Product of the Week!
I hate that I’ve discovered foundation. I was right when I predicted that it would be a slow downward slope into a new beauty obsession. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Now that I have a better grasp on how to match foundation to my skin tone and finding a finish that works for me, I’ve been collecting bottles and tubes of foundation like a magpie collects bits of scrap tin foil. I do it for you though, lovely followers, so I can impart my product knowledge on all of you. At least that’s what I tell myself.
This latest discovery is one I’m very excited about. I do prefer to use a matte foundation because I like the way dewier foundations look but I hate how they feel. They tend to be sticky and I just feel like it never dries completely on my face. Though I’ve found my holy grail high end matte foundation, I wanted to find a matte drugstore foundation that I could rely on when I’m too poor to afford Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet +.
Of course, there is the exalted Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but I took a look and wasn’t overly impressed with the shade selection. Their lightest shade looked to dark and slightly yellow. I eventually just bought the Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid Foundation, which I love, but it’s not matte and there are certain days I don’t like to use it because it makes me look a little oily. I was eventually able to buy more Mat Velvet + but I still wanted a stand in for the times when I’m not in the money. Of course, there is the exalted Revlon Colorstay Foundation, but I took a look and wasn’t overly impressed with the shade selection. Their lightest shade looked too dark and slightly yellow. I eventually just bought the Maybelline Fit Me! Liquid Foundation, which I love, but it’s not matte and there are certain days I don’t like to use it because it makes me look a little oily. I was eventually able to buy more Mat Velvet + but I still wanted a stand in for the times when I’m not in the money.
Like most things in life, I came across the perfect matte drugstore foundation when I wasn’t even looking for it. I was wandering through a Shopper’s Drug Mart trying to kill time before my tattoo appointment a week or two ago. I was looking at the Rimmel display and my eyes fell on the tubes of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. Curious, I picked up the sample tube of 001 Light Porcelain and squeezed some on to the back of my hand. This is when I fell in love. Not only was the texture perfect and matte, the shade matched me perfectly. I blended it into my hand and starred in awe at the perfectly blended, perfectly matte back of my hand and knew I had to buy a tube. It was also $7.99 CAD. How could I not! I got home a couple of hours later (a little delirious and light headed from the two hours I had just spent having ink needled into my thigh) and wiped off all the makeup I’d worn that day, eager to try out my new foundation. Despite the fact that I was a little loopy from the Tylenol I’d taken, I was beyond happy with the results. My face was left smooth and matte and I genuinely enjoyed applying this foundation. When I was a little less Tylenol drunk the next day, I was able to wear the foundation all day and was even more impressed.
This has fantastic staying power, I would say it’s even a bit better than the Mat Velvet + which I always notice flaking off my face by the end of the day. This is pretty full coverage too which I actually really like. I don’t have a whole bunch to cover, I use foundation essentially to even out my skin tone not because I need the full coverage. Even one coat of this gives you a pretty flawless finish but I usually do about one and half coats. If that even makes any sense. I’ve been super impressed with this foundation and I will be repurchasing this for the rest of time. I think I’ve found my holy grail drugstore foundation. It’s also super cheap. I’m secretly really frugal and I always cringe a little when I spend large amounts of money on stuff like makeup even though it’s worth it to have some high end beauty products hanging around. I love my Mat Velvet +, I really do, but $40 every three months can add up. I will continue to repurchase it because I like to have a nice foundation for when I want to look like a real life adult person who does adult things and wears big people makeup, but it’s nice to know that when I need a quick, cheap fix, I can buy a great foundation for $7.99. I know I recommend a lot of stuff, hell, I do it every week on Fridays, but I sincerely recommend that you try this foundation. There is pretty good shade selection so everyone should be able to find the perfect shade for them. I am so in love with this stuff. Have any of you given this foundation a try? Let me know what you thought!