Last year, when Rihanna launched her Fenty collection with a whopping 40 different shades of foundation, she had the world shook. I was scrounging all over the internet, reading blogs and reviews, thinking, “Dang!! RiRi did that!” which was followed by, “Dang!! Its gonna be a long while before my broke self would be able to afford that!”. So I gave up stalking the Fenty collection and looked around for options that would not hurt my pocket.
The thing you need to know is I am a fairly dark skinned girl (pun intended). I have had to go through the horrors of caking my face with a foundation for light-skinned people, all throughout school, for annual days and stage performances, and that had left a deep hatred for the foundation. As I grew up though, I understood the importance of a good base, and I also encountered the lack of foundations in my shade, which forced me to make do with the darkest shades I could find, and they were not much better than the crap I had to put up with at school.
That is when I stumbled upon this beauty, that now I covet, my Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation, shade no. 330- toffee. The joy I felt when I applied it for the first time, and saw it perfectly match with my skin knew no bounds. So here is my review, on this lifesaver, for all you “toffee” girls out there.
Basic Info About Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation
So this is the darkest shade of the Maybelline’s stick foundation, available on Amazon, and they have many more shades lighter to this too. It is a lightweight stick foundation, with a powder core. The powder core helps absorb excess oil and gives a shine-free, matte finish.
Price- MRP: Rs 550/- for 9gm
Shelf life– 29 months from date of package
My experience with Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation
My introduction must have made clear how much I covet the Maybelline Fit Me foundation stick, and that is because it did not disappoint when it came down to match with my skin. It glides on my skin like a dream and blends in like a cloud. The powder core really absorbs the oil and gives you a matte finish. The one I have is ideal for combination skin, but they also have variants for normal to oily skin, though I couldn’t find that foundation in cream stick form. The foundation doesn’t place a timeline on how long it would stay, but from experience, I can say that it stays put for a good four hours of dance. One of the downsides that I experienced is that it isn’t one of those foundations which leaves you with a natural glow, because it made my face look really zombie-like until I applied a bit of contour, and it does not offer a lot of blemish coverage with one layer of foundation. I had to use two layers, for a natural-looking coverage. But even with these faults, I am in love with it, because it does not burn a hole in my pocket and goes with my skin perfectly.
The packaging is almost like a generic cylindrical container, and you can just push up the foundation stick by twisting the bottom, like with lipsticks. It’s really a convenient product to travel with, and super convenient to loose too :P
Texture and color-
The texture is really creamy, which makes it really hassle-free to apply. The color depends on the shade you have, with a lighter powder core center.
Odour- it is fragrance-free, has a really neutral odor.
Application- apply it onto your face evenly in downward strokes, along with your nose, cheekbones, chin, and forehead. Blend it then with fingers, brush or sponge.
Final report card of Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation
- Perfect shade (this is what tips the scales for me)
- Hassle free application
- Powder core for matte finish
- Creamy texture
- Handy container
- Doesn’t give the best coverage
- Makes face look a little ashy
Would I buy it again?
I would buy this product again and again as long as it comes in this shade and does not burn a hole in my pocket, or until I start earning more :P
Final score- 4.2/5
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