Winter’s coming, which means I’m going to need a solid foundation to cover up my cold red nose.
Stepping up to the plate….MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Foundation.
The foundation comes in a squeezable tube (similar size and shape to the Almay Smart Shade foundation). It has a clear window in the centre to show the shade inside, with a matte black cap. The bottle contains a standard 30 ml of product, with a twist off cap.
I applied one layer of foundation with a damp Beauty Blender and was able to achieve medium coverage. I dotted the product onto my entire face, then went into blend, but because the product is quite thick (like a buttercream frosting) it had begun to set and required a bit of a firmer hand with the Beauty Blender. I would recommend dotting the product on side the face, blending, then repeating with the other side of the face. Similar to any foundation that is marketed as being full coverage, you can feel that you’re wearing this foundation. It wasn’t heavy and it didn’t feel crackly by any means, but it’s important to note that I could feel the product on my face sometimes and that this isn’t one of those weightless, light-wearing products (I don’t think I’ve ever come across a full coverage product that feels weightless).
The wear time was a bit inconsistent – It stayed put really nicely on my cheeks and chin even on long days, but it just wouldn’t stick to my T-zone. Even with setting with powder and oil blotting, it just didn’t want to stay. Again, it stayed completely intact on the rest of my face and looked great, but having a porcelain smooth bottom of my face and a shiny, reflective top half wasn’t an ideal look.
I think I’ll revisit this foundation in the winter when my skin tends to be drier and my shiny forehead goes into hibernation.