Beauty Booty: Make-Up 4-Eva!

by Rachel on April 29, 2010

I love talking about skin care, but I am always honest when I say that my skin is pretty good. I love pampering it, but I’ll admit that I’m not the best judge of what “works.” (Don’t get jealous — my metabolism and hair is another story.)

Anyway, to give a different perspective, I thought I’d share a review from my blogger BFF Leah:

Walking into Sephora is dangerous for me. Clothing stores aren’t dangerous for me at all, but put me anywhere with products that claim to improve my hair or skin, and I’m there. Anyway, if just walking into Sephora is dangerous, walking in with Rachel is close to disastrous. She’s the master of all things beauty, and let’s just say she doesn’t exactly discourage consumerism.

OK, let me back up. A few weeks ago, Rachel and I spent a few hours (while blowdrying our hair, of course) talking about our “things.” As in, which parts of our bodies we like and which parts we feel we need to work on a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love my body as it is. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas that couldn’t benefit from a little attention. The skin on my face is one of those things. In fact, it’s THE thing for me. (Area that needs zero attention? My nails — they’re perfect and I barely have to do anything to them.)

The skin on my face has ALWAYS bothered me. I’ve never had raging acne, but I’ve always had pimples. Or at least, since middle school (though I have to say, they’ve been wayyy better since I cut back on sugar). Because of my annoying, persistent acne, I’ve been wearing makeup since middle school. Not heavy eye or lip makeup, but lots of cover-up, foundation, powder, etc. My evolution from Cover Girl to BareMinerals took place a couple years ago. I realized that expensive makeup, does, in fact, sometimes look better than cheap makeup (note: not always the case). So I rolled with BareMinerals for a while, and I still like it. But there are a few things I didn’t like: it’s time-consuming to apply, it’s not great for people with oily skin (and my skin is as oily as they come), and it’s MESSY. It always gets all over the counter in my bathroom.

So when I walked into Sephora that day, I was definitely open to trying something new. Rachel was there to restock her Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which she claimed was the most non-makeup-y makeup ever. I was pretty skeptical that MUF was actually that great. I mean, Rachel’s “thing” that she doesn’t need to work on at all is her skin! Have you SEEN Rachel’s skin in her pics or videos? The girl’s face is just as flawless in person. So of COURSE her makeup looks great. Anyway, suffice it to say I doubted it would have the same effect on me.

But I trust Rachel and I was pretty desperate to try something new. So I decided to try the Make Up Forever’s Duo Mat powder foundation. I like powder foundations because my skin is too oily for liquid foundation, but needs more coverage than just powder alone. I liked that the MUF powder foundation had the word “Mat” in the title, even if it was spelled wrong. That was promising. So a Sephora employee matched my color (no surprise, I was the absolute lightest one!) and I walked away hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

I tried the powder foundation for the first time that night, and let me say, my expectations were blown out of the water. First of all, it takes seconds to apply, unlike my old BareMinerals, which would take 5-10 minutes to apply well. Second of all, it makes my skin look FLAWLESS. And it doesn’t look like makeup! That’s the biggest selling point for me. When you’re wearing MUF, it doesn’t look like you have gobs of makeup on. You can see your actual SKIN. And yet, it somehow manages to have really full coverage (which I need). The best part is that it keeps my skin matte for longer than anything else! I’ve tried a few different powder foundations as a supplement to my BareMinerals — MAC’s StudioFix and Benefit’s Hello Flawless — and the Duo Mat is far superior, though it’s in the same price range (I paid $32).

Anyway, suffice it to say I’ve ditched my BareMinerals completely and have been using the Duo Mat exclusively since I bought it. I love it, and won’t ever go back. The moral of this story is: When Rachel tells you to buy makeup, just do it. You won’t regret it.

Thank you, Leah! I may “not discourage consumerism,” but I do it from the bottom of my heart. I know how much finding the right product can affect you and, well, all I can really say is, I’ve spent more money over the years on this stuff than my college education and it’s good to know that my obsession is helping someone!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MelissaNibbles April 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

I have oily skin so I appreciate the heads up! A great drugstore brand is Loreal True Match. I use the foundation and powder and it’s great. I think I might splurge and try this stuff when I run out though. Thanks!


2 Leah (Nutritionista) April 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

Melissa, it’s so worth the splurge! I always used to be hesitant to spend a lot of money on makeup when there were so many decent drugstore brands. But when you think about it, this is stuff you’re putting on your face EVERY DAY. It’s okay if you splurge on it a little, you know?
.-= Leah (Nutritionista)´s last blog ..Make It: Pan-Fried Whitefish with Brie-Smothered Zucchini =-.


3 Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

This is amazing! LOL!


4 Kara April 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

True story — I’m 23 and have never worn/tried foundation…sigh. (However, I’m also the resident “hippie” in my office, so I suppose it sort of fits…). ANYWAY — I’ve always wanted to try it but never knew where to start/what to do (so many options!), but this sounds like a great one to start with.



5 Tara April 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

After thinking about it for months, I had just decided last night that I was going to take the plunge and buy bare minerals. (I have only used drugstore brands before). Then, I saw your post this morning about MUF (which I have also heard great things about).

My problem skin is super oily and I was wondering what moisturizer you use with MUF. I tend to think that my moisturizer may very well be part of the problem. I must have one with SPF though because I have already had skin cancer, but the ones I have used tend to add to the oil slick on my face by mid-morning. (Gross, I know!)

Also, I love your success with MUF and will indeed try it, but I also want to try out bare minerals. Do you have any suggestions about what products to use or how to apply to best achieve a matte look.

Thanks so much. I will swing on over to your blog to check it out Leah and thanks Rachel for the guest post. It’s just the post I needed after deciding to run out and buy makeup and I am officially no longer a lurker! Well, I should just go ahead and tell you then…AMAZING blog…you keep my lol’ing in the kitchen, in the gym, and in the bedroom.


6 Leah (Nutritionista) April 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Tara, good question about the moisturizer! I’ve been using my basic Trader Joe’s face lotion with SPF 15, but I actually sampled two from Sephora (did you know you can take home a sample of any product from Sephora?? Another hot tip from Rachel!) that I’m still deciding if I want to take the plunge and buy.

The first is Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion. This did well at mattifying my face, but unfortunately, there’s no SPF (seriously?!). The second is Bliss’s Steep Clean Mattifying Moisturizer. Again, it worked well, but again, no SPF! I don’t really want to invest a lot of money in a product with no SPF.

I think our best bet in the mean time is to using regular lotion with a mattifying primer underneath. Both Philosophy and Givenchy make them, but I’ve never tried them. Also, Rachel’s friend (who’s also a beauty buff) suggested using some basic drugstore product meant for babies to mattify your face, but I forget what it was! I’m sure she can tell us.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling comment, but I’m obsessed with this stuff, and I totally understand your plight! My skin also gets oily after only a few hours, so I’m pretty committed to finding something that works. I will say that BareMinerals makes a matte powder that’s OKAY, but it’s still a lot messier and less effective than MUF. But I used BM for a long time, and I did like how it made my skin look.
.-= Leah (Nutritionista)´s last blog ..Make It: Pan-Fried Whitefish with Brie-Smothered Zucchini =-.


7 Rachel April 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Tara — If you decide you want to try MUF instead of Bare Minerals, ANOTHER tip is that you can return products to Sephora. I’ve only done it once, when I really hated something, but yeah…just FYI!!


8 Tara April 29, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Okay, I’m convinced- MUF it is! I will head over to Sephora after work (for my second time ever). It is just so intimidating for someone who knows nothing about makeup, but if I want great skin and a fabulous face I guess I better get over it! Thanks guys


9 Rachel April 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Tara — let us know how it goes!! I hope it works for you!!


10 Wendy April 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

ooo this sounds amazing! Sounds like Leah and I have similar skin issues…I will totally be purchasing this.

I really enjoy both of your blogs by the way!


11 MelissaNibbles April 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Is it only available at Sephora? I only have Ulta near me!


12 Lexi May 1, 2010 at 12:11 am

I use MUF Duo Mat for my oily skin & I love it! Plus they have a range of colors which is important for mixed girls with varying undertones. I love that it keeps my oil in check & the coverage is buildable.


13 Rachel May 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Lexi — I second that! That’s the main reason I started using MUF…I was SO impressed by their range of colors!


14 Top 10 Beauty Myths June 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

This is awesome, I really want to try it now! I also have oily skin, and liquid foundation is just too heavy for me. thanks for the review :)


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