Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Review – Classic Ivory (Light 2)

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation may have a whipped and velvety consistency, but it ain’t no fluff! You get the coverage of liquid foundations with the flawless finish of powders.

But while it does have a lot of good aspects to it, a “dream” foundation it is not. I can’t say I’m in love with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, but I do have good feelings toward it.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Pictures


Shown for Crumbly Bits

Classic Ivory (Light 2) Shown


Matte finish
Weightless feel
Superior coverage
Blends effortlessly
Soft, natural-looking even-toned result

Key Notes

  • Name: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
  • Amount: 0.64oz./18g
  • What I Paid: $11.49 (CAD)
  • Shades Available: Light Ivory (Light 0), Porcelain Ivory (Light 1), Classic Ivory (Light 2), Natural Ivory (Light 3), Nude (Light 4), Creamy Natural (Light 5), Light Beige (Medium 0), Sandy Beige (Medium 1), Pure Beige (Medium 2), Natural Beige (Medium 2.5), Medium Beige (Medium 3), Honey Beige (Medium 4), Toffee (Dark 0), Tan (Dark 1), Caramel (Dark 2), Cocoa (Dark 3)
  • Where to Buy: Drugstores, supermarkets, ULTA

The Review

If you don’t own a foundation brush, this Maybelline foundation might not be for you. You can use it for spot coverage or even as a concealer. But for all-over coverage, you’ll need a brush. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time trying to spread the product all over your face since it’s not a liquid.

I like that I can control how much coverage I get. The Maybelline matte foundation goes on quite sheer, perfect on days when my skin’s behaving. But hey, we all know that’s not the case every day! So if you need fuller coverage on Bad Skin Days, just layer on more. The product builds up evenly, without streaks or spots. The coverage is really natural, and I feel like my skin’s able to breathe!

And the formula? Light and fluffy, like a chocolate mousse (don’t eat it!). It goes on soft, too, and it doesn’t feel cakey at all. I usually forget I’m wearing foundation during the day. The one thing I dislike about the formula: it can crumble (see picture), and this hinders from getting a completely smooth application the first try. But you just need to break up the crumbly pieces with your finger or brush to solve this problem.

Now for the deal breaker: Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation doesn’t have the staying power that I need/want. I estimate it lasting 4-5 hours, which isn’t too bad. But I’m usually too lazy midday to reapply.


  • Buildable coverage
  • Feels soft & lightweight
  • Can be used as a concealer
  • Flawless finish

  • Can be hard to apply
  • Can get crumbly in the pot
  • Doesn’t last very long

Final Verdict: 8/10

I don’t like using liquid or powder foundations because they tend to emphasize my dry and flakey skin. But this Maybelline foundation doesn’t do that! It is my favorite foundation by a drugstore brand so far. If only it lasts longer.

This product was Fiona’s winner for the 2010 Repeat Offender Award.


10 thoughts on “Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Review – Classic Ivory (Light 2)

    1. Fiona Post author

      I think a good brush and good technique are crucial to great results. I use either one from Sigma or Crown Brushes, both offer a flawless application. What foundation brush do you currently use?

      1. Nivedita

        Fiona, I’m using a flat angled foundation brush from an unknown brand. But I’m quite happy the way its performing. Otherwise I use damp sponge to blend in the foundation. Actually I’m not that of a foundation person. So, thinking about experimenting with other brands. My present favourite is a foundation from Lakme, a very popular brand in India which makes the right shades for me. But the staying power etc is a problem with it.
        Nivedita recently posted: LOreal UV Perfect Advanced Fluid Protector

        1. Fiona Post author

          I can honestly say I haven’t had any issues with Maybelline looking fake or artificial, but the staying power isn’t awesome, either.

          If Lakme works for you, have you considered using a face primer to make it last longer?

    1. Mary S.

      Hey Steph!

      Unfortunately, this is a very old post that was written by Fiona, my former blogging partner. She hasn’t blogged for Swatch And Learn since 2011.

      I don’t own this foundation, so I can only judge it by Fiona’s photos and ones I’ve seen on the internet.

      It looks like it has a pink undertone, but actually, Fiona’s skin has a yellow undertone. It’s possible that she wasn’t wearing the correct colour for her skin tone.


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