You know I'm getting desperate for pale foundations when I start trying every matte formulation in the book. My most recent test-it-out: Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +. Advertised as providing full (but variable) coverage with a matte, "powdered" finish that lasts for hours, I figured this product would be too drying for my skin.
Hilariously, it was actually very comfortable, and it had a pretty finish. And yet I find that disappointing.
MUFE Mat Velvet Plus retails for $36 for 1 fluid ounce. I swapped for the lightest shade, #15 Alabaster, which is described as a shade for "porcelain skin with pink undertones."
Nor does it appear to be a "powdered matte finish" on my face...kind of impressive, considering I have dry skin. But because it had more of a velvety finish than a powdery finish, I was instantly concerned about how it would sit on oily skin.
Like most foundations, #15 swatches lighter than it applies. It was immediately clear to me that this foundation was too dark and too pink for me. It's not quite as pink as MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13 (see below), but it's definitely not a match for my neck. I'd peg it at about NW15 in MAC terms, with definite pink undertones.
All of those issues aside, I found this foundation relatively comfortable to wear. It didn't feel heavy and it didn't transfer.
Overall, I wasn't wowed by the foundation. Yes, it was comfortable, and it had a pretty finish and decent wear. But how is this supposed to last on the people it's designed for--people with oily skin? And how does something with a "powder finish" get so freaking shiny? Mat Velvet + was a decent product for my skin, and I'd finish the bottle if it matched me. But I don't think it lived up to its claims.
RATING: 3 out of 5.
From left to right: Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus in #15 on top, NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia, MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13, Cinema Secrets Cream Foundation in PS501s-11. Filtered daylight on top, flash on the bottom. Please note that this bottle of NARS SG has gone rancid, so the color may be impacted.