I haven’t had the best of luck with Maybelline foundations as until now, they’ve just not gone light enough for very pale skintones. I saw an advert online for the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation to promote that Maybelline had introduced lots of new shades and the palest shade looked like it might actually match me so I knew I needed to try it. I have super dry skin so it might seem strange that I’d even try a matte foundation but I’ve been loving using a primer oil mixed with foundations for a dewier, sheerer finish and I thought I could perhaps minimise the matte finish by blending it with an oil.
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is £6.99 for 30ml and there are now a massive 40 different shades which is the best shade range I’ve ever seen for a drugstore foundation. When Makeup Revolution launched their Fast Base Foundation they claimed their shade range was the most extensive with 18 but Maybelline definitely trump their 18 thanks to their 40 shades.
The foundation is packaged within a squeezy plastic tube which I wish more brands did as it allows you to fully use up the product, and it’s a lot more travel friendly. The strange thing is, this very foundation is packaged within a glass bottle in the US but the UK have a plastic tube so I’m not too sure why the packaging differs.
“Never ordinary. Make it radiant. Whatever your skin tone, make it look its best with a luxurious and healthy looking glow. Ultra-blendable liquid foundation for a natural-looking matte finish. Targets shine and visibly erases the look of pores. Contains blotting micro powders and lightweight blurring powders. 12 hr wear; stays in place all day.“
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation shade range is really hard to decipher as the numbers don’t really help you to figure out which shade you’d need and they’re not in a very cohesive order on the Superdrug website as they don’t go from lightest to darkest so I did take a gamble – luckily it paid off.
The new palest shade within the Fit Me range is 095 Fair Porcelain which isn’t available currently within their other foundation ranges but I so hope it will as it’s such a fantastic shade match. Maybelline had a ‘Porcelain’ shade which was numbered 110 but now Fair Porcelain is 095 and 100 is Warm Ivory yet 100 is darker than 110?! It’s a really ridiculous shade range numbering system but 095 is absolutely their palest shade by far.
Shade wise, Fair Porcelain is a very pale neutral toned shade which blends in seamlessly with no unsightly tidemarks and I can use it straight from the tube without the need for using a lightening mixer. For a matte foundation, it doesn’t feel super matte like I thought it would, if anything it feels a little bit silky on the skin.
If I use it straight from the tube it does cling to my dry patches massively which is to be expected, but a couple of drops of a primer oil or facial oil totally transforms the formula so it becomes a lot more forgiving on the skin. It does make it a little more sheer but it’s buildable, so I can still achieve decent coverage without emphasising my dry patches and it lasts very well throughout the day too.
I am so impressed with how pale this shade is, and after the launch of the new Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 05 I’m hopeful Maybelline will introduce their paler shades in their other base product ranges as it’s very much needed. With 40 shades to choose from, there’s bound to be a shade which works for everyone and I hope other brands will follow Maybelline’s example to create a more inclusive shade range.
Have you ever tried the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation?