When Maybelline launched their original ‘fit me’ foundation I was absolutely in love with it. The consistency was amazing, colour match couldn’t have been more perfect and the finish was exactly what I wanted. The only thing that really let me down, was that it clearly wasn’t for my skin type! (See Beauty 101 for your skin type). After application it would look so natural and perfect for everyday wear but after a while, I would have oily pools all over my face. Soooo when the Matte + Poreless foundation hit the highstreet, I had to try it
Maybelline claim the foundation has been created for normal oily skin whilst providing a “natural matte finish”.
Unlike the original Fit Me Foundation that comes in a square glass jar with a pump, the Matte & Poreless comes in a plastic 30ml tube that you simply squeeze. Initially, I wasn’t a fan of this because it basically looked cheap and didn’t make sense to me as the original is glass and so is the M+P in abroad countries. I find the packaging can be a little messy when squeezing out product where I am constantly cleaning the nozzle area. And it’s a little annoying screwing the cap on and off.
On the positive side, it’s super light weight and perfect for travel as it doesn’t take much room and is still hygienic as you are squeezing product out.
My skin type is combination/oily; predominantly around my nose and cheek area. I wear the shade 220 Natural Beige, which is the perfect match with its yellow undertone. I was also the same shade in the original so I assume both types of foundations have the same colour system. What’s brilliant is that the foundation doesn’t oxidize and become darker like many foundations I have had in the past. So when choosing this, it will ensure the perfect colour match.
The Foundation & Application
The consistency is runny and blends smoothly, easily and evenly. When applying, I alternate between the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
The Foundation doesn’t dry completely matte, but as Maybelline claim, a “natural matte” which makes it perfect for a natural everyday wear.
It evens out the skin tone, hiding most redness caused by acne, along with scarring. However, due to the natural finish, it doesn’t completely hide scarring to a full coverage finish. I would say this has a medium coverage which is slightly buildable…but with caution as it can look cakey fast.
The main thing I love is the natural finish that feels light weight and almost transfer proof.
Due to my oily/combo skin,I have to set this. If I were comparing this to the L’Oréal Matte Infallible, that foundation lasts a lot longer without setting, but then again, it dries completely matte.
I have noticed this wears on my skin for around 6 hours before coverage begins to lessen on oiler areas and scarring and acne become more visable. Even then, the foundation doesn’t like to start to feel heavy and extremely oily like other foundations on my skin do.
Is It For You?
If you’re looking for a semi-matte foundation with a natural finish, you might want to try this. The only problem is the shade range for this is very limited, catering only to light-medium skin tones. Which makes no sense as the original has a strong range of colours.
I would recommend this for normal -combination skin only as when I have oilier days, this really isn’t my favourite. It feels heavier on my skin, where I end up blotting my face before even setting with powder.
If you have extremely oily skin, this will probably feel the same way as the original Fit Me; leaving oily pools on your face.
This has been one of the best everyday foundations I have found in a long time and is definitely my holy grail. It has amazing quality at an extremely affordable price point of £5.99, available at Boots and Superdrug and has been the only foundation I have repurchased multiple times.
Would I recommend this? Yes