I read a lot of good reviews about this mousse blush before it came into Malaysia and managed to get my hands on it to try.
This is a mousse based blush, similar to that of Stila’s mousse blushes. It comes in a heavy glass pot with the colour of the cap representing the colour of the blush inside. Its too bulky and heavy to travel with and the contents can shift in transit. There are many colours available overseas, but when I checked at Guardian here, we have only about 4 colours available.
This mousse blush is not to be confused with the Dream Matte Mousse foundation also by Maybelline. The texture and concept is the same, but this blush is not matt. The colours have some slight shimmer to them which is useful in a blush to add texture.
When you open the pot, you’ll find the coloured mousse inside. It feels soft and springy to the touch – rather like that of a sponge cake. You tap your finger on the blush and then apply to your cheeks as you would a cream blush.
As with all cream blushes, it should go on AFTER liquid foundation and BEFORE powder foundation. However, I find that it lasts a bit better if I apply it after applying my powder foundation. Otherwise, it fades pretty quickly throughout the day.
I had 3 colours previously – Soft Plum, Pink Frosting and Whipped Strawberries. I’m of relatively fair skin but Pink Frosting didn’t show up on me at all! All I got was shimmer. So I got rid of it. Soft Plum turned up too berry so I looked rather unnatural. My favourite of all was Whipped Strawberries – a bright fuschia in the pot but a pretty pink on the cheeks.
I went to check at Guardian for availability and saw they had Peach Satin – a pretty peach with shimmer in the pot, which essentially went on my skin pure shimmer with no colour, Soft Plum – plum shade, Berries – berry shade and Pink Marshmallow – sweet pink with shimmer that didn’t show up.
I asked if they were bringing in Whipped Strawberries, a colour I think would fit any girl, its so sweet on!, but all I got was a blank stare and the official spiel that what I saw was all they had. Sigh…. don’t these sales assistants know that its a much bigger world out there?!
I have no quarrel with the texture but it goes on very sheer. Its good so you don’t overdo it and you can layer it on, but if you have darker skin, I’d just skip this, to be honest.
They were retailing at RM29.90 in Guardian and Watsons and I think it might be RM32 now but I’m not quite sure.
Pros: Cheap, easy to use
Cons: Limited colours here, not long-lasting, doesn’t show up well, bulky packaging