In the recent months many brands have been releasing a new wave of foundation, a light-weight, light-textured matte foundation. I have never been overly enthused with matte finishes as I find that they can make the skin look dull and cakey, these new formulas however keep that traditional matte/velvet finish whilst leaving the skin looking like, well, skin.

The Moisture Matte
The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint was amongst the first of its kind to step outside of the "heavy matte" formula. This is a tinted moisturiser that provides a light-light medium coverage, it feels smooth and creamy when applied and leaves a matte, slightly powdery finish on the skin. This won't "set" on the skin so it feels very comfortable and it doesn't cling to dry patches. I would recommend this to those with oily-combination skin who like a light base as this truly is a traditional, light base but with a velvety, rather than dewy, finish.

The Matte Veil 
One of my favourite releases this year has been the Lancome Miracle Air de Teint Foundation. This is what I would call the "New Wave" foundation. It is a liquid that blends into a soft, light powder. It feels and looks extremely light on the skin, it makes skin look so, so natural. As this is such a fine foundation, the "matte" finish actually creates a soft-focus, almost airbrushed look on the skin. Light weight, light coverage yet creates a wonderful diffused base. I cannot rave about this stuff enough. 

The Velvet Matte
The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet is a recent release that swept the blogging world. It is a velvet version of the Vitalumiere Aqua. Like the Vitalumiere Aqua, it feels very light and fresh on the skin however the velvet finish looks slightly more natural as the Vitalumiere Aqua can lean a little too dewy at times. It is a definite one for normal to oily skin as it is a light-weight yet long lasting formula. Definitely not one for dry skin as it may enhance dry patches as it isn't creamy formula. I love this for days when I want a natural looking foundation that won't make me look like an oil-slick after 3 hours.

The Luxurious Matte
I've had the By Terry Densiliss Foundation for quite some time, at first, I was unimpressed. I was expecting miraculous skin due to the small fortune it cost. After letting other foundations reign on my face, I tried this out again and oh wow. This foundation is b-e-a-utiful. I didn't want to love it because make-up shouldn't be this expensive but it really does perform. It is a "serum" foundation that may or may not have effective skin benefits on. The foundation is a light, creamy foundation that glides on the skin. It is a medium to buildable coverage that blends out like a dream. The finish is a very natural, skin-like velvet. What is amazing about this foundation is how it makes the skin look, it doesn't look caked on but still leaves a pore-less,  flawless complexion. Plus, it lasts all day. I struggle with foundations lasting on me, especially those that look natural, but this one lasts all day and all night.

What's your favourite Matte formula?

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