When will the day arrive when you’ll walk into a drugstore (within the US) and have a selection of foundations that aren’t all predominately beige? Porcelain? Oh yes we have the shade with hints of beige. Light? Yes, of course we have it with a base of beige! Medium? Absolutely, it’s here in stock with a bit of beige.
I feel like every single drugstore foundation is beige, beige, beige. Ugh! I find beige terribly unflattering in my foundation. It makes my skin look dull and gross. I recently got super excited about Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse as it looked quite good. I remember being particularly delighted with the UK release of this foundation however I do admit to getting lazy and just ended up going to the drugstore ahead of doing the abroad purchasing.
What I ended up with was another beige foundation that’ll end up in the graveyard of unwanted drugstore crap!
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Maybellime Dream Liquid Mousse sounds like an ideal foundation as it promises an airbrush finish. Airbrush? No way! Want. Yes, well, whether or not I actually got an airbrush finish remains to be seen.
The moral of the story is as always I’m disappointed with drugstore foundation. Why I try I’ll never know. I admit that one of the main reasons I purchased this was because the interesting packaging intrigued me. I’m such a packaging junkie. The bottle is very well designed with a pump dispenser, a cap to cover the dispenser, and a rather elegant glass bottle that houses the foundation. Quite nice and does make it rather worthy of a look at.
Of course, hearing airbrush makes it equally tempting. I got the shade Light 2 and it’s pretty much beige, beige, oh and beige! The color is not flattering in the least and after carefully looking through the other shades those are pretty much quite beige too including Light 1. So here in lays one problem.
But I was determined to make it work for me. Application should have been medium to full since the formula is quite creamy and pigmented with a bit of a runny consistency that could sometimes prove unforgiving for me. Great we got a base of beige, a runny consistency, and coverage that’s pretty much sheer. Strangely enough coverage seems quite sheer to me. I expected so much more but for the most part, once in place, the coverage isn’t anything you’ll want to write home to your mum about. I shouldn’t really rant coverage as I like a sheer foundation anyway.
The good news is the finish is decent. I don’t have a large pores but I’m taking a wild guess that this may look quite nice on someone who used a good primer and has larger pores. The finish isn’t airbrushed by any means but it does soften my face. It’s not flawless really but just healthy, very soft looking, quite nice surprisingly. I think I could actually like this if it weren’t for the terribly unflattering beige base. On a follow up note the product only stays on for about an hour at most and quickly fades away. Not good. I like my foundation to last at least 4-5 hours. This pretty much faded after an hour at most.
Mmmm Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse has a ways to go before it becomes my dream foundation that much is for sure.
Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, I wants it. Promises of a perfectly flawless face is never lost on a Muse!
Ok, so Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation doesn’t have a super rating on MUA which makes me wonder if I need to bother my time with it. But I can’t help but want it for some reason. I’m unsure why this holds so much appeal! Maybe it’s the commercial? The promise of instantly flawless skin? The really cute looking bottle?
Actually….I kinda think it’s the bottle. The packaging kinda looks sweet doesn’t it!?
I rarely bat a lash at splurging $30-$40 USD on counter foundation but present me with a ten buck bottle of drugstore foundation and suddenly you have to pry that money from my cold dead hand. It’s a tough choice wondering if I should spend $10 on a bottle of foundation that probably sucks. But I admit the temptation still holds true.
After researching Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation I located the European release which is entitled Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid. Now we all know, or I hope we know, that European drugstore quality in brands such as Maybelline is considerably better than the US release. Now the debate is do I need to track down a bottle of Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid or should I just travel on over to my local CVS and indulge in a bottle of possibly sucky Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.
The choices a Muse has to make are sometimes difficult! Maybe I should just get both and compare.
What’s your good word on Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse?
You know how much a snob your Muse is when it comes to US drugstore cosmetics right? So when I met up with Maybelline Lash Stiletto a few days ago I wasn’t expecting too much but boy was I proven wrong!
Jump ahead to feel the love!
Ranging in a price of $7.99 USD to $9.99 USD I wasn’t expecting too much from Maybelline Lash Stiletto, after all I never expect much from anything that sprouts a price tag like that from my local drugstore. Most run ins I have with drugstore mascara is using a tube as a basketball as I toss it into the trash can but obviously, on rare occasions, a Muse can be proven wrong about a product or two purchased outside of a high end counter.
Anything that promises thee ultimate in length for my lashes is way too good to be true. But ado tis true…..Maybelline Lash Stiletto promises length and provides it without question.
First off if you’re not careful during application you will end up with badly separate eye lashes and that scary spider web look, not cool. But with proper prepping with your lash curler and a sure grip on your wand you’ll be able to curl lashes upwards and out while gripping each lash and lengthening it by at least 5 times it’s normal size. The best way to apply is with a slight zig zag motion as it allows the brush to grip lashes and pull them upwards. The effect is extremely long lashes! Keep in mind that the mascara promises simply length and that’s all it gives. You’re not going to get fatter, plumper lashes with this, you’ll simply get amazing length with it.
The applicator is a thin brush with bristles. I know, gasp, shock, amazing right? A mascara with a brush applicator, not a plastic one! Bless be! The applicator is a bit on the sharp side so if you’re clumsy with mascara application do be careful with this. I think the end results are produced by the very thin, straight brush applicator as the formula isn’t anything special that I noticed. I do think that the thin applicator allows you to catch all your lashes and has an interesting effect of gripping lashes to pull them forward.
The formula isn’t waterproof and easily washes away with warm water and simple soap however it has the ability to last quite long minus smudging or flaking. I’m not a fan of non waterproof mascara but this is quite long wearing so I don’t mind in the least. The formula is light enough not to weight lashes done so it keeps curl fairly well.
All in all I think it’s a rather fabulous drugstore find and a great beauty on a budget purchase. It promises length and delivers! If you have small stubbier lashes it should work well at pulling them outwards. I’m unsure about recommending it for Asian eyes though as the applicator is such a straight edge that I think it would make for a bit of a difficult apply using it but for the price it’s well worth trying to see!
Overall, must eat my words here, it’s a love. Maybelline Lash Stiletto is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves it but don’t take her word for it. She wants you to try it out for yourself to see what you think.
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I’ve been using Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation for about 3 months now and felt it was about time for a review. Foundation for me is a splurge item, I think good foundation is worth it’s weight in gold and if I have to pay in gold to get a good foundation I’ll do just that. Foundation is an important part of making makeup look flawless, it sets the canvas for anything else you plan on putting on your face, and gives your skin the coverage it needs for picture perfect skin.
Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation has the potential to be great but fails miserably.
First let me point out the good points of the product before getting into the major problem with the formula. One great factor on this foundation is the wonderful packaging. The foundation comes in a hygienic squeeze bottle which allows you to squeeze small amounts out for application. This style packaging is ideal for those of us that are a bit more conscious of germs and bacteria.
Now the formula is quite thick but manages to be extremely moisturizing however it is a tad bit runny which can cause a bit of a mess during application however using small amounts at a time keeps the application mess-free and simple. The foundation manages to glide beautifully well onto skin and absorbs wonderfully.
The color selection is vast and there should be a shade to suit any skin tone however I did feel like many shades had a considerable amount of beige to them which is, for the most part, unflattering for my tone of skin. I ended up with Light 1 and as you can see even that’s a tad bit on the dark side. The price is great and ranges from $7.99-$9.99 or less if a sale is ongoing.
I seriously wanted to love this. While doing my Beauty on a Budget week I was on the hunt for the perfect drugstore foundation and this definately caught my own considering how many raves it gets however it must be all hype because it has one sad, unredeemable problem.
The problem I’m speaking of is the fact that the product is ridiculously sheer and lightweight. I don’t particularly have a problem with sheer foundations nor do I mind lightweight coverage in the least however this smooths on completely transparent and offers absolutely no coverage. Application is quite like adding an extra layer of moisturizer or primer to your face rather then what appears to be a pigmented foundation.
Granted, I do not need a ton of coverage however I do prefer to have a foundation finish to my face and I think foundation erases the certain dullness my skin sometimes sports. Lighter coverage is perfectly fine however this fails at even offering light coverage.
Strangely enough the product appears deeply pigmented however once it’s on I see little to no difference in my face and I’m left looking like I freshly moisturized my face rather than just applied a layer of foundation.
Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation seriously has the potential for greatness but they need to work on the formula in a major way to get me to purchase it again.
Sadly disappointed with this one although I didn’t expect too much going into it anyway!
I nabbed some of the new Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara a few days ago…Hells was that a mouth full or what?
That’s some ridiculously long name!
I had to go to Rite Aid…or maybe CVS…somewhere like that to pick up a prescription so this was hanging out on a large end cap display and all the shiny neon packaging drew me in like a moth to a flame.
Thanks to Mandy for reminding me of this fab commercial!
Well it turns out that Maybelline has done a good job with Colossal Volum’ Mascara! Aside from the really long, irritating name the mascara itself is actually quite good for the price tag!
We have lift off people! Finally a Beauty on a Budget find that’s good!
I prefer my mascaras to have some sort of comb applicator so I wasn’t thrilled to find out that this had a rather large brush applicator. I normally find that large brush applicators cause major clumps for me which is the reason I don’t like some of the Dior mascaras that are out. Large voluminizing brushes just make a mess in my humblest.
The good news is that it is indeed a BRUSH. It’s not a piece of plastic with some spikes on it that they call a brush….it’s a brush…with bristles…Maybelline is kicking it old school with this mascara! Even better news is that the brush works well at evenly distributing the mascara and fattening my lashes up nicely. It promises volume and it delivers. It fattens my lashes up very nicely without making them a clumpy, spikey mess! It also has great long wear without smudging or flaking all day even in severe humidity (it’s been humid here in New York the past few days)!
I didn’t experience major lenght after application but it definately gave me an appearance of nice, full lashes. I didn’t have to struggle with it during application, or fiddle around trying to get it on correctly, or have to comb it out afterward. I brushed it on quickly, it applied evenly and perfectly with the first stroke, and I was good to go. Unlike other drugstore brands I’ve tried this was pretty good quality for the price.
This isn’t really a “oh my god you must buy this or die!” post because I wasn’t that impressed with the mascara to get that crazy! However, at a price of $4.99 USD it is worth checking out for yourself especially if you’re either on a budget or just don’t like shelling out large amounts of cash for a top shelf mascara.
The Muse thinks it’s a Steal, a Deal, and a great Beauty on a Budget find!
Not necessarily Muse Approved but definately worth checking out for yourself!
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