The search finally came to an end! I’ve finally found the shade of this foundation in my color. I had heard pretty good things about this foundation, particularly because its a “demi-matte” foundation. Us oily/combination skin types gravitate to products that are mattifying because they’re suppose to reduce the appearance of oil on the surface of the skin.
I’ve been down this road before with foundations and I don’t expect a drugstore foundation to be the solve-all to my oily skin. Actually, as a woman of color the oiliness of my skin isn’t a bad thing because the sebum is what keeps us women of color looking younger longer and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ve heard the term, “black don’t crack” before, right?! It’s a term used for the description of why African-Americans rarely look their age. It has a lot to do with the melanin and elasticity in our skin. Kuddos to that!
According to our friends at L’Oreal this foundation claims to:
“Achieve a matte finish that won’t fall flat with this air-light,long-wearing liquid formula. Lightweight and creamy, foundation goes on smooth with a demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours-hiding imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion.”
Okay, so let’s get into the review! I purchased the foundation and pressed powder from my local Wal-Mart. The foundation was $11.88 and the pressed powder was the same price. The foundation color i purchased is 111 Soft Sable (which is the 2nd to the darkest shade) and the pressed powder is in 700 Classic Tan.
I applied the foundation and powder in the morning before work and it definitely applies to a matte finish. One thing I noticed is that it dries rather quickly so instead of applying it all over the face in dots, I had to work one section of my face first and blend very well before moving to another section of my face to prevent it from being blotchy. I also noticed that after applying it my skin felt a little tight as the product dried.
Now, one thing I’d like to mention is… why would they call this foundation a 24 hour foundation? Who keeps foundation on their skin for “up-to” 24 hours. I understand it’s suppose to be a long-wear foundation but to call it 24 hour when in all actuality, makeup wearers wash their faces before bed, or at least should! Side-eye, anyways… moving on.
I started off with priming my face first with my trusty Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer. On first application the foundation is a little on the thick and creamier side.
Here’s how it looked on my skin right after applying it and doing my highlighting and blush.
Very matte with no shine! I’m happy about that!
Here is the before and after pics. As you can see I have a few blemishes on my skin and the foundation did a good job and hiding those imperfections and the color match was great because I have a yellow-undertone.
I was pleased with the overall look and feel of the foundation on my skin. I didn’t touch my face look in the mirror at work or blot my skin. I waited til my lunch break at work to take a picture, here is what my skin looked like at 12:30pm.
Shine Shine Shine! That oiliness of my skin greeted me with a BIG
I went from a la MATTE to the oils in my skin karate chopping it way to the surface!
I had high hopes for this foundation and line did come with a Pro Matte Setting Spray that I purchased a while back. I didn’t use it to set my foundation and I should have Maybe next time I’ll use it and have better results.
So there you have it! I know my skin. It’s super oily in the warmer months, so I have to pull out all the stops as far as priming with a mattifying primer, and setting with a strong setting spray if I want to keep my face as matte as possible. I wont toss this foundation out of the window just yet until I pair it with the right priming products and what doesn’t work for me works for others so it’s not a total waste of money because I’m a Makeup Artist and I’ll just put it in my kit for my clients. I give this a 3 out of 5 stars.
Have you tried this line? Do you like it or nah? Let me know and leave comments below on the shade you use and what you do to prime your skin before your makeup application.
Until next time ladies! XOXOX!