Battle of the Holy Grail Drugstore Matte Foundations
(On the photo: Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in Sun Beige)
With today’s technology and innovation, it’s easy to find a holy grail foundation from the drugstore. Brands just keep delivering one exceptional release after the other! Some of my favorites include the Flormar Mat Touch Foundation, L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, and Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. They perform like luxury products, too! Aside from a trustworthy skin care routine, a good base is essential to hold everything in place.
I just had to try 2 buzzworthy releases in the Philippines: the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro–Matte 24HR Foundation. I’m thrilled that international beauty powerhouses are listening to the Filipina consumer who is more interested in everything beauty – many thanks to the endless black hole that is YouTube. E.L.F., please take note? Now, which among the 2 is worth buying?
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in Sun Beige (Watsons, P399)
Weight: 1 fl.oz./30ml
Shade Range: 10
Claims: For normal to oily skin, mattifies and refines pores, matches natural tone, gives a natural, seamless finish
Overall Experience: My skin looks like skin. Pores and pesky acne scars are covered – regardless if I apply a primer beforehand and a concealer after. It can get slightly dewy at the end of the day. The liquid formula works best with a fluffy foundation brush rather than a beauty blender because the sponge will drink it up. I am just iffy with the glass bottle devoid of a pump which can lead to messy application.
The yellow-toned shade (second to the darkest in the range) is a perfect match for me unlike L’Oréal’s Infallible which looks quite muddy – to the point that my face looks lifeless – but it’s an “error” on my part; department store lights are pretty bad to get one’s true shade.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro–Matte 24HR Foundation in Natural Beige (Watsons, P700)
Weight: 1 fl.oz./30ml
Shade Range: 6 shades
Claims: 24-hour wear, medium texture and coverage, demi-matte finish
Overall Experience: I use the earlier release on my daily commute, and it doesn’t budge. It wears great throughout the day! This isn’t always the case, though. I remember doing my friend’s make-up (and mine, too) and we were under the relentless 12nn sun for a while, which resulted to the foundation melting – most evident on the forehead. I’ve never encountered this problem again.
In beauty guru lingo, I look *snatched* even if I don’t set it with a translucent loose powder. Note that my skin is dry so I forego this step – except for on the under eye area for the concealer not to crease. Apply with a beauty blender or sponge for a more natural look!
Both are incredible products that withstand the PH heat and humidity on a daily basis. Every time I wear either, I have a fantastic make-up day, and I don’t need any retouching. It’s the type of base na mapapatingin ka sa salamin because you’re GGSS all day. Both deliver flawless coverage without feeling heavy. You can keep building it up, and it won’t leave parts of your face patchy. With the variety of shades, you can find a match or custom blend for the changing seasons.
For Dry/Normal-Combo Skin
Given the lower price tag with the same amount of product, I’d (re)purchase the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation. It also feels more lightweight and appears more natural on skin – but that’s just me! My dry skin also doesn’t mind how matte it is since it’s breathable! This won’t emphasize dryness but if it’s too matte for you, you can always mix it with moisturizer or use a make-up spray (MAC Fix Plus, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, Pixi Glow Mist) after your foundation and concealer-powder combo.
For Oily Skin
If you have uncontrollably oily skin or just really under dire weather conditions – and don’t mind the heftier price tag – I’d go with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation since it’s thicker and undoubtedly more matte. It’s best for a really bad skin day (been there!) or a full-day event where you’ll be taking a ton of pictures and will need your make-up to slay – even until the wee hours of the morning. 🌈
Have you tried any of the products? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below! ✨