Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation Review

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All I wanna do is stay matte and write and read fashion and beauty blogs all day. *sigh*

Since I can’t seem to do the latter, I’ll stick with trying to stay matte.

A few years ago when the J. Lo glow and dewy skin was all the rage, you would have had to pin me down and stuff Chicken McNuggets down my throat to get me to wear a matte foundation. Something about it seemed “funeral home-like” and unnatural to me. Besides, the 90s are over.

But after having the Jermaine Jackson effect (a condition where your glands start producing Texas quality oil or you look like you did a double shift in the old steel mills in Gary, Indiana) plague my face I decided matte was where it’s at!

I picked up Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation (I skipped their Mat Velvet because the formula seemed too heavy for my sheer to low coverage preferences). I love their Super Matte Loose Powder (which it seems they stopped selling at Sephora) so I figured I’d give the Duo Mat a shot.

I love how easy it is to apply. Just a few even swipes to your face and you’re done. The sponge it comes with is heavenly, too. Since they don’t sell refills at Sephora, I’ll be stalking the MUFE boutique for some (can’t keep using the same applicator or hello, face full of germs). The finish is great, too–matte but not Casper the Friendly Ghost. My face stayed pretty matte throughout the day but I still needed to touch-up at lunch. For some reason my skin gets much oilier at work than anywhere else.

It also comes in a pretty decent shade range–11 colors from Beige Rose to Chocolate. I’m MAC NW47 and wear shade #218.

If you’re looking to be matte, too check this out. It’s definitely worth a try and won’t really kill your pockets at $32 for .35 oz of product. I can see this lasting me about 6 months.

Have you ever tried this foundation? What did you think? If not, will you try it?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

19 Responses to Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation Review

  1. SanTara says:

    LOL i had to read this twice, i was laughing to much the first time. dead @ "funeral like & the jermaine jackson effect" I have never tried this but i will check it out on my next Sephora visit.

  2. LOL! Hilarious… and yes I will be making this purchase when i get paid this week… ooh it's going to hurt when I buy this on top of all the products I want from Venomous Villains… hmm I'll wait on the Duo Mat LOL

    • Danielle says:

      What are you getting from MAC VV? Seriously, before this year is up we MUST meet up in Atlanta and do some makeup shopping. Hopefully I\’ll have my act together during Christmas…lol

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  11. @iiMjustBrii says:

    i look gost like to me when i wear it im the color mufe .. and idk it dosent work for me .. =/

    • Danielle says:

      awww—-sorry it didn\’t work for you—it worked very well for me. If you still have Duo Mat and want to try it again, try using a makeup spray like MUFE Mist & Fix or MAC Fix+ to tone down some of the \”ghost like\” finish.

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