I thought this would be my HG. I was so wrong. My face was melting off by noon and it was a cold day, so the weather could not justify this mess. I mean, I used like 6 blotting sheets to try and get all the oil off. Not ok. Returned ASAP. I like the packaging though lol
I don't know what to think about this one. I am a bit disappointed - I've been eyeing off MUFE stuff for years not wanting to fork out the money but finally felt like it was 'time'. I wanted something to control the T-zone shine but also something that was going to not be a thick consitency. Both of those boxes are ticked I spose. Unfortunately, I'm not amazed by this. It can be a bit streaky sometimes. I'm kind of looking for something that's going to be give full coverage without being cakey. Usually you can (as with Bourjois's Healthy Mix) if there's something that still needs to be covered I can just redip my blender sponge and bounce more over but this one seems to get harder to deal with if you try to play with it. I was really hoping this was going to be my HG foundation and I'd never have to think about it ever again after this. Especially paying $59AU for a unreasonably small bottle and having to pay $24AU for postage of two lots of samples so I could find the right colour as MUFE is not sold retail in Australia. It's usable and I will finish it cause I paid a lot for it but probably won't rebuy. I will say that it's not cakey - looks relatively clean on the skin.
What a disappointment. This stuff's mattifying power lasts about 15 mins! My skin is slightly oily in the spring before it gets too warm...but this made me really oily within like the first 1-2hrs. It was a shiny oily mess that pretty much ended up melting off mostly by the end of the day. And it broke me out :( I can't really think who this would work for?? Even dry skin would have issues cause it sticks and emphasizes dryness. Complete fail....only thing I liked was the packaging. See through and squeeze bottle.
Ok, so I bought this because I was looking to experiment with a different foundation other than my M.A.C NW40 Studio Fix that was said to give full coverage. After giving this a try a couple of times I realized that it makes my skin look extra dry (maybe bc of the matte effect) and it did not really give me that coverage I was expecting. Also, it was not flash friendly lol :)) The only positive thing about this product, atleast for me is that it can be used as an everyday foundation for those casual, natural looking days.
Went into Sephora for a consult after struggling with my changing skin from new thyroid medication--wanted something that covered a bit more, but didn't flake me out/dry me out or look cakey--wanted something that I could throw on my face in the morning and last all day without touchups but look clean/natural/set. The gal sat me down and tried several brands, from BB balms and tinted moisterizers to heavier stuff--and she brought up MUFE Mat Velvet in #25 warm ivory--the name is misleading, as it's a bit pinkish in tone--and after priming my skin, she applied this with the sephora #45 mineral powder brush (NOT the foundation brush, but it worked really well). She swirled it into my face, just a tiny squirt of the tube covered my whole face on a medium level. I have to say it feels great, but I need an SPF--so I got the Smashbox primer with SPF and UGH, it's too oily in my t-zone--that's my only concern, wish this had an SPF to it--i prefer my foundations to have SPF or my powders and NOT my primers or moisterizers--for my sensitive skin that's combination/dry it works better that way.
This is expensive but I like the packaging and it lasts most of the day--after 5-6 hours I do get a shiny nose, so you actually DO need to use a blotting tissue or a powder to touch up--the shade works pretty well on me, too--would check out their other stuff and repurchase this :)
Must say was very impressed with this foundation. I have dry areas, around my nose and forhead. I moisturised and used "the Present" primer from philosophy. I used a stippling brush to apply and was AMAZED that I only needed a tiny tiny amount. I was worried that my dry areas would come through but this did not happen. Coverage was fantastic, did not need concealer. You have to work quick though or you won't be able to blend. I know this foundation is geared towards oily skin, but this is a great summer foundation if you have dry/combo skin and want to feel "done up". Skin looked and felt incredible for 8 hours. I think my primer had alot to do with this as well. Primer is a must if you have dry/combo skin. Highly recomend. My only concern was with having to work quickly, as i mentioned. Maybe applying Mac Fix + to brush would help this.
Changing rating to a 5. Just love this compared to anything else i've tried.
HG of foundations for me HANDS DOWN!!! I've recently recovered from a 2 year acne outbreak, like serious acne and this little bottle is my new best friend! It's a little pricey for me and I thought the bottle was just so tiny but really, one bottle lasts me almost a year. I don't wear it everyday as a foundation but do as concealer here and there. My dad hates makeup, one day he asked me what happened to my skin. I was worried that my foundation was noticable but then he said my face was so fresh and clear and that usually I had a pimple here and there (thanks Dad, lol!!!). So that says alot about this product. It lasts and lasts and lasts too! I use makeup remover wipes and I was awestruck at how much there was on the wipe at the end of the day. This stuff makes me so happy!!!
I think I've found my HG foundation. My skin is very prone to acne, oily on the t-zones at the end of the day, and I have minor discolorations due to acne. This foundation is just awesome, right now, I can't find a word to articulate and describe the impressive results I got from using this product. I used to use MAC's Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC42, but my face would be oily in a couple of hours, so I constantly have to blot my face. But for Mat Velvet+, my face is not only matte, it stays on the whole day. The longest I've worn this foundation is 13 hours and it looked as if I just applied it (with the help of Stilla's One Step Primer). You can also double this up as a concealer. I have discoloration on my face, so I just take dab some on them, and poof, as if it's never there. I don't even have to set it with powder, it's amazing, I'm truly impressed.
As a reference, I have a medium tan skin and I use shade 55.
The downsize is the size and price. The length is like the palm of my hands, kind of small, and it does get expensive since I run out fast because I use it everyday.
I really love this product because it works well in controlling my oily skin throughout the day. I use less than a pea-sized amount every time because I don't really need heavy coverage and this foundation works well enough that only a small amount is needed to cover minor blemishes. There is no irritating scent, which I love, and the packaging is sleek and sturdy, which makes it great for travel. The price is not terribly bad, but it is on the expensive side for a college student like myself. Overall, this foundation does what it claims to do, therefore meeting my expectations and becoming my HG product.
UPDATE: I'm disappointed! When I first started using this product, it was wonderful. It matified perfectly and looked almost exactly like my skin tone (I wear #30). I thought I had found my HG foundation. But after about a month of using it I've noticed it has some pretty major flaws. This foundation tends to settle into fine wrinkles under the eye, forehead, laugh lines, etc. It exaggerates any flakey/dry skin you have. The mat texture only lasts about 2 hours into a normal day, even if you're not doing anything that would cause you to sweat and make it melt off. It just melts off by itself and you end up looking all oily and uneven skin toned in the middle of the day. It really doesn't last with primer either. Plus if you even get a slight amount on your under eye bags or mix it with your concealer to blend... Your eyes look leathery, saggy, and multiple years older. I've tried everything from applying with different brushes, dabbing a tissue over, spraying MAC Fix+ over, applying less, and switching shades. It looks like you applied a cheap drugstore foundation then caked nothing but transparent powder on. If you want something with a mat finish, you're safer just avoiding this product.