Saturday, 28 April 2012

Fabulous Foundation - Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

I consider myself to be a sensible woman.  I don't believe that coloured lumps of crystal will make my life better, I don't follow food fads, and I'm damn sure I won't become a millionaire if I forward that email to 10 people I know.

You would have thought then, that I should know better than to believe that the more expensive a product is, the better it will be.  And yet, somehow when it comes to Foundation, I have spent an inordinate amount of money on products that never quite delivered what they promised.

I have a tendency for facial shinyness.  Not the 'glowing beauty' kind of shinyness.  The greasy kind.

Laura Mercier foundation (well over £80 spent including the primer & concealer), was lovely when first applied, but couldn't keep the shine in over a single evening, let alone a whole day.  MAC foundation  (mid range around £25) was horrible when first applied.  It clung to every single crease in my skin, highlighting rather than hiding them, making me look like an old hag.  Then the grease crept through and I looked like a shiny old hag (for clarity, I do not consider this to be a good look.)

And then....something amazing happened....

You may remember me mentioning, in my Dirndlfest post, that I had panic bought some new foundation.  This is what I bought:

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Smoother, Dream Matte Mouse, and Dream Lumitouch Highlighting Concealer

This total set came in at less than £15.  Admittedly, there was a special offer on in Superdrug (3 for 2, since you ask), but it's by far the cheapest foundation set I've ever bought. 

It's also the best.

The Smoother gives a brilliant soft layer over which to build the foundation.  It seems to fill in my wrinkles in a magical way.  The mouse foundation is so easy to apply, I just use my fingers rather than any kind of applicator.  The highlighting concealer is almost as good a highligher as Touche Eclait.  And its a damn sight cheaper too.

The proof is in the pudding.  I was on stage with UkeJam performing at the Boileroom again last week.  There were over 30 of us on the stage.  The lights were hot.  The crowd was dancing.  Everyone was sweating.  When we came off stage, two of my friends turned to me and asked how on earth I still managed to look so good.

Well, I wasn't born with it.  It was actually, the Maybelline.