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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

It's going to be a looong post! We should get started, shouldnt we? 

Now the time for me to drag the product description from Sephora into here :
What it is:A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation. What it is formulated to:Hides imperfections, evens out skintone, and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. What else you need to know:Although this foundation provides full coverage, the end result is completely adjustable to fit your needs—a little goes a long way. Research results:-Study panel composed of 22 adults (using a 48 hour patch test) showed this product to be non-irritating and non-comedogenic. 
Ingredients :  
No. 40 - Natural Beige  -Corn Starch: 
Vegetable mattifying powder.  
-Cyclopentasiloxane: Volatile silicone oil for substitute leave on shining oil.
-Glycerin: Humectant agent.
-Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate: Vegetable amino acid coating pigments that provide a water-resistant effect.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Corn Starch Modified, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Mica, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Propylene Carbonate, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
I picked up mine in no 40 - Natural Beige. It is for medium light skin with yellow undertones. Honestly i have no idea how to inferring undertones of faces, i think im lucky to picked the right shade for myself :) All i know that my skin is medium light.

And now the nervous thing to be revealed here (the left picture), no effect, no changes, no touch ups whatsoever : 
I started to try foundation at 10.15 am to 05.30 pm and the weather was crazily super hot 92-97 F means around 33 to 37 C
Application :
I applied moisturizer and primer underneath the foundation. And as you can see i only used the smaller than pea-sized ammount of the foundation with this damp brush :

I worked start from the center, buffed them outward evenly all over my face. And as written on Sephora web on the product description that a little goes a long way. The smaller than pea-sized ammount is really perfect for my entire face. The foundation dries quickly, so you better work fast.

It's a rectangle plastic tube that you need to squeeze to get the foundation out. The packaging quite small :( i was shock when this came in my mail. 

Formula & Finishing
Liquid and it gives matte finish. Feels light on my skin also. Actually if u want, you can skip the powder since it look matte and powdered already. 

It gives medium to full coverage. My forehead has some quite small blemishes, and i do need concealer to cover it over this foundation, but i didnt use concealer this time for this review's sake :)

Staying Power
With Flash :

Without Flash :

So, based on these pictures i'd say the staying power is awesome even though it doesnt as perfect as the time i put them on (at 10.15 am) but the foundation pretty much still there though!

Oil Control
I have super oily skin! After 4 hours, i need to blot my face. This is a prove, i know it's yuck but to give accurate review, i need to display this (keep scrolling down if you really refuse to see this!) 

Hmmm what else? Oh i remember the product say its water-resistant. Let's see :

click the picture so you can see it better

So i had a silly idea to splashing water onto my face just want to see how it turned out afterwards. Then after couple seconds wiped it off with paper towel. so what do you think guys? on the picture, it shows nothing came off onto the paper towel. But i think the water did something to the foundation as it doesnt look as good anymore. But the foundation slightly still there. so i guess i can use this when i go swimming? :) ooops look at the 3rd picture, my eyeliner on the right eye smear down lol.

Price : $36 
Size : 1.01 oz
Where to buy : i bought mine online on Sephora, or you can get in the mall in Make Up For Ever counters. 

Likes :
- Long wearing foundation
- Good oil control
- Wide range of shade ( 16 shades )
- Lightweight
- Good coverage
- Travel friendly
- No breakouts 
- A little goes a long way
- You get what you paid

Dislikes :
- Small packaging

Repurchase? Yes for a long time yet because i'd love to try other high end foundation see if any other gives a better result! 

Overall, this foundation isnt something that called "my holygrail product" yet though but this is really good quality for the price. I dont regret buying this at all. 

So, have you tried this foundation? If so, Tell me your experiences with this foundation! 

Thanks for checking this post out. Have a good day! :)