One fab foundation I will never stop using

makeup forever foundationA lot people, perhaps, you including, have their holy-grail, absolutely-cannot-live-without-it makeup products.  This right here, is mine; THE best foundation for oily skin: Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+.

I’m sure you guys already how much I love this foundation, because I do mention in every time I get a chance, but I don’t believe I’ve ever done a full review on it before. Even though my skin is dry right now (I know that I’m probably repeating myself, but I really want to get my point across-my skin didn’t suddenly change, I’m usually extremely oily, but right now I’m using a prescription cream that’s turning my skin into a dry mess) I still love using Makeup Forever’s Mat Velvet+, I just mix it with a bit of a moisturizer (love mixing it with MAC Strobe Cream), but please be warned- if you have any dry patches on your skin, you will NOT get along with this baby, this works the best with oily skin.

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + foundation

Now, I know that there are quite a lot great foundations out there that are awesome for oily skin, like Revlon’s Colorstay, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear, or Kat Von D’s Lock It Tattoo foundation. All of these have one thing in common though; they’re heavy, very fast-drying and need to be buffed in quite quickly. I’ve always wanted to try one of those light, feathery foundations that leave a subtle glow on your skin and make you look like Victoria’s Secret model, but the truth is, it’s hard to get that look when your skin is problematic. All “dewy” foundations would leave me looking like I submerged my face in a bucket of oil after a minute or two, and all “matte” ones always leave my skin looking flat and a bit “cakey” after a few hours. Not Mat Velvet+.

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + review

What’s really unusual about this foundation is that its’ extremely light-feeling, yet it provides a very buildable coverage. When wearing this on my skin, I can actually feel it breath, it looks natural and I don’t have to worry about my makeup melting off at the same time. This foundation is shine controlling, water-resistant and oil-free. It’s pretty much the only foundation that I dare to put on my skin during warm summer days. Another thing that I love about this foundation? It’s the only foundation that matches my skin tone perfectly (I’m number 30 “Porcelain”, in the summer I also use 35 “Vanilla”), it’s very hard for me to find a foundation that matches my fair skin tone without having awkward pink undertones and Matte Velvet+ takes the cake. I find that this foundation works the best with a wet beauty blender. Packaging is also a huge plus, even though it doesn’t have a pump, getting the foundation out is easy, even when you’re running low.

Have you guys tried this foundation? What’s your favorite base for oily skin?

  • This looks like a winner and I will have to try. Stumbled upon your blog. Very nice and sweet!!

  • I haven’t tried this particular foundation, but I have tried others by the brand and love it!! Thanks for sharing your review! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

    • I love their HD foundation as well, their powders are pretty awesome too :)

  • The properties of this foundation sound fantastic. The fact that it feels extremely light while providing buildable coverage would make it worth trying. Thanks for your review!

  • Shannon

    Okay I think you have convinced me that I need to try this foundation! I have super oily skin too so that sounds perfect!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • This sounds amazing! I love foundation that have a matte finish and good coverage so this sounds like one I would definitely like. I have been using (and loooooving) the Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ which sounds similar to this. Have you tried it? :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Makeup Revolution Highlighting Palettes Giveaway

    • Haven’t tried that one, but I did read a few reviews and I’m intrigued! I’m definitely trying it when my skin adjusts to the tretinoin cream and isn’t as dry. xx

  • It’s so great when you find your perfect foundation! I’ve got very dry skin though so this probably wouldn’t be good for me…shame, because it sounds awesome! x

    Josie’s Journal

    • Yes it is, especially when you have skin like mine hehe :)

  • I’ve been looking for a matte, but lightweight foundation like this for ages, thanks for the great review!

    • Thanks for reading Vanessa!

  • If I didn’t have dry skin, I’d be all over this as it sounds amazing! I can’t wait for MUFE to launch over here so I can try more of their products xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Ah yes, this definitely doesn’t work well with dry skin types. You should definitely try their HD foundation once it’s available in the UK, it’s pretty amazing. Thanks so much for your comment Gemma!

  • Hmmm, I need to give Mat Velvet+ a shot! Would be especially good in the summer when the humidity in KC is crazy and my face seems to oil up so quickly.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • I love using this in the summer!

  • I need to give this a shot ASAP, I love anything Make Up Forever so I was already sold before even reading :)


  • I’ve heard so much about MUFE, especially their foundations! I will definitely be picking this one up when Debenhams start stocking their stuff :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

    • Ohhh how exciting! :D

  • I am absolutely in love with my MUFE HD foundation although it tends to tip into the dewy side of things sometimes. This lovely Mat+ definitely sounds right down my alley and I can’t wait for May 19th when MUFE will be officially launched in Debenhams!! I can feel my bank balance screaming already!!!…xx

    • I love the HD one too, but it does get quite oily on me! OOhh that’s so exciting, I bet you can’t wait! I know how hard it is for you guys to get a hold of some products, so happy that MUFE will finally be available! :)

  • Jill

    The only foundation I have found that stays on my skin all day and has a pretty good color match for me is Estee Lauder Double Wear. How does this one compare to the Double Wear’s staying power? I have extremely oily skin so the ELDW does not usually look cakey on me, unless I’m having a really bad flaky skin day.

    • Sorry Jill, I just noticed your comment today! This feels much lighter than DW, but I’d say that DW is a bit more long lasting than this.

  • I’m still on the hunt for the perfect foundation for very oily skin. I had high expectations for the Mat Velvet + but it didn’t work out for me. I haven’t tried the ELDW although I’ve been using and loving their skincare range for the longest time. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Aww sorry this didn’t work for you! If you have very oily skin, you definitely need to dry the DW.