Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Maybelline Fit Me Anti-Shine Foundation Stick

I picked this up last week in Superdrug after seeing a few people on YouTube getting on well with it and because I was just intrigued as to how this product can battle shine without sacrificing on coverage.

The product description found here (click!) says:

"Our fresh foundation has an anti-shine core. 
It's ultra-light formula is enriched with powders to instantly absorb excess oil.
Controls shine for a natural-looking, flawless finish."

There's an inner core that is supposed to battle against shine and an outer core providing the foundation. It's probably a light level of coverage. It doesn't really present any moisturising properties so you'd have to moisturise beforehand. Application is simple, you twist the bottom like a lipstick and literally just swipe it onto your skin. I have blended with both my hands and with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush and there wasn't a huge difference in terms of the finish or product wasted.

For me, this product is fine for a drugstore product but with an £8.99 price tag I did expect a little more - not a lot more but I had hoped to at least feel satisfied with it even if I didn't love it. Unfortunately I just couldn't get on board with it. It doesn't have a particular scent or anything like that but it felt a little slippery when I had applied it. A bit like when you apply a primer and it feels kind of velvety and silky except unlike when using a primer there wasn't really anything that helped the foundation bond with my skin.

HOWEVER, it isn't all bad - the idea of it is incredibly innovative. As I said there's an inner core and an outer layer which work together to banish shine. The colour match was also a big deal for me, this is the first drugstore foundation that I was able to buy in store and use at home without any colour match problems whatsoever. I bought shade 120 Classic Ivory but there are six shades altogether. Not a huge range so it's possible I just got lucky.

I probably won't buy this product again purely because it just doesn't stand up next to my liquid foundations but I do think that for younger, teenage or middle school age skin this is perfectly acceptable for school day wear. If I hadn't tried out as much make-up as I have over the years I might feel differently but hey, sometimes things just aren't for me and that's fine too!

Maybelline Fit Me Anti-Shine Foundation Stick sells for £8.99 at Superdrug here (click!), Boots here (click!) and other Maybelline stockists.

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