Rant & Rave: Matte Foundation

Tell us what you love and hate about...

Matte Foundation

Anything really, really matte isn’t for me as I find it just emphasizes skin texture too much or looks so flat that it ends up looking dry rather than smooth.
I don’t like particularly dewy foundations, but I tend to set my makeup, so I need something with a little luminosity so it doesn’t go flat matte!

— Christine

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I love matte foundations. My skin is oily so matte foundations are a must, but it has to be a matte foundation that can withstand and control oil. I prefer soft matte or matte. Dewy foundations aren’t something I reach for at all. But I set all of my foundations so I can deal with a dewy foundation, but it’s definitely not a first choice. I spritz a little setting spray and everything looks more balanced and lifelike.

My favorites are: Fenty Pro Filt’r, Lancome Teint Idole Longwear, & Sunday Riley The Influencer

I personally like a matte look, I can skip the dewiness any day and even for highlighters I tend to go with less shimmery formulas (MAC Emphasize is my go-to).
But I hate when matte foundations show every dry patch on my skin; so I make sure to use moisturizing products before (I look for more moisturizing SPF creams when I wear make-up). Skincare in general helps me with dry patches (a good but gentle scrub, a thick moisturizer or a hydrating mask at night)

I don’t mind/like matte if it’s a very pigmented formula, because then I’m probably mixing it with moisturiser anyway, and it lasts longer that way which saves me money.

Otherwise, I prefer a natural finish like the MUFE Ultra HD.

What I hate about *some* matte foundations is that they can wind up looking dry and cakey after a few hours. That said, I am all love for matte foundation, with EL Double Wear being the best of the best on my skin.

Love them. I’m crazy oily and I find nothing else holds up on my skin. Only rant would be about those that dry down too quickly and thus are hard to blend out. Otherwise, matte foundations are right up my alley!

I want to like it but my skin is too dry despite all the moisterising and prepping. It clings to my dry skin and makes it look worse and flakey. I’d love it to work as I find it often has better coverage and staying power.

Because I have dry skin I am not a fan of anything matte. I don’t really have anything I love about matte foundation. It makes my already dry skin appear even more dehydrated, flat and emphasizes my texture. I have never had oily skin and have always had to really moisturize my skin before applying makeup otherwise my skin will make almost any foundation appear drying. I think because I have been dry my whole life I prefer my skin to appear a little dewy. Not dripping oil, mind you and I do like my makeup to hold up through the day which is easier I think on matte skin but I just like my skin to appear to be really hydrated and plump.

I like matte foundations because they control my oils better than dewy ones. But recently I tried power play foundation with another oil controlling matte primer and that was way too dry for me. I looked like I had wrinkles and I’m in my 20s…. It’s a good foundation but probably next time I’ll wear a more hydrating product underneath.

Because finding the right shade is no walk in the park for me, it seems as if I only find my shade or even something close to it within matte foundation ranges, like; Fenty ProFilt’r, Lancôme Teint Idole Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear, or Revlon Colorstay. Sooo, this leaves me with having to add a luminizers of sorts to my foundations in order to keep from having a dry, flat , mask-like look on my face. MAC Strobe Cream is my favorite for the job!

I’ve definitely switched to dewy (or at least natural finish) foundation over matte – trying to use up the last of my matte foundation (Maybelline FitMe Matte & Poreless) by mixing it with foundations that were *too* dewy (mostly L’Oreal Pro Glow). Switched to dewy foundations a year or so ago, when I realized that since my face had finally gotten past the oiliness I’d dealt with since high school (yay for proper moisturizerizing), maybe I didn’t need to use all the super-matte, oil-controlling face make-up.

I’ll still typically set dewier foundation with powder so it’s a little more matte at the beginning of the day, but foundations that are meant to be matte themselves just emphasize ALL of the flakiness on my face. And while my skin is on the drier side, it’s not that flaky! Can’t go back to matte foundations, haha.

As long as it is a soft, velvety matte and not something that looks flat and one dimensional, I don’t mind them. I do prefer a little bit of dewiness or luminosity, but matte finishes tend to last a wee bit longer on me and help keep my oil at bay a bit better.

I love everything about it because I have oily skin and need it. My skin’s texture shows no matter how dewy or matte my skin is, so I might as well not look like I just ran a marathon!

I dislike matte foundations for the very same reasons that you stated. I was color matched for BarePro foundation, I believe by Bare Minrerals. I loved the match but didn’t realize how very matte and drying it was. I didn’t return it for some reason so I add a drop of Argan lol and often a drop of Color FX luminizing to the application amount. It seems to help. I’ve learned my lesson as it is a wasteful solution.

Rave: Recently I have come to love a really good matte foundation – and it has to be a good one otherwise the rave becomes a rant! I have found with the Clarins Everlasting foundation that it leaves a matte effect without dehydrating my face and looking too dry.
A matte foundation can be the perfect canvas to then use blush and/or highlighters to create a glowy effect in the places that you want to be glowy.

Rant: As mentioned above, with a cheaper foundation you can easily end up feeling dry or your face looks dry. So if you are considering this kind of foundation, it’s best to get a tester sample to try.

Matte ain’t where it’s at for my dry, parched mature skin. I need something a bit more luminous & orgiving of texture!

I really don’t have a foundation finish preference. I’ll basically do any finish from natural-finish to matte.

Have never liked matte ones as I like as light a foundation I can apply onlyvto even out skin tone as some redness, sunburn or little imperfections. Even when young always hated matte or heavy foundations. A slight dewy or luminosity I prefer makes me look healthier.

Matter foundations make it possible to achieve an “airbrushed” look and do not emphasize texture if you have the right skin type, I find. But I can’t wear anything remotely matte; it’ll cling to my dry patches- I’ve tried hydrating primers, oils, emollient bases. Which is ok with me ’cause i’m not into the matte look usually.

I have oily skin, so matte is my favorite finish. I don’t want anything that’s going to add more shine all over my face. I avoid dewy foundations like the plague! I’d rather add some highlighter where I want it, such as the tops of my cheekbones.

The only con I can think of is that some full-coverage mattes can be extra mask-like and settle into fine lines. I had that issue with Kat von D Lock-It, but using a slightly damp beauty blender to apply it solved that problem.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!