Drugstore foundations are a definite hit-or-miss when it comes to anyone with darker skin. The shade range is just terrible, and if there happen to be any darker shades, they’re usually the wrong undertone. Usually there are some drugstore foundations with a decent shade selection, one being the original Maybelline Fit Me foundation, which (unfortunately) contained chemical sunscreens and had a finish that was just too dewy, so that was a total write-off. However, when the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation started popping up everywhere while receiving great reviews, I decided to give the line a second chance. After all, I was a fan of the Maybelline Fit Me concealers, so I figured this foundation would redeem itself.
I purchased this foundation for around $7 CAD from Wal-Mart, however I have seen it go as low as $5.99 CAD in Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart. I have the foundation in 3 shades: 230 Natural Buff, 310 Sun Beige, and 330 Toffee. Obviously buying several shades is completely unnecessary, however I am one of those people whose skin tone changes enough to make me consider the fact that I could be some sort of human-chameleon hybrid (terrible joke, I know). For this specific review, I used the shade 310 Sun Beige, which matches my skin perfectly when I’m transitioning from Fall to Winter or Spring to Summer (as a reference, I am usually in between NC40 and NC42 at this point).
The Maybelline website gives this description for the product:
Tone + texture-fitting foundation for the ultimate natural fit. Mattifies, erases pores and matches natural tone. For Normal to Oily Skin.
The main claims that attracted me to this foundation were the ones stating that it has mattifying and texture-smoothing properties. I have to say that I didn’t really have high hopes that this foundation would even remotely stand to these claims given that most foundations I’ve tried with similar descriptions fall very short.
Wear & Longevity
I applied this foundation over the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Photofinish Foundation Primer and the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre (around my mouth for colour correction). The foundation blends into the skin very nicely. It looks quite natural upon application, definitely not ultra matte. My face appeared flawless after applying the foundation. I wouldn’t say that it blurred out my pores or fine lines, but it didn’t sink into them or make them more apparent, which is always a plus. The foundation also provides great coverage. It’s definitely a medium coverage foundation but can easily be built up to full coverage without it looking cakey. I would say that this foundation can be applied with a brush or a damp sponge; both methods provide a very nice and flawless application. One thing to note is that it does tend to cling to dry patches a bit, so people with drier skin types should moisturize very well prior to application.
Before. MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre around mouth
After. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 310 Sun Beige
Now, initial application is all fine and dandy, but it’s all about how this stuff looks after a long, grueling work day. I have combination skin so usually after about 5-6 hours after applying foundation, I need to powder the shit out of my face because of how greasy my T-zone gets. However, upon looking into my mirror to catch a glimpse of my anticipated shiny forehead, to my complete and utter surprise, I wasn’t greasy! In fact, my face was quite matte! Not the powdery, sandpaper-matte, but just normal looking skin-matte. It was a Christmas day miracle! This shit really works, and it stayed like that for about a couple more hours before I decided I wanted to touch up, but that only required a tiny bit of powder. Seriously, after 8 hours and only having to make a minor touch up, that’s impressive. After 12 hours, the foundation definitely looks more worn in. It does fade away a bit and sinks into fine lines and pores more, however it still looks relatively matte. Another thing it doesn’t do is oxidize, which isn’t really an issue for me personally but is an added bonus for such a long wearing foundation.
This foundation quickly became one of my favourite foundations of all time (à la Kanye) for obvious reasons. It definitely stood up against its claims and it is one of the only foundations I’ve ever used that makes your skin look flawless yet still very natural. The only negative thing I have to say about this foundation is the fact that there isn’t much of a shade selection for people with darker complexions. As I’ve mentioned before, I own 3 shades from this line, two of them being the 2nd and 3rd darkest shades the line has to offer (Toffee and Sun Beige, respectively). But besides that, it really is one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve ever tried, and if it’s possible to find a suitable shade, I highly recommend trying it out.