Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Review

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation has been doing its rounds on social media since its long awaited launch in South Africa. When it hit the Dischem shelves, I could not resist the purchase. It launched with 14 shades to choose from; ranging from Porcelain (the lightest shade) to Espresso, being the darkest shade in the range. I decided to do a write up on this foundation to further elaborate on my Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless YouTube video  I hope this posts provides you with all the necessary information pertaining to this foundation.


I started off by priming my face using my Mac Prep + Prime Fix + Spray. Upon application, I immediately noticed that the shade, golden caramel (332) was too light for me. When we tested it in-store it appeared to be the perfect fit but after applying it in natural light, I noticed that it was definitely not my shade. Maybelline has a pore refining primer and I specifically chose not to wear it because I wanted to see ‘how poreless’ the foundation is and I’ll give you my thoughts on it shortly. I applied two layers of foundation because I did not get the desired coverage with just one layer of foundation. It is certainly a buildable foundation and covered enough after the second application. But I still wouldn’t consider it to be a full coverage foundation. It was easy to move the product around and it blended seamlessly, unlike most matte foundations I have used previously.

After Application

 The foundation did assist in minimizing the appearance of my pores but my skin was not entirely poreless. So, if you’re buying this foundation to assist with large pores, I would suggest using the primer. Although it states that the foundation is lightweight, I expected it to feel heavy on my skin after applying two layers of foundation but my skin still felt like skin and it had a natural sheer finish to it. I am a combination skin type and my skin was  slightly dewy in the tzone. So, someone with oily skin might need set the foundation with powder.  It sat comfortably on the skin and dried down to a semi – matte finish, which was one of the things that really stood out for me and made me want to share it with you all. I noticed six hours in that the makeup around my nose and above my lip gradually started moving from my skin. After being out in the sun and blowing my nose which is normal for me with any foundation, as for my laugh lines I only had to buff out the product four hours later. So the wear of the foundation was pretty impressive considering I did not set the foundation.


This foundation is insanely affordable and drugstore brands have been doing the most where overall quality is concerned. The foundation is available at Dischem and Foschini, I am not quite sure if it is available at Clicks as yet. I bought mine from Dischem for R92.95, Dischem being the cheaper options by a couple of rands.

Who Would Buy This Foundation?

I would recommend this foundation to someone who is in search of a lightweight foundation. Something that has a natural, skinlike finish. Yet, allows for buildable coverage. Lastly, someone who would ideally opt for a semi – matte finish foundation. Unbelievable that all of the above is in one foundation for less than R99, right? I am thoroughly impressed!