Product Review: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+

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I have mentioned in my previous blog that I am a fan of Laura Mercier foundation for years. I still am, but I felt it was time for me to try a different brand. My skin type is oily. I want a buildable coverage. I want something that will hold for hours – I’m talking about at least 8 hours long. I hate the idea of constant retouching. Blotting here and there, so not fab.

After much self-deliberation and product analysis, I settled for Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+, No.40/Natural beige ($34, Sephora).

Product claims:

  • Shine-control, oil free, water resistant, complete coverage
  • Hides imperfections, matt, powder finish
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Size: 1.01 oz

I have been using this product for almost a month now and my experience is detailed below:

  • I used a face primer prior to applying face foundation. This is to create a flawless canvass for makeup application. It also helps lock the foundation for hours (More on face primer, click here). Combined with this process, I observed that my makeup did last more than 8 hours.
  • It did not totally control surface shine but it was not as horrible as you think. At about five hours later, I noticed minor shine issues. With a travel-size kabuki brush, I gently brushed my face and the oil was gone again.
  • A little squirt goes a long way so this size will last several months. Using the back of my palm as palette, I used a powder brush to apply this foundation. (want an airbrush finish make-up? use face/powder/stipple brush instead of sponge or foundation brush. More tips on a separate blog).
  • To help seal the foundation, I used Make Up Forever HD loose powder, a complimentary travel/sample size given to me by Sephora (one of the perks as a Beauty Insider from Sephora)
  • With a little technique, it camouflaged pimple marks/ blemishes
  • Oh, I did not experience breakouts, which I so love!

Overall analysis

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 Look fab everyday. Invest in a good face foundation. Uneven skin tone ain’t fab girls.

* Get inspired* ” Like a pimple, a rotten soul will come out no matter how you conceal it. Beauty from within is real beauty”.

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