We all know how difficult it can be to find a good foundation especially at the drugstore when testers are impossible to find and shades are a guessing game. There are a few solid foundations that everyone seems to gravitate towards because they have a good reputation and reviews are easy to find. Today I have a new foundation to add that “all stars” collection and this one might be even better than some of the cult classics we all know and love.
Maybelline released their Fit Me collection a few years ago with a foundation, powder and concealer that all had corresponding shades to ensure the perfect match every time. The range came with 12 shades designed to fit any skin tone from fair to dark in a fuss free system where shades ending in 0 were perfect for yellow based complexions and those ending in 5 were for pink toned. Combined with Maybelline’s exclusive shade matching technology – I will tell you more about this soon – the range was an absolute winner. Well times and trends have changed and Maybelline paid attention, they listened to their customers and decided to expand the collection to embrace not only different skin tones but different skin types. The original Fit Me foundation was reformulated and renamed as Fit Me Hydrate & Smooth – for normal to dry skin – and then they introduced the Fit Me Matte & Poreless line – for normal to oily skin! A true matte foundation from the drugstore is almost impossible to find so you can imagine how anxious I was to try out the new formula.
The Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation* is housed in the same sleek glass bottle as the original formulation and the only difference between the two is the addition of blue accents – which I love! It is quite heavy and definitely breakable so it’s not very travel friendly. It also has no pump but that can be easily fixed because the MAC foundation pumps fit pretty well. Inside the bottle is what truly matters and where it starts to get good, the Matte & Poreless foundation claims to mattify skin and erase pores with it’s blurring micro-powder particles that also help to absorb oil and I have to admit that they definitely get the job done! The oil and wax free formula employs an exclusive technology of using a translucent base in which lightweight pigments – and those powder particles – are suspended, allowing skin’s natural tone to shine through. This technology and non comedogenic formula is what allows the foundation to give impressive coverage without impacting the way your skin breathes and behaves.
The foundation itself has a gorgeous creamy texture that is not too thick or too thin, it glides onto the skin and blends like an absolute dream. It doesn’t set right away so you have time to sit there and buff it into the skin. It provides good medium coverage that can easily be sheered out with a sponge or built up to almost full without ever getting cakey or feeling heavy. One layer covers the natural redness to my skin, hides all of my blemishes and significantly minimizes my pores, while still letting my freckles come through. No matter how much you apply it continues to look like your true skin but without visible pores or shine. It sets to an authentically matte finish but one that still has a bit of life to it so you never look flat, chalky or dry. Your skin looks smooth, even and almost flawless.
I find it lasts a solid 7 hours – without primer – before a little bit of fading but it still looks good even then, just a bit sheerer. Top it up with a little bit of the matching powder and you can keep going for a few more hours. I don’t have excessively oily skin but I never noticed any issues with oils breaking through or a need to blot. It managed to keep it’s matte finish all day and my pores stayed hidden until I washed my face.
Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation is unlike other matte foundations that I have tried – especially from the drugstore – but I was really truly impressed and it has now become a staple in my collection. If you are looking for a new foundation, I highly recommend you give this one a try. It retails for $10.99 and you can find it online or at your local drugstore.
*product provided for review – opinions are honest and my own*