Rummaging through my foundations, I decided to round up the ones that I own that provide the most velvet/matte finish since that is a finish that a lot of us gravitate to during this time of year (especially if your skin is on the oily side). On the dock we have:
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Giorgio Armani Maestro and Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundations. I have more comprehensive reviews of the Chanel here and Hourglass here, but I find that reviews by comparison are even more helpful. I am going to provide you with a nerdy list of my likes and dislikes for each of these. Alas, let's begin.
- this is the best if you have any texture issues/concerns. I have some deeper acne scarring on my cheeks and this smooths out the skin surface perfectly.
- feels incredibly lightweight and is easy to blend with fingers or a brush (not the beauty blender)
- doesn't oxidize pink on me and it's a decent colour match
- looks incredible when you first apply it on the skin, it's a true velvet finish, with a slight glow from within
- lasting power. It starts looking weird after about 3-4 hours. The coverage gets patchy, the oils break through... not impressed. I actually get longer lasting power from Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.
- it transfers way too easily. This is the only foundation I've owned in my life where it actually transferred on a boyfriend's face after kissing him. OH HELLZ NO. Unacceptable.
Verdict: if your skin is normal and you don't get oily patches, I think this is more suitable for you. This has a medium coverage yet feels very light on the skin and gives a nice smooth look to the skin even if you have acne scarring/texture issues. Sadly it just didn't last on my oily skin so I won't be repurchasing.
- the most lightweight and easy to blend foundation I own (best used with fingers)
- the colour doesn't oxidize at all (!!!)
- evens out the skin tone extremely well, has a soft skin-like finish
- really pleasant soft soapy scent
- good lasting power
- the application is a hot mess. It has a dropper... and any accidental drops on clothes do not wash out easily since the pigment of this foundation is suspended in oil
- a nightmare on dry patches. If you have even a hint of dry flaky skin (which can sometimes happen even if you're oily and battling acne) this foundation will cling to it and it will look terrible.
|Giorgio Armani Maestro #4|
Verdict: if you have normal/slightly oily skin and don't have any texture concerns or dry patches this foundation is perfect for you. It's easy to apply with your fingers and gives a light/medium buildable coverage. Just don't drop any of your clothes unless you want to rack up your dry cleaning bill.
- lasting power. This stuff is water resistant, you can take a swim and this shiz will still be on your face.
- you don't need to set this foundation with powder since it dries exactly to a powder finish
- this is truly the most long-lasting foundation of the bunch
- poor colour selection, everything dries darker.
- hard to apply since it sets to a powder finish quite quickly... you don't have much time to blend it into the skin or to customize the coverage (which is medium coverage, I'd say)
- the pump gets clogged every time because the formulation dries down to a solid powder
Verdict: I really can't see this as being an "everyday" go-to foundation for too many people unless you're a super oily lifeguard or something and you want medium coverage that sticks. Maybe I just sucked at applying it.... but I think that this feels slightly heavy on the skin and it's hard to work with. The result is nice and long-lasting, however, so it's a good one to keep on hand for long-haul summer days where water may be involved but you still want your face to look done up.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other matte/velvet finish foundation recommendations for me?