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Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup

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Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup

Today I would like to review Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup, as requested by my sister.  I’ve been interested in this foundation since it came out about a year ago, but hadn’t gotten around to trying it until now.  Here is what Revlon says about the product: “Inspired by the latest advances in anti-aging, this all-in-one formula combines Hyaluronic acid, our Exclusive Triple Lift Complex, and moisturizing ingredients. Relax the look of expression lines, smooth skin, and boost hydration 3X for a rejuvenated look.”  Let’s take a closer look.

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup comes in a glass bottle and is 1 fl oz of product.  It has a pump style applicator, which is my personal preference.  As far as the formula is concerned, I am of two minds.  On one hand, the formula has some major problems, but under certain circumstances I do actually really like the look of Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup.  In general, though, it may be more trouble than it’s worth.  Although Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup is targeted toward aging skin, the formula does not handle skin imperfection well at all.  I am specifically talking about textural issues.  If you have smooth, evenly textured skin then you should have no problem getting a lovely smooth finish with Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup.  However, if you have large pores, fine lines, acne scars, bumps or divots then you will want to stay away.  When I was in NC last month, I had an allergic reaction that caused me to break out into tiny bumps all over the lower part of my face and my neck.  They weren’t red or very big, so they weren’t too terribly noticeable unless you were up close.  That is, until I put on Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup and suddenly it looked like I had a neon sign to proclaim my problem skin to the world.  It looked horrible.  I had to wash it off and apply  a different foundation instead.  (L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte, incidentally, and it looked wonderful.)  A really good pore filling primer can help, but Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup definitely emphasizes problems with skin texture.  As far as coverage is concerned, Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup is light/medium coverage.  There is definitely some decent coverage with one layer of foundation, which is good because Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup does not build very well at all.  Most of you know by now that I have mild rosacea, so redness is a big issue for me (though I’m getting better, yay).  I usually use two layers of any foundation, unless it is a thick full-coverage foundation.  I tried that with Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup and found that it cakes up very quickly.  It tries to stick to the previous layer, so instead of blending out it turns a bit patchy.

I know what you are thinking.  Why, if Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup has such a problematic formula, did I say that I am of two minds?  The thing is that on a good skin day with even texture and not a lot of redness, Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup looks beautiful on the skin.  One layer of the foundation looks very natural.  It evens out my skin tone, while still allowing freckles to show through.  It doesn’t dry my skin out, and lasts a surprisingly long time for this kind of foundation.  The finish isn’t too dewy or too mate.  It works really well on me for a lighter makeup day.  So, although there are a lot of issues with the formula, there is some good mixed in there as well.

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup in Bare Buff and Tender Beige

Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup in Bare Buff and Tender Beige

There are 12 shades in the Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup range.  I am usually the 2nd or 3rd shade in a range, so I tried them both.  Pictured above, I have shade 10 Bare Buff on the left, and shade 20 Tender Beige on the right.  Bare Buff was too light for me and made me look ghostly pale, so if you have NC20 skin, Tender Beige may be a better choice for you.  It also has a bit more yellow in it, which I prefer.  I have seen Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup priced as high as $15.49 at Walgreens and CVS.  It retails for less at places like Target, Walmart and drugstore.com.  I’m just going to put it out there, don’t pay $15+ for a drugstore foundation.  It is a ridiculous price, and Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup is absolutely not worth it.  I haven’t seen any anti-aging benefits since I began using it.  At the end of the day, if you combine the high price tag and the problematic formula, Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup is a dud.  I can’t recommend it.  That being said, there are some circumstances where Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup is nice.  If you have really good skin anyway, and like a comfortable formula with decent coverage, you may like Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup.  I am going to keep Revlon Age Defying Firming+Lifting Makeup in my collection for those good skin days, but it probably won’t be in my regular rotation.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Today I want to show you the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  I mentioned this foundation in my latest Monthly Favorites post so you know that I like it, but now I want to give you the details.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte was released for Spring 2015.  Here is what L’Oreal has to say about the new foundation: “L’Oreal  presents Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation, air-light texture with a demi-matte finish. For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

Let’s start with the packaging.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation comes in a squeeze tube which makes for an easy, controlled application.  For those who feel hinky about buying drugstore products, there is a safety seal on the tube to keep people from tampering with the product.  Although you can see the product through the tube, it is still very hard to get an accurate idea of what the shade will actually look like on the skin.  There is 1 fl oz of product in this tube.  I know a lot of you prefer glass jars with a pump, but I don’t mind the squeeze tube.  It’s pretty thin and easy to store.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is not actually matte.  It has a demi-matte finish that is quite flattering.  True mattes can tend to suck the life out of your skin, and that is definitely not the case here.  Pro matte has solid medium coverage.  I do need to go back in with a second layer over my very red cheeks as I do with any foundation, but otherwise the coverage is decent in just one layer.  It is a pretty lightweight foundation, and sinks into my skin nicely.  I have dry skin and large pores, so I always wear a good primer and recommend that you do the same.  With use of a primer, I have no issues with Pro Matte clinging to dry areas, sinking into pores, or flaking on me at all.  I have not tested the 24 hr claim (please don’t wear your makeup for 24 hours) but I can tell you that it has lasted very well for 10+ hours on me, including having to survive dancing, sweating, and being out of doors in the So Cal heat. The only issue that I had with Pro Matte is that it dries very quickly, so you need to be speedy during application so it doesn’t dry down before you finish blending.  My preferred blending method is with a flat top kabuki like the Sigma F-80 and I don’t have any trouble now that I am used to the formula.  The foundation is fragrance-free and I did not notice any discernible scent.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation shades 101 (L) and 103 (R)

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation shades 101 (L) and 103 (R)

There are 12 shades in the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation line.  I have shades 101 Classic Ivory (pictured on the left hand side of the swatch) and 103 Natural Buff (pictured on the right).  Shade 101 is definitely too light for my NC20 skin.  Shade 103 looks a little dark, but when blended out it’s not a bad match.  It will definitely work well as we head into the warmer months and I pick up some color.  Slade 102 Shell Beige would probably have been a better skin tone match, but it leans pink and I need a yellow undertone to cancel out my rosacea redness.  Mixing 101 and 103 is also an option, but frankly, I am too lazy to do so.  As I mentioned earlier, shade selection is tough because, even though you can see through the tube, many the shades look the same and it is hard to see what you are actually getting.  Definitely keep your receipt to exchange for a different shade if you need to.

All in all, I really like L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  It does have some quirks like the quick dry down time, and the hard-to-match shade selection.  I happen to really like the formula, and the beautiful finish it gives me.  You do not have to set it with powder, though you certainly can.  Again, I strongly recommend using a primer underneath if you have dry skin to prevent any clinging.  This would be a great formula for those with oily skin.  I know that it has gotten some mixed reviews, but I would say that L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is worth trying out to see if it is right for you.  It is a winner in my book.

Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation

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Covergirl + Olay Face Lift Effect Firming Foundation

Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation

Today I have the Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation for review.  This foundation was released earlier this year, and I did most of my testing during the summer months.  I’m a bit back-logged, and I’ve been meaning to do this review for a while.  In general, I find the Covergirl + Olay line pretty hit and miss.  Some products I have really loved, like the Concealer Balm.  Others, not so much.  One thing that is consistent with the line is that all of the products are priced on the high end for the drugstore.  The Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation is a whopping $18!  So, let’s see if it’s worth it.

Here is what Covergirl says about the Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation: “Get luxurious, flawless coverage combined with the powerful hydrating effects of a night cream. The result? Firmer-looking skin for an instant facelift effect.  Our exclusive Olay FaceFirm technology, infused with a concentrated vitamin complex for all-day hydration and skin renewal, plumps and lifts. After just two weeks of continued use, skin’s natural firmness is improved.”

Covergirl + Olay Face Lift Effect Firming Foundation

Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation

Okay, here’s the deal: jar packaging is the enemy of skincare products.  I’m sorry, but it’s true.  Any anti-aging or firming ingredients are completely compromised by this unstable packaging letting air and bacteria into the product.  This is not a facelift in a jar.  This is not skincare.  Don’t buy Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation thinking that you are going to get any more benefits than any other foundation can provide, because you won’t.  That being said, let’s look at the formula.

Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation is very creamy, and blends into the skin pretty well.  There is no real noticeable scent that I could detect.  There are not the same oxidation issues that are common with Covergirl foundations, which is great.  Though you may think that Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation looks similar to the Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation or the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Crème Makeup, it’s not.  This is definitely more of a creamy liquid than a true whipped foundation.  The following image shows how it applies.

Covergirl + Olay Face Lift Effect Firming Foundation

Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation

I enjoy how Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation looks initially.  There is definitely a blurring effect on my pores and fine lines that I really like.  It gives me medium coverage, but still looks natural with a satin finish.  It feels good on the skin and doesn’t dry me out.  In general, I love it during the application process.  Unfortunately, that good feeling doesn’t last.  I could not get any significant wear time, no matter what primer or powders I used with Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation.  Higher-end, low-end, setting sprays- nothing worked.  The foundation would start to break down on me within four hours, and by the six or seven hour mark, it would be completely gone.  Again, I was testing in the summer, but I do not have oily skin, so it shouldn’t have been that bad.  It’s possible that my results are not typical because my sister has used Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation as well, and has no issues with lasting power, so I don’t know if it’s my PH balance or what.  I guess results may vary, so keep that in mind.

At the end of the day, even if I did get better staying power out of the formula, Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation is not worth the exorbitant price tag.  $18, seriously?  Again, any anti-aging benefits that Olay may have included will begin to disintegrate as soon as they are exposed to air, so this is not a skincare product.  I wanted to like the Covergirl + Olay FaceLift Effect Firming Foundation, and there are some great things with this foundation, but I just can’t recommend it.  Even if my fast fading isn’t typical, the formula simply isn’t worth the price.  My advice would be to just keep walking and pass this one up entirely.

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation

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CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation

Today I have my review of the new CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Oil-Free Foundation.  As I mentioned in my last “New at the Drugstore” post, the new CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous line contains this foundation, a concealer and a pressed powder foundation.  Today’s review is just for this foundation, and I’ll post a separate review for the concealer and powder.  I’ve had the foundation longer, and need some more testing time with the other two products.  I have mixed feelings about the Covergirl brand as a whole, and the foundations specifically.  Some of the best and worst drugstore foundations come from CoverGirl.  Read on to see how Ready, Set, Gorgeous fit on that spectrum.

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation

CoverGirl claims that the “Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation provides a flawless, natural look that lasts all day in one simple step” and is available in twelve shades I have the CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in shade 115 Buff Beige, which is the third shade in the line.  Covergirl foundation can tend to lean pink or orange, so it can be difficult to find a shade that works with your skin tone.  I need a foundation with a little yellow in it to neutralize my redness.  115 actually works decently well for me with my light skin and neutral undertones, but it does oxidize a little bit (though not as bad as typical CG formulas).  Those with really fair skin need to choose their shade very carefully, preferably from a store with a generous return policy.  If you can find your shade, though, Ready Set Gorgeous is a decent foundation.  It comes in a colorful plastic squeeze tube, packaging meant to appeal to a younger crowd.

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation 115 Buff Beige

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in 115 Buff Beige

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous has a creamy, liquid consistency.  I personally highly recommend using a primer.  Ready, Set, Gorgeous can cling to dry spots and sink into pores on its own, but with a good primer all of that goes away.  What’s left is an off-matte finish that lays well and looks very natural.  It blends very well with a brush or a sponge, but can look streaky if applied with fingers.  One layer of Ready, Set, Gorgeous gives light coverage that easily builds to medium coverage on the second layer.  The following picture is the foundation spread out on the skin as it gets blended in.

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation 115 Buff Beige

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in 115 Buff Beige

Ready, Set, Gorgeous has no noticeable scent.  It feels very lightweight on the skin, which is fantastic for summer.  I do not have oily skin, so I can’t say how well it keeps oil at bay.  My feeling is that Ready, Set, Gorgeous is like the younger, less experienced sister of CoverGirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.  My guess is that it will control oil up to a point, but not quite as well at Outlast.  The off-matte finish is lovely, and you may be tempted to skip a setting powder.  If you only need your makeup to last up to 5-6 hours, that’s fine.  Otherwise, you should definitely set with powder to keep it going strong through hour 8 or so.  Then you will start to see breakdown and the foundation will develop a less natural “makeup” look by around hour 10.  Again, these time frames are based on using a good solid primer as a base.

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation 115 Buff Beige

CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in 115 Buff Beige

Here is what the foundation looks like blended out on my hand.  I personally prefer CoverGirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation to Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation.  But, even though I think that there are better options out there, Ready, Set, Gorgeous is a decent choice if you weren’t a fan of Outlast or want to try something new from CoverGirl.  I don’t think that you need to rush but and buy it, but if you see a sale, you may really enjoy CoverGirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick Review

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e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Today I have the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick for review.  I bought the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory back in February when it was first released.  I purchased the lightest shade because I had no tan in the heart of winter, and I had heard that the shades ran dark.  According to e.l.f.: “This creamy foundation stick glides on effortlessly for adjustable, natural-looking coverage. Enriched with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients Shea, Vitamin E, Cocoa, Grape, Avocado, Macadamia, and Aloe to nourish and hydrate the skin for a soft, smooth, and revitalized look. The twist-up component is easy to use and perfect for on-the-go beauty!”

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

I bought the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick because I was not thrilled with the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation, but still wanted to try an easy, travel-friendly stick foundation.  I hoped that this e.l.f. version would be better than the Maybelline version.  Unfortunately, for me, it was much worse.  I really don’t like the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick, and think it is a total dud.  I have heard that there is some discrepancy between the shades, and that the darker shades perform much better.  I only purchased Ivory, so I can’t say how the other shades do, but my experience was a pretty bad one.

First off, the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick smells.  There is a big difference between e.l.f.’s Essential line and the Studio line.  One of the major differences is that many Essential line products have a funky smell that the Studio line doesn’t have.  The Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick smells like the cheap $1 All Over Cover Sticks.  It really turns me off the product, especially because it is priced at $6.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

The formula is cakey and patchy and not smooth at all.  It’s thick and sits on top of the skin instead of blending in.  I’ve tried blending the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick with my fingers, a beauty sponge, and with a brush and all techniques looked pretty bad.  Like I said, I first tried the product in the winter.  It accentuated my dry areas and settled into lines and pores.  It looked so bad, that I refused to wear it outside.  I thought that maybe my skin was too dry from the cold weather and that it may work better in the warmer months, so I put it away for later.  Well, it’s June and in the 90’s.  I’ve tried the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick several times since, and my feelings about it haven’t changed.  It’s a terrible foundation.  I look ten years older with it on because it highlights every flaw.  Calling it “moisturizing” is a joke.  I blended it out on the back of my hand in the picture below.  You can click to enlarge the picture to see how the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick sits on top of the skin and sinks into lines.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

I purchased the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick during a half off sale, so it was only $3.  In my opinion, even half off is too much to pay.  There are several very positive reviews of the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick on e.l.f.’s website, as well as other places online.  Maybe the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick works for some people, but for me, it was terrible.  My advice is to skip this one entirely.  Dry skin girls will find it too drying and it will accentuate dry or flaky patches.  Oily skin girls will find it too smothering and it will crease up almost immediately.  Sorry e.l.f., but it’s back to the drawing board with this one.

New CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup

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CoverGirl True Blend Foundation

CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup

Today I have the new CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup to show you.  I am not normally a big fan of CoverGirl foundations, but I loved the CG Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation so much that I wanted to give the new reformulated CG True Blend a shot.  CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup is described as: “TruBlend Liquid Makeup blends seamlessly for a flawless look. Perfectly matches 99 percent of all skintones. Available in 21 shades – 7 light, 7 medium, and 7 deep to easily find your perfect blend. You won’t know where your makeup ends and your own skin begins!

CoverGirl True Blend Foundation

CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup

You may remember this display picture that I posted a while back of the newly repackaged and (I believe) reformulated CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup.  I never used the old True Blend, but many years ago I did use the CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup and wasn’t impressed.  That’s the main reason that I haven’t really explored the CG foundation line.  Cover Girl really expanded the shade selection for the True Blend Liquid Makeup collection.  The shades are broken up into three main shade ranges: light, medium, and deep.  Within those ranges, there are 7 different shades.  In theory, with 21 shades, there should be no problem finding your perfect match.  There are a couple hitches in that plan, though.  First of all, the new shades don’t line up perfectly with the old shades.  For example, the shade L5 is suppose to be Creamy Natural.  I have the CG Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation in Creamy Natural and it matches my skin really well.  Unfortunately L5 is a little dark for me.  I can make it work with strategic use of bronzer, especially now that the warmer months are headed our way, but it would have been nice if the foundation had matched other foundations of the same shade name.  The other issue that I ran into is that CG True Blend oxidizes on me.  I know that CoverGirl is notorious for oxidizing, but I did not have that issue with CG Outlast.  Be really careful when choosing a shade and make sure to check swatches online or use testers if available.

CoverGirl True Blend Foundation L5

CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup in L5

The CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup formula is just average in my opinion.  It’s definitely liquidy and not creamy.  Be sure to shake the bottle up before each use because, as you may be able to see in the photo above, the formula separates easily and often.  (This is a bad sign for someone with oily skin.)  If you are someone who likes light, natural coverage then you may like it very much.  If you have some issues to cover, though, CoverGirl True Blend is not for you.  CoverGirl claims that the foundation is buildable, but I have to disagree.  I always use two coats of foundation.  The first layer applies smoothly and looks really nice.  It’s a little dewy, and looks like skin.  It’s a natural and beautiful finish.  The second layer is a completely different story, however.  The foundation sticks to itself when layered, and the second coat ends up pulling up the first layer when you try to blend.  It ends up looking patchy and terrible.

CoverGirl True Blend Foundation L5

CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup in L5

Here is what CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup looks like when blended out.  This is one layer.  Again, if you don’t have any major flaws that you need to cover up and you like light foundations, you may enjoy CG True Blend.  One layer isn’t enough coverage for me.  Wear-time is okay.  Six hours or so before it starts breaking down.  Again, it’s not bad, but it’s nothing great.  I am not sure how CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup works for those with oily skin, but my guess is that it’s not the best choice.  The shorter wear-time, dewy finish, and high moisture content that makes it separate make me think that it is much better suited for normal to dry skin.  There is a very subtle “makeup” smell if you are really trying hard to find it, but most people won’t notice and it dissipates quickly.  It feels light on the skin and is a comfortable wear.  It’s not bad in certain circumstances, but it does have a lot of room to improve.

Like I said before, CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup is just an average foundation.  I think that some people would really like it if they have the right skin type and minimal coverage needs.  It is definitely not for me, and I think there are enough minuses across the board to say that you can skip it without missing much.  There are other similar foundations that are better quality from L’Oreal or Maybelline.  If you are interested in a really great CoverGirl foundation, I am a big fan of the CG Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation.  I would definitely recommend that one over True Blend.  How about you?  Have you tried CoverGirl True Blend Liquid Makeup?  What were your thoughts?  Let me know in the comments below.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation.  I was so excited when this foundation was announced because the stick form is so easy and hassle free, and also so travel friendly.  Foundation in stick form is so rare for the drugstore, and I’m thrilled that the major drugstore brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline are branching out and bringing the innovations of higher-end brands into the drugstore.  So let’s see how Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation stacks up.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation

First, here is what Maybelline has to say about the Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation: “Our first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core.  Fresh gel foundation blends to a flawless matte finish. Get flawless, shine-free skin instantly and on-the-go for tailor-made mattifying coverage. The anti-shine core has ultra-lightweight powders built in to the stick foundation to instantly dissolve excess oil. Available in 12 oil-free shades“.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation holds .32 oz of product, which is not a lot and will go quickly.  Just like the original Fit Me liquid foundation, the stick has sheer coverage that can be built up to the lighter side of medium at best.  The gel formula is creamy and smooth, and it glides on like a dream.  It is not drying in any way.  It is lightweight, and feels very nice on the skin.  Maybelline recommends blending out with your fingers, and I second that.  I prefer using either my fingers or a sponge blender for this one.  I felt that my brush buffed out too much of the product and significantly cut down on the already sheer coverage.

For those familiar with the original Fit Me foundation, the shade range doesn’t match up.  I am the shade 130 Buff Beige in the original liquid formula, but 130 Buff Beige in the Fit Me stick is too dark for me unless I am self-tanning, which I was not in the swatch picture.  So, be careful when choosing shades.

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation in 130 Buff Beige

The Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation gives a semi-matte finish.  If your skin is pretty clear, you may want to skip powder on shorter makeup days.  However, if you need more coverage, or need staying power then you will want to top with a good powder.  Unfortunately, Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation has pretty poor longevity.  It starts to fade out on me withing four hours.  I can’t speak to the oil-control claims because I don’t have oily skin.  I can say that on my dry skin it did not sink into fine lines, but it did slightly cling to dry patches.  There was a day when my skin was having major drying issues, and Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation definitely emphasized the flaky areas.  But on my normal days when I didn’t have extra dryness, I didn’t see any problems with clinging, so it really depends on what your skin is doing.  In general, I feel that the Fit Me line is designed for people with good skin.  If you have clear skin with minor flaws that you want to even out, both Fit Me foundations are good options.  However, if you wear foundation to cover acne scars or discoloration, then you will need to pair the Fit Me foundations with other corrective products.  Personally, I like to use certain BB Creams as primers underneath sheer foundations to give myself extra coverage without having to apply a million layers of foundation.

Overall, Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation is a good idea, but misses the mark for me.  I will still use it on light makeup days when I’m running errands or something like that.  I do really love how fast and easy it is to use because of the convenient stick form.  Being so travel-friendly it is easy to take Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation with you and touch up your foundation at work or on the go.  I like it enough that I’ll use it up, but it isn’t anything to rush out and get.  Pick Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation up if it’s on sale, but don’t pay $8-$10 for so little of just an average product.