Maybelline recently released two new formulations of their popular Fit Me Foundation, Matte + Poreless and Dewy & Smooth. I’ve been getting a lot of requests to review the Matte + Poreless formulation but had been having a hard time finding the darkest shade, as it’s been sold out. I finally got my hands on it and have been testing it out for the last week.
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is a tone and texture fitting foundation formulated with blurring micro-powders that’s supposed to mattify, erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish. The formula is for normal to oily skin. If you have dry skin this is not for you, try the Dewy & Smooth formula.
The foundation comes in 16 shades with only one to match darker skin. The foundation now comes in 24 shades, half of which are geared toward darker skin. 355 Coconut which is what I picked up in hopes that it would match. Maybelline if you’re reading this you need to do better as that’s quite ridiculous.
It comes in a glass bottle with a pour out spout. Nope, no pump. I used to complain but I’ve become quite used to this annoyance. I just pour a little out on a metal palette to use and apply with a foundation brush or beauty blender.
The foundation is very light and provides medium coverage but can be layered for fuller coverage. It dries down to a very matte finish. Coconut is a decent match for my NW45 skin but leans a little orange, it does neutralize a bit as it oxidizes. If you’re darker than NW45 Coconut will probably be too light and orange for you. Here is how it looks on me after wearing for about 5 hours…
It’s a pretty good match for my complexion and skin tone after it oxidizes, but I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores. Now I have a few pet peeves… First of all, it does not control oil very well so it doesn’t stay entirely matte and ends up with a dewy finish. This is not too bad but since I have an oily t-zone I find myself having to blot a lot, especially on hot days. Secondly, it doesn’t work well with any of my under eye concealers. I find that after a few hours it’s like my concealer sits on top of the foundation and creases badly requiring me to touch it up. Not a good look. I usually never have to touch up my under eye concealer. For that reason I do not suggest this foundation for long wear, it may get you through a work day but not far beyond without touch ups. Other than that it’s just okay but I don’t know if I’ll repurchase.
I paid about $7.49 but everything is more expensive here in NYC. I’ve seen this foundation for as low as 5 bucks. If you’re having a hard time finding Coconut in stores like I did, here are a few places that currently has it in stock online: