I have a really oily t-zone, especially on my nose. Have been searching high and low for a foundation that is oil-controlling! For me, i've tried using bb creams from faceshop, chanel's aqua vita lumiere foundation (which has very good coverage and texture! BUT a bit too heavy), but all doesn't control my oily skin well.
Well, i read about the Mat Miracle online and how it is designed for Asian skin. Decided to give it a try! Got a testing at the counter, the lady gave me like O-03 which was realllly yellow on me. Didnt buy the first time, thought it was too pricey. But after that i was always thinking about it, and went back the second time. This time i was matched to PO-03. Pink-ochre. Perfect colour!
Now, this product really works wonders. It is lightweight, a beautiful satin finish and medium coverage. When i say satin, its not oily/glowy, but a very natural tinge. Compared to other creams i used, this holds my oily-t zone well for about 4 hrs before i get a little oily. Even if my t-zone gets oily, its a minimal and natural looking shine. So, totally loving Mat Miracle! Doesn't break me out.
Plus factors: Bottle is elegant and has a pump! I was surprised it was: Made in Japan (Japan is long known for quality products)
I fell in love with Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra 24h that I bought in the UK. It has amazing coverage, a luxurious texture, my skin looked hydrated and not oily, it kept me matte for a relatively decent amount of time, and looked really natural. When I moved to Singapore, I thought the Mat Miracle was similar since they don't carry the Teint Idole Ultra line here so I tried it when I finally ran out.
It felt like a watered down and didn't have the same amount of coverage. There was no miracle in keeping matte either, not for even half the time that Teint Idole Ultra 24h gave me. I have combination skin, I really hoped this would be a HG foundation for my skintype and this climate. I am a little disappointed, and will continue my search for that same quality I liked in Teint Idole.
I bought this last year and it did not quite worked for me... However, after moving to a humid city I rediscovered this product. It is great for combination skin and it works really well with Smashbox's primer. The product oxidizes a bit, so I would recommend buying a lighter shade (1 shade lighter). The product has great coverage (medium) and it is long-lasting.
it broke me out! I was looking at something else to replace my estee lauder double wear light as it has not been very effective at controlling my oil. Attracted by the name of the product : matte miracle 24H, I had high hope for it since it's Lancome... The color selection is good and it can match asian skin quite well.. it has a silky feel that is totally different frm EL DWL but I was not too bothered by it since I was thinking of finding a better something out there. It felt good the first day using it, and I thought wow this is really 24H as it proclaimed. I felt that it can keep my skin matte for a longer time than DWL. So, I continued using it and disaster happened. The following days of use left me feeling no different than using DWL, it still get oily after like 4-6hrs.. it has lighter coverage than DWL imo, and this thing totally clogged my pores!! I had many white heads and clogged becuz of this foundation. Luckily I still have some DWL left and after switching back to it, no more clogged pores and I can totally conclude it was due to lancome. sigh.. it was pricey and it didn't suit me. Now the only way I can still expense my purchase is to blend some of it w my DWL so that I dont need to dump the whole bottle into dustbin.
I finally got a bottle of it after hearing the rave about lancome's liquid foundations. The reason for choosing mat miracle was because i have combination skin but my T-zone is ridiculously oily, not only so, I have very visible pores on my nose all the way to my forehead. Other than that, I do not usually have pimple or scar. The sephora girl also highly recomended me to give it a try because lancome is a very popular choice too.
I thought the coverage was pretty good when i tested it over the counter and got my perfect shade. So when I tried it the next day and just an hour after applying it with my sigma f80, my oily t zone started to grease and I could see streaks of the foundation wearing off already. That was just sad. It totally highlighted my over-secreting pores! Btw, I did set it with loose powder like i always did. though the rest of my face that wasnt oily was looks fine and satin-finished. the lines under my eye after 4 hours are starting to get visible too.
I guess, if you've really oily pores like me, this product wouldn't work the trick. Luckily, I also got lancome's Maqui blanc miracle out with me so i could touch up and it saved my day. I gave it to my mum because she has normal-dry skin.
Finnaly. I have tried couple of foundations but some one them don't work very well on this hot and humid summer.
I have Mac studio fix (NC15) which I like, but it's heavy and the color doesn't really match my skin because I have pink undertone.
I have oily skin, few acnes. This foundation goes on smooth, leaves my skin very light and velvety. The coverage is OK, light to medium, I would say. It lasts during the day, so I don't need to reapply.
I found my HG for this super hot weather.
I really like this foundation, finally found my HG! It's semi matte, feel light on the skin, doesn't break out on my skin, medium coverage but buildable to full. Give brightening effect, long lasting, great oil control, perfect for hot humid weather because initially designed for asians. And most importantly, found my perfect shade and doesn't oxidize on my skin. Packaging seems exclusive, comes with pump and the pump is very controllable. What else are you looking for? HG material! If there is a dewy version of this product, i'll definitely try.
I adore this foundation. I've tried other long wearing foundations before this, like Chanel's perfection lumiere and Estee Lauder DW however none of them had my shade. I was always matched to the yellow shade, yes, I'm bloody yellow (more pale yellow in fact) but the foundations either came out too pink or too orange on me. Chanel's perfection lumiere made me look dead and pink while Estee Lauder DW was too orange. Finally I found my shade in Mat miracle, which is BO 2. It's perfectly yellow and doesn't oxidize on me.
Obviously it does not wear for 24 hours as advertised but it lasts pretty long, say 8 hours? With touch ups sometimes 12 hours. If I weren't using retin A treatment right now I'd say this foundation would not flake on my skin after around 8 hours (but since i do, it does flake after a while even if i have oily skin). Unlike Chanel or Estee Lauder this foundation doesn't dry too fast and you still have time to blend. It's highly blendable and gives smooth even coverage with a beauty blender sponge. I like to use the sponge to apply the first layer and my fingers to add more coverage in other areas. Afterwards I set my foundation with chanel loose powder and I look pretty much flawless and glowy at the same time thanks to the satin finish.
If you're extremely yellow like me, I think you'll love this foundation.
This foundation is long wearing and it gives you medium coverage. '24H' they claimed. It's just a fancy advertising that they try to sell you the product. Even though it doesn't last that long, but I still love how this foundation performs. It's very light weight, feels like nothing on the skin, but it gives you the good coverage in the same time. For me, it's last for 7-8 hours before it start fading. It's satin finish and doesn't make my face more oilier. When I use this foundation, I don't even have to set it with the setting powder. I only use one pump, and it can cover all over my face. You may need one more pump or a half if you want more coverage. But I kinda prefer to use concealer instead.
Packaging is just the same as the Teint Miracle foundation. It's quite heavy and not a traveler's friendly. I personally don't like the pump that they gave. It's the clear plastic, and looks so cheap.
Overall, I love this foundation. It's light weight, long wear, and so smooth. Doesn't crease or get me oily.
This was just released a few months back here in Singapore, where we have 98% humidity everyday and it's been promoted as the Asian alternative to Teint Idole 24 hr and is also non-comodegenic. Supposed to provide full coverage and last in humidity. So after putting it to the test, here's what I feel:
Color Range and fit:
Only 5 choices! I'm a MAC NC 30-35, EL 3W1 Tawny. For this range, I'm O-O3. O here stands for Ochre - which actually means yellow undertone. Typical Asians (Chinese) have yellow undertones, so it's surprisingly a good fit for me.
NOTE: some of the shades for this range are the same, just that they have different undertones. The SA blended 2 different ones on each side on my face - 1 which is neutral, 1 which has a pinker finish which I think is the Beige Ochre (BO). I chose the neutral though. Though it's neutral, it still have yellow undertones in it - like I said, it's for Asian skin.
EL DW in Singapore has only a few selections, just like Revlon CS (of which we only have 5 out of 20 shades?! We do have Indians and Malays with skintones just like the African Americans you know.). So it's hard to find a good match. Also, Revlon doesn't work well with yellow shades as I've realised after poring through all the MUA reviews of CS, which stinks because it's been touted as being better than many HE foundations. CS oxidized to orange for me after a couple of hours. D:
Wear in Humidity and on Oily/Combi skin:
It claims to last 24 hr in humidity - of course it doesn't, by the end of the day when I remove my foundation, I hardly see any. But it definitely lasts as long as EL DW. I never touch-up (cos I'm too lazy to bring my hugeass foundation) and I rarely need to, with this.
Conceals pores (and I've got huge ones). I've never tried to see how many layers I can build-up without looking cakey. So I only use a pea-sized amount - a little goes a long way. Maybe I'll try to see how much more coverage I can get! Doesn't oxidize at all, which I love, and it feels very light like moisturizer. Guys generally can't tell if I'm wearing any (but obviously, girls do (:), so that's +1 for naturalness.
Glass bottle with a pump. >>>> EL DW and Revlon CS. I've had to purchase a MAC pump for DW after MUA-ers suggested it and the plastic tube inside ended up bending. D: However, the glass bottle is easily broken when dropped (duh!). My friend always laments, she never finishes the foundation as she breaks the bottle before she does.
I only use fingers because I don't really know how to use brushes D:. So I expect my foundation to be able to look good even when it's applied by fingers. I see some other reviewers have seen great results using Sigma's brush, so that's for all you brush-users out there. (:
This costs S$66. vs EL DW's $50+ and Revlon CS's $24 price tag. So expensive! But it's worth it. I always buy DS cosmetics but for this, I'll gladly pay more, especially since having the right foundation means half the battle is won. I don't have the patience and time to blend this with other foundation shades. So this works for me.
HTHs! Especially for us in Asian countries where we rarely get good fits on foundation due to limited shades or weird undertones.