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The Best Prestige Matte Foundations of 2016: 9K Reviews
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The Best Prestige Matte Foundations of 2016: 9K Reviews

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Mary Kay Time Wise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation
BY MARY KAY
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (3,229 reviews)
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Jayde said...
I've been using this product for around two months now. It has fantastic buildable coverage, that never feels heavy or cakey. I love the fact that it's also good for your skin with its anti-aging properties. I always set this this Mary Kay's translucent powder and it gives me the perfect matte finish, that's lasts all day. I always feel that my skin looks so radiant while wearing this foundation. I so wish this product came in a pump bottle though, because the more liquidy consistency can get a little messy when opening this bottle. I have noticed this product also pairs so well with Mary Kay's foundation primer, which also helps with the longevity of this products wear time. Love that it comes in so many shades as well. ...read more
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MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
BY MAKE UP FOR EVER
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (1,713 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $41.00
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Connie W.Connie W. said...
After trying more foundations in the past few years, I can understand why people rave about the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Plus foundation now. I've been breaking out badly and was tired of having an oily face at the end of the day ALL the time despite approaching my mid 20s now. Recently I've found that the combination of the Cotz sunscreen and the MUFE Mat Velvet Plus and the E.L.F. High Definition powder keeps my face pretty matte/satin looking throughout the day.
The tricky part for me was finding a shade that matched. 20 Ivory matches the actual color of my face pretty well, but it is way too light compared to my neck. I tried out 35 which was way too pink. Maybe I'll try 40 and see if it matches my body a little better.

Side note, if you have large pores like me you might see your pores look clogged after you cleanse your face. This foundation hasn't broken me out despite not being able to clean everything out.

This foundation is definitely my go to if I want matte, natural looking coverage that lasts all day long. If you have dry skin you might want to moisturize really well or try a more moisturizing foundation. ...read more
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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30
BY NARS
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars55%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (672 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $45.00
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Haley I. said...
Pros: This product is a really good matte finish skin tint for those who want medium to heavy coverage on a daily basis without wearing a heavy foundation. It lasts all day without reapplication and the application is simple as long as you keep it simple. AKA, use your fingers for the best application!! This product sets so quickly that using a brush or blender will take too long and you might end up with a cakey finish. In my experience, because the product sets itself, I haven't needed to use powder and this has simplified my makeup routine as well as cut some costs! The velvet matte skin tint is also buildable and you can use as much or as little as you want. A little goes a long way. Also the SPF 30 is a nice touch that protects your face (It also helps to justify the price tag a little).
Cons: $45 is a little steep for a skin tint. Also it has a perfumey scent upon application (which some people might like but I prefer light to no scent), though for me it goes away after it sets. The SPF causes a white cast in flash photos that's only a minor issue. ...read more
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bareMinerals MATTE Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
BY BAREMINERALS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (2,320 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $28.00
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Neely B. said...
I'll admit it. I was skeptical. I have extremely oily skin. Extremely. And I'm very prone to acne breakouts. I was sure that a powder wouldn't give me the coverage I needed to cover my acne and scars and it wouldn't hold up to my oil. But I was wrong. I LOVE this make up. It gives you a great air brushed finish and it lasts for me pretty much all day. I DO get a shine about mid day, but it doesn't look like a "your face is super greasy" shine. It actually looks pretty natural. It doesn't feel heavy, which is something that I didn't like about liquid foundation...especially in the summer months, and it doesn't feel caked on. I really recommend this. Also, the original foundation makes my face itchy...which is a common complaint. The matte foundation doesn't. I'm also not too fond of their brush for the same reason...itchy...I use a stippling brush to apply and I think it works a lot better in giving me a fuller coverage and it isn't itchy. ...read more
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Jouer Cosmetics Matte Moisture Tint
BY JOUER
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 / 5 (63 reviews)
Buy on Beauty Bar for $40.00
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Maria H.Maria H. said...
I purchased this in the color Nude for my oily skin. I live in California, so it is hot here most of the year. I used a primer underneath, and it gave me really nice coverage. I blended it in with a beauty blender, and then set it with a powder. I did not have any issues of it caking up on my skin, or making my pores look larger, and I have big pores. I do think if you have dry skin this will not work for you, because it is made to help keep skin matte. So if you have dry patches on your skin it will accentuate this. I myself exfoliate my skin at least once a week, so I do not have this problem. Great product for oily skin, light to medium coverage. ...read more
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Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Foundation
BY CLINIQUE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars58%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (1,284 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $24.00
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Raisa R.Raisa R. said...
I got this in January towards the end, when I did a huge buy because I was going to do a month of no buy for February, which towards the end kind of ended up being a fail. Anyways, I definitely love this for a everyday wear. For me, I have oily skin, I'm pretty tan a nc45 in Mac but now that it is winter I am about 3 shades lighter but I still got the shade 21 because with my undertones and being a nc45 I thought it looked the best. I can wear this to class everyday and no one can actually tell I even have foundation on. With that being said I feel it is a light to medium buildable coverage. It definitely isn't a full, full coverage, but I do have some acne scars and for the most part it gets covered but a little of my true skin peaks through, which I love for natural, everyday look. Having oily skin I always set my foundation with a powder, but with this I actually feel you don't even need to. So, I would suggest getting a sample and trying it for everyday use, kind of reminds me ob a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. I still like it and use it daily! ...read more
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