Although I try not to shun any particular brand of drugstore makeup, Maybelline is simply not up my alley. With the exception of my occasional Great Lash purchase, I do not own or regularly use Maybelline products. However, the season change from summer to fall has left my acne-prone skin much more dry than usual. In addition to having standard combination skin prone to dryness, I am currently on an acne regimen that causes my face to peel regularly. One of the main challenges in makeup application, particularly for those bearing acne blemishes, is to conceal pimples while keeping them hydrated. Skin tends to dry around acne breakouts, and nothing looks worse than red, scabbed skin covered in crusty makeup. Even more difficult to conceal are over-squeezed zits. When you pick a zit, you also injure the skin surrounding the acne lesion, worsening your initial problem exponentially.
I was admittedly drawn to the product by its advertisements. An “ultra-hydrating, cream-whipped” foundation suddenly seemed like the most genius idea for flaky skin. I had been experimenting with tinted moisturizer to no avail, and I was seeking a product that struck the perfect balance between concealment and hydration. Prior to using Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse, I did not believe that a solution to concealing dried, scabbed pimples existed. Dream Smooth Mousse is available in compact form, conveniently equipped with an application sponge. The makeup is unbelievably smooth and seemingly whipped. The product claim is that the mousse leaves a matte finish, though I personally find the finish to be more dewy than matte. That being said, the finish is a tolerable dewy; it does not leave skin looking overly greasy. Applying the makeup is effortless; it goes on smoothly, and the blending ability is flawless. The makeup is lightweight, as claimed, and it unfortunately does not conceal acne scars effectively. However, this makeup would serve as a beautiful base for additional concealer on unsightly spots, as it provides extensive moisture without affecting the colors of my other makeup. My skin does not dry out, even after an entire workday, when I am wearing this foundation.
This product would serve as a good, standard base for any makeup regimen. If you were looking for a hydrating foundation that is lightweight but not matte, this product would be good for you. What I found most impressive about this product was its ability to conceal acne lesions or scabs without becoming crusty. In these instances, I use the Dream Smooth Mousse more as a concealer than a foundation, using multiple thin layers until I have fully concealed the pimple or scab. The coverage is not perfect, but I am using this foundation for the most severe cases of tough-to-cover blemishes. When using Dream Smooth Mousse to cover an acne pimple, do not place powder on top of the foundation to set it. This will cause the pimple and the skin around it to dry, as if you were using any other foundation. In cases where I do not need to worry about drying out one particular zit or the skin around it, I like to combine this product with CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Pocket Powder Oil Free Foundation.