Review & Swatches: Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation

Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam

Availability: Drugstores & ULTA
Price: $10.99

Company’s Description

Our most lightweight foundation for 100% Nude Perfection. Lightweight foam for a flawless finish.

Maybelline has just released a new foundation that comes in an “airfoam” can and advertises “nude perfection.” There are a total of 12 shades. My shade is 160 Light Beige, which is reviewed below.

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Packaging: 9/10

This foundation comes in a metal canister with a pump dispenser. The packaging is air-tight, which is great for keeping the foundation sanitary.

Quality: 8.25/10

This foundation comes in a foam formula. After you pump out the product, it will expand into a fluffy, airy sphere.

The coverage is very light and layering doesn’t seem to increase the coverage very much. The finish gets uneven easily, so you have to work with it a bit (see below).

The color Light Beige comes out of the can looking slightly orange. This orange tint faded after application and blending. I also want to note that the range of 12 shades doesn’t have enough appropriate colors for dark skin.

One good thing about this product is it adheres to the skin extremely well, sinks into the skin, and looks natural. It feels like nothing is on the skin. Another positive is that the foundation has an SPF of 16 and includes Titanium Dioxide, which gives you both UVA and UVB protection. The SPF is a little low though. Plus, such a thin layer goes on and the airy consistency limits the efficacy of layering to build up the sun protection. So you likely won’t get sufficient sun protection with just this foundation.

Ease of Use: 8/10

First, you need to shake the can. Then, depress the pump very, very slowly. Even with the most gentle push of the pump, what looks like a ton of product comes out (see images, below).

You have to move quickly and in small sections when applying because the product dries very quickly. Take a dab of of the product and apply to a small section of the face, then move to another section with another dab. If you do too large of a section, the finish will be blotchy and uneven.

Price: 9/10

For $10.99, you get 1.6 fl oz of foundation. There aren’t many foundations like this on the market, but Revlon has also come out with an airfoam foundation, which costs $13.99 and contains 1.4 fl oz.

Final Grade


Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Pump

Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam: Swatch in 160 Light Beige

Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam: Swatch (Blended) in 160 Light Beige

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6 Responses to Review & Swatches: Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation

  1. Kimberly F. says:

    I somewhat like this foundation. It provides great coverage and does not get all blotchy, but I find it wares off at around lunch time.

  2. Sarah L. says:

    Aww, I thought it’d be similar to the Diorskin AirFlash Foundation- because it is sooo amazing and gives you an air-brushed finish; plus it comes in a spray-can-ish tube as well! The swatch on your hand looks extremely orange though- kind of terrifying, even, but I’m glad to hear the tint goes away! The consistency, from your photos, really reminds me of the Shu Uemura UV underbase mousse with SPF 30, which I absolutely love!

    Thanks for the review!

  3. Lisa B. says:

    I saw Revlon’s foam over on Nouveau Cheap yesterday. Maybelline’s LOOKS better, definitely–more fluffy and airy, with finer bubbles–and less like a boil about to pop–but the shade makes it look a little unappealing. I suppose it might still be worth trying since it doesn’t go on as orange. I really wonder how much thought they put in to their products, though, since the SPF and the texture seem to be working at cross-purposes…if you’re using it for a nice light airy feel, you won’t want to layer it on to get the full SPF benefit (which isn’t high enough anyway).

    I suppose if it still feels light after you put on more layers, though, it would still work okay. Did you happen to try doing 2 or 3 layers?

    Would you do a comparison or review of the Revlon one, too?

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