Make Up For Ever’s “Mat Velvet” Foundation promises 6-7 hours of mattified wonders, so I was very excited to try this out because I generally have oily skin.
I decided to try this without a primer in order to get the full effect of the product. I had a full day of events lined up for me, most of which was spent in the park, so I knew there was bound to be some sweating which would test one of the biggest things I always look for in a foundation, the durability against my body’s elements.
I applied the foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which is the brush I usually use for liquid foundations. I was glad to see that this applied easily and provided a medium coverage without looking too cakey. As promised, it left my face completely matte, even without the use of primer.
3 hours later, after getting lost on a very hot day, I started to sweat a little. Dabbing lightly at my face with a tissue did not remove any foundation that I could see and I was pleasantly surprised. However, my T-zone started to get a little oily especially around my nose, which is where most of the oil accumulates. A quick blot got rid of that so I was still quite impressed.
6 hours after I applied the foundation, I looked in the mirror again and my T-zone was oily again, but it was still only a little amount. My cheeks and forehead had also accumulated a little bit of oil, but it didn’t give it a greasy look but rather a light shine that made it seem like it was glowing.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the quality of the Mat Velvet Foundation by Make Up Forever as it stayed on for a really long time without any primer and performed relatively well especially under heat (literally and metaphorically). When I was putting on other products on top of the foundation, it didn’t budge as well which is a common problem I’ve faced with some other liquid foundations. The biggest problem I faced was the price tag of SGD$72 which is ridiculously high as this is only a mid-range product. I’ve heard in the US it’s about USD$45, so if you do get your hands on it there, it might not be too horrendous a deal. Overall, this product gets a whopping 4/5.