Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: Make Up Forever Duo Mat

Please read my Intro to Foundation if you haven't already done so.

You can buy Make Up Forever Duo Mat at the MUFE flagship store in NYC or at your local Sephora.

The packaging is very sleek. I like that it has a nice "peep me" view from the front. In lieu of a traditional snap seal, it has a magnetic seal. I honestly feel wary of closing the compact this way- I always feel like it's going to break. Also, it attracts fingerprints like nothing else!

I like that the powder is fine and not at all chalky. Product doesn't settle everrrrywhere- just around the rim of the packaging. You can tell by one swipe of the finger that it's very opaque. Therefore, you can get a good amount of coverage with the correct type of brush.

I found the color selection to be decent. It's powder collection ranges from very fair to very deep and offers a multitude of undertones to suit many ethnicities. I've tried Duo Mat in #203 and #207, both of which lean yellow. I would say that #203 matches my winter tone, NC25-30 and #207 matches my summer/faux tan tone, NC35-37.

Freshly applied on bare skin. No flash.

10 hours on bare skin in normal weather, blotted thrice. No flash.

I've worn it through sweaty gym workouts, fog, (heavy, random, totally unexpected) rain and through sunny days. When used as the main foundation, something I really don't like about Duo Mat is that it has no oil control. Regardless of how often I blot my face, I always end up an oil slick. Personally, I find that it works best as a setting powder over liquid foundation and tinted moisturizer (for those lazy days). Its opacity, gives liquid foundation that extra oomph in staying power and looks vivid in photos.

Freshly applied over tinted moisturizer. No flash.

7 hours over tinted moisturizer in rain, blotted twice. No flash.

10 hours over tinted moisturizer in rain (stayed in after 7th hour), blotted twice. No flash.

In terms of longevity, I'd say that this foundation lasts about 4-5 hours on bare skin before oil peeks through. Over primer or a tinted moisturizer, the staying power lasts around 7-8 hours. Not bad. Of course, when you take into consideration weather, the wear vary. Through wet weather under primer or tinted moisturizer, it lasts 5-6 hours and you better believe you need to blot (even if you're not normally oily, like I am).

• great for everyday use
• color match is great
• matte finish
• transfer resistant
• photographs well

• must be worn with a primer or tinted moisturizer
• no oil control
• packaging attracts fingerprints

Would I repurchase this? Yes.

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