Foundation. It’s a never ending struggle. I can never seem to find the perfect one. If the color works, it doesn’t work with my skin type. If it suits my skin type, the color is off. I have developed this terrible habit of buying a new foundation every time I enter a grocery store because of this. A couple of months ago, I finally decided to put a stop to all of this insanity and invest in a high-end foundation. Probably the biggest advantage to this is being able to walk into Sephora and get color matched. If you haven’t tried it, I would highly recommend it. I ended up narrowing it down to two foundations that not only suited my skin type, but they blended with my skin tone so well, I couldn’t even tell they were there. I opted for the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation for $36.00 because I was told it had full coverage and it’s a brand I’m familiar with.
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation is an oil-free, water resistant foundation made to help control shine. If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably already know I have really oily skin. This, of course, creates a nightmare when wearing foundation. Once the oil starts building up on top of my skin, my foundation goes slip-sliding all over the place, often caking up and becoming a prime target for fingerprints, should I choose to go off the deep end and do something crazy like scratch my nose. I need something that will keep my face looking matte and that won’t shift around or feel heavy and powdery.
I ended up purchasing No. 25-Warm Ivory, for light skin with pink undertones. I swatched the foundation on my wrist as soon as I got home to make sure I wasn’t trying to convince myself that it matched in that horrible Sephora lighting, just because I was desperate. The foundation is blended in below the swipe in the photo. You almost can’t even see it! So far, so good.
I feel I need to show a photo of myself without foundation so we know what we’re working with here. My biggest problem areas are around my nose and my chin where I have a lot of redness due those being the most sensitive areas on my face. I don’t deal with acne too much anymore these days, but I do have some blood vessels around my nostrils that can be challenging to conceal at times. Mostly, I just need to even out that blotchy skin tone. As always, I put on eye makeup first to avoid having to do much clean up after eye shadow fallout or eyeliner mishaps.
I tested the foundation out with several different primers and even without a primer, and it seems to perform the best with NYX Shine Killer for me. A little goes a long way with this foundation. On a normal day, I use about a pea-sized amount. Given that I blew through a bottle of my previous foundation of the same size in just a few short weeks, I am shocked that this tiny 1 oz bottle has lasted over two months, and I am nowhere near finishing it off yet. For me, the coverage is pretty good, but for more severe skin conditions, I wouldn’t recommend it because I can still see some of the red areas on my face through the foundation. It’s medium coverage at best. All that’s usually required for me is a thin layer, but if it is ever necessary for me to build it up, I don’t feel it performs as well because it tends to cake up and look really powdery, especially once it starts setting (which is rather quickly). I always use a beautyblender sponge to apply foundation because it gives a streak-free finish, and it works with this foundation just as well.
Here is the finished look with finishing powder, blush, and lipstick. I’m keeping it simple today because it’s cold and rainy and I just want to snuggle in my cozy clothes. This is, by far, one of the better foundations I’ve tried, but it’s not without its flaws.
My face still gets oily in just a couple of hours as usual, so it doesn’t control the shine very well.
It creases up in my smile lines around my mouth, so I am always having to buff those areas back out with my beautyblender.
It has pretty decent coverage, but it’s not a miracle worker.
A little goes a long way, so the price is justified.
Despite still getting oily, my makeup doesn’t slide off my face and it lasts for at least 6 hours.
I’m allowed to touch my face again without having to worry about leaving streaks or fingerprints behind.
It’s incredibly lightweight.
It has more of a dewy finish than a completely flat, matte look, so it’s more natural-looking and less mask-like.
My face matches my neck, making this the perfect color.
Overall, I’m really happy with the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. It’s a definite improvement from what I’ve used in the past. I do wish the coverage was better and that it was more effective with oil-control, but I would definitely purchase it again unless I happen to find something better first.