Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

3.7

1139 reviews

61% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Corn Starch Modified, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Mica, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Propylene Carbonate, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I am going to have to conclude that the good reviews are from people with perfect skin. After the MUA applied this it looked ok under lights. When I went outside and checked the mirror it was horrid, cakey, streaky and didn't hide any imperfections. It was more like a tinted moisturizer. 4 hours later it was basically gone. I feel stupid for thinking it should be better than Revlon Colorstay because its 3x the price. If you need coverage - don't get his.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is one of the few foundations that work with my oily skin. I find that it gives a really lovely smoothing effect to my skin when I apply it. It is the best foundation I've tried that works so well in covering enlarged pores. The consistency is quite creamy and thick, but it has enough silicone in the formula to give some slip to it. I recommend working it in one area of the face at a time to ensure that everything is fully blended and worked into the skin. Since I have oily skin, I don't use a primer or moisturizer underneath to ensure that it lasts longer. If you have dry-normal skin, I would recommend using a good moisturizer or else it will just apply dry and patchy on the skin. The initial look is a flawless, matte finish. I find this foundation is better at covering pores and giving a "airbrushed" look than Revlon Colorstay or EL Double Wear, however both of those are longer lasting on the skin. This requires a few touch ups during the day, but I love the initial look. I was also perfectly matched to #20 Ivory, which is for "light skin with beige undertones". For reference I am NC15 in MAC. If you have oily skin, want flawless coverage, and just wants to try something other than Revlon Colorstay I would highly suggest this!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I have been using this foundation for about 5 1/2 weeks and I absolutely LOVE it! I am usually NW20 in M.A.C and the MA at Sephora paired me with #30. At first I was cautious about purchasing #30 because all of the online research I did on the product told me that people who are NW20 in M.A.C are best paired in #25. Well not the case for me! Number 30 works perfectly and matches my skin flawlessly. It doesn't look overly matte or cakey like other matte/long-wearing foundations do(*cough**cough* Revlon Color Stay, Estee Lauder Double Wear *Cough**Cough*). Here is the absolute BEST way that I have found to apply it that works best for my SUPER OILY and ACNE Prone skin(and no this doesn't cause me to break out, imagine that!).

1-SKIP THE TYPICAL SILICONE BASED PRIMER! This foundation already contains silicone so if you use a silicone based primer your just suffocating your skin and making it slippery. The silicon in this foundation is made to take the place of a primer because typically people with oily skin don't really need that much silicone based primer anyways! If you have REALLY oily skin like I do I recommend priming your skin with 1 pump of LUSH Grease Lightning. True, Grease Lightning is supposed to be a "spot treatment" of sorts but the ingredient's in it are not overly drying and really do have some amazing benefits for your skin(and at $12 its a pretty darn cheap alternative to your typical $30 primer at that!). Not to mention that it really does help to balance out your skins natural oils. Other people who have reviewed Grease Lightning have also said it makes a great primer so I'm not alone on this..sorry I'm getting side tracked with my love for Grease Lightning...Back to this foundation lol

2-This formulation of this foundation sets fairly quickly so when dispensing the product apply it to a pallet of sorts and not the back of your hand. I use an old square glass drink coaster that works great for this, but an old CD case or square of glass from an old picture frame will work just fine too. About 1.5 inch line is really all I need for my entire face. The foundation starts to set at body temperature so the heat from your hand will accelerate that if you apply it to the back of your hand thus giving you less time to work the product onto your face. Also for this reason it is better to only work on one area of your face at a time instead of using the "dot method" where you apply small amounts all over and then blend it in.

3-Use a foundation brush, I use the Sigma F80 and absolutely LOVE it! Using a brush instead of your fingers also allows for more time to use the product because of the same reasons I listed in tip #2...if there is one foundation brush I think you should get it is the Sigma F80. Hands down it's the best one I have ever used and only $16! But that's another review for another day lol

4-Set your foundation with a silica based set powder, I use the Makeup Forever HD but if you want a cheaper alternative Coastal Scents sell Silica Spheres(which is all that MUFE HD Set is anyways) for MUCH less. It's the exact same product but different packaging. Smashbox also makes a great one but it's even more expensive and contains sunscreen which can cause a white cast in photos if applied too heavily. Don't even bother with the E.L.F one(packaging is messy and other ingredients can cause breakouts on MANY people)! Use a synthetic face/kabuki brush for this to kind of roll and press in the powder instead of swirling it on your face.

5-Make sure to remove this product properly at the end of the day! It is slightly long wearing and contains silicon so a good cleansing routine is necessary to remove it all. I use my Clarisonic Mia with my typical face wash from Kiehl's(the Ultra Oil-Free one) and it does the trick but some users may want to use a cleanse off oil instead.

Viola! The ultimate "My skin but better no makeup" look! Hope this helps some of you oily acne prone people out there!

29 out of 29 people found this review helpful.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

So far I've had this foundation on for 12 hours, and it looks as flawless as it did when I first put it on. However, a couple of things to note are that;

It is certainly not waterproof (don't even need a remover for it to wash off, which is a downside for me however may not be an issue for most).

It does cause your skin to seem drier than it really is, but any decent primer should knock that out of the way (I used a mediocre primer and I look fine), however those with very dry skin should possibly avoid this.

The coverage is fairly good because the foundation itself is build-able. You can easily go over and area with another coat to knock out any blemishes without looking cakey. The foundation itself doesn't cake - it is fast drying but still blends quite well. I put a base coat on, then re-coated my t-zone and under my eyes. Then, I dabbed a little extra on any imperfections, and after a good powder, my skin is virtually flawless! Even with a lot of powder (which I tend to use) the foundation doesn't look cakey at all.

The texture is great - it's not too thick or too watered-down, and once applied you can't physically see makeup on the face. The only thing that made it obvious I was wearing makeup was that the shade I ordered isn't right for my skintone. I ordered ivory (20), and I am very, very pale. 20 is too yellow on my skin, but with the right powder I fixed that a little.

Overall, I would definitely purchase again! Although perhaps a different shade.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I will add to all the positive reviews and say I really realy like this foundation. This is the first liquid foundation I have tried that doesn't grease up on my skin and create more breakouts. I'm not saying I stay matte all day, my skin is oily so nothing in the world can make my skin not oily. But this doesn't worsen the problem like every foundation I've tried. I like that it's pretty concentrated so I can use only a couple drops for my whole face or sheer it out with a moisturizer. The less foundation I have to wear, the less I feel like I'm wearing makeup. Prior to this, I didn't wear foundation at all because I could never find one that didn't make me more oily but my skin has been acting up so I need the extra coverage. My only complaint is the colors. It's not bad, there are a good range of colors and I have #35 but I wish it would be slightly darker. If I start getting any darker this summer, I will not be able to use this because it makes me slightly grey as it is because it's too light. I tried going darker but online it says #40 is yellow based but I think they have their description screwed up because trying it on at the store, I found it to be pinker and it was lighter than #35 for some odd reason. I tried all the shades that were close to my coloring at the store and #35 was the only true yellow-based color. The rest were too pink/orange toned in my opinion so I'm stuck with #35. But I can work with it since i like the formula so much, I just do some contouring with bronzer to make it darker and then it's not noticeable. I might buy a shade darker to mix with #35. This is the best foundation for oily skin.
Update:Today i tried this with Sigma's round top kabuki brush and wow...originally, I was just putting this on with my hands which I still like to do because it gives the most natural and light finish. But with the kabuki, it gave me a flawless finish! It was a little more coverage than I normally like but it would be great for weddings, big nights out, etc.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

The formula is really creamy and it blends really well. I have been using this for the past year and I don't think I'll be searching for an alternative any time soon. It's kinda pricey but If you want quality coverage this is going to do the trick. I apply it with a blender sponge as I feel that using a brush applies it a little too thick for me.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION!!! This is by far the best foundation I have ever used, but I do not think it is for everyone. It has amazing coverage and keeps my face shine-free for hours. I have acne scarring and this stuff works beautifully. I have been using it for 7 months and had no problems whatsoever. It is exactly what I have been looking for.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I really love this foundation! It's a little drying, and I have preeettty Oily skin. But it's okay because I've never had a foundation actually keep my face matte before! The color numbering runs sort of weird for me though. I use number 40, and I'm a 120 in HD and NC20-25 in MAC. I thought 40 would be too dark because I've seen a lot of youtubers use 40 and their skin is a lot darker than mine, but 40 seems to be just right on me. Wierd~ anyways, lovelove this foundation for my oily skin!(:

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

BEST FOUNDATION I'VE EVER TRIED!
Seriously the only reason I didn't give it 5 lippies is because I imagine something exists that's better, but for now it's the best i've tried. I've tried the MUFE HD one and it totally sucked, so I was skeptical about getting this one because it's not nearly as popular as the HD but the SA at Sephora tried it on me, and said her face was oily like mine (Basically I told her I hate touching up and wearing a powder) and it stays well, and she was RIGHT! it stays on for the whole day, I don't do touch ups now not because I don't have time, but because I don't need to! Give this a try :)
I also find that this works best when using a brush or fingers unlike the most foundations where I prefer the beauty blender (I think because this dries matte you shouldn't mix it with water)


Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Absolutely my HG summer foundation! I love love love this foundation because it is mattifying so I don't need powder over it (which I hate wearing in the summer). I am a mix of 30 and 40 and while it is very expensive, I received both of mine in a swap :) I put one little blob of #30 on my finger and one little blob of #40 on top of it, tap them together to mix them and dot it on my face to rub in with my fingers and then I just dab/rub it with my wet beauty blender and no joke it gives me the most flawless finish! You cannot even tell I have makeup on and I hardly need much more makeup after that. Gorgeous. In the winter, my skin is more dry so I switch to the HD foundation which I also love (mix of #120 & #127). Makeup forever is the best, go to sephora and get a sample of either of them!


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