This foundation dries matte. When I first go to apply this it dries so quick. By the time I finish dotting my face with drops of foundation, it almost dry. Very hard to work with in my opinion and I don't recommend this for a beginner. I have oily skin, so I thought this would balance my skin out a bit but it overcompensated and dried out way to quick to the point I couldn't work with it. Hope this helps!