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.
I love this product because its cheap and has a lot of products in it. The content is abundant and it will last you a long time!
-Its pretty heavy and huge so its not great for traveling. (Plus the package is made out of glass so be careful of it breaking)
-I have oily skin but yet it doesnt make me oily compare to those liquid foundations.
-Not heavy at all. It literally made me feel i wasnt wearing any foundation on my face.
-I use my fingers to apply it so its kind of messy. (have to wipe my hands afterwards)
i dont want to use a brush because i dont want it to get too much product.
-The color matches my skin perfectly so it looks natural on me.
-The cons is that it doesnt have any SPF.
-Build able. I could go lighter or thicker depending on how i wanted it to be. Its easy to control because you could use your hand to pick up the product.
Overall, great product and a revolution for foundation! I've always hated liquid foundation because its too thick and most of the time it makes my oily skin even more oily by the end of the day but this product mattifies my skin (which is greater than great!)
I think foundation is one of the hardest products to find that truly suits your face, skin tone and type. I have dry skin, and I have several large freckles that I like to cover as much as possible. This was my first mousse product and after a few attempts I really like it. I do layer it over a primer but the coverage is fairly good on its own. It doesn't make my freckles disappear, but they are toned way down. I also think this minimizes pores and gives my face a nice smooth, even finish. My only gripe is that even though it is matte it does give my skin a little bit of a shine after a few hours. This is easily fixed with a little finishing powder.
I got this hoping it would do the trick, but it doesn't. It feels nice when you apply but I have combo/oily skin and it made my skin sooo oily it's not even funny. I was attracted to it cause it said matte (which usually gets rid of shine) and it made my face super shiny. It did the complete opposite. It's probably better for someone with pretty dry skin that can absorb it and not have to worry about flaking and all that wonderful stuff.