This is one of those legendary products that have been around for years, everyone and their mama has either used it or at least have known about it, me included but this is truthfully the first time I’ve bought this….
The reason is very simply that the original shade line always consisted of medium shades with a strong warm undertone.
So you can imagine my surprise when I was at the drugstore and saw this. This new shade is called 02 Fair and it is very weird when you compare it to the rest of the line as it seem to be five shades lighter.
I have been looking for a new matte foundation as I sometimes feel the need to change my usual routine occasionally. Instead of buying an old favourite of mine I decided to take a chance with Maybelline.
I’ve had this in my cabinet for five months and I’ve tested it properly out.
What is Maybellines’s claims about this foundation?
- This long-lasting foundation features exclusive silky matte powder spheres that glide evenly onto the skin for a flawless, soft-focus 16-hour matte finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types. Suitable for sensitive skin.
This is where I have some mixed feelings.
The foundation comes in a glass jar and I do worry about the possible hygiene + the fact that this also means that the foundation comes in contact with a lot of air. Which can possibly lead to the foundation not only becoming a breeding ground for bacteria but also dry out very easily.
This is easily partially subverted by using a spatula or spoon to get the product out.
In itself I think the packaging does not look bad nor cheap, I actually like how the lid is colour coded and I like that it feels heavy in my hands.
The jar contains 18 ml of product.
The shade is the lightest in the line and is called 02 Fair.
For my skin tone this is light enough but the undertone is a bit too neutral for me, it makes me look a little bit flat and tired. Plus the “primer” part of the formula gives me a white cast in certain lights.
But that does not mean that the shade is bad as I know there are a lot of people out there who has requested that brands feature more pale foundations with neutral or warm undertones as it is more common with pale foundations to feature a cool undertone.
I believe this foundation will be a great addition for you if you are pale with neutral undertones.
The first impression of this foundation as I scooped it out of the jar was that it felt really velvety and that this could possibly become a new holy grail.
Before I applied it to my face I had already primed it even though this foundation claims to already have a priming effect in the formula. I decided to apply it first with my fingers before buffing it out with a finishing brush.
The result left much to be desired. For some very weird reason this made my cheeks look very textured and the most difficult area on my face for this foundation was my nose area which looked like it wanted to flake off.
To “fix” this I actually had to wet my finishing brush and wipe most of the foundation of the nose and spritz my beloved Isadora face mist on multiple times over the entire face to make this look good.
The next time I used this I tried it with a beautyblender and the result were almost the same.
My issue is that this foundation just slides on top of your skin and it never settles down or blend into your skin. It is also difficult to remove.
The coverage is also not that great.
The worst part was that after one hour I looked greasy…
I just can’t understand that since I rarely get oily when I wear foundations.
My skin has never reacted like this to any base product especially not in the way that this made my skin look more flawed than it looks like without any makeup.
My camera had difficulty capturing how this looks on my skin and in lack of proper daylight during the winter month’s it is notoriously difficult to take a good picture. I also decided to not wear anything but the foundation as to showcase the full effect it gives. As you can see my skin looks incredibly dry and flat.
To be honest this is not a new favourite of mine.
It’s not only that the shade is wrong but also that despite being advertised as a foundation for people with combo/oily skin it still highlights drier areas and does not do enough to hide imperfections or texture. Actually this foundation made me see flaws I don’t see when I’m not wearing any makeup….
I’m really surprised that a foundation that is claimed as the most sold in the world and that has been on display for at least almost a decade is this bad.
It is actually one of the super rare instances where I can’t understand why anyone would enjoy this.
I truly felt that this foundation was demanding as it required both upkeep and a specific application method, it just became a hassle for me to use this and I did really experiment with it since I wanted to love it so badly.