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My Foundations: Maybelline Matte + Poreless

Maybelline rebranded their original Fit Me formula and launched a Matte + Poreless range targeted specifically to oily, well normal to oily, skin types.

From the site: "Tone + texture-fitting foundation for the ultimate natural fit. Mattifies, erases pores and matches natural tone. For Normal to Oily Skin.

Why You'll Love It - Fit Me!® Matte + Poreless from Maybelline New York goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit.

While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish. Dermatologist and allergy tested. Does not clog pores. Oil-free.

For Best Results - Apply evenly to your face and blend with your fingers

The product comes in 16 shades;1 fl. oz. per bottle. '355 Coconut' is the darkest shade in this range which is the one I have.

The packaging is exactly the same as the original Fit Me, just the labelling is different.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat., Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-20, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica, Glycerin. May Contain: CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides].

Just to recap, the ingredients in the original Fit Me are: 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).

So the biggest changes are the additions of Nylon-12 (Rating: GOOD Categories: Absorbent, Thickeners/Emulsifiers. Powder substance that is used as an absorbent and thickening agent)* and Alcohol Denat. which isn't good for the skin.

Like the marketing blurb said I did find the initial finish of the foundation to be a 'natural matte' i.e. not totally flat but still not overly dewy. The coverage is medium. If you need your hyperpigmentation completely covered you need to apply it with your fingers as stated in the directions. Application with a brush or beauty sponge sheers the product out considerably as shown below.



I've tried this foundation with different primers - Milk of Magnesia, Becca Ever Matte and M.A.C Prep + Prime Studio Base Visage) and by the end of the day (read: about five hours later) I was looking all hot and bothered. Please note: the foundation doesn't promise to be long wearing. That said, the product doesn't break down terribly due to oil secretions so if you had to wear this in office all day, blot papers and powder would be your friends.

We already know these foundation doan be ready for this Barbados heat.

On the "pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores" front; I didn't see a bit of that. But it didn't exaggerate them either.

This wouldda been a great everyday foundation because of its low price ($16BDS and up) but I wouldn't recommend it for such use due to the high alcohol content.

L - R: Estee Lauder Double Wear Light '5.0', Make Up For Ever HD '175' and Maybelline Matte + Poreless '355'

L - R: Maybelline Matte + Poreless '355' and original Fit Me '355'
Note that the Matte + Poreless version is a more neutral (less red?) shade.

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