It fills me with joy when a company makes a foundation that runs from very light to dark. I think I’m almost as happy when foundation shades are numbered in a logical progression.
So let’s take a look at Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet + foundation, a shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, full coverage liquid foundation (actually it has a “heavy liquid” — almost liqui-gel texture to it). Mat Velvet + is $34 for a 1.01 oz. bottle.
Is it just me, or is it really annoying when companies decide not to spell things out fully? But about the foundation: Great coverage. It can be sheered out a little, to medium coverage if applied right (damp beauty blender can do this well) or used for full coverage.
Actually, sometimes after I apply MV+, I will go back and apply more of the foundation with a concealer brush for minor blemishes and such. Since it is the same product, no stress over finding a color match. That trick works fine for minor problems, but for major blemishes you would want to use an actual concealer. This doesn’t work so well for undereye either because it’s a bit too dry/matte for that area. Which leads to the next question: who it is best for?
Dry skinned folks probably wouldn’t like it so much. I could see it accentuating problems. I always lightly moisturize before using and I am not dry skinned. Sometimes, if I feel it’s a bit heavy, I mix it with a little moisturizer, extra sunscreen, or tinted moisturizer to thin it a little. When my skin is being oily or sweaty, this stuff is the best because it really stays put well through all of that.
It does give a very nice matte finish, and can be applied without looking horribly cakey. I generally use a beauty blender sponge, but that’s just my preference. I am sure others out there do just as well with other methods. The nice thing about using a matte base is that you can still use highlighters and other products to add a little “glow” back in, but you can choose where you want to glow. Naturally glowy foundations can easily translate into shiny-looking mess everywhere on oily girls. With this, you can decide to have a matte face with slightly glowing cheeks, etc.