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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Product Review: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Liquid Foundation

Hello, guys! I hope you're all having a blast this weekend. So sad that it's almost over in just a few hours and it's the start of another work week again. Anyway, I'm reviewing a foundation today, which I've had for over a month now and that is the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation. It received raves and had its share of rants from users but most of those who raved about it had combination-oily and oily skin types so mine fits the bill. Here's the review.

Product Description taken from the MUFE website:

MAT VELVET + Matifying Foundation
The Mat Velvet + foundation conceals skin imperfections, evens out the complexion and matifies with a non-oily powdery finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours long. Its smooth, fluid texture is very stable, water-resistant and long-lasting. While it has a good coverage, it is also easy to apply. The end result can be fitted to your needs. Applied lightly, Mat Velvet + provides a natural, matte look to the complexion. Using several layers to help conceal blemishes creates a supple and elastic velvety finish. This new oil-free and non comedogenic formula is suited to sensitive skins.

How to Apply:
Pour a small amount of foundation onto a clean spatula and spread with the fingers, a dry sponge or our 8N Nylon Brush. Apply powder to set the foundation and increase both the wear time and matte effect on oily skins.


Oil-free texture
Organic polymer
Amino acid coated pigments
Mica composite
Dermatologist tested

What I like:
- This foundation feels light on the skin. Not as light as Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Fluid Foundation but it does feel light. Definitely not as heavy as Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place.
- This feels velvety and smooth as it glides on the skin but you do have to blend it fast because it easily dries - could be due to its being oil-free.
- It is indeed matte but definitely not flat. It does look natural which is what I like about the finish.
- The shade I got is 40 Natural Beige. It is a tad dark upon application since I have gotten lighter and 30 would seem to be a better match but I am glad that it eventually blends very well with the skin and it then matches with it.
- It does not oxidize so I need not worry about looking like an oompa loompa.
- It stays on for hours. Even though I mostly stay inside an air-conditioned office with the a/c hitting my back, I still walk around a lot due to the nature of my job and even though my face sweats a bit, this foundation does not budge and stays.
- It provides medium coverage but can be built up and sheered depending on your preference. I prefer sheer and light though.
- A little goes a long way. I only need half (or probably a little more) a pea-sized amount for my entire face and part of my neck.
- I like the squeeze out bottle and the fact that it is made of plastic because once I run out, I can just use razor-sharp scissors and cut it in half to get the remaining foundation that I won't be able to get just by squeezing it.
- It has a shelf-life of 12 months.
- There are 16 shades to choose from based on the website. I'm just not sure how many are available or how frequent the stores restock. MUFE in Manila is notorious when it comes to not having stocks.
- Locally available. Just better call the branches first before coming over since a lot of products are almost always out of stock. I only know of 2 branches - EDSA Shang and Bonifacio High Street.

What I don't like:
- It dries easily. So the moment I dot the foundation on my face, I have to quickly blend it so I won't end up with dots and streaks.
- If I use it continuously for more than 3 days, I break out with it. I think I can use it just once or twice a week.
- It dries out my cheeks and I see dry patches I never knew I had.
- A bit pricey for Php 2250 but not bad if you really like it.

Will I buy again? Still on the fence since I break out with it but I'd like to try shade 30 Porcelain.

Overall rating: 4/5 I still gave it a 4 because I like the foundation in general and its performance. If only it does not break me out, then it would've gotten a higher rating. Comparing to the HD Foundation I had in 2009, this is soooo much better. It photographs well too though HD has a bit of edge when it comes to that.

EDIT: I used the foundation earlier for this review and now, I have a budding pimple on my nose. Boo!


On me - just the foundation and under eye concealer. No setting powder so you can see how it looks on my combination-oily skin.

Have you tried this foundation?

Happy Sunday, super awesome peeps! :P

P.S. I would like to thank you guys for still visiting my blog and leaving comments even though I haven't done the same for you. I've been really preoccupied with work lately and a few realizations here and there and that is why makeup has totally taken the backseat for now. Will still do my best to keep this blog updated.


  1. I like the coverage! I haven't tried any foundie from MUFE, i want to get my match and try this baby, i just hope it'll not break me out.. geeeh. i like the coverage talaga... thanks for sharing pammycakes ^^

  2. I haven't tried this foundation but I only swatched a tester and looks nice nga! Perfect ang shade sayo :D

  3. Galing naman ng product na to. Value for money talaga.

  4. Looks like a good foundation. You're skin looks great with it. :)

  5. It's a shame that this breaks you out. I was hoping to try this, but I'm really scared I'll have the same issue!

  6. looks blended well on your face. it's a bit pricey. agree. well, at least, for me. haha!

    anyway, i personally don't like matte foundations because they make my skin look dull and dry. i know the whole point of matte foundations but it just doesn't look good on me. haha! except for one from aerie but i still don't use it much. i prefer tinted moisturizers these past few days. haha! ;)

  7. pammmyyy, it really looks nice on you :) too bad you break out with that product, pero, its really nice! I wouldn't mind the hefty price, if ganyan ang coverage nya :) Ganda.
    Re: My bag, Cge, Ill make a separate post about it. :)

  8. The finish is incredible, but you do have me worried with those comments about spots!

  9. What flawless skin you have! The foundation looks so natural on you! Too bad it broke you out though.

  10. love the coverage :) never ownany from MUFE pero i want their cream blush :|

  11. @Diane I have a feeling that your shade is 20. Hehe. I also hope that it won't break you out because it is a nice foundie in general. It's just my skin, I guess. :)

  12. @Askmewhats I think this foundation may be too drying for your skin type. It dries my skin and I can only imagine how it can dry up your skin even more. :)

  13. @Sweethestia It is really a nice foundation sans the breaking me out part. :D I hope you get to try it, dear.

  14. @Morbidfrank Thank you. I just can't get over the fact that I broke out with it hours after I applied it for the picture on this review. :-/ I really wish it'd stop doing that.

  15. @Jacqueline Thanks, sweetie. I think I owe it to Cetaphil. I'm super loving that cleanser now. :)

  16. @Gellie Abogado I don't like matte matte foundations either. I think it makes one look old whereas a bit of "dew" on the skin gives a healthy glow on the face that can make one look younger. :D

  17. @Maria It's really nice. So sad since I really liked it and I wanted to love it so bad but my skin won't let me do that. :( I think you should give this foundation a try. They have stocks when I checked. ;) Looking forward to that bag post. :)

  18. @Jamilla Camel I am now nursing three pimples when I wore this foundation for the picture on this post. Bummer! :(

  19. @Popblush Yeah, such a bummer. I'm still hoping it would stop breaking me out but I'm not keeping my hopes up. :)

  20. @VijiiS If you really have sensitive skin, maybe you should get a sample first so you can try? It's kinda pricey and it would be a shame if you buy a bottle and end up breaking you out. :)

  21. @Nadine Natalin Their cream blush is nice! It's just too pigmented for my liking but it's pigment in a tube. :P

  22. love this, it's my HG liquid foundie actually! hope your skin will ventually love it 'cause the finish, texture and glow it gives us just amazing right? don't worry girl, we all have busy moments. we can always about beauty. (: great review!!

  23. Why does it break you out kaya.... I heard MUFE is heavy on silicones. Could that be it...

  24. This is for Oily skin type if you have a oilyskin this is perfect for you don't buy this if you have dry skin its better to get a HD foundation thats for dry skin :-)

    1. Hi again. :) Having a combination-oily skin that leans more towards being oily, I find this a great foundation. If only it does not give me pimples, this would have been a keeper. :)

  25. you look a bit dewy,.
    looks really healthy.,
    maybe i should try this.,

  26. I have yet to try this liquid foundation, I think it’s nice.
    ~Pauline @Kallony


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