By now I’m sure you guys know that any foundation that promises to keep me “shine-free” will end up at the top of my “review” list and that’s exactly what happened with Maybelline’s Fit Me Shine-Free foundation stick.
Here’s what the product is about and what it promises:
- Powder core instantly dissolves excess oil.
- For flawless, shine-free skin and tailor-made natural matte coverage.
Although this foundation comes in 12 shades, it only goes as dark as me: I got Coconut 355 which is the darkest shade and it is actually on the verge of being too light for my skintone, but ends up being ok when properly blended and topped with my favorite powder. See below a swatch of Coconut 355 left and then see it blended out on the right side of the picture.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation come in a swivel up tube and has an anti-shine core surrounded by a lightweight foundation. The anti-shine core is meant to mattify skin and, I imagine, prolong the wear of the foundation by keeping shine at bay.
As you know my skin is naturally very oily and I am already in love with a shine-free drugstore foundation (read here), but I still had to try Maybelline’s Fit Me Stick. I had never used a stick foundation and I have to say that I loved the format. Applying the foundation is easy and quick and I feel like I am going through less product. I simply apply a few streaks of foundation on my face with an emphasis on the areas that needed more coverage (it offers medium buildable coverage) then blended it all out with a flat top foundation brush. The process was easy and the end result was pretty darn good: a smooth and streak-free matte finish.
Now the big question is: Did you get oily?
Yes I did.
The second big question is: How quickly did you get oily?
Well – and that’s the good news – I started getting oily around 5 hours in….and that’s not too bad. Although it did not perform as well as my favorite, I feel like it is a pretty decent foundation. The formula felt good on my skin and although the wear and mattyfing effect didn’t last the 12 hours I am now accustomed to, I feel like it can yield great results if you have normal or even combination skin. Now for the real oilies like me, there are better options out there, but if your skin needs a little less blotting, this stick foundation could be a nice addition to your makeup bag.
The real issue for me was mostly the color and undertones. I felt like it was not “neutral” enough for me and maybe has a little too much red in it to really work for my complexion. But all in all I feel like it is a good product.
Worth a try, plus it is quite cheap at 10.49$ and I have seen it on sale quite a few times during the past weeks at Shoppers Drugmart or on WelldotCA. Get it here