I’ve definitely been on the hunt for a summer/darker foundation now that I’m actually getting some color thanks to my recent vacation in Barbados and this wonderful sunny weekend in NYC. (Plus, I have an upcoming trip to Paradise Valley, Arizona where I expect to get even tanner.) So this morning, I did what any beauty editor would do. I tried a $60 super luxe foundation on one side of my face and an $8 drugstore find on the other side. Besides making me late for work, this morning experiment revealed something very important: even when it comes to foundation (which most people consider an investment category), sometimes the frugal find works out better than the Sephora splurge.
The amazing product? None other than Maybelline’s new Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish. I love the super smooth, almost whipped texture that easily blends into the skin. The product is neither oily nor sticky and provides solid coverage and a very natural finish that’s matte yet soft. I can’t say that my skin looks airbrushed (only my holy grail foundation has that level of all around perfection) but as far as the under $10 category, I’m pretty sure Dream Liquid Mousse is as good as you’re going to get.
What didn’t this product do that the $60 foundation did? It didn’t smear or streak. It didn’t dry out my skin. It didn’t leave me splotchy. And it didn’t leave me looking like I put on a layer of paint.
I have yet to figure out what to pack for my next vacay, but it won’t be difficult to decide which foundation I’ll be bringing along!