I think the hype about the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation was on par with the rave about the L’Oréal Lash Paradise mascara (I did a full review on this miracle mascara here) and I was naturally keen to see what the fuss was about. To my delight this much anticipated foundation is now finally available in South Africa, with a decent amount of shades which is really great. So what did I think of this raved-about foundation?
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
Product: The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is a lightweight medium to full coverage foundation that has blurring micro powders to minimize pore visibility, control oil production and give a flawless finish. The foundation is non-allergenic and non-comedogenic.
Packaging: If you have been researching the foundation you would have notice there are a plastic tube and a glass bottle version available. I am not sure what the exact reason for this packaging difference is, but what I can tell you: the US-version is packaged in a glass bottle and the UK/EU-version in a plastic tube. South Africa also has the tube packaging which I honestly prefer anyway. The glass bottle doesn’t have a pump, it is heavier and not ideal for traveling.
Formula: The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation has a thinner liquid formula that blends like a dream. Regardless of what application tools you prefer, it goes on smoothly with no streakiness. Once applied the foundation dries quickly and has a soft velvety feel. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear and feels like nothing on the skin.
Coverage: This foundation has a proper medium coverage that is easily buildable to full coverage. I found that it does an incredible job at covering pigmentation and uneven skintone. In my experience you will need to use a heavier duty concealer to cover active acne as the foundation for some reason doesn’t do much to cover breakouts.
Finish: On me the foundation has a semi-matte finish that I really enjoy. It looks airbrushed, flawless, healthy and so natural. The foundation dries to a soft velvet feel that doesn’t transfer easily to clothing or your phone if you are taking a call for example. The formula, finish and coverage reminds me so much of Chanel’s Perfection Lumiére Velvet that I have been loving and using for years. In fact, I will say that is as close to a dupe for Perfection Lumiére as I have ever come across.
Wear: Both me and Jolandi tested this foundation. We have very different skin types and completely different experiences as you will see below. I rarely read reviews before testing a new product as I want to be as objective as possible in my own experience instead of being influenced by what I read online. So I only went and read the reviews on the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation after I’ve been testing it for a few days and made up my mind more or less. My general feeling is that it is a hit and miss foundation. I read hundreds of reviews and it seems to be a 50/50. It’s either loved or hated. Even though this product is marketed towards normal/oily skin I gather from my own experience and the online reviews that this foundation is well received by normal to drier skin funny enough, while the majority of the reviews for users with oily skin and acne prone skin are negative, as reflected by Jolandi’s review as well.
- Mariska: Dry/Dehydrated Skin: My experience was so pleasant! I loved the coverage, finish and how light it felt on my skin. Apart from having to avoid the eye-area (see the point below) the foundation didn’t cling to dry patches or settled into lines and wrinkles. What I was most blown away by is the incredible pore reduction effect! It is absolutely phenomenal and made a huge difference, literally giving me an airbrushed finish. I tested it with several primers, but it is so good on its own that I actually prefer to use it without any primer. The foundation didn’t oxidize on my skin at all. I think it lasted pretty well – I could definitely see towards the end of the day that the coverage has worn off, but it was still even and not patchy at all. Wearing the foundation did not dry out my skin despite having dry/dehydrated skin and I loved it all-round.
- Jolandi: Oily/Sensitive Skin: Jolandi’s experiences is almost the exact opposite of my experience. She experienced some mild oxidization with the foundation and agrees with me that it has a semi-matte, more dewy finish than what one would expect from a ‘matte’ foundation. She didn’t experience the same pore minimising effect that I did and her skin started to become oily after only an hour of wear. Jolandi unfortunately broke out from this foundation and discontinued use.
- General Points: I just want to point out a few general observations I made about this product.
*The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation doesn’t become cakey or cling to dry patches.
*Both cream and powder blushers, bronzers and highlighter apply well on top of this foundation without disrupting the makeup.
*It is best to avoid the under eye area with this foundation as it settled into the fine lines.
*Despite accumulating in the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, I didn’t experience difficulty with the product settling into laugh lines, pores etc.
*The breakouts associated with this foundation also seems to be a hit or miss. I had absolutely no breakouts or any form of irritation, while Jolandi and a lot of the online reviewers indicated fine-to-cystic breakouts soon after they started using the product. I really do not know what the reason for this is, I think it just confirms again how different all our skins are.
Skintypes: As mentioned above, although it is indicated for normal to oily skin, I think it performs better on normal to drier skin.
Shades: Internationally there are a whopping 40-shades available! In the EU/UK there seem to be 19-shades and South Africa has 14-shades. Maybelline has an awesome step-by-step shade selection tool available on their website. It is a super-cool feature and I would definitely recommend checking it out as I found the shade selection incredibly overwhelming. There are a lot of numbers (115, 232, 343) which I assume has to indicate something, but I couldn’t really find information to figure out what exactly it is referring too. I suspect is indicates cool, neutral, warm-undertone, but I cannot confirm this. The shade range caters predominantly for medium to darker skin with yellow undertones, which is great as foundation ranges often don’t have enough of those combinations available. Have a look at the shade selector tool here and the phenomenal shade range here. I would highly recommend this before venturing out to buy this foundation, especially as there are not always testers available.
Stockists: Foschini has 14-shades available in their online webshop (click here). Zando and Takealot also has a limited selection available.
What did I think? As you can probably gather from reading my review, this foundation seems to be a hit or miss depending on your skintype. Luckily it is not the most expensive foundation in the world, so if it doesn’t work at least it didn’t break the bank. I really liked it! It worked so well for my skintype. I think ,provided it works well with your skin, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is excellent value for money and honestly the best drugstore foundation I have ever used. Yes, for me personally it is even better for me than the L’Oréal Infallible 24h Matte* foundation that I have been loving for years.
Will I buy this product again? Absolutely!
*I did a full review on the L’Oréal Infallible 24H Matte foundation here.