I read a ton of reviews on this and they were all really good, so I went out and bought it. This foundation was HORRIBLE! There were only 5 shades to choose from, and it's hard to see the real color since the container it's in is frosted. I have some dry spots on my skin and this foundation made the dry spots really noticable. But, my skin is mostly oily and this foundation was not long-wearing at all, and I even used a primer underneath it. Also, a lot of people said they have sensitive skin and it didn't break them out, but after using it for 2 days, I got 4 new pimples, and I didn't have any pimples when I first used it. The only good thing is that this foundation gives a lot of coverage. But, I would not recommend this to anyone.
I would probably give this a 4.5 or so. This is full coverage and more natural than Revlon CS- works for oily skin, too!
This is my first time using a mousse foundation. I thought I'd have to use a lot, and that it'd be oily, but it's not true! I use soo little, maybe a quarter of a pea size. It's a mousse-powder formula, so the mousse isn't oily at all, creamy, yet dries fast, and you can feel it turn into a powder right away.
I find it best when applied with fingers (it warms the foundation up and gives max control, plus none gets absorbed into the sponge). My fingers don't feel gunky or anything afterwards.
The foundation just looks like my natural skin, and the shade Almond didn't have any problems blending into my NC25-30 Asian skin.
This foundation controls oil pretty well for my oily/combo skin. I still set it with a light dusting of powder, and it's way better than most liquid foundations.
The only con is that it is NOT suited for dry skin, and if you have combo skin you must exfoliate/moisturize (for me, you can see the dry skin around pimples), but that's for most foundations too.
I loooooove this foundation on a daily basis- but it does need a good primer underneath (it is a little dry, since it's formulated for oily skin). It's so much product for how little you use, and about $13-14, it'll last longer than most d/s foundations.
Also I only like long-wearing foundations, and this one lasts all day for me. No sweating off, no fading, no oxidizing. Simply amazing!
I bought this recently and I like it alot. It has a matte finish and it's very buildable if youre looking for a more coverage. Also there isnt alot of color range which is a disappointment. I havent broken out either. Too bad it has no spf.
easy to apply
last at least 4+ hours
for me: easy to take off, no break out, color matches my skin, no sinking into pores, but it works really bad on dry skin
I bought this from Target on a total whim....normally I research my products carefully before purchasing. I am so glad I bought this! I returned my Dior Nude foundation at Sephora for multiple reasons, and was in desperate need of a foundation. It goes on so smooth and completely traceless (unlike ColorStay, sorry, but I can tell when you're wearing it). It is semi-matte, which I love because I want to look NATURAL on my face. I have oily, sensitive, blotchy, acne-prone skin and have had no problems with this foundation. I put it on in the morning (then set it with Boots loose powder which I also love) and wear it all day. I am an Interior Design student, and I am constantly put in random stressful situtations...and normally that's when I start sweating and my makeup runs. This stuff doesn't! It looks fresh from when I first put it on to the end of my day (encountering MANY stressful situations). I never have to worry about what my makeup is doing and can put all of my attention to my project. I have some slight acne scarring and 1 layer of this covers it up about 95%. If I put on a 2nd layer, it would cover it up completely. No breakouts, doesn't make my already large pores more noticeable, and doesn't crease around my eyes or nose. I do, however, wish it had SPF, but that might alter and change a good thing into a bad, so I can get over it. I rec' purchasing the Boots loose powder with it because I really think the combination of the 2 look great and is the reason for my success (it won't make you look overly matte- it actually gives a nice radiance to skin without shimmer). I don't use my foundation brush or mac 187 with this...fingers or sponge work the best.
Well, I've only been using this a week, but I'm loving it so far! I've never been interested in cream or mousse foundations - liquid has always been my thing. But a few people recommended this foundation to me. My sister, for one, swears by it (and as a trainee beauty therapist she's obsessed with her makeup looking immaculate.) She has temperamental teenage skin that is sometimes prone to oiliness and sometimes to dry patches - and often both at the same time. Her skin looks flawless with this foundation, but I was concerned that it must feel heavy or get cakey through the day (so would certainly not work for my 30-something skin). However, even at the end of a recent hot day her face looked balanced and smooth (and felt matte to the touch). I had a Boots No 7 voucher which lowered the price from £11 to £6, so I thought I'd give it a shot. The colour selection is limited and all the shades look dark in the pot. I've never had any luck with Boots liquid foundations colour-wise (their No 7 liquids have always been far too dark; their cheaper 17 range products have tended to oxidise badly on me.) So I ignored what the colours looked like in the pots and chose the same shade that my sister wears: 'Blonde'. 'Blonde' is the second lightest shade available, but I thought it might just work on my still-very-fair-but-not-ghostly summer skin. My sister tends to fake tan often, but I only do so occasionally, so I wasn't sure if this shade could work for both of us. My sister applies hers (liberally) with a sponge to get the most out of the colour but without looking fake/harsh/orange, but I used a foundation brush (and a smaller amount of product) for a lighter application. This kept the colour subtle enough to look like my own skin but with a healthy glow. Over the years I've tended to play up the cool tones in my skin, often opting for foundations that either match my pinkness or whiteness. I've tended to neglect products that highlight the yellow tones that my skin also contains. But I've discovered that using a foundation with yellow tones can actually be incredibly flattering on my pale skin, especially this time of year.
The texture of the foundation was surprisingly comfortable and easy to apply. I've been scooping a little out of the jar with the spatula onto the back of my hand and brushing it on to my skin from there. It feels as light and silky as a powder as it's smoothed on, and I've found it so much quicker to apply than liquid (requiring very little in the way of blending.) Within seconds I've achieved an airbrushed effect - and without using any concealer, highlighter, primer or powder whatsoever. The first time I wore it I expected it to disintegrate to a creamy/slimy mess, but it only developed a sheen throughout the day. Like I said before, I've only used it a week so far, but the weather here has been really hot for the past few days. I've been applying it at 6 am for work, but it's still been looking passable at 10 pm. Today I applied it at 6 am, had a hectic day in work (with only one chance to blot), then was running late for an appointment in the mid afternoon and had to rush a few blocks in the blazing sun to get there; I was also weighed down with shopping bags at the time and I could feel beads of perspiration on my forehead and upper lip. I was feeling absolutely gross by the time I got to my appointment, but a sneaky peek in my compact mirror revealed that, weirdly, my skin still looked just sheeny - not the sweaty, greasy, sludge pool I imagined it to be! (Admittedly, it was in need of a blot, but it was by no means the disaster it could've been.)
I'm going to continue to use this foundation and will update if my notoriously fickle skin changes its mind about how good it is!
Pros - lightweight texture, applies in a flash, very good coverage, gets glowy not slimy on oily areas, good price (there are always offers on No 7, whether it be 3-for-2, or £5 off purchase), despite the shades looking dark they CAN work for light skin and the shade I'm using doesn't oxidise on me.
Cons - not great on dry patches (so exfoliate!), limited colour range, heavy, bulky glass container, some liquid foundations (e.g Double Wear) have perhaps an even better longevity/adherence to skin.
FYI - My skin is pale and coolish-neutral. (But I like to counter any pinkness in my skin by using shades that are based on yellow.) My cheeks are normal, but my T-zone is prone to oiliness. I've been using this foundation on top of Estee Lauder Daywear Plus SPF 30 (a non-greasy sunscreen that seems to anchor makeup well.)
UPDATE - Dec 2010: The No7 sales assistant at my local Boots branch told me that this product is being discontinued. It does seem to be available on the Boots website for the moment, so I'm over there to stock up. (Oh, and it's 3-for-2 right now.)
(EDIT 5/10/2011) ***After using this product for a few months I noticed a lot of cystic acne starting to develop around my jawline and cheek area. I narrowed down the products I was using and found this was the culprit. It is not labeled non-comedogenic which I knew and took a chance with, but I have learned my lesson. Too bad because the coverage was terrific and it didnt feel heavy on my face at all. **** I have oily, sensitive and acne prone skin with some minor scarring. I have always used liquid foundations but decided to try a mousse after hearing they control oil better. Enter Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. I fell in love immediately. Then 2 days later my face was completely broken out. End of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. I searched for another. Found Boots Intelligent Balance Mousse and it is now my HG foundation. I bought it at Target in Almond and it matched perfectly. I apply it using a foundation brush and it gives me full coverage without the need for a concealer. It feels so lightweight and it controls oil better than any foundation I have tried. Most importantly I have not had any breakouts so far. I set the makeup with a translucent powder. I am so happy with this purchase and I anticipate the makeup lasting me quite awhile because a very small amount covers a large area with blending. The only problem I could see with this makeup, although I didnt experience it, would be it may be hard for people to choose a color match if there are no testers available. I was a Medium 1 Sandy Beige in MDMM and Almond in BIB.
Really disappointed with this foundation. I bought based on the fantastic 5 star reviews on Boots own website but it made my face feel so oily and I have dry/normal skin!
Initially the coverage was great and it was so easy to apply. I liked the jar and spatula it came with and overall it looked very sleek. (a little cumbersome to carry around since its a heavy, glass jar though).
As the morning wore on I noticed my chin was looking very shiny and finally my face started to feel so greasy that I actually removed my make up and started again with my Revlon Colourstay mineral mousse. I definately won't use this again based on the oil factor. Also I huge, sore spot developed on my chin during the day I wore this (I usually wake up with spots, not develop them during the day!) - maybe this foundation, maybe not but I would guess this is to blame.
I wanted to buy the bourjois mousse foundation which cost the same as this at £11 but I had a £5 No7 voucher so it swayed it for me.I'll know better in future.
This is a great 'quick fix' foundation whenever im in a rush this is what i use its so easy and quick to apply (i use a foundation brush) and has a decent amount of coverage (probably medium).
This product may not be great for those with quite dry skin as it is a mousse foundation but i find it a lot less drying than maybellines dream matte mousse.
It is priced around £11 which isnt bad for the amount and the quality you get, but i usually buy it when i have a £5 off voucher or its on 3 for 2.
The packaging isnt great the shape of the gar it comes in makes it difficult to get product from the top corners, although the spatula it comes with is quite helpfull.
This last me ages and i have rebrought i am on my 2nd or 3rd gar and would buy again, this is my foundation for when im in a rush or for when i don't need my foundation to last long (the staying power of this foundation is just average, nothing special) however it feels light on the skin and is therefore great in hot weather. This foundation helps me use less of my more expensive foundations when i don't need to wear them and makes them last me longer :)
I am Mac Nc37-40!
After trying Avon foundation (which I loved) then I tried Maybelline, then Boots!
This foundation comes in a sturdy glass jar that I like ,also a cute little spatula!
This foundation is way better than Maybelline Dream Mousse Matte foundation, this foundation is better than Avon in smoothness, matteness, in pictures, but Avon will last longer than this in humid weather, this will melt! For winter it good!
I first bought the color suede, since it was yellow tone, but it was dark for me I returned it and got tan, tan was also little dark and is pink tones not yellow!
I am using it , once I finish it I won't buy, since the color selection is very limited and after two hours on my combination skin it will melt really bad unless you stay in air conditioning all the time no hard work, just sitting on a chair in the office! Or You can use it in winter when the weather is cool!
I am a stay home mom, and just running every where, picking kids from school, grocery, home chores! Being said that this is the best foundation that I have tried in texture and smoothness! Once you have it on your face will be smooth, matte ,perfect, excellent for pictures!
But I still think it is a very good mousse foundation,you will like it if:
you can get a right shade------- you do not live in humid weather-------you have Normal to Dry skin-------you have combination skin & you are using it in Winter----You are not expecting it to last more than 4 hours under above conditions------you like medium to full coverage----you want light feel of foundation on skin----you like to look good in pictures!