If you were at school or possibly uni in the 00s, then chances are you remember the velvety delights of Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse.
First launched over 15 years ago, the little round pots of mattifying 2-in-1 foundation and primer were super popular with girls in their teens and twenties up and down the country – even celebs such as Perrie Edwards and Vicky Pattison remember using it back in the day.
If you were a fan, hold that thought, because it turns out that you can still buy Dream Matte Mousse today, usually £7.69 here. Yes, that famous shine-free finish that promises to last for up to 16 hours is still kicking around.
OK!’s beauty writer Lucy decided to relive her school days and try it out again to see how it fares more than a decade later. Here’s how she got on…
I think I speak for a large chunk of the nation when I say I was pretty surprised to learn that this foundation is still being sold.
Seeing those little pots in Boots immediately sparked memories of that whipped texture and an orange jawline, and something possessed me to revisit my secondary school signature makeup look for your entertainment. You’re welcome.
I applied the lightest shade (04 light porcelain) with a brush, which I can tell you my teenage self definitely did not do back in Year Nine. The shade was a pretty good match, although I decided to spare myself the reminder of what I looked like with it slathered all over my lips as well, as many of us used to do.
It’s still silicone-y smooth and the coverage is decent, disguising my blemishes and some redness with ease, and there’s no arguing that its price tag is considerably more affordable than lots of other foundations out there. It also stayed matte throughout the afternoon, so the experience was a success on that front.
However, it’s biggest sticking point is that the seven shades just don’t span a broad enough range and there are no options for very dark skin tones.
On a personal note, although it looks a lot better than the way I used to wear it, it’s much heavier and more matte than my base of choice today, so better suited to fans of very full coverage. I also don’t love the fact that it’s not in an airtight container.
Going forward, I’ll probably stick to my everyday Maybelline makeup faves, the TikTok-famous Sky High Mascara, £7.75 here, and Eraser Concealer, £8.99 here. But I did enjoy the trip down memory lane…
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