Foundation types explained: Cream

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Cream foundationWith so many foundation types and formulations out there, it’s difficult to know which one is best suited to your skin. We’re lifting the veil so that you can find your perfect match – and formulation too.

What is a cream foundation?
Unlike the original cream foundations, today’s formulations won’t make your makeup look cakey or thick – in fact – they cover imperfections beautifully without clogging up pores or leaving you with the dreaded “painted-on” effect. They have light and mousse-like textures, similar to that of whipped cream and whipped egg whites.

Who should be using it?
As most cream foundations are oil-based, they’re suited to normal, dry and very dry skins (and often best avoided by oily and combination skins). You may consider switching to a cream foundation during winter when skin is naturally drier, or when age-related dryness sets in. Along with your moisturiser, these mousse-like products keep skin soft and hydrated.

The benefits
Cream foundations lock in moisture and add a dewy glow to the skin, which is great for normal to dry complexions. They offer a bit more coverage than liquid and powder foundations, making them the perfect choice for anyone who wants to hide stubborn imperfections. Many cream foundations also have pore-minimising properties and long-lasting coverage.

How should you apply it?
Remember that you only need a small amount of cream foundation, as a little bit is enough to cover your entire face. It’s best applied with either your fingers or a makeup sponge or blender. Dab a bit of the product on your forehead, cheeks and nose, and gently blend so that it spreads evenly across your skin. If you like a dewy complexion, you’re good to go, but if matte is more your thing, follow with a light dusting powder.

Our favourites
Finding the right shade and texture for your skin is key in selecting a foundation. Our current creamy favourites are:

blackUp Full Coverage Cream Foundation, R385

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup, R199

Maybelline DreamSmooth Mousse, R160.95

Other articles you may be interested in:
Foundation types explained: Powder
Foundation types explained: Liquid
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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Busisiwe Ndzube

    I’m going to try the Maybelline!

    4 years ago •

  1. Safiya Rawat

    Informative article. I would love to try the black-up foundation.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I find the cream foundation the best compared to the powder type. I just drop a little out of the tube and apply to the makeup sponge and is done.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Love Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. Also Avon’s and Essence for options that won’t break the bank. I love the finish one gets with mousse.

    5 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Ooh this helped a lot. I don’t wear make up but I would like to at least know what to go for.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Thanks for this article. It showed me that even though I might like the texture of a mousse, it’s not right for my skin type.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hassan

    I agree with Khensani, mousse foundations are not suited to oily skins, however, I use mine as a base for eyeshadow now. Just so it doesn’t go to waste.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    Dream Matte Mousse is, indeed, very terrible for oily skin. Had the worst experience with it :(

    5 years ago •

  1. van der Walt

    Thank you for the tips – interesting article

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Have never tried a cream foundation, I have combination skin, so it may not be a good idea. Thanks for the tips

    5 years ago •

  1. Claire

    Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse is a gorgeous product!! I love the feel of it and it works brilliantly..never had an issue anytime ive used it!! I love, love, love it!!

    5 years ago •

  1. kunene

    I never leave the house without putting it on……..but I will try advise to go lighter for the day and still use my foundation but not all the time.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    This looks great. I might like to try the DreamSmooth Mousse. These types look so yummy I would want to eat them!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Great article and Iv tried Maybelline dream matte mousse and love it

    5 years ago •

  1. Pinenut

    So I shouldn’t use the Maybelline mousse?
    I have oily skin -:(

    5 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    wanna try Maybelline mousse,after reading what these ladies wrote.
    Sound like its a great foundation..

    5 years ago •

  1. JADE

    maybelline dream smoothe mousse, works wonders if i should say so myself. I have really dry skin and it does not leave my skin looking chalky – and gives you a polished finished so stunning – love it :-)

    5 years ago •

  1. Larissa B

    The best ever cream foundation i’ve worked with is my all time favourite, Clarins everlasting for combination skin and skin illusion for normal skin. Both give that dewy radiant finish and they almost turn powdery not giving that masked look. i have also done bridal makeovers with these using beauty flash balm as a primer. OUTSTANDING!

    5 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    straight forward, i love the fact that foundation makes your skin look smooth with no flaws and the moisture.

    5 years ago •

  1. SG

    Maybelline’s mousse foundation is gorgeous! It feel very light and airy, slightly powdery after application. And it covers very well. It almost feels like a cream and powder in one.

    5 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I tried the Maybelling Mousse today… holy boly! I love it!!!! It made me look like a flawless porcelain dollie.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Thanks for a great article. There is so much choice for us, we really cannot complain :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Always wanted to try these, but if it’s not right for combination/oily skin then I’ll rather not spend money on it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    I would love to use a mousse foundation but my skin is too oily for it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Love the dream matte mousse – So light!

    5 years ago •

  1. voges

    cream foundation sounds great, I can’t wait to try it

    5 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    So what foundation is suitable for oily skin?

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    These look lovely but i think my skin is too oily to try them

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Formative, I’m more of a liquid foundation girl, maybe I must try the cream as my skin gets dry during winter.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I have combination skin, so I’m guessing I should stay away from these. These things really do look like chocolate mousse. Wish I could use them! Great article.

    5 years ago •

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