When it comes to lightweight foundation, you can’t go past mousse based foundation and when I am thinking of mousse foundation, Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation comes to mind. My history with Maybelline’s mousse foundation goes way back to some 13 years ago back in Malaysia and yes I am that old.

You see coming from a tropical country and having oily skin 24/7, I was on a mission to suss out every single oil controlling foundation available in the market that doesn’t feels heavy on the skin and most importantly provides adequate coverage. I can still remember the packaging was exactly the same except for a green lid and guess what?


After years and years of dedication to that foundation in my teenage years, I found Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation here in Melbourne too as it is currently the #1 matte foundation in Australia with its unique non-cakey formula. There are a total of 8 shades available to choose from and I am #2 Classic Ivory Light.


Look at the foundation! Doesn’t it remind you of chocolate mousse? Well except you should know that you can’t eat this. Don’t let the textured looking mousse scare you, the airy formula feels almost like nothing on my skin and it blends effortlessly.

maybelline mousse foundation

To apply, I smear a tiny blob of the Dream Matte Mousse foundation with my fingers. When it comes to mousse foundation, a little goes a long way, you don’t need too much otherwise it defies the purpose for a flawless and natural finish. This blob here you see is sufficient for full face application for me.

maybelline mousse review

Yikes! My bare skin (I cheated with some eye makeup). As you can see, apply the mousse all over the face inwards out and paying extra attention to areas that needs a bit more coverage. The whole process took less than 2 minutes to finish because I didn’t need to wait for it to dry. This foundation applies effortlessly and I didn’t even need to blend too hard.

maybelline dream matte mousse

Tadaa! This is the money shot – Before and After. Pay attention to the before picture, spot the red, angry pimple, dark eye circle, redness around nose and mouth. ALL GONE! They were all covered by Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse without any help of concealer. Crazy huh?

Brownie points for a foundation that can cover “redness” and spots so well too as I dare say not many foundations in the market can deliver lightweight finish and have redness coverage at the same time.

maybelline dream matte review

Just one step, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and I am done, no need for concealer, setting powder, etc. Getting ready in the mornings are so easy for me now, takes me two minutes and I am done with foundation step.


For the purpose of this post I did not apply any blush so you can see the true representation of this foundation. The finish is matte and powdery and best of all it stays on my skin all day long with no signs of smudging even during warmer days.

Writing this post brought back so much memories and I am surprised that the foundation that I love and swear by when I was 16 is still awesome 13 years on. One word of advice, as this is a mattifying foundation, be sure to moisturise and protect your skin with sunscreen prior foundation application.



How to win it: 

  • In 25 words or less, comment below – What makes the ideal matte foundation for you?  

One lucky winner will win: 

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{ 37 comments… add one }

  • Toni Kitching December 18, 2013, 10:28 am

    One that does actually leave a matte finish and doesn’t leave me shiny!

  • Michelle V December 18, 2013, 10:58 am

    The ideal matte foundation must be
    Of the highest performance, and quality
    Durable enough to last the day
    Whether I’m at work, or at play
    A flawless finish, that’s smooth and sheer
    To leave my skin looking fresh and clear!!

  • Kirsty Bunyan December 18, 2013, 11:08 am

    One that lasts the day, matte from work to play, as fresh at night as the morning, so the stars are the only thing shining!

  • Melanie December 18, 2013, 12:07 pm

    One that doesn’t make me look like a shining beacon after a few hours :) Needs to have a natural finish but with good coverage!

  • Anna N December 18, 2013, 3:03 pm

    One that stays matte all day, sits well on the skin and is affordable so that I can purchase it over and over again.

  • Jennifer December 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Ideal mattifying foundation is one that doesn’t make my skin look cakey.

  • bubble936 December 18, 2013, 10:10 pm

    The one that keeps skin smooth with matte effect & does not fade away by the daily chores of being a mum of little munchkins.

  • Anna December 20, 2013, 12:05 pm

    It ensures the shiniest thing around is my party dress and that’s it!

  • emmabovary December 21, 2013, 10:52 pm

    The ideal matte foundation for me doesn’t cake on dry patches, and leaves my skin enough space to breathe but negates the need for heavy powders or too many touch ups during the day. Most of all it looks classic and goes with all of my makeup looks, so I always look polished and matte.

  • Pauline Stewart December 22, 2013, 11:16 am

    Flawless coverage without leaving me with that “caked on” feeling

  • Diana O December 22, 2013, 2:17 pm

    One that remains matt, from application until the time you take it off. No shiny bits appearing here or there.

  • kerry santillo December 22, 2013, 6:10 pm

    Mousse is my favourite. Excellent for coverage on an oily face like mine. I like my foundation to feel light on the skin and looking natural on my face. I like it to stay fresh all day without caking.

  • jules December 22, 2013, 7:09 pm

    good coverage is the key as I want it to last all day without needing to reapply.

  • Lady Tiffany December 22, 2013, 8:58 pm

    I have been using a face powder by avon but it can leave it cakey by the end of the day..so would love to win it to take that away…

  • Ariel Richardson December 23, 2013, 11:33 am

    I am a huge fan of matte foundations that go on without much evidence that you’re wearing make-up at all. A more natural look makes for a more beautiful one.

  • Helena Leung December 23, 2013, 2:32 pm

    The perfect foundation must be light, not cakey, spread smoothly and evenly, be matte, not shiny, last for hours, not minutes and look like I’m wearing nothing at all :)

  • PAM MCGUINNESS December 23, 2013, 3:09 pm

    The ideal matt foundation makes your skin look like silk, and feels light as a feather.
    Silk and feathers? Sexy as well!

  • Jessica Le December 23, 2013, 10:07 pm

    A haiku:
    Infused with crushed pearls
    The tears of my enemies
    Perfect foundation.

  • Karlene December 24, 2013, 5:36 am

    Price is a big factor – Maybelline is a great price point for me.
    Plus it needs to be the perfect colour for my skin (too many years of orange streaks on my jawline)
    And it needs to provide good coverage of the odd spot.

  • Karla December 24, 2013, 11:10 am

    Love a makeup with even coverage that covers my redness

  • Emily Lawes December 24, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Light and fluffiness like frosting on a cake, not one that makes you look like the actual cake.

  • Anastasia Starz December 25, 2013, 2:57 am

    Blend so well it’s a dream
    Photoshopped results would be a delight
    No need to reapply matte cream
    Yet keeps skin shine-free throughout the night!

  • Jo Williams December 25, 2013, 6:33 pm

    My ideal is something that looks a fresh at the end of the day as it does at the beginning. Maybe it’s Maybelline.

  • Maria P December 26, 2013, 6:35 am

    One that makes me look like me but covers the imperfections….:)

  • andreea nicolescu December 26, 2013, 9:33 am

    A foundation that lasts the day and is suitable from morning to night.

  • Jennifer B. December 26, 2013, 12:05 pm

    What makes the ideal matte foundation for me? One that covers all problems effectively and for all the day, needs no skilled training to perfect and doesn’t cost the earth.

  • Renee Ballantyne December 26, 2013, 12:16 pm

    it has to be light, translucent and a perfect match to my skin

  • KELLY WALTER December 26, 2013, 12:38 pm

    The Ideal matte foundation to me is not feeling like you are wearing heavy or alot of make up. But Also doesnt make you look like you don’t have any make up on which some foundations ive tried in the past looked like i had none on at all.
    You want one that makes you feel good about yourself :o)

  • Brenda December 26, 2013, 2:22 pm

    ideal matte helps cover and hide fine line and wrinkles as small veins plus doesn’t look patchy or crack

  • nightlace December 26, 2013, 2:39 pm

    A matte foundation that’s lightweight on my skin and pocket. I’ll want to apply it all over my body, because it’s the equivalent of Photoshop.

  • dianne inwood December 27, 2013, 7:50 am

    Our temperatures get 47 degrees here through summer so I want something that feels light and doesn’t leave my skin shiny.

  • Helen J December 27, 2013, 8:13 am

    I have Lupus, it causes a butterfly shaped rash across my nose and cheeks. A foundation that can hide it without looking like stage makeup is my dream cone true!

  • Tanya Clarke December 27, 2013, 9:23 am

    I love a foundation that has good coverage, doesn’t highlight my wrinkles and provides sun protection too.

  • cath woods December 27, 2013, 9:50 am

    No need for concealer ,covers so fine, no smudging or clogging sounds bloody devine.

  • Belinda Bonello December 27, 2013, 10:39 am

    One that makes my skin look as pretty as yours in the photos.

  • Fi December 27, 2013, 7:21 pm

    A foundation that doesn’t make my skin look shiny or greasy and tones down my natural shine. Some matte foundations have a monotone affect so one that accentuates my natural colour is ideal – I’m not asking for too much am !?

  • Sharon December 27, 2013, 10:19 pm

    One that I can trust. I want to feel confident that it will give me the matte look, no shine and won’t run off during summer!! I am already self conscious about my looks so my foundation is my best friend! Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation looks perfect and trustworthy! Thank you.


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