We tried 4 matte foundations in 4 different price ranges

  • We tried four different matte foundations with prices ranging from $US5 to $US65 to see which one would actually work with oily skin.
  • The Rimmel Stay Matte costs $US5, the Morphe Fluidity costs $US18, the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r costs $US34, and the Armani Power Fabric costs $US65.
  • INSIDER producer Natalie Fennell is going to figure out if you really do have to shell out for good makeup or if there’s a drugstore gem in the rough. The answer may surprise you.
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The following is a transcript of the video:

Natalie: I have what I believe to be the oiliest skin of anyone I’ve ever met. I wear makeup every day. I like wearing makeup. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel confident. I have been on the look for a good matte foundation for the whole time I’ve been wearing makeup.

Natalie: In this experiment, I have foundations ranging from $US5 to $US65. And to be very scientific and proper about it, I’m not gonna know what foundation I’m using at any point. I’ve bought makeup in different price ranges before, but I’m just like everyone else. I’m looking for a deal. We’re gonna see how much I should spend.

Natalie: The first foundation that I’m gonna try is the Rimmel Stay Matte. The swatches online, they don’t look like skin. It’s not guaranteed that you’re gonna get an awesome match with only 24 shades to choose from.

Natalie: So the next foundation I’m gonna try is the Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Foundation. Great for all skin types. That also gives me worries because that shouldn’t be true, because I don’t think that a foundation that’s gonna be awesome for me as someone with oily skin is gonna be awesome for someone with dry skin.

Natalie: I’m really excited about this one. This is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r matte foundation. It’s free of parabens and… phthalates? I don’t know what that is, but it’s bad. So it’s not in this. Awesome reviews on this, obviously. I mean it’s like Rihanna can do no wrong. This foundation is $US65. It’s an investment, right? I have a sneaking suspicion that the brand name is adding a lot to the price of this. So I don’t know. We’re gonna see.

Natalie: I’m gonna take these four foundations home. I’m gonna use them. I’m gonna check in with you guys and see what it looks like throughout the day. I hope that I find a new favourite. I think that that would be really exciting.

Natalie: Good morning. It is day one of my foundation wear test. Today, I have gone in with Doughnut. First impressions of this: When I touched it, it’s very thin. I think that it blended out really well on my skin. I problem that I have, like the first place that my foundation wears off at is here.

Natalie: I thought I would just come outside to get some natural light to see how this foundation is doing. It looks… it’s showing a lot of the texture in my skin, which is not awesome.

Natalie: It went. This is where it goes first. I don’t know. I mean, I guess maybe I rub my nose sometimes.

Nico: How many times did you blow your nose today?

Natalie: A lot.

Natalie: OK, so it’s the end of the day. We’re looking a little worse for wear. I think that this one held up pretty well. I mean, yeah, it’s gone here, it’s gone here, it’s gone there.

Natalie: I went in with the Cat foundation today. It was very thick. It felt like a concealer. I think the colour match is pretty good.

Natalie: I wanted to do my check-in now. It’s only about 12:30, but it already wore off my nose, which is sad. It’s the first place to go every time. But I think that it looks good.

Natalie: What do you think? Oh, it’s delicious.

Natalie: I’ve had this foundation on for uh 12 hours. I feel like it looks good.

Natalie: Today, we have gone in with Strawberry. It was pretty liquidy in the container, but it blended out so fast.

Natalie: I’m checking my neck because I’m a little nervous already that it’s gonna oxidize. I was scared this morning that I was gonna get foundation neck, and I haven’t yet. So that’s pretty good. It hasn’t oxidized too much.

Natalie: The first six to eight hours that I had it on, I feel like it was looking pretty good. It’s done some weird things. So like… this area and here and here and kind of around my eyebrows, it has collected kind of.

Natalie: I’ve gone in with Pizza today, and I’m not sure about this one.

Natalie: Pizza’s not doing it for me. I think… for one, I think I could’ve made a better colour choice. I think this one is maybe a little dark, a little yellow. It’s exaggerating the texture of my skin I think, and it’s separating here. It’s settling in my, like, forehead lines.

Natalie: Pizza was no good for me. I think the colour match was not great. I think it didn’t look great when it first applied. It kind of immediately settled in places. It settled in my forehead, and it’s all gone. I mean, look at this. This does not look good. This does not look good at all.

Natalie: Oh. I’ve just spent the last four days testing out these foundations, and I have a favourite. This is the sad stuff. So in fourth place, we’re gonna have to go with Pizza. The consistency of it just did not look good on my skin from the second I put it on. I felt like I could feel it. It was heavy. In third place, I’m gonna have to go with Doughnut. I think that the colour match was actually really good for me because I’m pale. It’s very liquidy, which was nice actually, and it did kind of separate throughout the day. Second place, I’m gonna do Strawberry. Unfortunately, this one didn’t last all day. It looked really good. It started to kind of separate. It started to rub off. It came in strong, but it was a weak…it was a weak finish. First place is Cat. This one was really, really good. The colour match, incredible. You dot it on, you blend it out, blends out like a dream. It looks awesome. Even without a primer, it was really what I was looking for in that my oils did come through, but it kind of turned into a satin kind of glow.

Natalie: It’s the moment of truth. It’s the big reveal. It’s what we’re all here for. So let’s get to it.

Natalie: Let’s see what you are, my disappointing friend. Pizza is the Morphe foundation. It just wasn’t good. Third place is Doughnut. Let’s see. The Fenty Beauty. That’s a shock. I will say I didn’t hate it. Wow, Rihanna.

Natalie: I have two cards in front of me, and which one is gonna be America’s best matte foundation? Let’s see. Ooh, ooh, ooh.

Natalie: It’s the Rimmel. This is exciting news. This foundation is $US5. So this means my girl Strawb’ is the Armani, which was $US65. Rimmel, this is magic. This just proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on makeup.

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