Covergirl Clean Matte BB vs Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review

Guys… Guys… I have no idea what my skin is doing. I had a recent change in medications and Wow-wee the oil activity is like 4+ blotting sheets a day. So I’m going a little trigger happy with the online shopping cart to find a foundation that will last on my skin while I get some of these medicine/health issues sorted out. This is not just your everyday oily/combo skin.. this is oil dripping from pores, kill-me-now, glasses-sliding-off-nose kinda oil. This time, I’m trying out a “BB cream” from the drugstore that many beauty gurus have claimed stays well on the skin. This Covergirl Clean Matte BB cream is not… a real… BB cream. Or at least there are no added benefits to the foundation that BB creams should have. (SPF? Skincare? What makes you a BB cream, Covergirl? GIVE A GIRL A HINT) So if you want to know if this foundation will stay on my super oily skin… we shall see. Let’s play!

The claims and the brand…

“CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream provides the perfect amount of coverage to even skin tone, hide blemishes and keep you shine free all day!”
“Fit Me! Matte + Poreless from Maybelline goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only Maybelline’s pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish.

Benefits:

  • Dermatologist and allergy tested
  • Does not clog pores
  • Oil-free”

Fit me matte and poreless used to be my HOLY GRAIL when my skin was more normal-combo. Now my skin is straight up oily so I can’t use it with the same results… But I know how it performs and I’ve been through a couple bottles of these babies. I thought it would be great to have this foundation side by side so I can compare how it would perform if my skin weren’t going through a phase.

First Impression…

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From bottom to top: 1. Covergirl Clean Matte BB in 530, 2. Maybelline FIT ME Matte & Poreless in 120, 3. FIT ME in 125, 4. Milani Conceal & Perfect in 01 Creamy Vanilla, 5. Rimmel Stay Matte in 103 true ivory.

The covergirl foundation is more watery than the maybelline fit me… and obviously a little too dark for me as you can see from the swatch.

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No foundation and after washing and moisturizing my face. I had the most break outs on my chin and forehead, so I put in a separate picture of my troubled area so we can see the coverage!
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It evened out a lot of the redness, but some of the scars are still peaking through. My skin does look less shiny on the side that has the covergirl which is surprising for a BB cream.. Feels relatively lightweight on the skin.
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I think the maybelline has a touch more coverage tan the covergirl but they are just bout even. You can see a little scarring coming through on both sides. The maybelline side does look a little more poreless than the covergirl… but the clean matte bb never claimed to be pore minimizing so keep that in mind. Color match looks pretty good on camera. In real life the covergirl is a shade darker.
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Without powder blush and bronzer glided on very well on both sides. I didnt use any other powder just to see how the product wears.

First Check in…

This is only like 2 hours later… yea my skin oils have been out of control lately. It looks like a natural/dewy foundation now but I feel disgusting, so we’re going to blot! Both sides oxidized, but the covergirl oxidizes to a very strange pink undertone which doesn’t look great with my olive with slightly yellow undertoned skin. The Fit me just turns a slightly darker version of the same undertone so it’s slightly less annoying?

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Same first check in, the maybelline side (the crumply blotting sheet) did better than the covergirl side in controlling oil. This is just oil with 1 touch to my very oil nose so you can see the difference.

Final Check in…

Sorry this is a short review… this is about 5 hours later. Like I said my skin is significantly more oily than usual because of medication and I just wanted to take my make up off at this point.  I think this is about how my make up would look after 8-10hours when my skin was more normal/combo in the past reviews.

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If you look right next to my nose on either side you can see the main difference between these 2 foundations. On your Left (the Right side of my face) the pores are more visible and more oil is peaking through this covergirl foundation. BUT this foundation feels super light on the skin. I can feel the maybelline one a little more, but I look more poreless and oil-controlled.

Attempts to make the product work for me…

I tried this foundation again when I got my intense oils under control. Half of my face with a primer and half without. With the silicone-y primer the product separates a tad around the nose but doesnt get too oily.  Without, the product looks slightly dewy at the end of the day and shows all my pores. I recommend a smoothing powder for around the nose to help with texture (if you’re like me) but overall this product feels great. I had a couple of tiny bumps on my skin after using this product all day but they didn’t evolve into anything big. I usually take that to mean that the product may clog your pores if you have super sensitive skin (like me). It didn’t feel itchy or aggravated at all so if you have normal skin, this might not be an issue for you.

 

Final Thoughts…

Mattifying Level (At initial application)

At the beginning, both of these foundations have a fairly natural matte look on my skin. When I used it with my oils more under control, the covergirl actually pulled a fairly flat matte look. I think if you have dry patches or normal-dry skin, this would not look good on you. When I ever want a matte look I might use this foundation (if I actually find my shade)

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Coverage Level (At initial application)

The covergirl is somewhere between a light and medium coverage. It can be built up to a low medium with 2 layers… but it’s not a product I would use when I want a perfected look on top of my acne scars. If you are okay with hyperpigmentation peaking through for a natural look this might be for you!

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Longevity and wear (Includes level of greasiness, fading, and end of the night appearance)

It feels great on the skin, and gets a little oily at the end of the day. I didn’t think it was fair to rate it based on how it did when my oils were insane… so I gave it an intermediate score. When I blotted the foundation didn’t come off on the blotting sheet so it touches up well. BUT It also oxidizes so more negative points for that. The maybelline also oxidizes but it didn’t turn into a strange pink hue.

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Maybe she’s born with it?

The covergirl looks very natural on the skin. If you have normal skin I would recommend a setting spray to make it look more natural, but for me it looked good from the get go. For the love of god don’t use it with a silicone primer… at least when I attempted on another day the separation around the nose was real.

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Price

Both of these foundations are super affordable and worth a try. The covergirl is 8.49 at ulta, and the maybelline 7.99. You can also get them cheaper at times on amazon (prices fluctuate) and at walmart.

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Overall

The covergirl gets a rating of…. 3.5 stars! Not my favorite, not the worst. It kinda smells like faint nail polish remover and doesn’t feel super lightweight on the skin…. but has super light coverage. I kind of can’t get over the fact that it’s marketed as a BB cream but has no skin benefits. I’ll keep using this and see if it really breaks out my skin, but thus far my skin doesn’t seem to be in love with this product. Skin care has been my primarily concern of late so this rating is mainly meant for you sensitive skin ladies out there… MEH! EH? EH… for the rest of you, give this product a try!

*****3/11/17 UPDATE: I have continued to use this product and mix in with other foundations, used with primer, etc. When wearing for a whole day of working for like 12 hours the product really made my skin break out…. so I returned it. I haven’t heard of any other bloggers complaining of break outs so they either did not use it for too long for they have less sensitive skin. Regardless this will never be my everyday foundation for that reason. Sensitive skin girls beware.

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…Pssst! Hey ! You! Neither of these foundations seem like your cup of tea? Check out my other drugstore foundation reviews!

Loreal Infallible Total Cover vs. Rimmel Stay Matte
Milani Conceal & Perfect

 

******FULL DISCLOSURE: This are my personal experiences and thoughts. I am not being paid by the brand or the company to review this product or talk about any claims. This product was not sent to me. I have no affiliation or monetary gain at stake for rating this product highly or poorly.*******

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