A few weeks ago when I was in America, I loved nothing more than looking around a stereotypical drugstore armed with a shedload of coupons. I could walk up and down the aisles just looking at everything for hours but apparently going on holiday to just spend time in CVS is frowned upon so I had to limit the time I spent in there. I expected to buy a lot from there but a lot of the brands they have are ones we have at home anyway, although they do get new releases first so it is nice to see what we can expect to get in the UK in a couple of months time.
The make-up I did buy from the drugstore was actually from Maybelline and L'oreal, a foundation, a concealer and a liquid eyeliner. Today I want to share the foundation with you - the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. I don't really pay much attention to the Maybelline stand in the UK as if I did, I would have noticed that this foundation has already made its way into Boots so that new foundation I thought I was purchasing? Not so much!
About the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation:
"Fit Me Matte & Poreless has been designed for normal to oily skin. Its blurring micro powders refines pores while shine is being absorbed for a natural matte finish. Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation fits both skin and texture for natural finish and poreless looking skin."
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation comes in two different packaging styles and in 26 different shades. The reason why I was drawn to this foundation is because it had a few different shades of pale and as I am so god-damn pale that I get asked if I am anemic all the time, it is really refreshing to see a brand produce a selection of paler shades. I am so tired of picking up the palest shade in the range and finding that it should change its name from 'porcelain' to 'tan'. Fortunately Maybelline offer a good few pale shades which actually are suited to us pale girls!
Let's start off by talking about the packaging.When I bought this in CVS, the only packaging it came in was in a glass bottle which does not have a pump to it, meaning that you have to get the product out by either pouring it onto the back of your hand and hoping for the best or by transferring/swapping/buying a pump to fit the bottle. Now, when I came home and looked into this foundation, I found that Boots sold it in the same glass bottle like above and in a squeezy tube. The foundation in the glass packaging comes in 8 shades whereas the foundation in the plastic squeezy tube comes in 18 shades. This makes me think that they are trying to phase out the glass bottle style packaging and I will be honest and say I would have preferred the other style of packaging as pouring a dollop of foundation out onto the back of my hand is a right old mess I tells ya. But typically, the shade I wear, Porecelain, does not come in the other style of packaging although I am sure they offer a pale alternative.
So, there is no denying that housing a foundation in a bottle without a pump is a terrible mess but is the product worth the hassle? Yes! As long as you don't have dry skin. If you have even one little bit of dryness on your face then I would stay well clear of this foundation as it will cling to any dry areas and draw all attention to it. The first time I wore this foundation my skin was well hydrated, it blended perfectly and matched my skin like a dream. It is designed to work best with oily skin which I do have around the obvious areas although I can get dry cheeks at times. I found the first time I wore the Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation some shine had managed to break through and my face didn't remain completely matte by the end of the day but that isn't the end of the world. Fast forward a few days later when my skin was slightly drier and oh my goodness, my foundation looked hideous. So bad in fact that I really wanted to take it off. It clung to every dry patch on my face and drew more attention to it than possible. It was horrendous. If you have even one dry patch on your skin then I would not even think about using this foundation as it really would do you no favours whatsoever.
Overall, on a good skin day I do really love this foundation. It keeps your skin looking fresh and matte like it promises to, although I found that towards the end of the day it had worn away slightly and some shine had broken through. Colour-wise I could not fault this foundation range at all. It matches me perfectly and it does not have one orange tone within it which is so rare when you have skin the colour of snow. That said, if you have dry skin then I could not tell you to avoid this foundation enough. It clings to every dry patch and makes your face appear so dry and dehydrated that you just feel like scrubbing it all off. If you don't have dry skin then this foundation will work perfectly for you but if you do then stay well away!!