Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ & 8N Brush

As promised, here is my first review of the products I got in my MUFE Haul. This is a combined review on the foundation and the brush that was recommended for it.

I originally saw a review on YouTube by the gorgeous MakeupByTiffanyD, and decided to try it as an alternative to my MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I figured it's good to change things up a bit, and if I'm going to do other people's makeup I should play around with different brands and learn the tricks.

The foundation is liquid, contains XXXoz, and costs 80NIS (about $20). Pretty good deal, if I might say so myself. The shade I got was XXX (just to compare - I'm a XXX in MAC Studio Fix Fluid).
The brush was recommended to me by lady at the store, who claimed it to be a foundation brush. It's a flat paddle-style brush, with synthetic nylon bristles, and it cost 30NIS (about $7.5). It's a

Post-Mortem: The MUFE website revealed the 8N brush to be a BLUSH brush. Not that I can see how one would use a paddle brush for blush, but hey- who am I to judge? But this explains a few things, specifically why the application didn't go so well. 

Process: Not so successful. On one hand, the brush was too small to smoothly cover my face, and on the other hand, it was big enogh to "eat up" a lot of product. I had to use twice the amount of product than what I usually use in my Studio Fix Fluid. Also, the consistency of the Mat Velvet + is pretty thick, and combined with an incorrect brush, I ended up getting a lot of streaking, which I then had to buff out with my fingers. 
Result: The coverage I got was pretty heavy, and it didn't look very smooth in my "dry-er" areas (I don't *really* have dry areas because my skin is SO oily, but I do have areas that aren't totally greasy, and those felt leathery and cakey). 
Flipside: On a positive note, it did a fairly good job of staying put during the day, and I had less oils on my forehead and chin areas (which tend to "grease up" fairly quickly during the day). I didn't have to do a lot of touch-ups, and I have yet to break out. I also didn't have to use much concealer because of the heavy consistency.

I decided I wasn't going to give up, and converted the 8N brush to a concealer brush (and it's doing a great job for my under-eye areas and to conceal larger blemishes). Then I turned to the oldest makeup tools in the book- my fingers. 

Process: Much easier. I dotted the foundation on my face (and looked like a weirdo for about 30 seconds), and then I used the tips of my fingers in circular motions to blend it into the skin. It did a much better job, and I'm sure that my fingers warmed up the product and helped it along.
Result: Much better. The coverage was a lot more natural, but I still didn't have to use that much concealer to cover blemishes around my face (I don't count under-eye-circles, because I always use concealer there, and I usually don't even apply my foundation there). It stayed put during the day, and helped control the oils, just like in the first attempt.
Flipside: If it's just for personal use, then using your fingers is fine. But if I want to use this foundation on someone, and I don't happen to have a sink/sanitizer/whatever, then it's not sanitary, and frankly quite gross. I wouldn't want someone to smear their fingers all over my face. This is my personal opinion, everyone has their preferences, no big whoop.

For my final attempt, I was encouraged by GossMakeupArtist to "wet your sponge, woman!"
So I did. And guess what?


Process: I dotted the foundation on my face, wet my sponge (and wrung it, don't worry), and started working the product into my skin.
Result: The sponge ended up "eating" 99% of the product! All I was left with was a microscopic layer of foundation and a damp face. I ended up having to do the whole thing again with my fingers, and only after blending the foundation into my skin with my fingers did I go over the dryer areas of my face very lightly with the sponge, to try reduce that leathery feel that I sometimes get with it.
Flipside: This method, unfortunately, has no good flipside to it. At least not with this foundation. The sponge just sucked up all the product, and I was left with a bicycle pump and not much else to do... The biggest "thumbs down" is that I still had to use my fingers (which is was I was trying to avoid).

The foundation: If it's for personal use, and you don't have dry skin, and you're looking for heavy coverage, then you'll probably enjoy this foundation. I wouldn't use a brush or a sponge for it because it'll be a waste of product.
The brush: Don't even bother with it for foundation if you're trying to get a smooth, natural finish. It's great for concealer, and it might be great for blush but I kinda like the "regular" contouring brush for my powder blushes.

I'd love to hear your experience with these products, and if you have any questions I'll try and answer them to the best of my ability!

Yours virtually,

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. I was not compensated in any way for this review. My thoughts and ideas are my own. I don't work for the manufacturer or reseller of any of these products.