I was very disappointed with this foundation. It was my oily skin even worse. Was a bit difficult to apply at first. As the day wore on, my skin was an oily mess. Could feel the foundation slipping off. (Not sure if it contains silicones, as they can trap oil under the surface of the skin, aggravating the condition.) Would not recommend to anyone!
I was hesitant to get this because I only use bb/cc creams now (I find foundation in general to be too cakey), but the "anti-shine" feature really attracted me -- oily skin has been the bane of my existence since a teenager. But this product is truly amazing and now my favorite -- if you apply a lightish layer, it doesn't even look like foundation but does cover my acne scars well, and it does control oil more than any other product I've tried (even mattifiers). I have fair-light, pink-neutral skin, and 115 is a perfect match. My only complaint is that it's a little hard to blend -- I find it's easier using a sponge and working quickly.
I love this. I usually buy my foundation at Sephora or Gerda Spillman, and while I will occasionally try a drug store foundation on a whim, I have never found one that was decent. This one, however, is great. It covers pores and doesn't sink into any fine lines. I am waitress and I am in and out of a hot kitchen. This does a great job staying on and controlling oil and is not too matte. It has more of a satin finish. I also like how easy it is to apply and touch up. Also, I don't really need a separate concealer. I do wear a silicon free primer with it. For shade reference, I wear a 155 in MUFE HD and 220 in this was a little light but looked fine when blended well.
Maybelline's Fit Me line is literally the only drugstore line that has a shade that I can wear (110) and its liquid version has been a mainstay for me for a while now. The only thing it seems to lack is oil control. When I read about this new formulation, I was very excited to see the many great reviews in a foundation that actually carries my shade--plus an "anti-shine" addition in the middle of the stick! Awesome.
I officially tried it first for a date night (risky, but worked out) to the beach/dinner/a concert. It was quite hot and I was drinking, a bit sweaty, etc...I was definitely a little worried but didn't have access to a mirror for a while. All in all, I was wearing this for at least 8 hours in the heat and it didn't budge much. I was surprised to see that it remained looking flawless/almost airbrushed until 2 AM with only one touchup.
Overall the finish is pretty light and gives a soft-focus look to the skin. I thought it was great. However, I'd take one lippie off because it didn't look quite as natural as the BB cream I typically wear. I set it with a tiny bit of L'oreal powder and perhaps that, combined with the built-in anti-shine powder, is what made it look slightly too powdery. Thankfully it all seemed to settle and "melt" into a more natural state over the next hour. I was worried initially about the shade 110 in this being "true" to the 110 in the liquid version, and it was.
I'll definitely use this again when I'm on the go or need something long-lasting. Application was fast and easy using my fingers. Easy to carry in a purse as well. However, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for dry/flaky-skinned people, as this highlighted a few flakes I have, though my skin is rarely ever dry.
I purchased this because I like foundation sticks, very convenient to use and I am a busy girl on the run during the day. I have normal skin in summers, and dry skin in winters.
For your reference: I have light warm tone Asian skin, and usually wear NC 25 overall in Mac foundations. Cold winters my shade can drop to NC 20, and in the mid hot summers I can go up to NC 30 max. For Makeup Forever, I wear their HD foundation in #120.
For this stick, my Walmart store sold out very fast, price was about Canadian Dollars $7.99, the cheapest I have found so far. I went again a couple of weeks later and the closest shade in stock I can use was 220 natural beige (which is great for NC 30 to 35 - medium yellow tone skin). So, with Summer coming, I figured I'll give this a try. I am happy I did, it works wonder for quick morning make up for warm days. It stays put for at least 5 to 6 hours without the need to touch up (which is sufficient for me - if it goes beyond that, it is a bonus!). I work in an office but have to run around quite a bit throughout the day.
I may say if you have oily skin, you need to powder around by mid day. If you have normal to slightly dry skin, then you should be fine.
The coverage is sheer to medium (build-able). Can dab more onto the under eyes to use as a concealer.
I always prep my skin with a good sunscreen lotion first before I apply any foundations.
The stick won't last that long if you use it daily, but still, for the price & quality (gel-like application and melts to powder on blending) is a fantastic idea!
Next time, if I want to pick this up again for Fall, I need to go one shade down and keep it at the yellow tone shade. I believe my shade range (yellow tone light to light/medium range) does sell out fast at the stores. Do grab them if you see them around at a decent price.
If you have very dry skin, I won't go for this unless you prep your skin well with good moisturizers.
For the packaging: Good overall, since the lid is plastic, I hope it won't crack on me overtime, and I hope I will remember to twist the stick all the way down before I snap the plastic cap on (especially when I am in a hurry). That is why I gave a 4 out of 5 for the packaging, but overall it is not a alright plastic tube container.
Overall, a great find and I like this much better than their Fit Me liquid foundation.
My skin: very oily, extremely fair, slight redness in cheeks, acne prone
I bought this in the lightest shade (110) and it is a perfect match for my skin tone. I am extremely fair and always buy foundation in the lightest shade.
it's a twist up stick and you get about 3 inches of product. lid stays on in my makeup bag and is easy to use
Price: $9 at Walmart which is pretty pricey IMO
Application: I run a few lines of this over my face after primer. At first I used a foundation brush to blend but that ends up being really streaky/uneven and just sinks into my pores. I then tried blending it with a beauty blender and that seemed to work better. I may try to apply it with my fingers next since none of these methods give me good coverage.
Staying power: This is where this foundation failed for me. My skin is OILY and this foundation was sliding off after a few hours. I normally use liquid foundations and have never had this issue. I usually get oily and then blot and then my skin looks perfect again. With this foundation my oil carries it around and it gathers around my nose and under my eyes and looks gross. I have to constantly use my fingers to press and blend it. When I blot, a lot of the foundation transfers off onto my oil sheet. It wont stay put for me, and I haven't noticed it helping my oiliness. After a few hours the redness in my skin is showing through and this doesn't happen with my other foundations.
Buy again: No. This foundation is difficult to apply and blend and has very poor staying power.
I was excited when I heard this product was coming out because anything that I can swipe on in a few seconds, blend and go is a winner! This gel stick did not let me down. I am pretty fair but I get a little bit of natural color in the summer months so I chose shade 130. It would be good dark in winter but it's perfect right now. I bought it on sale at Walgreens so the price was good. I am not impressed with Maybelline in that they don't properly seal their products. Even their lipsticks do not come with a safety seal which is why I only give this four stars for packaging. This foundation is light, does not require me to wear powder over it, sets to a matte finish and looks very natural. It is buildable so you can dab on extra product where you need more coverage which is a plus. I will repurchase this in a lighter shade for fall.
UPDATE: I bought a backup of this about a month ago and it WAS sealed which was a plus. This was a nice foundation for summertime because it's very sheer, but it does not offer a lot of coverage. It is also NOT shine free at all. About four hours into wearing this, I have to apply powder to get rid of the shine and I'm in my 40s. I will use this up but I will not repurchase. One lippie taken off my overall rating.
I'll be honest, I wasn't really expecting much out of this product because of its $6.99 price tag...but gosh, was I pleasantly surprised! I bought this in 110-Porcelain, and it was a perfect match for my extremely fair, oily skin. That is saying something, considering how much bad luck I have finding drugstore (and high-end, to be honest) shades that match my skin tone. First plus! This foundation is very smooth and blendable--I just applied it directly from the tube onto my skin in long strokes, and then blended it in and out. It took six or seven swipes to cover my whole face, but that was just a light layer, so I can't really speak to its layerability. The finish was very soft and even, and to use a cliche, it didn't even look like I had makeup on. I do have a few dry patches right now that it stuck to a bit more, but that's more of a personal issue rather than a product one.
As far as the shine-free claim goes: I have extremely oily skin, and I have made peace with that fact that no product will control it 100%. However, I will say that I wasn't as shiny as I am with many other foundations. I only had to blot twice throughout the day. My skin was noticeably smooth and dewy (but not too shiny) throughout the day. I think it would be great for someone with tamer oil production :)
It's true that you don't get too much product in the packaging, however, it's so inexpensive that that can't be too much of a gripe. The packaging is cheap-looking, but I think that also goes with the pricing. I am usually an expensive foundation girl, but this might just persuade me to cheat on my UD Naked foundation every once in a while. Keep these great products coming, Maybelline!
Okay so my 1st review of this I gave it really high rating but now that I've been wearing it a while I would say this is a no for me. It transfers easily and gave me breakouts. It is a good value and great if you needed a quick fix or something but not good for people with oily skin. I would say this would work for normal-dry skin types. Even though its marketed for us oily girls. You can also feel it on your skin which is another no no for me.
I really love this foundation's packaging because it is easy to apply and take places when traveling. It doesnt break me out. However because I have some dry patches on my skin and an oily t zone I've noticed this foundation sits on top of my dry areas and overtime makes my tzone pretty shiny. Italso dulls my complexion. I will perhaps repurchase this for traveling purposes to have in bag for touch ups but it is not my hg foundation.