Make Up For Ever • Duo Mat Powder foundation • Powder
|Would buy this product again.||69%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I have only used this for 2 days but so far I love it. It goes on nice and smooth. It feels like silk. It does not feel heavy on my combination t-zone oil-prone skin. I have been using mmu for about 2 yrs now and did not think that I would ever go back to any other foundation but after seeing a pic of someone with this on and all the rave reviews I decided to try it. It covers well and has stayed matte even though it has been really hot here and lasted well for about 12 hours...looked great even when it was time to wash off. It did not feel heavy which is what I was afraid of especially after using mmu for so long...everything else feels like a mask. I am NW20 and purchased 201. For summer it is a bit light but with bronzer it is fine. Its a beautiful product. I will update in a few weeks.(Update: I love this foundation..its my HG. However the color was way off. I finally ended up with 205 and it matches my summer skin perfect. I'm still only giving it 4 lippies b/c of the poor color selection. Even their pressed powder has a poor color selection. Could not find that in my color. No breakouts or anything from this. I use it most every day. Love, Love!)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This product might be ok if you can find your skincolor match, but I could not. I am light skinned with yellowish undertones. I got shade 201 and it looked like I had a mask on, even after I applied bronzer to my face, neck and chest. too heavy and pink! Other than that, it was not an aful product. did not dry me out upon initial application, applied smoothy and evenly, no noticable caking. when I touched up my chin, however, it picked up every little flake and made my skin look very dry and cake covered. did not last through the day, and made my skin look uneven and rough after about two hours of wear (uneven as in I looked like I needed to exfoliate when I saw myself under florescent lighting). I also don't like to have any heavy products on my skin. did keep me matte throughout the day, however, and had a nice medium coverage which made my skin appear freckle-less and spotless. so if you can find a perfect shade match, go for it, but I am out of luck :/ UPDATE: I did return the 201 and got the 200 instead, and it looks great on me. The only drawback is that if I wear this for 3 days in a row (instead of just on special occasions) it breaks my skin out :/ . I will keep it and use it on those days when we are taking pictures and things, but I will not wear it everyday.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
From all the raves here, I thought this product would be my HG- but it's not. Unlike most of the other reviewers here, I do not find this MUFE Duo Mat Powder Foundation all that much better than MAC's Studio Fix. Actually, I find it less appealing becuz of the lousy color selection. There are only about 11 colors to choose from, and none were really a perfect match for my skin. (NW20 in MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory or Beige Ivory [I can wear either], MAC Studio Fix in C3.) With the help of a Sephora SA, we settled on 203. 202 appeared way too pink on my skin. I have used this powder for only 2 days so far, but I don't find it to be 'all that and a bag of chips'- at least not yet. It doesn't keep the oilies at bay, the color is not really a perfect match for my skin, and it feels kind of dry and chalky when I first apply it. The first time I used it... it actually made my face itch! This is just an "okay" powder, and it is not one that I can see myself purchasing again. I will update and edit if it begins to do spectacular things for my face, but I won't hold my breath. (Seems I don't have high hopes for this one.) 5/30/07: EDIT: I just wanted to come back and say that this powder does cover my dark spots pretty well for a powder foundation, so I gave it another lippie. Also, it actually does keep my face more matt than liquid foundations do as the day goes on- as long as I use Duo Mat ALONE, and not on top of a liquid/creme foundation. I won't give the last lippie becuz I am still not sure about the color...
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Really cakey and made me break out, but I really liked the packaging. Reminds me of MAC studio fix.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have oily skin, so ive been looking for a powder foundation other than MAC which breaks me out. so i bought this one,at first i got #209 since im an NC 40, and it seemed too dark so i exchanged it for the 207 which seems right, but theres a big difference in color between the two for some reason i dont know maybe its just me. I think im going to buy the 209 again just to keep in case i get darker. or to mix the two colors since the 207 seems really light if i dont pile on the bronzer. but over all its the best powder foundation and ive tried everything from Prescriptives, shiseido, mac, laura mercier, chanel, and nars. it really does keep my skin from getting oily, i rarely have to touch up my makeup after i leave the house. and its also great coverage too, and i use MUFE full cover in #10 for acne scars.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This foundation is pretty good. I'm still on the hunt for something perfect, but this will do for now. This is the first non-MAC cosmetic product I have bought in a million years! It is quite expensive, I'm not used to paying that much. The finish is great and very matte, and does last for most of the day (I require a little blot powder here and there to keep shine at bay). I wish it came in a wider range of colours, because the lightest one for me is a little too yellow-toned, but after it settles for a bit the match is pretty good. Overall a very good foundation. My mom tried it, however, and hated it. It brought out every single imperfection in her face. I wouldn't suggest it for more mature skins.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
its ok. not really impressed. was expecting more from the reviews. works similarly to my mac powder that i got around x-mas which is a cross between the blot and studio fix... not sure if they still sell it.. it was a special edition. anyways, i was expecting more. i got a zit on my nose after using this stuff, but i also put on some new lotions so im not sure what caused it........
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have combo skin and always have used liquid foundation. I was looking for something new because liquid foundation was not working for my skin lately, oxidizing, flaking and in some places becoming oily. Since I heard such rave reviews about this product, I decided to try a powder foundation. I'm latina with fair to medium skin tone and chose shade 203 which worked really well. This covers well, especially the larger pores in my T-Zone. It's a medium coverage that evens out skin tone and lets yours natural skin show through. When you put this on your face it feels like silk! It doesn't settle in fine lines or wrinkles and it doesn't accentuate any dry patches I may have on my skin. The staying power is pretty good. I did notice the slightest bit of tightness when I first applied it, I think my moisturizer is too light or I applied too much! But the tightness went away shortly after. So far, I'm loving this!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was using mac for the last few years but I heard alot of great reviews on this .So I found a color that matched perfectly which could be pretty hard to find in this line .I wear a mac nw20 but I decided to go shade 200 and it matched my face and neck perfect .I wore it for a while and I felt like I was wearing nothing .I think I found my HG foundation I would also like to try other products from this line .
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It might be too early for me to review this since I just got it but nonetheless, I noticed there aren't many reviews concerning NC35 skintone so this review is mainly concerning the color. I ordered #205 from Sephora.com based on the description "Medium Beige". When it arrived, it appeared fairly golden yellow. Moreover, it looked a touch more golden than how a MAC NC30 Studiofix would look like in the compact. Anyway, I tried it on, and it's too light for me. I did not wash it off immediately because I wanted to see if it would change color (oxidize) into a darker shade. Wow, unlike Studiofix, this did not oxidize!!! In addition, I was not an oily mess after an hour. I know one of the reviews below cited that #205 was "way" pink, but that is not true in my opinion. If you are a NC30, this would be a perfect shade for you. I am giving this a 4 out of 5 because of the color match, but I will exchange this color for the next shade up, #207. If it works out for me, I will update my review :) Hope this helps! *UPDATE* 06.01.07 So, I exchanged the #205 for #207 and it works out perfectly! If you are a NC35, get 207.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
didn't find anything extraordinary about this. coverage was fine, texture was fine, but the color selection is awful. being pale, i ususally have issues finding appropriate matches in any line but this was especially bad. far too pink or yellow and too dark, even when blended. went back.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm in minority here, but this powder foundation didn't impress me at all. I'm oily and prone to breakouts, and was looking for something with medium coverage and with oil control properties.
This product doesn't keep me matte for longer than 1, maybe 2 hours, and then I have to blot. For reference, Chanel DPF is able to keep me matte for 3-4 hours.
Coverage-wise, it's OK. I was expecting more, but since my face looks good these days, just a few acne marks and the occasional pimple, I have no complaints about it.
It didn't break me out, which is another plus.
I'm just using it as powder on top of my foundation, but it doesn't work any better, in my case, than a regular cheaper pressed powder.
EDIT - I'm giving one extra lippie because it's actually a very decent product, when used as a powder on top of foundation. Improves the coverage of the foundation and keeps me matte looking for a decent amount of time.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I picked up this foundation yesterday from Sephora after reading glowing reviews here. I am MAC NC 30ish and have combo skin. I am currently wearing Duo Mat foundation in #205 and the color matches fairly well. My neck tends to be a bit yellower than my face (not exactly sure why) and I always find it difficult to find a foundation that matches both my face and neck perfectly. With that said, I am very happy with the color match. It doesn't seem to change color on me either. =)
When I first put this foundation on, it felt... very mat! I could feel my skin becoming a bit tight. My t-zone tends to get very oily and this foundation helps a little with controlling oil. I still find myself blotting my face every 2 hours or so but it's great how my face doesn't turn into oil sleek. It has a medium coverage and it feels very light on skin. It doesn't look too makeup-y either. I used a sponge that came with it and it was OK. I think I'm going to try using a face brush or a puff tomorrow. Overall, I am fairly happy with this foundation and I'll update again in a few weeks (I want to see if this causes breakouts!).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
I've been using MAC studiofix NC25 for so long I don't remember when I started. I had no other choice since I thought it was the best on the market and prefer powder foundation because my face is oily. Studiofix started to melt on me since I move to a more humid area. I tried MUFE duo mat powder foundation based on the review. And I'm so glad I did. This duo mat is so light it's like I'm wearing nothing. And it stays longer than my usual studiofix. Also it doesn't cause glasses mark (studiofix usually does this, it sorts of melt around the nose area where the glasses rest). I use 202 shade but I think it's too pink on me but it's not bothersome. I will buy either 201 or 203 shade so it will look more natural on me. And I will switch from MAC Studiofix to MUFE duo mat powder foundation.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I finally found my HG foundation. I was skeptical about trying this line, I thought it was going to similar to mac studiofix(which broke me out) but boy I was completely wrong, I love this duo mat powder, I'm a c2 and wear 202 and it matches my skin perfectly. I have tried so many other powders chanel DPF, Mac studiofix, BE, Paulas choice all broke me out! I can actually say that this foundation has cleared my skin. The texture is silky a glide on smooth, doesn't dry my skin out and has medium buildable coverage.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I really love this foundation! It goes on smoothly and doesn't cake. It's buildable so it can be used as a finishing powder (over liquid foundations or even "glowier" MMU like Laura Mercier or BE), and as a medium to full foundation. It keeps me matte all day long. I normally like the glowier look in the winter months but in the spring/summer months, glowy just looks oily on me so I tend to go for a more matte look. Other brands of matte powder foundations accentuates every fine line on my face and looks really aging on my 48 year old skin but not Duo Mat! It feels really light on the skin as well. Best of all, no breakouts! As for color, I am medium fair asian and I use the #4 in the Full Cover Concealor. However in the Duo Mat, I can wear the 201. The 202 is too pink for me. I will most likely wear this foundation all summer!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I'm so happy that I visited the Make Up For Ever counter today. Being a woman of colour, I have a difficult time finding a foundation that works very well with my skin tone. Many shades are off as they are too red or orangy. However, the shade I picked up today in the Duo Mat foundation is 216-caramel colour. This shade perfectly disappears/blends into my skin tone and it didn't change colour on me! I have been using the Triple C-Weed loose powder by Sue Dewitt but I find that the shade now doesn't work for me as my face has slightly darkened, and as very sheer powder, it does not even out my skin tone. I choose to stick by powders or powder/foundations as they remain the same colour throughout the day. Liquid foundations are a big no no for people who have oily or combination skin (which I have), as it oxidizes and changes colour throughout the day. Right now I'm struggling with major breakouts and hyperpigmentation as a result of the acne "scars" and I find that so far this foundation minimizes my flaws and matifies my face! I used to wear MAC, but find that their shades (despite carrying a nice range of shades) just don't work for me.The Duo Mat foundation is somewhat pricey (37$ CAN before tax)...but its worth it as it seems to do what its supposed to do! I I've spent more money on other foundations from other brands including Prescriptives, Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder, so over all this powder foundation is above average price but not outright expensive. I really like how my skin/complexion looks with this powder foundation. Just the pick-er up I need! I would definitely recommend this powder foundation to my friends and family! One final thing: The shade appears dark in the pan under different lighting conditions; however, when held up near natural light, it appears as a nice caramel colour! *UPDATE*: I don't know what I was thinking, but....I have the wrong colour! I was shocked to see that the shade I bought was too dark for me. I mean several shades off. I think initially the colour blends into my skintone but afterwards it darkens big time. I wore this foundation to work this morning and as soon as I reached my office, I had to go to the bathroom and wash this stuff off! Also, I didn't find that it controlled the oil well in my face and now is the time that my body produces more oil as it's warmer. For some strange reason, this power/foundation had a somewhat heavy look on me. I usually find that is the case with liquid foundations. Oh well, I hope I can get a refund on it.
UPDATE: July 19, 2008
For some reason I decided to try this powder foundation again and it works! I've been using it for approximately 2 weeks and with the humid weather in Toronto, it's holds up pretty well. Humid weather or not, it definitely has better shine controll compared to Sue Devitt's Triple Seaweed Loose Powder I've been using for at least 1.5 years. Also, it doesn't appear to change colour on me. Interestingly enough, I bought 214 shade and it works very well with my skin tone. I don't know what happened when I first purchased this in Vancouver. Shade 216 which I originally purchased in Vancouver is definitely too dark for me. I think perhaps the sales associate gave me the wrong colour. In any event, I'm very pleased with shade 214 and like how my skin looks under different lightings (i.e., artificial light, natural light w/ sun or overcast conditions). This powder does give a better coverage that Sue Devitts and is therefore can appear too heavy if applied with the sponge. Best applied with a powder brush. I've altered my original ratings to reflect my happiness with this powder now!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
I finally hit pan on my Studio Fix NC20, and was glad to try something new. I definitely wanted a compact foundation, since I'm often applying my face at work rather than at home, and my liquid foundations just don't travel that well, nor are they particularly speedy to apply. I chose Duo Mat because the Studio Fix was both less coverage and less matte than my ideal.
Well, Duo Mat is fabulous! It's a wonderful medium to full coverage powder foundation that is buildable. I generally apply with the sponge that came with it, and I just press and pat it on the areas I want most coverage, and then blend it out with sweeping motions to smooth it all together. It also makes a suitable pressed powder over liquid foundations, particularly MUFE's Mat Velvet. Although both are described as full coverage matte foundations, I find I get a beautiful, natural matte finish, with just a small amount of healthy looking sheen - not glow, glisten, gleam, just sheen, like how the light reflects off of a baby's cheek. Just pretty!
Shadewise, I use both 200 - Beige Opalescent, and 201- Ivory. Both work well for me, and I find them to be interchangeable. The 201 is just a bit richer, but not dark, tan, orange or pink. I love them both!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
After much deliberation, (I was put off by the price tag, around $32 U.S.) I was swayed by the great reviews on this site and ordered this foundation from Sephora. So far, it has greatly exceeded my wary expectations for a powder foundation. The packaging, while not particularly luxurious or attractive, is light weight, reasonably durable, and serves its purpose. There is a sizable mirror and a separate compartment to keep the sponge hygienic and dry. I tried applying the product both with the included sponge and the Pout airbrush buffer. I prefer the brush application; it gave more even and thorough coverage and prevented the makeup from caking onto dry spots (which it will do; the website advises making sure that any moisturizer--which you will need beforehand--be lightweight, evenly applied and well absorbed before makeup application). The makeup itself is wonderful! I have never seen a powder foundation that both covers so well (I'd call it 'true medium' coverage that's buildable) and looks so natural, sort of naturally glowy yet matte. There is none of the talc-y oiliness that I experienced with MAC Studio Fix. There is no scent. It feels as lightweight as a pressed powder and just glides on. I have very oily, fair skin with some large pores, rosacea and fine lines that attract makeup settling like magnets, and this foundation took me through a ten hour day with very little fading, minimal shine, no cracking or pooling in pores. I have yet to try a makeup that has performed so well on my skin type. It kept me matte almost all day without feeling uncomfortable (either too tight and dry or heavy and oily) and did a good job of covering minor blemishes. For serious redness, broken capillaries or very dark undereye circles, you will need a small amount of concealer in addition. The site recommends keeping it away from the eye area to prevent fine lines from becoming exaggerated, but i tried it as an undereye concealer over some light eye cream out of curiosity and found that it actually worked quite well. It didn't totally cover my Edward Gorey-esque dark circles, but it lightened them enough that I could use it in a pinch sans concealer and still feel confident leaving the house.
I purchased shade #200, 'Beige Opalescent', and found it to be approximately half a shade to one shade too dark for me (NC15-ish, sometimes paler). It may be a good match once i start spending a little more time outside come summer. I did not purchase the first lightest shade in the range, #199, 'Pink Beige', as it indeed looked very pink (if this isn't the case in real life, it may be light enough for me).
Overall, a great product. I have not yet experienced any breakouts, but if I do, I will update. I took off one lippie for limited color selection and the fact that it could have had a little more coverage for my taste. In spite, though, it's a product well worth the money. I will stay on the lookout for another excellent powder foundation with a better colour for me--if you know of one, please message me!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan, Cool Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I Absolutely Love this Powder/Foundation!!! I just received mine from Sephora today, and it will definitely be replacing my MAC Studio Fix foundation (NC40) and powder sheer coverage. This is very light weight, and matches my skin tone perfectly (#209). It is costly, but worth every scent. It provides a nice matte finish concealing all blemishes and oily spots, and you only need to apply it once. It doesn't leave hard to remove stains if you ever get it on your clothes (unlike MAC-I had to throw out a shirt because of how bad Studio Fix stained it) Anywho, this is a fab new foundation. Love it!