Drugstore Foundations

Hello again. It’s Monday and that means, Makeup Monday! Today we will be talking drugstore foundations. I’ve tried a few but not many. My face is very sensitive and whatever companies put in their “drugstore” line seems to freak my face out. The few that I’ve tried are below.

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The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This is my favorite drugstore foundation. It matches my skin beautifully and is indeed matte. I can’t testify to the poreless claims as my pores look exactly the same when I wear this foundation. When I pair this foundation with my MUFE mattifying primer it’s heaven! I don’t have to worry about oil for at least 6 hours! It’s pretty amazing. My only qualm with this is since it is matte it has a tendency to cling to the translucent peach fuzz on my face.

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The L’Oreal True Match foundation is one that I had a love hate relationship with. I loved how easily it blended out and it matched my skin PERFECTLY! In fact, it’s probably the best foundation I’ve ever used as far as skin tone matching. BUT it was horrible for my oily skin. I used this awhile ago when I first got into makeup. So maybe I wasn’t using the proper primer or finishing powder. Either way, I looked like one big disco ball after about 3 – 4 hours of wear. I do want to try this foundation again now that I have a better understanding of makeup plus a few tips and tricks up my sleeve.

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The last one I tried was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. I was ennnnnn about this one. I tried it because it was all the hype when it was first released. I was using Becca’s Ever-Matte foundation at the time and that was the number 1 foundation this one from L’Oreal was being compared to. In alot of instances it was being haled over Becca. Being that the L’Oreal is $15 and Becca is $40, shit yea I gave L’Oreal a go! Unfortunately it did not work for me. The product itself was pretty good and matte as hell. I mean there was not one inkling of glow, dew, or shine to my skin once I applied the foundation. The issue I had was the undertone. I am African American with golden undertones. All the beautifully brown shades seemed to have a red undertone. I know this can sometimes be fixed with powder or concealer and other methods but I wasn’t trying to do all that. I am pretty minimal and like an effortless “no makeup, makeup” look. If I have to beat my face down in order to make the foundation look like it semi goes with my skin tone. It’s not for me. Also because the foundation is so matte it clings to EVERYTHING! All the lines, wrinkles, crinkles, and peach fuzz, expect to see it all. I would suggest misting your face once you are completely done with your makeup to reintroduce some moisture to your skin and avoid the cakey clingy look.

As you can see I tend to lean towards matte foundations, or at least I used to. I am finding that I am not a fan of how clingy and exposing most matte foundations can be. I am on the hunt for a foundation that provides the best of both worlds, oil controlling but still skin like. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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