Thursday, December 01, 2016
It has been ages since I last did a foundation review. Ages. In fact, the last one I did was on NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foun...
It has been ages since I last did a foundation review. Ages. In fact, the last one I did was on NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in March 2015. Holy fuck. That really is a long time!
Well, Make Up Forever recently launched a counter at Debenhams in Manchester and they invited me down there to take a little look around. I was pretty excited to be fair, I'm a big fan of their HD Foundation and Smoky Lash Mascara, so I felt it was about bloody time they opened a store in the barren wilderness that the residents call the North of England.
They were also kind enough to give me the opportunity to test out their *Mat Velvet + foundation. I was quite intrigued by this prospect, as I have oily/combination skin that requires powdering after applying foundation and throughout the day. The word MAT suggested to me that this might be the kind of foundation that might keep that oil at bay.
Here's Mat Velvet + in MUFE's own words:
"Mat Velvet + provides a flawless result that lasts for hours. Its smooth texture is water resistant and long lasting. Great for combination to oily skin, this full coverage formula mattifies with a velvety finish. Mat Velvet+ can also be customized to your needs. Applied lightly, it gives a natural, matte look. Applied with several layers to help conceal blemishes, it creates a velvety finish. This oil-free and non comedogenic formula is suited to sensitive skin."
TONE, CONSISTENCY AND APPLICATION
I went for shade 55, which I felt to be the closest match for my skin tone. Just for reference, if we're using MAC as the benchmark (and everyone does, it seems) I'm somewhere between an NC37 and NC40, though in summer I creep up to an NC42. MUFE describe 55 as a 'Natural Beige', and upon applying I have to say this description seemed pretty accurate. It's hard to describe, but I don't detect much by way of tone and the colour makes my skin look a little... flat? Contrast this to NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona, with its peachy undertones that make my skin look alive, MUFE's 55 doesn't do that at all. Weirdly enough, as I start to apply the rest of my makeup, it's as if it comes to life and the shade adjusts to my skin tone much better.
The consistency is pretty thick, which gives the impression it's going to be a drying foundation, however after dotting it all over the skin and working it in with my buffing brush, I found that it blended in beautifully well. It certainly didn't feel drying, which is great, because that's the one big negative that I associate with matte foundations. Not so with Mat Velvet +.
FINISH AND LONGEVITY
The finish of the foundation is quite natural looking and it does cover acne scars to a certain extent, which is fine by me as concealer was made to finish that off anyway. As for the claims of a 'full coverage foundation', I don't actually think it is, unless you build it up. I'd rather say it gives a medium coverage, particularly when compared with something heavy like Estee Lauder's Double Wear. As for matte? Well, I would actually say it's semi-matte. It does have that velvety finish that MUFE promise, but my skin doesn't look fully matte, there's a certain sheen to my skin when wearing it. But actually, I quite like this. My skin doesn't look flat-out matte, it still has some dimension to it.
The longevity is the most impressive thing about this foundation though. This stuff lasts for hour upon hour with negligible fade and it doesn't settle into any of the creases in my skin. I did notice that the oiliness of my skin begins to peer through in the T-zone, and I had to roll out the powder, but I'm not going to hold that against MUFE - I've yet to encounter a matte foundation that truly keeps my natural oils at bay. The squeezy bottle it comes in looks really small at first glance, but it does contain the standard 30ml of product, and you don't need all that much so it should last just as long as any other foundation.
OH - one more thing, it doesn't SPF, so when you're out at your Christmas party or breaking free from the daily grind on a Friday night and your BFF snaps you, you won't be horrified by flashback photo face. Nope, you'll look gorgeous- well, depending on what kind of state you're in by that time... ;)
Overall, I think this is a good foundation. It doesn't quite deliver on what Make Up Forever have promised in some areas, but it comes in 20 shades, it lasts throughout the day and gives you medium, semi-matte coverage. If that's what you're looking for in a foundation, the £29 price tag is quite reasonable.
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + can be purchased from the Debenhams website HERE, or if you're lucky enough, your local Debenhams may have its very own MUFE counter!