Ah the Fit Me! Foundation. The bargain base that for the last few months has barely scratched the surface of branded beauty blogging, and is now one of the most popular and blogger-friendly foundations from the Maybelline New York line. It was also, almost unbelievably, worn by supermodel (ok, superEVERYTHING) Gigi Hadid on the night she hosted the AMAs, and made that, er, rather controversial comment that is probably left undiscussed in this post.Cosmopolitan have written about it, bloggers have blogged about it, and I can guarantee it’s made its way into some of your favourite vloggers next beauty haul videos. So of course, I wanted to try it out for myself. And I mean, it’s pretty cute, but I’m not sure it’ll make it as a staple in my make up bag.
One of the most important elements of foundation to me is whether or not it can pass the Hand Test. The Hand Test, for me, is based on how quickly a foundation, when swatched onto your hand, will sink in your skin and what exactly it does once applied. A good foundation, for me, will sit upon the skin and smoothly cover it, without revealing any of the textures underneath. If I can still see the uneven patches of the Raynauds in my hands for example, after testing a foundation then it’s not thick enough. If within 30 seconds of application I can see the prints of my finger tips and streaks of foundation in the dry cracks of my knuckles, it’s not going to impress me.Therefore, whilst the Fit Me! Foundation did, technically, mattify the skin, it sunk it almost impossibly quickly, and felt more like a hand-cream than a foundation base. Even in my most flattering light spot, I still couldn’t see any difference between the shades, colours or textures of my hand. And what doesn’t cover the smooth skin of my hand is never going to be able to fix the mess of my face.In the range of shades, there are definitely some large jumps, and although my personal favourite is still the Rimmel 001, I did find that Maybelline 110 matched up quite nicely and was a more than adequate substitute. For paler skin tones, however, I’m not sure I would recommend it as it does have a very smaller orange pigment which could be unflattering to the un-sun-kissed among us.As I only picked up the 30ml size product, the packaging is still quite appealing compared to some of the tackier mini bottles on the market. It’s even got quite a matte plastic finish to complement the product inside, which I found quite sweet. Designed for normal to oily skin, I feel like this is a foundation designed for sports bags and handbags – marketed for post-gym top ups and toilet stall blotting, rather than long lasting, all day make up.I can understand why many would love this product – reasonably priced, skin enhancing, mattifying and incredibly creamy textured. But I think I would only really recommend this base to someone with already perfect skin, who just wants a little touch of light coverage. But for those of us with slightly more problematic pores and those determined little dark circles, I’m afraid I’ll have to stick with the Rimmel Lasting Finish if I want a decent coverage.
Thank you very much for reading, I hope you’re enjoying the start of this festive season, and are looking forward to a whole host of Blogmas posts coming your way very soon!