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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 FoundationL’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, and Maybelline Dream Velvet FoundationThey 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 ProMatte 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 ProMatte 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!

Final Verdict

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! ✨

Favorites, Lately: Base Make-up from the Drugstore

(On the photo: Flormar Mat Touch Foundation in M301)

For April’s Favorites, Lately, I’ve been enjoying a variety of make-up bases from the drugstore for every mood…and skin issue. I’ve been a firm believer in a good full-coverage foundation for the longest time until I discovered some make-up game-changers: the cushion foundation, tinted moisturizer, and BB cream. I find it silly how in the past, I wouldn’t invest in a good base but in time, you realize how everything else is secondary. A great base will allow all the other products you put on your face appear intact and stay on longer.

Cushion Foundation

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion in W5.5 (Watsons, P900)

I never thought I’d find another drugstore cushion compact I’d love as much as Maybelline’s Super BB Cushion until I discovered L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion. I purchased it during their month-long sale for P675! It is *pricey* for a drugstore product but, well, it is L’Oréal. The recent (Philippine) release appears in 6 shades, which I find to favor morenas. This achieves the glowy look a cushion foundation promises while also covering blemishes so well. I personally love the supaaaah fresh finish it gives but I got the wrong color because my skin’s been getting brighter because of the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Serum (separate review soon) I’m using to fade my acne scars. It also wears great throughout the day; it stays on pretty long.

I wouldn’t recommend this for people with oily skin. I suggest a matte foundation – hopefully the Infallible Pro-Matte lives up to its claims. I usually forego setting my face with loose powder for cushion foundations for the intense Koreana, dewy look I’ve been loving but this leaves my face a mess, especially this summer. Still, I think this may be the best cushion I’ve tried – considering I’ve only tried a few.

Tinted Foundation

City Color Glowing Complexion Tinted Moisturizer in Beige (Watsons, P229)

Now, this was love at first swipe. The City Color Glowing Complexion Tinted Moisturizer leaves my skin extra glowy but it barely gives any coverage. This is for people with great skin or for that quick trip to the supermarket or gym – masabi lang na you have something on your face. This is also a good, hydrating primer or strobing cream!


Flormar Mat Touch Foundation in M301  (Watsons, P749)

I cannot even begin to explain how life-changing Flormar’s Mat Touch Foundation is. My Twitter (and IRL beauty) friends know how much my skin’s been at its worst state for a month now – thus the lack of make-up selfies, ha-ha. It’s slowly healing so I’ve been going out with a bare face but for days when I do want to put make-up on, I use this foundation. It’s so intense, it actually feels like a luxury product.

Flormar had a summer sale so I only purchased this for P399…acca-believe-it! This makes my skin look Photoshopped, I’m not even kidding. I also find that it applies best with a make-up brush instead of a beauty blender/sponge. If you’re on a budget and are looking for a full-coverage foundation, you’ve been informed.

BB Cream

Maybelline Super BB Cream Fresh Matte in So Natural (Watsons, P399)

I feel so bad for my college self – light years ago – since I’ve only understood the appeal of BB Cream now. This would have made a pretty good everyday product back then! The Maybelline Super BB Cream Fresh Matte may be the best one I’ve tried…yet. I love this because it covers my pores and blemishes, plus it dries matte! It’s no-fuss and super friendly for students and working gals alike. The downside is the very limited color selection the Super BB collection offers – Light and So Natural – but you can always blend it with a separate lighter or deeper liquid foundation or cream concealer. Basta, trust me,  just get it.

Have you tried anything from the list? What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below! ✨




My Everyday Make-up


Doing my make-up on the daily is a routine that keeps dull days worth living out. I spend extra time perfecting my face, and it makes me feel confidently beautiful…and sometimes, late. When I’m not trying out new make-up for the blog, these are my go-to products!


Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (P549, Your Make-up Store)

YouTube is abuzz with NikkieTutorial’s spontaneous discovery of Nivea Men’s Shave Balm; it happens to be a brilliant alternative to a primer! I got mine as a little pasalubong from my best friend from her US trip. It works absolute wonders! It blurs out pores, smoothes out my skin, and makes my make-up last the entire day. I can sweat, commute, and still look good after a long work day. The smell is very strong (think men’s cologne) once applied but it fades after a few minutes.

Catrice Camouflage Cream in Light Beige (P329, Watsons)

I tried the Catrice Camouflage Cream as recommended by Liz of Project Vanity.  It’s not exactly life-changing but it does cover my acne and dark circles plus it’s good to highlight certain features. It’s already very pigmented with just one swipe. It also doesn’t dry up fast unlike my L.A. Girl PRO Conceal.

L’oreal True Match Liquid Foundation in Nude Beige (P600, Watsons)

I finished my bottle of the much raved about Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation after three months which led me to try the L’oreal True Match Liquid Foundation. (I bought it for P450 during one of their month-long sales.) It does a great job of covering my blemishes and dark spots. It feels weightless, and it leaves my skin with a beautiful satin finish. It carries 18 shades which makes it easy to find the perfect shade for your skin. It does have some hints of shimmer – nothing too noticeable – so that’s something to consider.

Bourjois Paris Loose Powder in Peach (Watsons KK)

To set my face after applying my foundation, I use the Bourjois Loose Powder which makes my skin feel velvet smooth and matte. It’s a life-saver especially during long day shoots but I just hate how loose powders, in general, are so messy; it gets everywhere.


Fashion21 Eyebrow Gel in Light Brown (P165, Watsons)

I’ve never been one to do my kilay…surprise! My brows have always been thick since time immemorial (just look at my baby pictures). I never really bothered doing mine but so many of my friends told me I’m missing out. I grabbed the Fashion 21 Eyebrow Gel on a trip to Watsons out of curiosity. I love how it matches my (artificially colored) brown hair. The gel has some shimmer so I tame it with my Nichido Mascara Brush. The gel fills out my sparse areas but I think I can still make do with days devoid of the product.

Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara (P225), Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (P429, Watsons)

I alternate between the two mascaras. Fashion 21’s Double Up Mascara – a favorite among local beauty gurus – is the best local drugstore mascara I’ve tried. It lengthens my lashes very well. I’m on my second tube already, and I know I’ll keep repurchasing it. A number of people compliment my eyes when I wear it! It’s so easy to remove, I find that facial wash does the trick. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational is another favorite. I love how it volumizes my lashes but because of how big the mascara wand is, application can get messy. I’m also such a fan of the pink packaging! Because of how waterproof it is, I use micellar water or cleansing oil  to remove it.

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette in Mind (Sephora KK)

A recent matte eyeshadow convert, I just had to get this Stila palette during my trip to Sephora in Malaysia last summer. It has a wide selection of neutrals and bright colors that are great to build up and mix together. Also, as an eyeshadow rookie, I don’t find the colors intimidating at all. Wit and Creativity (browns) are great as a duo. Perception (orange) is amazing on its own. I can probably live life with just this palette in tow – but that would be depressing.


Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (P450, Your Make-up Store)

My most used and abused blush is Milani’s Luminoso. It gives my cheeks color and a noticeable glow! This blush is just one of a kind.


Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Matte Lippie in The Morning After (P649,  Zalora), MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy (P1,050, MAC)

Aside from the Maybelline Brown Nudes, nowadays, my everyday lipsticks happen to be Happy Skin’s The Morning After, which is a beautiful mauvy pink, and MAC’s iconic Velvet Teddy, a universally flattering nude. The Morning After feels so weightless, like there’s nothing on my lips to begin with. The formula is so unique, I haven’t chanced on any lip product quite like it. I plan on getting all the other Moisturizing Matte Lippies! Velvet Teddy is so pigmented and wears great with all make-up looks. I’m so close to finishing it – a miracle in itself – which reminds me to get a new tube soon.


Essence Soo Glow Cream to Powder Highlighter in Bright Up Your Life (Watsons KK)

Essence’s Soo Glow is the most beautiful and subtle highlighter I’ve tried from the drugstore. It looks great on my morena skin and lasts on the high points of my cheek all day (it doesn’t on my nose bridge and Cupid’s bow). Sadly, it isn’t available in Essence counters locally. I’m such a fan of the German-based brand, in general, after several product tries. They deserve more rave!

Nars Blush in Madly (P1,450, Nars)

Madly is the perfect bronzer for my color! Because it’s so expensive, I only use it on weekends and special occasions. I use my Zoeva Nude Spectrum Blush Palette on the daily. It gives the perfect tan color on my skin without looking overdone. It’s also great as an eyeshadow base for days when I forget to bring my palettes.


Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (P1,400, Shu Uemura)

I’ve been a believer of the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ever since my Japan trip two years ago. (Tip: it’s P900 in Narita Airport.) This will be a beauty essential ’til my last breath.

Features&Shades Loose Powder Brush (P299), Foundation Brush (P325), Slanted Concealer Brush (P299), Large Eyeshadow Brush (P150), Pointed Crease Brush (P150, Watsons)

As a beauty beginner, I don’t think I’m in any position to invest in Zoeva or Sigma brush sets so after scouring the drugstore for good local beauty brushes, I finally found them! The F&S (Features&Shades) brushes are all spectacular but my absolute must-haves are the Foundation Brush, the Slanted Concealer Brush, and the Large Eyeshadow Brush. The bristles are so soft that I’m actually trading these for my Real Techniques!

Any beauty products you’ve tried from the list? Let me know in the comments!