We can still feel it, somehow.
Any Irish woman worth her salt will fondly remember Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse, the foundation of choice for girls coming of age in the 2000s.
While we’ve moved on, Dream Matte Mousse is still going strong, all these years later (and it’s €11.99 in Boots if you want to try it out again).
Let’s look back on the time when it first came into our lives.
كريم اساس Dream Matte Mousse ???? تغطية مات مخمليّة ومثالية بنسبة 100% خفيف كالهواء مثالي للبشرة العادية والدهنية خالٍ من العطور ، تمّ اختباره من قبل أطباء الجلد، لا يسبب الحساسية . لا يسدّ مسام البشرة وآمن للبشرة الحساسة لأفضل النتائج ضعيه بخفّة ووزعّيه بالتساوي على وجهك وامزجيه بأطراف أصابع #Maybelline #DreamMatteMousse
The texture was a revelation at the time – it was smooth and silky, but still gave you the coverage you believed your 13-year-old skin needed, which was ‘as much as is humanly possible’. And not a pore on your little face! But you didn’t know about pores then, not like you do now.
If u try to tell me that circa 2009 u didn’t apply ur dream matte mousse with your fingers like this ur lying x pic.twitter.com/Ezo9yUzXpd
— kath (@Kath_rynnn) March 22, 2018
The arrogance of us pale Irish girls heading in to the chemist, picking up a foundation in the shade ‘Caramel’, and thinking “Mmm, yeah. That’s me. Caramel.”
All of us when we discovered maybelline dream matte mousse age 13 pic.twitter.com/e3GQgKUXCg
— Ash? (@midge3027) February 21, 2018
Buffing brush? Beauty blender? Never heard of them. You rubbed it into your eyebrows and across your lips, leaving you with a vast expanse of beige for a face, floating ominously over your lily-white neck. What an image!
You stepped it up for teen discos, where the foundation would be supplemented by two perfect circles of pink blush on your cheeks, a smear of sparkly white or blue eyeshadow, and a slick of Juicy Tubes (or a pharmacy-brand Juicy Tubes rip off) on your mouth.
Like rolling up your school skirt, or discovering GHDs, or getting an ill-advised side fringe. It was the gateway drug to all of these things.
It was all so simple back then. All you were concerned about was coating yourself with beige so you could stand within eyeshot of some boys.
Could Dream Matte Mousse be The One if we simply treated it right – used a lighter hand, picked a better shade? We have to know. Watch this space…
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