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Another foundation review for you today in the form of Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in 128 Warm Nude. I’m still striving to find the perfect, budget foundations and have become a bit of a junkie. Here are my thoughts on this interesting foundation – they might be a bit mixed.
Here is some information on the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation….
A foundation as individual as you. Now with 35 shades, our widest range yet. Discover a natural fit which blurs the look of pores and controls shine.
FullFinish: Natural, matte
Skin type: Best suited for Normal/Oily
Wear: Lasts all day, for 12 hour wear
Maybelline for me has always been very hit and miss. I love their mascaras but they react terribly with my eyes. Their foundations are more suited for oily skin which up until recently I never had (Good old hormones of getting older). But since my skin has recently changed I’ve found products geared towards normal/oily have been working on me. Although I still have psoriasis around my nose and EVERY foundation I wear clings to that, generally my skin is fairly normal these days. I recently tried the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless powder and I fell in love. So felt I had to try the foundation in the range too.
The first thing I noticed about Matte & Poreless foundation was that I had to layer it on. I apply my foundation with a brush and 1 layer with a little extra on my ‘problem’ areas is enough. Matte & Poreless was more like 2-3 layers and even then it was only medium coverage. I haven’t tried this foundation with a primer underneath as so far I’ve not needed one, maybe that would help more?
I chose shade 128 Warm Nude by looking at the model pictures wearing it and its a fairly good match. Maybe a little pale for me (I don’t tan my face but compared to my body its a little light), but will last well into the changing seasons as my tan fades. The finish is a soft focus matte look, but not flat like paper. There is definition to your face still.
The biggest claim with Matte & Poreless (For me)was the ‘blurs the look of pores and controls shine’ which in honesty I didn’t see a massive result. My pores did look a little less defined, but my skin after an hour did look a little shiny in places. However, as you can see from the before and after pictures, with a full face and setting my makeup using the Matte & Poreless powder (I wear shade 130 at present) my skin did look great! There wasn’t a pore in sight and no shine at all.
Lastly we cannot forget the ‘up to 12 hours wear’ claim. This is important for some people who work very long hours and want their foundation to last. Matte & Poreless on a hot Summers day (Set with the powder) lasted around 4 hours before I needed to apply more powder. It was exceptionally warm though. So in the colder months I do feel you would get good wear from this foundation.
To conclude my review of Matte & Poreless foundation I’m a little on the fence. There are quite a few pros and cons…
- The foundation only looked great on me once I’d applied powder, concealer and everything else. I found before that I looked a bit ‘blank’ – if that makes sense?
- Matte & Poreless is VERY reasonably priced. But if I’m using twice as much, is it good value still?
- I expected the foundation to cling to my nose (All do where my psoriasis is) but this also clung to my chin too where I’ve a breakout. For those who do have a lot of spots, this might not be great for you.
- The colour range is VERY good, so I feel most people would be able to work with it. I do feel that the UK should have the 40 colour range though so more people would be matched.
So to conclude again, I like it but I don’t love it. I think this will be one of those foundations I reach for occasionally and rediscover but not a regular in my routine. It’s a shame as Matte & Poreless foundation could have been it for me, but alas my search will continue for that perfect foundation.