It’s pretty safe to say by now that I’m obsessed with trying almost every new foundation that comes out in the drugstore. You just never know when or where you are going to find your next favorite. The majority of my faves in my collection are drugstore finds.
As opposed to highend foundations, drugstore versions are reasonably priced so I don’t feel guilty trying several each year. They make it so easy to return them if they don’t work for you so I say “why not?” And I’ll start this review off by saying that this is one of those that made the return bin.
What caught my attention about this particular one is the “shine-free” claim on the packaging. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation stick ($6.94) is a light, oil free gel formula that contains a center “anti-shine” core. It comes in a variety of 12 shades and I picked up #115 Ivory.
I’ll start of by saying that the color matches me perfectly. The formula is nice and creamy and easily transfers to the skin without pulling or tugging. But that’s unfortunately where the good points end for me. I have an oily t-zone so I was really hoping for a miracle here.
Maybelline says – “Get flawless, shine-free skin instantly and on-the-go for tailor-made mattifying coverage. The anti-shine core has ultra-lightweight powders built in to the stick foundation to instantly dissolve excess oil“. That’s just total bunk if you ask me.
Yes, initially my skin looked fairly matte to me but that does not last long at all. My excess oil was very visible within about an hour of application. Halfway through the day I barely had any foundation left on my face with almost none on my nose, forehead and cheeks.
And the coverage is aweful in my opinion. It gives very light coverage and barely covers redness and dark spots. I find that I have to use quite a bit of product to get even a decent amount of passable coverage that left me wondering how long this little stick would even last me. I have a feeling that I would burn through it pretty quickly.
I tested this out using three different methods of application; beauty blender, foundation brush and fingers. By far I got the best look with the damp beauty blender. The foundation brush application was terrible. It left my pores loaded with excess powdery foundation that looked just aweful in person.
Overall I’d have to give this one a hard pass, especially for those of you with the least bit of oily skin. The lack of coverage and application issues is just not worth the time of fussing with it. This one is definitely going back to the store.
Have you tried the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation yet? What was your experience with it?