The quality and powder fomula of MUFE duo mat is great! When i used it, it gave me a very good mat look without looking cakey. The only downside is after going through two compactors i find that the powder color did not suit my yellow undertoned skin. Most of their colors are too light or pink for my skin. I moved on to Sephora brand duo mat, good color variety but the coverage and formula not even comparible to MUFE!
this is the silkiest pressed powder i have ever used in my entire life. i'd say it's about sheer to medium coverage, but easily buildable. if you want medium+, i would suggest applying it in light layers as it may look a little too matte. a few things though: i have a problem with colors. i'm right in-between a NC20 and NC25. NC25 is slightly too orange, and i tried 203 in Duo Mat and that was WAY too orange. i then returned it and got 202, and now it's not yellow enough for me. go figure. if i wear it, i have to apply some bronzer with it so it blends it (kind of annoying). that and the fact that in order for me to get medium + coverage i have to build it up very carefully really sucks. it also seemed to get used up very quickly. within two weeks, i already started to see the bottom of the compact peek out. it'll probably be better for those with oily skins who need only sheer to medium coverage. looks really cakey/obvious on me though. probably only good for people with very evenly textured skin (i just recovered from a crazy break-out from hell which left my skin uneven).
I use 201 Ivory in this powder foundation, #20 in Mat velvet, Porcelain 2 in full cover concealer (only for my eyes or else its too light) and Ivory01 in the velvet finish powder. NC15 in mac- pale with strong yellow undertons. Anyone NC20 could easily wear this color as well. I took off one star because I agree with other reviewers, this powder foundation does not mattify any more than a drugstore powder foundation. I think it is VERY pigmented, a finely milled powder in pressed form , so it feels extra smooth, and light weight on the skin. I took off a second star because it lasts all day coverage wise, but I do get a shiny in my tzone by midday. This gives a heavy powdery look over full coverage foundations, and when worn alone. When I use it directly after applying MUFE full cover concealer under my eyes, I find the powder makes the under eye area look cakey, but I think thats the concealer's fault. What I really like about this color, is that it has a lot of yellow. It evens out all imperfections in my pale skin. It works extremely well to counter act blue/purple/brown under eye circles, and the yellow cuts redness anywhere you put it. I use my Jane Iredale flat top brush with it, or use the velour puff thing it came with. Both application methods give me awesome full coverage. Much better coverage than mac studio fix powder for reference. I like MUFE velvet pressed compact better for oil control, and setting makeup, but this duo mat powder fndtn, is awesome at giving full, flawless coverage. People have even commented, "you have better color" about my face. They usually notice my paleness, but the yellow in this foundation makes my pale skin come alive. Before this, I was using MAC mineralize skinfinish natural, which is awesome, but not as full coverage as this. It doesnt give me a tan look, but a healthy pale look. I think people without yellow undertones will not like this. Because it has the strong yellow, I will be able to use it now in winter, and in the summer when my face is a little bit darker. It works great for setting conealer or foundation over blemish, undereye circles, or even dry patches. It doesnt sink into my pores, or look flaky in any way, just a bit powdery at times. I do think its worth the price, and it lives up to its powder foundation name, but I dont think its the best product to get for mattifying. I am really happy with this purchase, and I do recommend trying this out. I have been extremely happy with all of the makeupforever products I have purchased.. Update* aug 09 I am not going to repurchase this, its just too cakey if you look up close with a mirror, does not mattify like it should, gives good coverage, but its so heavy and isnt a natural look
I have dry skin, but I love the convenience and finish of powder foundation. I've tried several, but none compares to Duo Mat. The finish is really natural, not overly powdery at all. It's the only powder foundation I've tried that doesn't accentuate dry patches. Coverage is good, light to medium, depending on if you use a brush or sponge. I have clear skin with redness, and this evens out my skintone pretty well. It lasts until I take it off at night. I wear 201, the palest yellow shade. For reference I'm NC15-20 in MAC, Warm Ivory in Bobbi Brown, and 117 in MUFE HD.
i REALLY love this stuff. i just didnt give it a "5" for price because it is $32 (sorta pricey), but it give me really good coverage (covered my acne and scars), and looove the matte look, it soaks up oil really well too. it multi-tasks well too...I really like the packaging...i think its sleek (i hate huge, bulky compacts)! its snaps shut GREAT with a little magnet, mirror and sponge! i can just trust this ONE THING for my WHOLE face, if im on the go. its great. i was a little skeptical because i have dry skin but it works fine with just some moisturizer, which is really important to me. The color also is great for me. I got a 203 and im like an NC 25-27ish
I think this whole brand in general has really satisfactory products! and i never break out with them. the french know what they are doing! haha
The packaging reads " A 2 in 1, Duo Mat combines the coverage of a foundation with the mat effect of a powder, giving an even and long lasting finish. Enriched in Micropearl, Duo Mat evens, matifies the skin and mask imperfections without causing dryness. The skin is protected thanks to a vegetal active ingredient, India Cassia extract. It creates a biofilm that maintains the hydro-balance. the silicon oil offers a smooth and comfortable texture."
true to its words
Great coverage when used alone over a primer and well moisturized face. Unfortunately I won't buy again because even if you only use a little everyday, it doesn't seem to last very long. For the price there should be more product.
I went to Sephora to find a powder foundation that has good coverage to go over my Laura Mercier Silk creme foundation. The SA assured me this would be perfect. I was so excited when I first tried it it melted off my face in seriously about 2 hours!!!! I was very dissapointed this powder is more like a transluscent powder NO COVERAGE at all. When I took it back even the other SA I talked to and told her how dissapointed I was in this she agreed with me!! I like a little coverage but not cakey the "FLawless Look" I switched to the Laura Mercier powder foundation I love it!!! please don't waste your time and money on this if you are looking for any kind of coverage!
The coverage is awesome - I use this by itself - I know some people use it on top of foundation. It gives me perfect coverage and really evens my skintone nicely. I look like a new woman! Now, hopefully I won't break out from it!! So excited!!
edit...like every other friggin powder i've tried - this breaks me out. sad, because it evened my skintone so nicely.
This powder gives really good coverage on its own if you use the sponge applicator. If I wear a liquid foundation underneath it (MUFE Velvet Mat) then I use a powder brush.
edit: sometimes this causes my face to become oily.
i had been using clinique's stay matte sheer powder in stay golden to set my foundation and to do some touch ups throughout the day... i decided to try this and i have to say.. this stuff is AMAZING. it leaves my skin matte and my foundation has been able to stay on my face longer than i have ever experienced. this is definitely my HG pressed powder. what i love about this as well is that, because its a foundation, during my "lazy days" i can put on some moisturizer, concealer, put the duo mat powder foundation on and just GO. so quick, so easy and so multi functional. i would recommend this to anyone with oily skin.
ps. this has amazing coverage for me as well. i have many acne scars and, although i still use concealer, this diminishes the appearance of my capillaries and whatever else i need covered. great product!