I love this foundation. It covers up really well, just going over your face once with this foundation will cover up any redness or imperfections, no need to build it up or anything. I use this with Too Faced's Primed and Poreless primer and it leaves my face looking flawless.
Unfortunately, this foundation did not work for me. I was planning on wearing this to a dance party, and I read that this stays matte for a long time so decided to give this a try. The one mistake I made was buying a shade too light for my skin. I bought this in shade 20, and when I took a picture of myself with flash, my face looked very ghastly and unattractive. Although this is a personal issue, I encourage you to be very careful when you're looking for the right shade. Most likely when you test it on your skin at the store, you're going to use a very small amount to see if it'll match your skin tone. In the store, it might look good, but when you actually use a larger amount to cover your entire face, it'll look different and more concentrated. So just because that tiny amount you put on your face blends really well and looks good on your skin, doesn't mean it'll look that way when you put it on your entire face.
As for the application, it dries very quick, so you need to work fast. I used a stippling brush from StudioTools, and I found myself panicking because it was drying at a very fast rate. The only thing that I liked here during the application was how little product I needed. I didn't need to squeeze out a lot of product, which is great considering how this cost me $36 at Sephora. After finishing my entire face, the first thing I noticed was how the foundation literally just sat on my face. I buffed it out as much as I could, but unfortunately it just didn't blend into my skin, so it looked quite unnatural. I have combination skin - the skin on my forehead is very oily, and so is the skin around my nose. But the nose itself is very dry. What was very strange was how the foundation would really bring out my whiteheads around my nose and would even sit on some of the dry skin (the dry skin that you usually can't see unless you wear foundation that doesn't work for you).
As for coverage, it covers very well. The skin around my nose is very red, and so is my acne covered temples. This foundation is not heavy coverage like Revlon Colorstay, but I'd say medium coverage.
Another thing I didn't like was how it felt on my skin. I could feel it pulling at my skin, and smiling was rather uncomfortable. Considering how I wanted to wear this to a social event, this foundation would have felt even more uncomfortable.
I decided to let it sit on my skin for a while. After about 3 hours, I noticed that the oils around my nose started to form, and my skin looked rather dewy. It actually looked better than right after I put on the foundation, but that means it didn't serve its purpose as a matte foundation.
The only other thing I liked was the packaging, It's kind of like a squeezing tube, so it's very sanitary and not messy. But that's really it. :( I will be returning this to Sephora soon and possibly try out the Face and Body Foundation that people rave about.
This is the best foundation I have used. It covers well, you can build it up. I have freckles and if I put it on lightly it will cover imperfections but my freckles will still show through so I don't look like a white sheet. I use a brush to apply and it goes on great. It keeps my face mat even without any powder. It has actually improved my acne prone skin and I don't break out if I don't wash it off at night.
This does not contain SPF, this makes this a good choice to wear if you are going to be photographed with flash, such as at your wedding. I wore this for my wedding and my skin came out looking amazing!
I have never found a foundation that works as well for me as Revlon Colorstay. It is the standard by which I judge all other foundations. I'd heard great things about Mat Velvet, I had a Sephora gift card burning a hole, and I have that constant burning desire to find the next "miracle" product. So I got a bottle of MV. And I've gotta tell ya, it is every bit as good as CS. Matte, full coverage, lasts all day, don't need a primer. Great product. But if it's just as good as CS, why would I continue to buy it, when I can buy CS for a third of the price? Thus being the reason I only give it 4 stars and will not buy again. At least I had a gift card for the bottle I did get.
I found this foundation recommended for people with acne and it provides excellent coverage and I have not noticed any breakouts or clogged pores from this. On the contrary, since I stopped using MAC and switched to MUFE my skin has improved. This foundation lasts up to 12 hours on me and it stays true to color without any significant oxidation.
I was initially shocked at how small the bottle was for the price but I am still on the same tube 5 months later and I wear this foundation every day so a little goes a long way :)
As for my coloring, I am Asian with and normally wear NC30 and MUFE #40 was a great match with the right amount of yellow undertone for me.
I really like this foundation a lot. The finish is definitely matte, though natural looking. I found a dead on color match (am NC20 with a fair amount of yellow in my skin, my match in this is 20). It covers many of my problem areas (hyperpigmentation, and some acne scaring). Zero oxidation, color remains incredibly true for hours. I've tried so many foundations and this one is definitely in my top 5. But, it's not my #1. No matter how lightly I apply it, it always feels heavier than I'd prefer, and something in it makes my skin feel a little tight. So, I love the look, but it's a bit too much coverage for me, and the feel isn't super heavy, but it's too heavy for me for everyday wear (I tend to go for light foundations, though, so if you are used to heavier foundations this could be good). Still, it's soooo much better than lots of foundations out there, and if for some reason I couldn't get a hold of my HG foundation, this would be my back-up in a second. Lots of pluses and minuses with this one. Worth a look, especially for ladies with very oily skin.
I have this product in three shades. I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand and apply it onto sections of my face using a stippling motion with a small size skunk brush. The product dries quite quickly hence why it is best to work small sections of the face rather than to dot all over and try to blend. This technique gives a luminous airbrushed finish. I find the finish is not "matte" like you expect matte to be- i.e. it is not powdery nor cakey. It actually makes your skin look radiant and flawless. I like to use this product for touching up my makeup after a long day, especially if my face has become very oily as it does a great job of covering oily skin. I find that if I don't wash the product off my face thoroughly at the end of the day, I will have break-outs the following day.
After using nothing but drug store foundations for years I finally bit the bullet and bought something a little nicer. I'm so glad I was matched with this product. It matches my skin perfectly, I used a 20, and blends unbelievably well, given you have to work quickly. I do find that when it is a little warmer though I do get a bit oilier than I could like with this. It was an easy fix though. If I set the foundation with a loose powder it eliminates the problem. Just make sure to moisturize the dry spots on your face, mine is around my nose, before you apply or else it will make them show up a lot more. Overall though I love this foundation and would recommend it to anyone.
i really wanted to love this product. the color matched my skin and i figured out that it looked most natural when i applied it with my fingers only where i needed it. But i still got really oily a few hours later, and It extremely broke me out...after 4 cystic pimples later (which I haven't gotten in a few years), this went back to sephora :(
i had heard rave reviews on this so wanted to try it. i am combination but end up shiny mid day. breakout prone. but this made me look extra flakey and was very unflattering. i was color matched but i found it drying too pasty against my skin tone. just not the one for me.