove a small amount from the container with a clean spoon/scooper, as using your fingers introduces bacteria and causes it to get a grainy texture (I speak from experience). It does have a few problems, including looking bad when your face is dry. In the winter, acne scars tend to show through the makeup, and it shows off your every pore in summer if I remember correctly. I tried a few different shades, and was never quite happy with the match. It looks the best in spring and fall. I eventually switched from Maybelline Matte Mousse to Boots creme makeup, which I think is a better product.
Good and Bad
To start with the shade I bought matched my winter skin color perfectly (aka white ghost) and it's from the drugstore so it won't break the bank.
The problems I have with this foundation is that I'm a young teenager and I just found the finish too UNNATURAL. It is very matte and with me being so pale it made me look LIKE A CHINA DOLL. In the winter I had dry skin and this does look GOOD ON DRY SKIN, I had no problems with clinging oddly. So it gives a sort of AIRBRUSHED perfect look. (can be great for some people!)
Another bad thing I found was that it does sort of DISINTEGRATE THOUGH THE DAY, even with not oily skin. This could be that my powder wasn't very good or due to the fact that I never touchup my powder.
The application is BEST WITH A SPONGE, I tried using a flat ecotools foundation brush but it was such a hassle because the texture makes it very hard to apply with a brush. Using a sponge makes it look very pretty and with a slightly damp sponge thats wrung out it makes it a bit more sheer and natural. I actually really do not recommend a brush also because it applies the foundation too heavily (thinking back this could have been what I was experiencing the day it was sort of disintegrating)
Lastly I find the COVERAGE TO BE AVERAGE, it evens out skin tone but doesn't cover bright red acne scars or dark eye bags. The only problem is it is NOT BUILDABLE, what you see it what you get. Try layering and it will only backfire.
YOU WILL LIKE THIS IF: you like a flawless matte finish, you apply it lightly (with a sponge), you have a good concealer for anything you really need to cover, you don't have very oily skin, you don't mind touching up powder in the T-zone.
Cheap & Great for Everyday, but Too Much Work for Best Coverage
I’m split over this product. I have been using this foundation for 2 months and alternated it with other matte foundations, BB creams, and powders to compare them. I was lucky that Light 4 Nude was a good match for me, as I have gold undertones that drugstore foundations just don't cater to, but luckily I can get away with neutral-undertone foundations. But I find that Maybelline ones tend to run too cool or too warm/orange, so I was surprised that Light 4 Nude worked out.
While I am ecstatic that I found a shade that worked for me where I typically wouldn’t, the formula is what I am on the fence about. The foundation has a fluffy cream mousse texture, which blends easily and beautifully to a natural-looking, sheer–medium coverage with the promised matte finish. It’s $7 at most retailers, so it’s pretty cheap and great for everyday wear, errands, and casual outings. I don’t feel overly made-up at all.
However, this foundation isn’t buildable; in fact, I’m not sure that it sets to dry fast enough to build up the coverage. While the finish is deceptively matte and seems to have set, it does slide on my combo-oily skin regardless how long I’ve worn it. So it’s hard to layer it on since I just end up swiping off my first layers.
What helps with this foundation’s staying power is to use a matte finishing powder over it so it doesn’t slide all over my face, while keeping it truly matte and controlling sebum much better than if I were to wear the foundation alone. Without powder, this foundation lasts 3 hours before the matte effect starts to glisten in oil. With powder, I get 6 hours of matte wear.
But I do have combo-oily skin with a few dry patches from weather damage or acne spot treatments, and unfortunately the foundation (with or without powder) will accentuate the dryness unless I spot-moisturize those dry areas. So as far as skin types go, I don’t recommend this for extremes of dry or oily skin; it's the least work to apply onto normal skin, because even combo skin types will have to put in a little more prepping and priming on different areas of their face to get desired, even results.
I like this foundation for everyday wear; while its staying power isn't great and it’s very tricky on combo skin, I don't feel guilty about its price point. I wore this alternatively with MISSHA M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 PA++ (semi-matte finish, $17 for 0.7oz/20ml) and with CLINIQUE Stay Matte Liquid Foundation (matte finish, $23 for 1oz/30ml), I honestly prefer these two formulas over Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse because, while they are more expensive, the staying power is 2 hours longer (with and without powder), and the coverage is superior to Dream Matte Mousse, with far less effort to apply.
OK foundation, has a few issues
I don't want to ramble, but there is more than meets the eyes with these puppies! As with many of you gals, I found this foundation to be a little annoying/inconsistent. That's partially due to my being more of a foundation/makeup beginner though. I can't remember which shade I got first, but I know I got a shade too light, almost just right, then one that was too dark. Porcelain Ivory Light 1 is a touch too light, Classic Ivory Light 2 is more my shade, Pure Beige Medium 2 is too dark. I know I kept running back to the store to find the right shade, which is a little annoying, but not a big deal. For labeling these products so well- with descriptive names (Porcelain Ivory), skin tones (Light, Medium), and numbers ( 1, 2, etc.) that go from the lightest to the darkest, these foundations were still somehow confusing. I actually don't mind having a few xtras because I can use them on clients, and the lightest shade would make a great base for more pale/gothy/white powdered makeup looks. Silly me, as a makeup noob, I didn't realize "matte", as far as this foundation goes, was for more oily skins that needed to matte down extra shine. I have super dry skin, with some oil, but I usually look for creamy, moisturizing foundation formulas. I might have thought this foundation line would be helpful because it was creamy in consistency. Anyway, it applied fine, I used my fingers and spread out the crumbly consistency (like the creme blushes from this line). But looking back at a picture I took of this makeup, my face looked flaky. I think this might have been before I learned of the absolute importance of exfoliation before moisturizer/primer/foundation, especially for dry skins! These foundations also have tricky undertones. Porcelain Ivory has pink undertones, Classic Ivory has peachy undertones and Pure Beige has more orangey undertones, I would say. I definitely think I will have more luck with these If I exfoliate and prime first, and I hear these work better as a concealer- they are thick and easy to pat down with a finger, and their peachy undertones might do double duty as a dark circle corrector. So, one might find multiple uses for these, but the whole point to getting them was to just wear them as foundation. If you really need a good foundation from the drugstore, I would be hesitant to recommend them because of all these little issues. I hear there is way more better options out there. These have their perks, don't get me wrong, but for all the inconsistencies I'm surprised they haven't been discontinued. Another perk, however- is the size. A little bulky for MU collections and kits, but you still get a ton of product, and the creme blushes, and these foundations never dry out and always stay creamy- another plus. Also- this product can be used as a lip primer- to white out your lips, and might make a good eye primer- if it doesn't crease and you set it with translucent powder. I don't mind using this for a heavy-duty facial concealer when I'm breaking out.
This foundation doesn't stay on all day, it makes my skin color look weird, and it has bad coverage. It doesn't even look like I'm wearing foundation when I wear this. Also, I have combination skin and I used this during the winter. It would mattify the oilier parts of my face but it emphasized the dry parts. The only good thing about this foundation is that it feels nice and smooth as you're putting it on but I don't recommend this at all. There are much better drugstore foundations than this one.
I love this mouse like foundation because it spreads so evenly on the face. The mouse like texture also means that you don't need to put as much on as other liquid based foundations. It is smooth and almost creamy which I loved because it doesn't feel like I am plastering my face with wax. This product covers all blemishes and spreads so easily! I use it with the Dream Matte Powder and the end result is fabulous. 100% recommend to anyone.