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My Foundations: Maybelline Fit Me

The foundation series continues...

Maybelline display in Collins

My first dabble into the Fit Me range was the pressed powder, or maybe the concealer, I can't remember. What I do remember is that it was Sueann who encouraged me to try the liquid foundation. Good looking out girl! At the time that I purchased it from Collins 355 'Coconut' was the darkest shade and it retailed for just over $13BDS. Now there's a 360 'Mocha' and they increased the price to $16.40.

no pump :(

Swatch of 355 totally blended

From the site: "Flawless. Fresh, breathing, natural skin. Shade-true gel-liquid foundation. SPF 18*. New shades formulated for women of color, with 5D Pigment Technology.

Why You'll Love It: It’s face makeup that fits you.
No oils, no waxes, no nonsense
Natural, Light to medium coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be. Fresh, breathing, flawless.
Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through.
New shades formulated specifically for women of color contain revolutionary 5-D pigment technology to balance your skin’s authentic tones and highlights.
Available in 18 Breathable Shades. SPF 18*
*Except shades 330, 340 and 360.

For Best Results: Apply evenly to your face and blend with your fingertips

Active Ingredient in 355 - Octinoxate 7%

Inactive Ingredients: "Aqua / Water / Eau Isododecane Cyclopentasiloxane Glycerin Cyclohexasiloxane Peg-10 Dimethicone Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer Butylene Glycol Dimethicone Isoeicosane Disteardimonium Hectorite Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone Sodium Chloride C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates / C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate Hexyl Laurate Isostearyl Neopentanoate Methylparaben Diazolidinyl Urea Propylparaben Tocopherol Panthenol".
(N.B. the ingredients listed above are for shades 330, 340 and 360 which do not have in SPF).

This foundation gives a similar dewy effect to the skin as the Stila 3-in-1 and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It is more lightweight than the latter though. It is easily blended with your fingers, as directed, or a kabuki style brush. I recently applied it with the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and loved the finish. Again, due to its water base and light formula I wouldn't recommend using a beauty sponge.

This formula provides very light coverage. A very "skin like" appearance. It isn't really possible to even get a medium build out of it so a concealer will be necessary for areas of hyperpigmentation. You absolutely have to set this with a matte powder and/or setting spray if you have combination/oily skin. A while back I tried it over Milk of Magnesia as a primer. You can check out the before and after in those links. Funny enough, now I would recommend this over the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer because I think it transfers less than that i.e. it sets better on the skin; not to mention that it's way less expensive.

355 is a great match for me and the only real real bummer about this product is not having a pump. This is another product that I would more so recommend for dry to normal skin. I've found the entire Fit Me range works well together and is a quality option from the drugstore...if it suits your skin type.

Colour comparison of the Stila 3-in-1 'Deep and the Maybelline Fit Me 355 'Coconut'

Colour comparison of the Stila 3-in-1 'Deep and the Maybelline Fit Me 355 'Coconut' in direct sunlight

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