Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

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Average Price: $36.00

I normally never use liquid foundations and generally just stick with powder/mineral foundations.  I have a wedding coming up that I am in and was on the search for a foundation that won’t budge over the course of the day or night.  After reading a lot of reviews, I picked this one from Make Up Forever.  Most of the reviews were great, all praising this products staying power, etc.

This product is supposed to be waterproof which was important for me because the weddings location is in a place that is often hot and humid, so I don’t want to take any chances of having my makeup “melt” off throughout the course of the day when the weather heats up.  It also boasts to control oil and shine and offers complete coverage with a powdery finish.

I decided to try this product out on a regular day to see how it held up.  I applied primer prior to applying this (Smashbox).  This foundation applied smoothly and easily.  I had a couple of small reddish blemishes that I wanted covered and after reading the reviews on this product, I figured it would get the job done.  I have to say, I was slightly let down.  It didn’t cover these blemishes in their entirely, as I had hoped it would.  Don’t get me wrong, it covered them to an extent, but not completely.  The reviews also made it seem like I wasn’t going to need to pair this product up with concealer, but that was not the case.  Pairing this up with concealer helped to conceal the blemishes but I was just hoping that this product alone would get the job done.  It does settle with a powdery matte finish.

I wore this over the course of a work day and by mid-afternoon, it was starting to wear off a little (especially around the blemishes).  This was also a let down because I wasn’t even in a hot and humid climate and the foundation started to wear off during the course of an  8 hour workday.  It did however control my face from having any oil or shine which I definitely liked.  (Great for those that suffer from T-Zone oils!)

I’m still going to give this a try on the wedding day but it definitely isn’t holding up to the extent of “greatness” I thought it would.  For day to day makeup, I’m sticking to my normal bare minerals foundation because I think it lasts about the same length and also controls oil and shine (and I think it covers blemishes better).  So on the day of the wedding, I will apply a light dusting of bare minerals over top the Make Up Forever foundation just for added security and staying power.

 

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Controls oil and shine

Cons:

  • Doesn’t cover blemishes entirely
  • Wears off over the course of the day

Sephora Favorites Glitz and Glam Party Sampler

aHere is yet another boxed set from Sephora that I couldn’t resist and had to buy….

This 9 piece set includes (for $45.00):

  • Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten (0.09 oz.)
  • Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat (0.018 oz.)
  • Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune (0.02 oz.)
  • Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in Looks Like Rain Dear (0.125 oz.)
  • Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black (0.11 oz.)
  • Nars Body Glow (1 oz.)
  • Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold (0.17 oz.)
  • Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer (0.15 oz.)
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish (0.01 oz.)
  • Clutch

I like all the products in this set but there are some that I like more than others.  First off, this is a glitz and glam set so there’s a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  Personally, I do not care to shimmer and sparkle with my makeup on a daily basis.  So with that said, these aren’t items that I would wear on a daily basis.  These are items that I would wear more on for a night out or some special occasion where my regular makeup look just won’t cut it.

Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten: These shades are cute and I feel like they are not too shimmery to the point that I couldn’t get away with incorporating them into my regular makeup routine to mix it up a little here and there.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in Black Karat: This can be used wet or dry.  I feel I am more inclined to use this as an eyeliner instead of an eye shadow.  Definitely not one that I would wear daily.

Bare Minerals Eye Color in Good Fortune: I really like Bare Minerals makeup and have used a lot of their eye color in the past.  I have some other shimmery shades of theirs and I tend to use them more as an eye liner than an eye shadow.  I normally will draw a very thin fine line above my lash line or overtop of black eye liner because it doesn’t look ridiculously shimmery and it gives my eyes a little pop (especially when paired up with black liner).

Sephora by O.P.I. Nail Color in It Looks Like Rain Dear: Funny gold glittery nail color.  Once again, definitely not something that I would want on my nails for a day to day look.  (It kind of screams Christmas or New Year’s to me).

Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black: I’ve used this mascara in the past because I got it in another boxed set or as a sample from somewhere.  I normally really like Josie’s products but this is one that I would never buy the full size of.  The last tube of it that I had seemed to dry out incredibly fast.  I don’t leave the wand out or the lid loose either so I know that it didn’t dry out because I neglected to put the lid on it correctly or forgot to put the lid on period.  This one isn’t dry (yet) but it tends to go on my lashes really heavily translating into a mess because then my lashes all clump together (as does the mascara).  So this one really isn’t a winner for me.

Nars Body Glow: I love this stuff.  Not to mention, I really love the scent of it!  It just seems very beachy and tropical to me.  It gives skin the perfect glow as well.

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold: Haven’t tried this one yet so  I can’t comment on how I like yet.

Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Trail Blazer: I like this.  I like the color a lot.  I tend to look lip gloss shades that are lighter and not over the top or too bright (those just don’t seem to work on me!)  This shade suits me well and the angled wand applicator makes applying the gloss easy.  It doesn’t feel too heavy, thick or goopy.  (I don’t go overboard though with applying it because I prefer a thin layer of gloss).  It has a minty taste and tingle to it.  It’s big too….it will definitely last a while.  This is something that I would use daily.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish: Haven’t tried this one yet so I can’t comment on how I like it.

Clutch: The clutch is probably one of my favorite pieces to this set :)  It’s fun and shimmery and holds a good amount of makeup.  I was desperately in need of a new one.

I would recommend this set if you like a lot of shimmer and sparkle.  I like being able to try these products and have them on hand for when an occasion pops up and I want to incorporate some shimmer and sparkle into my makeup routine.  Like I said, since I wouldn’t normally wear these on a regular basis they will last me awhile and buying this set is much more practical for me than purchasing these items in their full sizes.

 

Pros:

  • Great set for those that want to sparkle and shine (great for a night out!)
  • Affordable
  • Opportunity to try before you buy the larger full-size products

Cons:

  • I wouldn’t wear barely any of these on a daily basis