Friday, May 29, 2015

Meet Your "Matte"ch - L'oreal Infallible vs. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless

Meet Your "Matte"ch - Foundations

meet your mattech foundations - the beauty puff

Most foundations are no match for my oily skin.  By mid-day (or sooner) my skin requires blotting and in some cases powder to further mattify.  I can gauge how well a foundation is holding up by  how much oil is absorbed on oil blotting sheets and by how well it has held up at the end of the day.  For this Meet Your "Matte"ch post I will compare how Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless and L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundations apply, mattify and hold up through the day.

Initial Application

I apply these liquid foundations with either a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Expert Face Brush.  Both of these foundations blend smoothly with these brushes.  The Maybelline foundation has a bit more "slip" to it and sometimes I need to stipple additional product on certain areas to cover redness (around my nose for example).  I really like how natural the Fit Me foundation looks at first application.  It does not appear heavy or powdery.  The L'oreal Infallible foundation has more of a powder finish but is by no means heavy or unnatural looking.  It covers redness well with no additional steps needed.  If I have a blemish that is particularly red or irritated, I will follow-up with my concealer to provide additional coverage.  As a last step, I always set these foundations with Coty Airspun translucent loose powder.

coty airspun loose face powder - the beauty puff

During The Day

 Throughout the day, the Fit Me foundation is not as matte looking as the Infallible.  If I do not use an additional mattifying gel, Fit Me breaks down more throughout the day in my t-zone.  Obviously if a foundation wears off, it cannot control oil.  Admittedly, it is not advertised as a long-wearing foundation.  However, to be a mattifying foundation, it must stand up to oily skin.  With that said, I wear it when I do not have a long day and it is not humid outside to maximize wear.  I also find, as with many foundations, it easily gathers in the creases of my nose.  If your skin is only slightly oily this foundation might work better for you.  It is not my favorite.

 The Infallible foundation has really surprised me.  As I have said before, I blot mid-day and with this foundation I have very little oil on my blotting sheets.  The soft powder finish at first application lasts through the day and I haven't noticed this foundation breaking down at all.  As stated above, I typically notice foundation gathering or breaking down is around my nose.  I haven't seen much of that at all with L'oreal Infallible!  Also, because this foundation holds up so well, my bronzer and blush are still vivid and noticeable throughout the day.

End of Day

The true test of whether or not I am pleased with a foundation's lasting power is how I feel when I look at the mirror right before I remove it.  With Maybelline Fit Me I find myself wanting to take it off based on how it has worn off, the oily look of my skin, and how the redness of my skin has reared its ugly head.  Also, if I ever had an itch or accidentally rubbed my face in anyway, the foundation from that area just disappears.  I recommend a mattifier and setting spray with this foundation to help with longevity if you really want to make this foundation work for particularly oily skin.

L'oreal Infallible on the other hand has impressed me in so many ways.  As someone who has tried a multitude of drugstore foundations in search of the perfect balance of oil control and lasting power, I feel I've found it.  I like the way this foundation looks at first application, through the day and at night before I wash my face.  That is not something I can say about many foundations.  I do not feel the need to constantly check mirrors while wearing L'oreal Infallible and I am confident wearing it on a hot, humid day.

The Bottom Line

I have tried SO many foundations claiming to be long-wearing or able to control oil.  Revlon Colorstay, Almay Truly Lasting Color Makeup, Covergirl Outlast (I still like this one but on humid days, my oil still comes through), Rimmel Stay Matte, and powder foundations galore.  My favorite used to be the older version of Revlon Colorstay's Mineral Makeup before they changed to the Aqua formulation (very disappointing!).  Ever since then I have been trying to find my "holy grail" foundation.  The closest I have come is L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte.  So if you have oily skin, I highly recommend you give this foundation a try.

*In the cooler months when I do not have to worry about my foundation breaking down as much, my go-to is Laura Geller's Balance-n-Brighten.  It is incredibly easy to apply, provides a beautiful natural finish and keeps my makeup routine short and sweet!  You will see that featured much more in the fall and winter!

I hope this was helpful for those of you with oily skin!  Stay tuned for more in the Meet Your "Matte"ch series!

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