Make Up For Ever: Mat Velvet + Foundation - Review!
Happy Friday everyone, I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful (rainy, ick) weather! I bought my second bottle of Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + foundation a few weeks back, as it was a complete staple in my makeup bag last Summer. You're all aware of my difficulty with finding a perfect shade to match my Snow White-esque skin (I'm lighter than a M.A.C NC15). When I studied makeup artistry at MUFE last Summer, I found that all of their lightest foundations matched me perfectly - it was a relief! My preferred foundation at time was this Mat Velvet + foundation - it's waterproof, oil-free, mattifying and the shade No. 15 Alabaster matches me to a T. It was fantastic for me last year, as it kept my complexion matte and flawless throughout the day and kept shine to a minimum.
My second round of this foundation has been quite different however. I think my skin has changed over the last few months, and it just isn't digging Mat Velvet + anymore. Yes, it matches me perfectly but I find it makes my skin look dull, flaky and quite caked after a few hours. I apply M.A.C's Prep + Prime on before it, as always but it seems to just lay completely flat on to the skin once applied. My T-Zone starts to cake up and become oily after only 4-5 hours of wear. I'm also not loving completely matte finishes anymore, I'm getting into a middle between dewy and matte! I found my Revlon ColorStay to be a perfect consistency (for the oily/ combination skin types), but unfortunately the colour was just a tad too dark.
I think this foundation would be ideal for someone who suffers from an overall oily skin type. If you're combination, like me, stay away from it! It will mattify all of your shiny areas, but it will cling to any dry patch that lays upon your face - it ain't pretty! It gives a medium coverage, but is quite buildable. I find it's best applied with a foundation brush or your fingers. A little goes a long way, so the 30ml bottle will last you quite some time. Mat Velvet + costs €35, so I'm a bit disappointed at how it hasn't worked out for me the second time round. If you're a pale gal like me, MUFE have a ton of other foundations to choose from - their HD and Face + Body foundations are fantastic. I'm perfectly matched to the palest shade in all of them.
|Typical "pale" foundation shade to the left, and MUFE's Mat Velvet + on the right!|
Have you tried any MUFE foundations? What did you think?