I really like this EXCEPT I look a little pale with the color I have (which is the lightest). I am fair-skinned, but perhaps the color was a little too light? I think I will stick with foundations without any titanium or zinc oxide to be on the safe side for photos. I did like the coverage/finish of this a lot, it's absolutely perfect.
As for causing breakouts, I'm not sure. The clarity of my skin seems to depend more upon the quality of my diet, followed by skin care. I don't think full-coverage foundations are ideal for everyday wear though. Skin needs to breathe!
If only I would consistently photograph perfectly with this! It looks so beautiful on. If I can't find a similar product without sunscreen ingredients, I may just come back to this and go for a darker color.
Update: This looks so bad now that I'm using more acne treatments. It accentuates the slightest dryness.
Update: Mixing the Alabaster and Ivory gives me a good color match. (Still annoying to have to mix! I wish Laura Mercier never changed their formulas, cause I had my perfect color with them.) After reading review after review saying this photographs great and taking into consideration the package says this MAY contain titanium dioxide, my opinion is us fair-skinned gals should opt for a different foundation (at least for flash photos). Even though they do make great products and are known in particular for their foundations, I just can't seem to have the best luck with Make Up For Ever.
Also, with the shade 20, it does seem to oxidize on me.
i have oily/acne prone skin. I bought this thinking it would nicely cover blemishes as well as control my oil. . I was WRONG I hated this, it lasted less than half a day and I would need to reapply during lunch break. Not to mention I looked like a cake face for about 2 weeks until i finally had to throw it away because it broke me out so bad. STAY AWAY. Now i am just using Organic Wear Loose powder and my face is almost clear and no more freakin breakouts. Amen.
The color and coverage was perfect but after a week of using this I broke out really bad. I had to return this.
Great color - palest shade in #15 works, dries matte, t-zone oily in 2 hours without powdering, too drying for cheeks (I have combo skin). Texture is a thicker liquid than most liquid foundations. Stilll working with application techniques, with hands do far works alright. Wouldn't repurchase unless I find a way to work around it (suitable primer, application, setting)
CREASE CENTRAL ON MY FACE!!!.... Oil control? NONE......... Long lasting? if you call 3 hours long...yes.... Extremely oily skin girls beware. I wanted to love it! :(
I'm an oily girl, but I do have dry patches on my cheeks, around the sides of my nose, and a bit on my chin. It was definitely mattifying, but if you have combo skin whatsoever, this foundation will highlight the dry parts. I think it would work best for truly oily skin. I'm shade 25, (NW15) and the color match was fine. The coverage was good, too (nice full coverage).
I am very disappointed with this foundation. First of all, I used Make Up Forever's HD foundation, and it was pretty good. So I decided to stick with this brand after my HD foundation ran out. I picked the Mat Velvet, and this turned out to be a bad choice. This foundation is super dry when I blend it on my face, it looks cakey and some of the dry spots are peeling even though I put on moisturizer before using the foundation. I don't have oily skin or dry skin. And the package is terrible, there's no pump, the first time I opened it, the liquid just poured out from the bottle totally out of control. I don't know what to do with this foundation, I hate to use it but don't wanna waste it. Def not buying again.
Luckily, I went into Sephora to ask for a tester (week supply) of the MUFE HD foundation but the makeup girl insisted that I try the Mat Velvet instead since I told her my face tends to get super oily and that it is acne prone. So I ended up getting this. I have only used it for one day and I really do not like it even though I really want to. When first applied, it can look a little dry.. weird eventhough I moisturize. It didnt bother me too much since the dry areas were my chin and forehead, which get greasy anyways. This foundation did not hold up on my oily face at all.. 2 hours into wearing it, my face is already shiny, not oily but dewey... I had to resist blotting or putting any powder on. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand it any longer.. I blotted with a napkin and powdered myself.. D: I expected a better quality foundation thats suited for my skin...
Matte upon application
Only matte for 2 hours
Needs powder and blotting throughout the day
Oxidizes in oily places
I am a blue-eyed NW10 (NW20 in the summers when tanning from a bottle).
FYI - I think the Karla Sugar swatches photographed just a tiny bit lighter than they are, maybe it's an optical illusion because her arm seems darker than the lightest 4 swatches.
-Application and Coverage: I like to use this as both a foundation and a concealer. I do a thin layer all over my face using a beauty blender, then go back with a concealer brush (I love Sephora's airbrush concealer brush) on my acne scarring and under eye circles. After the first layer, my acne scarring and under eye circles are still visible, but my light freckles are not and my general skin looks even, so I would give the first layer a rating of 50% coverage. I would give the second "concealer" layer a rating of 80% coverage. This foundation, although I would consider it medium-to-full coverage, will not cover your darkest under eye circles and angriest blemishes on its own. It dries to a matte finish very fast, so blending must be done quickly.
-Shade matching and Oxidation:15 is great for N10/15, I find it goes on very light but dries slightly darker. 20 seems to match NW17, and 25 seems to match NW22. I have all 3, as this is one of my favorite foundations to wear year-round. Although the foundation dries maybe half a shade darker, it does not oxidize throughout the day. the foundation will be the same color at the end of the day, as when it dries in the morning.
-Longevity and Oil Control: I have combination skin, with dry patches on my cheeks and oil shine in the corners of my nose and forehead. This foundation lasts a good 12-18 hours on my face in terms of maintaining the coverage it had when I first put it on. It does not fade, especially with setting powder. I do get some oil in the creases of my nose by mid-day, but my forehead stays shine-free. Even with a layer of powder, this is truely a matte-finish foundation.
-Needs primer? finishing spray? I find this goes on fairly smooth and lasts all day regardless of using a primer or finishing spray or not. If you have dry skin, you may want to use a moisturizing primer before applying the foundation, just because this is decently matte, so would show flakes or dry out your skin. Additionally, I like to set it with powder, but that's more so out of habit and desire of full coverage than needing to "set" the foundation.
Overall, this is a great foundation that I have been using for a year and will continue to use. I would recommend it for most people, as it seems pretty versatile, except for those with very dry skin.