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MAKE UP FOR EVER All Mat

What it is:An oil-free foundation primer designed to remove shine with long lasting results.What it is formulated to do:Mattifying powders absorb the excess of sebum and prepare the skin to help makeup stay. The silicone gel base, with its cotton-soft texture, leaves the skin matte and velvety.What else you need to know: Recommended for normal to oily skin. Non-greasy and oil-free.
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Questions & Answers for MAKE UP FOR EVER All Mat

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How does this compare to other primers?
Specifically Smashbox or Bare Escentuals primers...has anyone used these and compared to MUFE? There is a significant price difference, but seem to have similar ingredients...

(oily skin)
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Grand Prairie, TX)
on All Mat
6 answers
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answer 1
MUFE is much better then the BE. I hated the scent BE had, and it didn't do much for oiliness or reducing the look of fine lines. The price of MUFE is worth it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
hazelshadeeyes
(El Paso, Tx)
answer 2
I have used them all and personally I love the MUFE. I have big pores and oily skin and this helps hide my pores and gives me a longer matte finish
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
diegobella
answer 3
I've used Smashbox primers and they don't hold a candle to this one for oil control. I really love this. It is a bot pricey, but you really only need a tiny bit.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
soaplover
(San Jose, CA)
answer 4
I didn't see any difference in the way it worked, I just had problems with my skin breaking out.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
MzzM
(Modesto, California)
answer 5
It works great under all my foundations... I use MAC, NARS, & MUFE Foundations... So worth the money... I only blot 1 time throughout the day with this primer. I also spray MAC Fix + 1st...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
valoulou
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
I've used the smashbox regular and tinted and I love them as they make my skin feel very smooth and soft. If your skin is oily (mine is regular) then you might prefer the make-up forever. I just use it on my T-zone.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
susanAL
(Monte-Carlo, Monaco)
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Does this product fill in lines and pores?
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(NEW YORK, NY)
on All Mat
5 answers
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answer 1
helps minimize pores, doesn't fill in lines. Gives a great base for your foundation to really glow.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
alegnamonkey
answer 2
Yes, it worked for me. I did notice my pores and fine lines became less visible.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
hazelshadeeyes
(El Paso, Tx)
answer 3
Yes!! I have big pores and using this before putting on my foundation helps minimize almost eliminates my pores.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
diegobella
answer 4
I do notice that this helps fill in my pores. Not sure about lines, though.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
soaplover
(San Jose, CA)
answer 5
No - not at all. I recommend dr. brandt's no more pores over this
answered 4 years ago
melissaa
(NJ)
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i have combination/oily skin and my make-up usually "melts" off--will this work?
i use the mufe hd primer and mat velvet + (plus a little mac studio fix) and while i love the foundation, the primer doesn't do anything for oil or shine or even keeping my make-up on. everything just "melts" away due to my oiliness (and yet i'm still dry on my lower cheeks.. isn't my skin the greatest?).

does anyone think this primer might do the trick?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(california)
on All Mat
4 answers
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answer 1
Horrible primer. Does not matte skin at all. Don't waste your money.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mchll16
(Bushkill, PA)
answer 2
My skin is beyond oily. It's ridiculous. I used Bare Min for years, but realized it's not for me. I recently went to Sephora for a consult and found this All Mat and use it with Makeup Forever's Duo Mat. I love the combination! My makeup finally lasts and feels great. When I'm in a stuffy env. like an office for a long period of time and I start to melt, I just use a blotting paper and my makeup's restored. I don't think there's any magic answer for us super-oily folks. We just have to keep it at bay and this combo totally works for me.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
alegnamonkey
answer 3
I completely eliminate shine I have to use this All Mat primer. MUFE HD foundation, then a loose power ( or to totally eliminate Shine) use the MAC Blot Pressed Powder to kill the shine after the loose powder. This will usually last me all day. Give it a shot.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
rubyc
(Bayonne)
answer 4
Yes. I had the same problem and the people at sephora recommended trying this for 10 days straight and if it didn't work you can return it!. I saw a difference in 2 days. Also Urban Decay has a spray to spritz on your face to makeup stay for 16 hours.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
rainbo
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best primer?
I just tried MUF regular primer in Neutral and it doesn't seem to do much for oil or smoother makeup application. Is this ALL MAT any better? ( I am oily and have acne, and big pores). How do these 2 compare to Smashbox Photo Finish Light? I tried a sample of Sephora Smoothing Primer which I liked but I don't think it's oil free and can't afford a breakout.
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
jacks72
(White Plains NY)
on All Mat
3 answers
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answer 1
I have oily skin and i have used Smashbox light and this stuff worked much better for me. My make-up lasted all day and it hasn;t given me any problems.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
steph39
(Wyoming)
answer 2
I heard MUF is much better, and perhaps they have an oily skin version. I could not find it so I got this. It did not work for me. May be it's the silicone in it dhat does not agree with my oily skin, or the change of season.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
lempika
(York PA)
answer 3
All Mat will not control oil. I have acne prone combination skin and while it did not seem to make me break out after 2 months of usage, it didn't seem to do anything. My face looked oily. I had more luck with smashbox light.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
angeleyes20
(Gilbert, AZ)
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use on eyelids?
Can this product be safely used on the eyelids?I have super oily eyelids which causes all of my eye makeup to disappear. Primer helps, but I'm wondering if adding an oil control product would be even better. I don't want to trade one problem for another, like causing milia.
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
katy6832
(Indianapolis, IN)
on All Mat
3 answers
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answer 1
You shouldn't use this product anywhere on your face. It's not good at all. It burns and does not matify your skin.

You should try:

- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector: Clinique should've added the word mattify to this product, because the title is misleading. It actually matifyies and refine the pores.

- Lancôme Effet Miracle: another product that matifyies your skin and there's no mention on the title of the product.

- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-matte Hydrator: you should not apply this lotion on your eye lid because it's running and it may burn your eyes, but it's good for the other areas of your face.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
yyzrichard
(Toronto, ON, Canada)
answer 2
I have very oily skin and eyelids also. I use this allover and then I also use kat Von d or urban decay eye primer and then my eyeshadow stays all day.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
katielovesmanuel
(new braunfels, tx)
answer 3
well sweetie.... you can if you wish. it is totally safe to you but I would reccomment using a eye shadow primer for that. (Most are oil free anyways) :)
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
nickieih
(Coquitlam)
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is this product non comedogenic
will this product clog my pores?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
kg8819
on All Mat
2 answers
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answer 1
It works great under all my foundations... I use MAC, NARS, & MUFE Foundations... So worth the money... I only blot 1 time throughout the day with this primer. I also spray MAC Fix + 1st... Very Light... Does not clog pores... You may want to try NARS Sheer Glow foundation, if you want somethiong more ligtweight. Trust, it is great.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
valoulou
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
No. This product will not clog pores.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
VGwinn
(Atlanta, GA)
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Compared to Cover FX Matte Primer
I tried Cover FX Matte Foundation Primer & Anti-acne treatment. While I loved the way it make my makeup look flawless, it did NOT keep my face matte. (just as much shine as usual). I would love to find a product that produces just as much of a flawless canvas for my makeup as the Cover FX but actually keeps me matte! Can anyone who has tried both these primers comment on whether All Mat might be a good solution? P.S. I realize that Cover FX has salicylic acid and this does not--more concerned about staying matte though and that didnt work for me..
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on All Mat
2 answers
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answer 1
The best mattifying is LANCOME PURE FOCUS MATIFYING MOISTURIZING LOTION which is no longer available in North America. There's a similar product is Europe, but not as good.

The best mattifying solutions at the moment are:
- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator
- Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector
- Lancôme Effet Miracle
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
yyzrichard
(Toronto, ON, Canada)
answer 2
This is an awesome MAT primer.. best results when paired with their other products, however, if your super super oily.. i would suggest using Milk Of Magnesia.. on your face yes! it does the job.. I learned about it through Youtube!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
carolyn965
(NJ)
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Can you use the HD primer in neutral along with the All Mat, which do you use first?
asked 6 years ago
SHARI
(CONCORDIA, KS)
on All Mat
2 answers
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answer 1
It works great under all my foundations... I use MAC, NARS, & MUFE Foundations... So worth the money... I only blot 1 time throughout the day with this primer. I also spray MAC Fix + 1st... You should be ablr to use the HD Primer... Try it in store 1st...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
valoulou
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
I would not suggest using both items together. If you are using the HD Invisible Cover Foundation, this is actually not as compatible with All Mat, as All Mat is a silicone base and the HD Foundation is as well. (Silicone+Silicone= too much slip). I would try just using the HD Primer in Neutral, which helps to balance the skin (hydrates and mattifies at the same time), or if your main concern is a matte finish, try All Mat with their Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
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Is this product really mat and shine free? Because, i have very oily skin. I want my make to be mat mat.
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
maylay
(hollywood, fl)
on All Mat
2 answers
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answer 1
It works great under all my foundations... I use MAC, NARS, & MUFE Foundations... So worth the money... I only blot 1 time throughout the day with this primer. I also spray MAC Fix + 1st...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
valoulou
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
This oil free primer will be suitable for an oilier skin type and will provide you with a matte finish. The mattifying powders (silica) will help absorb the excess of sebum (oil) and the silicone gel base, will leave the skin matte and smooth. Use this with the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation for that shine free, matte finish.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
tofu79
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Free Samples
I saw a tutorial on how to apply make up and this product was used. I would love to try it and wondering if you can mail me a free sample.
asked 5 years ago
Nrod
(El Paso, TX)
on All Mat
2 answers
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answer 1
It works great under all my foundations... I use MAC, NARS, & MUFE Foundations... So worth the money... I only blot 1 time throughout the day with this primer. I also spray MAC Fix + 1st...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
valoulou
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
Just go to the store and ask for a sample--that is how I figured out which primer to use. They gave me enough for 2 weeks so I could do multiple trial runs before deciding and this was the best by far!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
lovemac
(Columbus, OH)
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