The Perfect Summer Foundation | Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Things are heating up and maybe it's time to rethink your foundation routine! 

Want a foundation that keeps you matte and minimizes pores without drying you out, that's not cakey and feels light on the skin? Look no further!

I bought this foundation prepared to hate it. Odd I know, but what can I say, I like to live dangerously. Considering I wasn't swooned by the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte nor the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous, I figured this being the same category, or the Maybelline counterpart, I would not be impressed with this one either. Wrong.
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain

First let's recap on the fails :

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation : I didn't hate it but, it was not the most natural looking, clung to dry patches, and would sometimes accentuate pores (on my combo skin, again for oilier skins this might be a better option). You can read my full review HERE.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation : Beautiful at first, then cakiness, oiliness, oil break down, dry patches. Oh and it broke me out... It was part of my latest  Products I Regret Buying which you can catch up on HERE.

Alright, now on to Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation. This bad boy comes in 16 shades (though none of them seem to cater to darker skin tones unfortunately). I am most likely in the shade 112 Natural Ivory, but it's always sold out for some reason...I however didn't even know this shade existed at first, so not realizing the gap, I picked up the 115 Ivory thinking the 110 Porcelain would be too light. Are we all still following? BUT THEN! I felt the 115 Ivory was a tad too dark so I went ahead and picked up the 110 Porcelain to mix the both to my liking.
TL;DR : I mix the shades 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain, but am probably 112 Natural Ivory (on the plus side, I'll be able to customize throughout the year vs. just matching my color NOW)
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory (close up bottle)
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain (swatch)
Top : 115 Ivory / Bottom : 110 Porcelain
As you can see the color difference is pretty huge, and the formula is pretty runny so it can be hard to control the amount you use especially with this packaging (which makes things quite messy). That being said, below is the amount and ratio I use. I like to use this foundation with my Beauty Blender, because it helps it look more natural and soaks up some of the product, so less messy. That being said, if you'd like a bit more coverage, it works great with a dense kabuki brush but the results won't be as natural or long lasting as with a beauty sponge because you're not pressing the product in the skin as much, if that makes sense?
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain (swatch)
And as per usual, here are some pics of the process and wear, before I give a detailed rating. OH and don't get me started on the eyebrows, the struggle has been real. They look half decent when I fill them in, but didn't bother for this post ;) :
a picture of Before photo, no makeup, to show Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation
a picture Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain (mixed and applied with beauty blender)
a picture  Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation (close up texture/finish)
Close up after one layer (I did not use a pore minimizing primer to show you how this works on it's own)
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 115 Ivory and 110 Porcelain (after photo, final results)
Final Results (to make sure you're not too "flat" add a glowy blush and highlighter)
Packaging : 4/5 I'm not a fan of glass bottles with a large spout. Especially when the formula is on the runny side, causes a lot of waste and it's just too damn messy. A pump with this would be perfection.
Coverage : 5/5 I've said it before, and I'll say it again, for me not being full coverage is a plus. Even in the past I've terrible skin and lots to cover, but believe me less is more. Even out the skin with foundation then spot cover with concealer. It just looks better. This has a nice medium coverage. No complaints.
Finish : 4/5 For a matte foundation this is shockingly natural looking. Now it doesn't necessarily look exactly like skin, but you know, it's a nice finish. Let's rephrase : most natural looking matte/long lasting foundation I've tried in a while.
Color match : 4/5  Took off one point, because it's kinda annoying I can't find the 112 (which might not be a perfect match in the end) I'm sure either color I have, I could work with individually, but as of now I still need to use both for the perfect blend. Honestly, at this price, it doesn't even bother me.
Longevity : 5/5 I was shocked. Considering how lightweight this feels, I didn't think it would last that long. It's also the first foundation in a long time that doesn't smudge with sunglasses (a MUST for summer). I did get a little oily after a few hours, but the results weren't disastrous, a little blotting and good to go.
Price : 5/5 It's $7.99 at my local drugstore (which is almost half of the L'Oreal one) and I got one 50%off, so for both I paid $11.99 (which is still cheaper than the L'Oreal and I had to buy 2 for that one too). Oh and it's pretty much my new favorite foundation. Can't beat that!**
Final score : 4.5/5 

Bottom line; lav lav laaaaav it! I'm so happy I gave this foundation a try. I also ended up getting the matching powder afterwards which I also love. Great combo! (I use the shade 110 for that one cause they're always on the darker side)
a picture of Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Powder in 110 Porcelain
What's your go to summer foundation? Will you give this a try? Or maybe you have and you love it? Or hate it... Let us know in the comments below!

Talk to you soon!


** For reference both Maybelline and Covergirl foundations are around $7.99. The L'Oreal  is around $12.99 (which is the same price point as the Revlon Colorstay Foundation)

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