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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Review: Maybelline Fit Me® Foundation Stick

Is your skin oily or combination or something moody that is weirdly in between like mine is? Are you also lazier than a tortoise on tranquilizers when it comes to doing your makeup and getting foundation looking flawless? Right, go grab this product right now, and then please continue reading (and nod furiously in agreement as you try it out).

[Note: I am taking a second here to issue a fair warning that I am by no means an expert at anything even remotely beauty-related and this is just my personal opinion as a regular user of the product.]

As the perfunctory Google search revealed, the Maybelline Fit Me® Foundation Stick inspires firm opinions in users; they either love it or they hate it. Mine, of course, is firmly in the positive column, but here’s my two cents on why.

Touted as Maybelline’s “first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core”, the foundation stick lives up to the hype, in my opinion. It’s part of a range of skin range designed to fit your complexion perfectly and provide light to medium, breathable coverage, so this is a pretty solid investment if it works for you, listed at $8.99 on the Maybelline website. Personally, I got mine absolutely free as a present from my auntie in Australia, but I’m on the lookout for a replacement all the time for when it runs out.

The foundation is hit-or-miss on different individuals. My mum, for example, has extremely oily skin, breaks out whenever she uses this foundation and it doesn’t really keep her face matte. On the other hand, my skin is somewhere between combination and oily, with a T-zone that almost always develops shine in a few hours and the rest of it oily enough to pass for a glow instead of grease. For me, the foundation is perfect and goes on like a creamy dream before drying into a matte, powdery finish.

Photo Courtesy: Maybelline

The most prominent – and useful – aspect of the stick is easily its portability and how easy it is to apply. Being first and foremost a student who only rarely feels like dressing up and would much rather spend an extra fifteen minutes in bed instead of dealing with fussy hair and makeup, this product is, quite frankly, my newest best friend. Once you have your daily skincare routine out of the way, all you have to do is swipe it on and give it a quick blend with your fingers. No brushes necessary, no careful buffing; that’s all it takes. I do have to pat on some mattifying powder – currently either The Body Shop’s All-In-One Face Base in number 05 or Palladio Rice Powder in Warm Beige – to keep things completely matte and shine free throughout the day but that’s it.

The packaging is light, compact and the easiest thing to carry around so if you expect to need a touch-up later in the day, just pop it in your purse and you will barely know it’s there.

Coverage is definitely medium. With a good concealer and a quick blend with a foundation brush to make it look smoother, the final finish is definitely decent. Personally, it is the sort of foundation that I would wear everyday to university or running around for errands, et cetera, but probably not for night’s out or special occasions.

BOTTOM LINE: A good, easily blendable, medium coverage foundation’s worth the price.

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Anum xx

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