As much as I love Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation,
I have found my new love, it is Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet +
Matifying foundation^_^! I have been wanting to try this foundation
for so long and finally got it during Sephora's friends & family sale event.
(If you want to see my Sephora F&F haul, click here)
The packaging comes in a semi-opaque matte plastic
bottle with a black cap, 1.01 oz./ 30ml. retail for $34
It is a shine controlling, oil free, water-resistant, complete
coverage liquid foundation. It is formulated to hide imperfections,
even out skin tone, and mattify with a non-oily, perfectly powdered
finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. (sephora.com)
Mat Velvet + evens and matifies the skin tone. Its amino acid
pigments provide both stability and durability to the make-up.
The formula, rich in wheat amidon complex, covers imperfections,
neutralizes the shiny areas, and leaves a velvet finish. After the silicon
evaporation, its oil-free texture leaves a non-greasy and comfortable
finish. For normal, combination and oily skin types. (descriptions on box)
I picked No. 30 shade, I have gone to Sephora store for a couple
times to color match and I think No.30 is the best match for my skin
tone. It's a porcelain shade, which is for medium skin with beige
undertones. It's weird that they only have the color # on the box,
but you can't find it on the actual foundation packaging.
"Shake before use" (I sometimes forget to shake it
as I'm not used to shake a foundation before use,
but I didn't find any problem without shaking it^^!!)
Plastic packaging with a squeeze applicator, twist to open/close
It's pretty secure, I threw it in my everyday/most-reached
makeup bag, and did not see any leakage. The packaging
design is travel-friendly, and it's pretty lightweight too^^!!
Now move on to the swatches, this time I put Lancome's
Teint Miracle Buff 4 (c) and Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
in intensity 2.0 next to Mat Velvet + No.30 just for comparisons...
Left to right: Lancome Teint Miracle in Buff 4 (c)
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in No. 30
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.0
I noticed how dark Double Wear Light is when it's next to MUFE,
but like I said in here, intensity 1.0 would be too light for me.
MUFE has a perfect color match for my skin tone, "great" coverage
with a just right matte finish! Lancome Teint Miracle in Buff 4 (c) is
more watery with a light coverage and a hint of pink undertone.
Slightly blended into the skin (you can tell a little goes a long way)
the texture is pretty creamy yet light weight feel
Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find it difficult to blend (I use fingers)
or set too quickly before blending evenly. I have dry skin, but I actually felt
it's pretty easy to blend and work with. (why? keep reading^^)
And I'm very very impressed with it's coverage, 1 layer is all I need,
and another layer as concealer only on some imperfections spots.
Here is my little story, I have read/watched so many reviews about this
foundation, and when something is too good to be true, I tend to find/read
more negative reviews about a product to see why people don't like it.
After my research, I found that those who didn't like this MUFE Mat Velvet +
were mostly dry-skin-type ladies and this "matte finish" foundation set too
quickly, difficult to blend and dry out their skins. So when I first used this
foundation, I was very careful to hydrate and moisturize my skin, and then
use primer before MUFE Mat Velvet+. I was afraid to use powder at first,
but I found it was OK to use just a bit on the t-zone, it actually makes the
makeup stay even longer! So I think this foundation is workable for dry
skin ladies, you just need a better hydrating/moisturizing preparation^^
I like that this is a pretty pigmented and opaque foundation, I don't feel like
or need to use any concealers as this is a good one (saving time & $$ too!!)
Even though it is a medium to full coverage with matte finish foundation
(it's actually not too matte in my opinion), it does not give me a mask-face
fell. And it has a long staying power, so you might need oil based makeup
remover to remove *thoroughly* as this foundation is water-resistant.
Would I recommend this? Yes, this is such an amazing foundation.
For people with drier skin, if you are willing to work with
it (hydrate/moisturize & primer!), this foundation is do-able. I would definitely
repurchase this as this is right now my #1 foundation ^_^!!!