Hey there bow friends,
This second #MarchMatteness post is about the new(ish?) Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation and Setting Powder. I’ve always struggled with finding drugstore foundations for my oily skin and seeing so many brands coming out with base products targeted at oily skin is exciting. And they even came out with a powder to go with. I feel very special.
This foundation comes in a glass pour bottle much like the original Maybelline Fit Me foundation. To say it’s inconvenient is an understatement. Because it’s a liquid foundation, it tends to pour out extremely quickly and make a bit of a mess. The glass bottle does help when selecting your shade though. I have the shade 310 Sun Beige and find it to be slightly dark for me, but proper blending helps the color melt into my skin so it isn’t obvious. I actually have a hard time finding my shade in any of the Fit Me ranges so I feel lucky I chose one that is decently close to my shade. This foundation is targeted at “Normal to Oily” skin and claims to mattify and refine pores, match natural skintone, and offer a seamless finish.
The liquid formula doesn’t set quickly and allows time for proper buffing and blending. I dab this foundation on with my fingers and then buff it in with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as I do most foundations. I think the brush works well because it really allows for the seamless and natural finish the foundation aims to give you. As far as pore minimizing goes, I actually think this does help minimize the visual size of pores to an extent. I notice that my pores around my nose and cheeks look less obvious than they do when I wear other foundations that settle into them.I typically put foundation under my eyes when I wear foundation and I used this one the same way. I dabbed it under my eyes and blended it out with the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I find over time it settles in my fine lines and makes them look like my eyes are wrinkletopia. I’m not sure how that works because it minimizes my pores, but emphasizes lines. Maybe it’s just too hydrating. It also clings to dry patches and makes them look tons more obvious. Major bummer.
I honestly don’t know how this foundation would be matte. I assume if you’re using it on normal skin the finish might be velvet to matte. I have truly oily skin and it only gets oilier in the warmer months. Right now I’m only slightly oily and I find that this foundation looks more natural and slightly dewy than matte. I can’t imagine how dewy it will look when I’m at my peak oiliness. I don’t find this even sets to a matte finish over time so a powder is definitely necessary. If you’re going to go for something matte I’d suggest the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation or investing in the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (Review).Speaking of…I have the matching setting powder in 230 Natural Buff. Maybelline carefully calls this a mattifying powder and offers it in actual shades and a translucent shade. If I would have got 310 in the powder as I did the foundation, it would have been a million shades too dark. I think the shade numbers here are a little wonky so keep your eye out for that. Even though I have shade 230, this powder is still darker than the foundation shade and does add a bunch of extra coverage even when applied sheerly. I use the Real Techniques Powder Brush and gently press product over my foundation. Although this is meant to mattify, it definitely does not. Even when applied with a much more dense brush like the elf Studio Powder Brush I find it just looks a bit cakey and not matte at all.The finished look isn’t bad, but it is definitely not matte. Maybelline even released a Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation and Powder and I’m not sure how glowy that foundation is, but if you’re looking for a natural and slightly glowy foundation this is the one for you. I’m really disappointed that this didn’t work out because I felt like this could be a really fantastic drugstore matte option, but I guess it’s back to the drawing board.
What do you guys think? Have you tried this? A lot of people actually like this, but I really feel like we won’t know to what extent it works with really oily skin until summer time when the heat is out and the oil is present. Our next few products in #MarchMatteness are definitely going to be matte so keep your eyes out for them!
We shall talk soon!
-Tara Joy ♥