I’ve been a long-time powder foundation devotee, but the other day I got a hankering to go back to liquid. It’s been several years since the last time I purchased a liquid foundation, but I think I got bit by the foundation testing bug because my sister’s been testing different foundations in search of the perfect wedding day makeup. She had nothing but good things to say about the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, so I figured that was a good place to start. I went with the Matte and Poreless version for normal to oily skin in shade 112 Natural Ivory. I’ve been using this for a little over a week now, and so far I’m impressed. This is a really good quality foundation for the price.
Applied with a damp sponge, this foundation offers medium coverage that feels weightless on the skin and looks very natural. It’s very nearly invisible once blended. (And I’m fussy about that!) If full coverage is what you’re after, this probably isn’t the foundation for you. It quickly sets to a powder finish and will cake up if you try to add more layers after it has set. The finish is definitely matte, but it doesn’t look flat or dull. If you’re oily like me, you’ll find that it allows your natural dewiness to peek through just a bit. If you have dry skin, you may find that it clings to dry patches. Generally speaking, I’d say the drier you are, the less you’ll like this. It really is one that’s better for oily skin.
Typical wear time for me is around 8 hours, but it really varies depending on how much I put on and what products I use on top of it. By the end of the work day, if I look really closely, I can see the foundation starting to break down around my chin and the sides of my mouth. (It’s not noticeable unless you really inspect closely.) I’ve noticed, however, that it wears better and more evenly when I take care to put less on. Less really is more with this one…which brings me to my one and only gripe about this product: the packaging. Like so many drugstore foundations, Fit Me comes in a glass bottle with no pump, which means you have to pour a little onto the back of your hand and pray you don’t overdo it. A few times I’ve ended up with a bit too much product, and I can’t bear to waste any, so I end up applying too much, which leads to a cake-y finish and reduced wear time. Why oh why do cosmetic companies still put liquid foundations in glass bottles with no pump?!
Update: I’m disappointed to report that this foundation contains alcohol. It’s the fifth ingredient in the list, but the concentration is high enough that I can smell it. I didn’t notice it at first, but I thought I caught a whiff of it one day when I was applying it, so I checked the ingredient list. Sure enough, there it was. I feel strongly that alcohol is bad for skin and extremely bad for oily, acne-prone skin. Darn! I really like the coverage and finish of this foundation, but I can’t enjoy it knowing that it contains such a harsh irritant.