Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Review, Pictures & Dream Matte Mousse Comparison

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All the dry-skin ladies. All the dry-skin ladies. Now put your hands up! And cheer for Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse! So I’ve been using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse as my go-to foundation for quite a while now, and I quite like it – it goes on easily and blends well, too.

And then I saw Dream Smooth Mousse and had to try it because it’s recommended for normal to dry skin. Hello! That’s me! My skin’s dry and flakey, so I was itching to get it. And I did. And I’m glad. And I’ll tell you why.

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Pictures & Photos

Both are Classic Ivory (Light 2)


    Lightweight formula
    Flawless & natural coverage
    Smooth finish
    ~ Skin looks & feels hydrated
    Won’t clog pores
    X Lasts for 14 hours

Key Notes

  • Name: Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse
  • Amount: $9.99 CAD (on sale; usually retails for $12.99 CAD)
  • What I Paid: 0.49oz or 14g
  • Price Per Unit: $20.39/oz or $0.72/g
  • Related Product: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
  • Shades Available: Porcelain Ivory (Light 1), Classic Ivory (Light 2), Nude Beige (Light 3.5), Creamy Natural (Light 5), Natural Beige (Medium 2.5), Pure Beige (Medium 2), Natural Buff (Medium 3), Buff (Medium 4), Honey Beige (Medium 5), Caramel (Dark 2)
  • Where to Buy: Drugstores, supermarkets, big-box stores, ULTA

Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Classic Ivory Review


OMG. I love Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse (Classic Ivory), although I wouldn’t really call it a “mousse.” It’s more a baked cream. Don’t get scared by that term though – it spreads/blends like a dream and feels really lightweight. It doesn’t clog my pores, and I’ve never experienced break-outs because of it.

    Dream Matte Mousse Comparison 

    Visually, I like the fluffiness of the Matte Mousse more. But that formula tends to form into these crumb-like balls. You have to break it up with your brush in order to use it. And when it comes to the product on my skin, I prefer the creamier Smooth formula. Both mousses feel lightweight on – I usually forget I’m wear them.


I only need a tiny amount of Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse for my entire face. It’s pigmented, and the cream spreads easily. All this means I end up using less product for the coverage I want!

    Dream Matte Mousse Comparison 

    Both mousses are pigmented. Dream Smooth Mousse spreads easier than the matte version, which allows me to get better coverage.


Originally, I was thinking this is supposed to give me a matte finish. It doesn’t. The Maybelline site and the product don’t actually say it mattifies. I was mistaken just because I’ve always used Matte.

After applying this, your skin looks dewy and hydrated – great for those with dry skin, but not so great if you have oily skin. I also noticed that the pores on my cheeks are smaller when I’m wearing Dream Smooth Mousse by Maybelline. It looks natural like I’m not wearing makeup, even when I go heavier on the application for more coverage.

    Dream Matte Mousse Comparison 

    Absolutely Smooth wins hands down. Both Smooth and Matte offer a natural-looking application, but Matte doesn’t make my skin look hydrated and moisturized which Smooth does.


I’m lucky because I was able to find a shade that closely matches my skintone. However, I can see the limited color range being an issue. I mean, 10 different shades might seem like a lot, but skin tones can vary so much from person to person. You really need a larger range!

    Dream Matte Mousse Comparison 

    As you can see in the swatches, Smooth has an ever-so-slightly pinker undertone than Matte. The shades are very similar, but just a warning that what you’re using for Matte might not be the exact same as for Smooth.

Lasting Power

It doesn’t last 14 hours like it claims. I wish! It does get me through my work day though, which I’m actually really impressed with. So about 8 hours, give or take.

    Dream Matte Mousse Comparison 

    For me, Smooth lasted much longer than Matte which only gave me 6 hours max. But my skin’s on the dry side and creams work better. It might be different for you.

Included Applicator

Your Dream Smooth Mousse comes with a sponge applicator that’s actually pretty decent. But I still prefer using my own foundation brush… it blends better and is easier to wash.


Don’t like it much. It’s large and cumbersome. I wish Maybelline didn’t include the applicator and made the compact thinner. And since they did include it and bulked it up, why didn’t they include a mirror also? Seems logical to me!… especially since you get less product compared to the Matte Mousse housed in a larger container.


  • Oil- & fragrance-free
  • Non-comedogenic & won’t clog pores
  • Creamy formula that goes on evenly & smoothly
  • Leaves dry skin looking hydrated & feeling soft
  • Good lasting power
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Natural-looking coverage

  • Compact is large
  • More expensive & you get less product than Dream Matte Mousse
  • Shade range is limited
  • Not intended for oily skin

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

I was really satisfied with Dream Matte Mousse because of the coverage, light weight and natural-looking finish. That is until I tried its Smooth sibling. It just works much better for my skin type.

What’s your favorite foundation? Do you hate it when brands have a limited shade range for their foundations?


4 thoughts on “Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Review, Pictures & Dream Matte Mousse Comparison

  1. Ruthe

    This looks really great! Last time I was at the drugstore, I did check out the color selection and you’re right; ten shades sounds like a lot but seriously isn’t that much. I had a hard time trying to figure out which shade would work on me, but your swatch really helped! Thanks for the great review! 😀


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