When the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation dropped in South Africa last year, I was naturally keen to see what the fuss was about. Many international & local beauty bloggers/vloggers had raved about it so I had to cave in and give it a try and I did, so here’s what thought;

About the foundation: Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation fits both skin and texture for natural finish and poreless looking skin. Its blurring micro powders refines pores while shine is being absorbed for a natural matte finish.Fit Me! Matte + Poreless goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only Maybelline’s pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish.

The Fit Me foundation first launched many years ago with 24 shades and later expanded the range for women of colour. It now comes in 40 shades internationally, this gives you good odds of finding your right shade, however the foundation only comes in 14 shades locally which is a little disappointing.

What I love about it:
– It offers medium coverage which can be built up to full coverage with a skin-like matte finish. I can cover minor blemishes with just this foundation! I really like how it adheres to my skin instead of just sitting on top.
– The foundation doesn’t look heavy (or cakey when built up), nor does it feel mask-like against the skin after hours of wear.
– The foundation is pretty liquidy, so its easy to spread and blend. A little truly goes a long way, no matter your choice of applicator.
– It costs R99.95. The tube size is 30ml, at that price point? We are truly getting our monies worth!

Neutral feelings:
– I’m shade Caramel 350, which seems to be a common shade because I cannot find the foundation anywhere!
– My skin suddenly gets oily quite quickly in my T-Zone area which causes the foundation to grease up. However, I do get a decent few hours wear before having to powder up my nose

What I don’t like:
– 14 shades is not enough, it really isn’t. I wish we had just as much shades in South Africa as the international market has. However, I do appreciate Maybelline’s efforts as most shares that are available are medium to dark shades which accommodate women of colour,
– What I’ve noticed through personal experience is that the undertone is quite neutral (referring to shade 350), its not as yellow/golden undertoned as I would’ve liked. Even though the shade I’m using is correct, it often looks a little light.

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is excellent value for money and honestly the best drugstore foundation I have ever used. The claims we read about are exactly what you’ll experience and for that, I’ll definitely continue using this foundation.

Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts!

Price: R99.95
Stockists: Foschini Beauty / Zando / Takealot / Clicks / Dischem etc.

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