Horror of horrors, I’m almost out of my holy grail Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + foundation and I’m still a week away from pay day. I realized this as I bleakly sat at my desk at work this afternoon knowing that I didn’t have anything to stand in its place until I could pick up another bottle. The melancholy didn’t last long. This just meant that I would get to go on a cosmetic hunt at my favorite place: the drugstore. I am the biggest advocate for drugstore beauty products. I buy most of my cosmetics there because I think that you can find products that are just as good if not better than what you can find at Sephora or at a department store beauty counter. The only thing that kept me away from drugstore foundation was the lack of shade range. I am so pale. I know you guys are thinking, “yeah, ok, you’re pale, we get it.” No. You don’t. You will never come even close to understanding how pale I am. It is near impossible for me to find a shade light enough that doesn’t leave me with a weird undertone. However, I figured it was probably time for me to try and find a cheaper drugstore foundation for situations like these when I need a stand in.
To my surprise, it didn’t take me long at all to find a foundation. Foundation shopping is hard as it is because even if you are able to test it on your face, it’s not going to look the same in store as it will at home. Mostly because store lighting is usually shit. So I guess I took a bit of a gamble but I’m glad I did. I went home with a bottle of Maybelline’s Fit Me! Liquid Foundation in 110. I was not disappointed. I have a new foundation to rave about. Not only is the shade 110 almost a perfect match but it makes my skin look amazing. Maybelline markets the Fit Me! foundation as a product that is supposed to match your natural skin tone and give you a sort of “your skin but better” effect. The finish is definitely not matte but leaves your skin looking luminous. I wasn’t sure that I liked this because I do quite like the powdery matte finish of the Make up Forever Mat Velvet + but I’m finding that the more I wear it the more I like it. The coverage is quite light with only one coat but with two it covers sufficiently without looking too heavy. So far it’s had good lasting power though this is probably helped by the fact that I used powder and setting spray for a more matte effect. This foundation will also work slightly better on days when my skin is a little drier as it doesn’t accentuate any dry patches. There is also a pretty decent shade range. I went to Maybelline’s website and did a bit of reading and was really impressed with the description and attributes of this product. There are eighteen shades ranging from Porcelain 110 to Mocha 360. Maybelline describes this product as a natural, shade-true, gel-liquid, light to medium coverage foundation with SPF 18 and no oils or waxes. It has a translucent base with light-weight pigments so that you’re skin’s natural tone can show through but so that you can also build the coverage evenly and still have it look natural. I highly recommend that all of you go out and buy a bottle immediately. I didn’t think I would be this impressed by a drugstore foundation. I will of course be picking up another bottle of Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet + as soon as pay day rolls around, but it may have to take a seat on the sidelines while I use this shit out of Maybelline’s Fit Me! Liquid Foundation. Also, just as a disclaimer, the pump in the picture does not come with the bottle. The bottle has a basic screw top and you have to pour out the foundation. This is a cleaned and sanitized pump from a bottle of old MAC foundation I have. That’s also why it looks a little wonky.
If any of you are ever looking for a colour match in another foundation if you’re in the same situation as me or you just want to try something new, go to www.findation.com. This site is so rad, it asks you to provide the name and shade of two foundations you have used or are currently using and it finds matches for you in both drug store and high end foundations. I was squealing with joy as I scrolled though all of my possible matches. Everyone should have this bookmarked.