|Fit Me Hydrate + Smooth Foundation|
I am a huge fan of the Maybelline Fit Me concealer and I am always on the lookout for a long lasting luminous foundation. So when I saw the Fit Me Hydrate + Smooth on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $7.99, I scooped it up. With the name Hydrate + Smooth, you would think this was made for people with dry skin maybe hide my giant pores, right? Not so much.
Maybelline recently renamed this foundation the Fit Me Dewy + Smooth in the US. It is the same formulation as the Hydrate + Smooth (which is the actually the original Fit Me foundation just repackaged). O_o . For the purpose of this review, I am going to call it the Hydrate + Smooth since that is what my bottle says. Confusing, right?
The Hydrate + Smooth is meant for normal to dry skin. Maybelline states this will give you a dewy and seamless finish. The Fit Me foundations are priced in the $8 to $12 range here in Canada and come in 14 shades. I picked out the shade 120 – Creamy Ivory. The consistency of the Hydrate + Smooth is very fluid which made blending it out a dream. The glass bottle has a sleek square shape. Simple but sleek. It doesn’t come with pump though - boo.
Initially, it went on smooth, spread evenly, had medium coverage and felt lightweight plus it was a great colour match. I was excited! I thought I found a new drugstore foundation. But….about 20 minutes after I set the foundation with a powder, the foundation settled in my pores. Like really settled. It exaggerated my fines lines and made my pores seem even bigger than they were. I even tried using the Hydrate + Smooth over different primers, on its own, with different setting powders, still no bueno. Every single time, it would settle and make my skin look worse than when I had no foundation on. Not good at all. The foundation also had no luminosity to it and it broke down around the 5 hr mark for me. There was nothing left to fix.
I have always had large pores and have always found primer to be a great fix for this issue. But for me, even primer was no help with this foundation.
Sadly, I have to give the Fit Me Hydrate +Smooth a big thumbs down. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, I don’t think this is the foundation for you.
The Fit Me range also has a new foundation formula called the Matte + Poreless. I didn’t get this one initially because I thought it would be drying from the name, Matte + Poreless. But I have heard that this formulation does work well for dry dehydrated skin. I think I just might try that one out.