I know many of you are looking at the above picture and thinking, Maybelline Fit Me? That doesn’t sound like the foundation that I thought was in this week’s make up bag? What gives, Mimsy?
No flies on you.
The foundation I chose for this week’s makeup bag was in fact a Nars foundation. What happened, you may ask? Like the Becca Foundation before it, the Nars foundation was too light. That won’t prevent me from testing it, but I will either be waiting until my tan fades a bit or at least pick a week where I am not leaving the house.
This week me and my face mask left the house to stand in a peaceful group with others from my area instead of staying home.
So I went with a foundation in a shade that fit my summer skin tone better.
Instead of Nars, I tested out the Maybelline Fit Me. Oddly enough, I picked it up on a whim. Actually Maybelline really got me that day. I was in the section because of my ongoing love affair with primers. I picked up a Master Prime and then heeded the seductive call of the lip products. In between the two was the foundation and I thought, why not? Luckily I happened to pick up a shade that suits my current skin tone.
Actually it almost perfectly fits my current skin tone. I thought it too might be a little light, but it oxidizes just enough to fit me (Ha) perfectly. It turns out there are 40 different shades so it stands to reason that one would work for me. Its more surprising that I actually picked the right one than anything else. So because I was out and about, the matching tones made this it’s week for testing.
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is the one I went with (in the shade 115, in case you were wondering). While I picked mine up at the drug store, they do have a shade finder on their site. It paired me with 115 as well so at least for me it was accurate. According to the website…
This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive matte foundation formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. Pore minimizing foundation. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator.
I copied down the application line from the website because it is actually important. This foundation wasn’t too happy with the brush as an applicator. I think because it is supposed to be a poreless formula it wanted to fill in the gaps between the bristles. At least that is my thought. I did find out that there were plenty of brush strokes that needed to be worked out with a sponge when I used the brush. I’d suggest using a makeup sponge as your applicator with this one, or just go old school and use your fingers.
One thing right off the bat that I did not like about this foundation was the bottle. The glass was fine, even preferred. However it is an open bottle. There is no pump or dropper in sight. I know that sounds persnickety, but the first time I used it, far too much foundation came out of the bottle. It was messy and wasteful. I especially hated the waste because it is a good foundation.
Luckily I already repurposed a dropper when my Cattrice foundation dropper had issues so an extra dropper was on hand. I would suggest if using this foundation, you find something to dip into the bottle rather than attempting to pour it. There is a lot less waste that way. The screw top of the bottle will still get messy, but you won’t hove foundation coating part of your sink.
Like it claims, this foundation is weightless. Once on, it was easy to forget I was wearing it. It has no noticeable paint smell, in fact it has no real scent at all. When used on its own, it was a good foundation that did cover up some of my pores. When used with a primer it was absolutely fantastic. While I did pick up a Maybelline Primer, the primer I chose for this week’s make up bag was the NYX pore filling primer. When the two pared up it was magic. Fine lines and pores, gone.
While it didn’t settle into my lines during the day, the foundation did sweat off a bit when worn outside all day. It is getting really warm and humid where I live and even though I go outside for an hour or so at a time, I am not used to spending the entire day outside. I work at a computer most of the day. On the days I was working at my desk, there were no problems. It is however not an all day outside sweat proof formula.
As I am not all day outside sweat proof myself, I can sympathize.
With that small caveat, I had no issues with this foundation. It worked well for me and I will be putting it into rotation. At $7.99, I may actually pick up a winter shade. Incidentally in the photo below the makeup can’t be blamed for my baggy eyes. The day I took this was Tuesday and Tuesday was a really long and frought day.
Speaking of winter shades…
What I noticed when going through the foundations I’ve tried is that since I started my foundation quest back in the winter months, I matched them to my winter skin. All of the foundations that I keep in rotation are kept because I like the formula. So I find myself avoiding certain ones not because I don’t like them but because they are the wrong shade for this time of year.
So for now I will be saving the lighter toned products for when I am lighter in tone and not doing a head to head test as I did with the first section of Foundations I tried. I have some summer shade ones I will be testing and I will leave the winter shades to the winter and then just rotating the ones I like and can wear in until they are used up, or until my tan fades. I think the items I chose for my makeup bag repeatedly as well as what ends up in my empties bin will be a more accurate gauge than a head to head challenge per section.
So that was the foundation this week, along with the slight change in my makeup bag formula. For those awaiting the Nars trial, don’t worry, it’s time will come. Just not this week.