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MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation

What it is:A long-lasting, oil-free mattifying powder foundation for normal to combination skin types.What it is formulated to do:Provides a shine-free finish that covers blemishes and other imperfections and perfectly evens out the skintone.-A testing panel composed of twenty-two adults (via 24 patch test) showed this product to be non-irritating.
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Questions & Answers for MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation

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Concealer
I have oily skin and am prone to acne so I have a few areas in need of more coverage. I found that using concealer first make the Mat Powder heavier in those areas and then it looked a little spotty. Does anyone have suggestions on which concealer would work for this foundation or how they dealt with this issue.
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
JoanMM55
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have two recommendations, depending on the concealer formula you choose to use.

If you use a liquid or cream concealer...
- Apply the concealer where its needed, making sure to blend out the edges so it looks seamless with your skin.
- Allow to dry, then set with a setting powder just to the areas you used concealer.
- To set the concealer I apply with a sponge or puff, tapping the setting powder on, then allowing it to stay there for 1 to 2 minutes before taking a clean fluffy brush and sweeping off the excess powder.
- By setting the concealer first it will help keep it in place and not slip around or make the Duo Mat look cakey on top.
- Then apply the Duo Mat Powder Foundation like normal; tapping it on if you had a difficult area to cover/set.

If you use a powder concealer...
- Apply Duo Mat as you would.
- Apply your powder concealer as you would.
- If your concealer doesn't blend well, take a fluffy brush and light sweep on Duo Mat to blend it in.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
answer 2
I used to have the same problem before, but I have found some ways to solve that. Try using a concealer that's much lighter than your usual shade. That usually helps avoid the dark blotchy marks that some powders tend to do when applied on top of concealed areas. Or better yet, use a color correcting concealer (those green/yellow/peach ones). Don't forget to blend your concealer well on your skin, too! Don't just make the concealer sit on your face like a spot; make sure to concentrate on the blemish then blend it out such that it fades well to the area around it. That will help in achieving a more even skin tone without those weird spots when you apply the powder on top.

Hope that helps!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
shirleybeans
answer 3
I dab and blend Kat Von D's Tattoo concealer on any red areas and under the eyes, then dust the Duo Mat all over my face with a stipple brush. I constantly get compliments about how great my skin looks. Make sure to use a moisturizer or face primer before though.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
Lucy
(Modesto, CA)
answer 4
I recommend using this as a setting powder over the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation. The two used together create a perfectly smooth, even, flawless coverage, without looking cakey and made up. I've tried probably 100 foundations in the past 15 years, and this with the Mat Velvet + is truly the best by far!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
ashley26
(Shiremanstown, PA)
answer 5
Hi - I have the exact same issue. I think any concealer will work - the trick is the application of the powder. I've used the "Amazing Cosmetics" concealer. A little goes a very, very long way. It's a little clunky to work with until you figure it out, but it covers well and stays on all day. But here's the big thing - the application of the powder. I use a big brush, like a Kabuki brush to apply instead of the sponge. Just swirl around the make up and apply. This way it goes on more like a loose powder and gives you more control on the amount of make-up you're using. Good luck!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
ratingsgirl
(Durham, NC)
answer 6
try using this powder foundation on top of liquid foundation! its great coverage of and kind of facial blemish. conceler sounds kinda heavy.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
aleese28
(south houston texas)
answer 7
I used to do the concealer then foundation routine for a while until somebody told me to try foundation then concealer on top routine. I find that it works and that you control how heavy or light you want to go. I used to use Benefit's concealer line but was suggested The Balm's concealer and I find it better than Benefit's.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
2busyparenting
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 8
Putting on the foundation first is the key for me. Then I have only tiny spots that have to have concealer and I can dab it so it doesn't look heavy or uneven. Hope that helps.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
debela
(Orange County, CA)
Question
Help with color selection
I have medium skin tone w/ yellow undertones--what color would you suggest I try of the duo mat powder foundation? I have brown eyes and blond hair if t hat helps at all? Oily t-zone.
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
nitp
(Lawerenceville, GA)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
7 answers
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answer 1
Color selecting can be difficult with each product having different numbers. In a Sephora store, with a tan (at least for me) I am using 207. Without tanning I am pretty light in color, after the tan I am about a medium, medium tan in Bareminerals (if this helps) and this works very well for me. Also great for Oily zones.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
jillian7
answer 2
i have the same skin tone and eye color..just brunette and i used #205..it matches my skin DEAD ON
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
urbanqueen
answer 3
I. would use the Light Beige. My skin is between light and medium and I use the translucent beige. Hope this helps?
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
Lucy
(Modesto, CA)
answer 4
I have medium skin tone with yellow undertones, brown hair and brown eyes - I use 205 - medium beige.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
FashionGirl
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 5
I would try #207. It is fairly neutral and covers well. They really need more of a selection of colors but I found this to match the best. However, I have hazel eyes and brown hair but i have a medium complextion.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
olderchick
(Proctorville, Oh)
answer 6
My guess would be 205! I bought 214, but as soon as my tan faded it was way too dark. I tried both in the store, and it was between these two colors. 209 seemed darker to me than the 214.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
Bashley
(Blair, NE)
answer 7
I would try either the translucent or the light beige, You say you have a medium complexion with yellow undertones, between that and the fact that you are blonde, you don't want to go too dark. The darkest I would try is the medium shade, however it looks to have more of a red undertone than a yellow. Sephora has an excellent return program, so actually you can't go wrong. I hope this helps.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
Irishlass
(Northeast Nevada)
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Color Advice
I bought the Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 199, but it ended up being way too dark. I have extremely fair skin (ghost white). What color would you recommend? Beige is way too dark. Ivory may be too dark too. I really liked it when I tried it on, but if I can't find one to match my skin, I won't buy it.
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
cosmeticobsessed
(San Jose, CA)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
5 answers
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answer 1
I use 202...and I have like, translucent skin...Ivory is okay in the summer.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
goingtosmile
(San Clemente, CA)
answer 2
Some Sephora stores carry MUFE's stick foundation. It comes in a color that IS white. You can probably check out what it looks like online.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
grammargirl
(San Pedro, CA)
answer 3
I would try Cover FX Powder FX or Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder. They have some very pale shades with smooth coverage.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
LeslieL
(Richmond, VA)
answer 4
I am also very very fair and found that the lightest shade was just too dark for me. It is also very full coverage, which doesn't help fair skin. This brand has very yellow fair colors which does not work for me. This may also be your issue if it is not matching. Try another brand.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
JillianKCMO
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 5
when i went to sephore the first thing i did was ask for help and it took moments to match me up. i didnt wear makeup in so she could see my skin and the girl that helped me really knew her stuff!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
madix
Question
What color would be comparable to a Bare Escentuals in Light?
I have trouble choosing the right color and often get them too light/too dark. I use Bare Escentuals in Light and in the winter I use Fairly Light.
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
dragonfly4
(VA)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
4 answers
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answer 1
I'm in the exact same boat as you. :) I switch between light and fairly light in BE and I wear MUFE's powder foundation in shade 201. I found that 200 was a tad too pink-based for me and 202 was simply a touch too dark. Ultimately, 201 worked perfectly for me. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
amaggio
(Annapolis, Md)
answer 2
I would try either the 199 or the 200 during the winter and either the 200 or the 201 during the rest of the year. You could also just buy the 200 and use other products to make it work if it was either to dark or light during certain parts of the year.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
kayteebee
(Alabama)
answer 3
I also bought #202 for the summer time

Try the liquid HD foundation in 115 for winter and 118 for summer!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
angelwings1075
(Cuero, TX)
answer 4
I use those same shades and I bought this in translucent beige number 202. That's the one I am planning I buying again too when I run out. Hope that helps.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
productjunky22
Question
how does this sit over hd primer?
Just curious if anyone uses this over the mufe hd primer. Is it a good combo or does it just slide around your face?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
katrinap
(costa mesa, ca)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
4 answers
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answer 1
This foundation will work well over top any primer. Just be sure you allow your primer to set first (I normally wait 5 minutes after applying MUFE's HD primer).

On its own, the Duo Mat powder foundation has good slip to it, so even without a primer it will go on nicely. I just prefer to use a primer so it goes on perfectly and lasts longer.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
answer 2
I usually put on the primer first, put the liquid foundation over it, and then I put on the powder. It takes less than 5 minutes for me to put on and I feel like it lasts all day.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
CPA123
(Chesapeake, VA)
answer 3
I have, and it is just fine. In fact, I think it is better to use it than just a moisturizer. I use the Cosmedicine mattifying moisturizer, then the HD primer and this product. You need to make sure any primer has time to set into the skin.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
bimmerkat
(Alpharetta, GA)
answer 4
I like using the HD primer under the Duo Mat powder myself. But instead of using the sponge applicator it comes with, I use a large powder brush and lightly dust all over. It blends in great! And from what I've read in mags, I only put a small amount of primer on parts of my face like the forehead, across the bridge of the nose, and the chin. It will save you money.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
LipglossNinja
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Question
Foundation for oily skin
I have very oily skin does this foundation work well for oily skin.How will it look after a few hours.will the oil from my skin make it look like liquid foundation.after i have it on for a while.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
athenar
(Duquesne,Pa)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
4 answers
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answer 1
I have extremely oily skin. I use this powder and when im going out i use the Matt velvet + foundation underneath and the finishing powder ontop and i get a flawless look. With other powders my face is runny with my oil taking over but this one has made a big difference.
I believe that if you have oily skin you should first try using products that help with oily skin. Make sure that all your skin care products are oil-free (even primer). I have been using Boscia for the past 8 months and it really has improved my skins condition and appearance. I used to carry around blotting papers all the time but now i only use them in extreme cases when im wearing foundation and powders and am wearing it for a whole day and night out.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
sbeniz
(Edmonton, Alberta)
answer 2
This is a great foundation if you have oily skin. I have oily skin and find this pressed-powder foundation lasts longer than any others I've tried. It goes on beautifully, gives the skin great coverage and a natural matte finish.

It doesn't look or feel like liquid foundation after a few hours. If you have problems with shine or excess oil then you will probably love the way this foundation wears. Touch-ups are super easy. Just blot first (with a tissue if you don't have blotting sheets) and then re-apply where needed with the included sponge applicator.

I don't need a setting powder, but I do use a primer underneath for that extra insurance. I didn't need to blot or touch-up for hours, and even when I went to touch-up (out of habit) I found I didn't need to and was really happy with that!

I've attached my before & after pic, which was applied with the included sponge applicator over non-moisturized and non-primed skin. That's pretty much how it looks throughout the entire day!
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answered 3 years, 2 months ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
answer 3
I too have very oily skin - even my eyelids! Make Up For Ever's mattifying powder foundation has awesome coverage. It's mattifying effect lasts well into the day. I do keep it in my purse and use it blott my forehead in the afternoon, but that's to be expected with any foundation/powder. In the winter, I get dry patches across my cheeks and nose and this product, while mattifying does not draw unneeded attention to the dryness. I also like the fact that it "blurs" my pores and imperfections.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
melkel308
(Mishawaka, IN)
answer 4
I noticed my skin got slightly oily after a few hours, but blotting paper easily fixed that problem.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
kayla84
(Bay Area, CA)
Question
Why do the instructions on this site say do not apply with wet sponge or brush?
Two different sales people said the product could be applied wet or dry depending on the level of coverage you want to achieve. This web site says otherwise.
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Aurora, Co)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
You are allowed to use a wet sponge with the new powder foundation but not this one.
Suggested Usage:
-Always apply dry (do not wet the sponge or brush).
-Apply a maximum of one or two layers to the whole face with the sponge.
-Apply a single, lighter layer around the eyes (too much will accentuate fine lines).
-For an ultra-sheer result, apply with a powder brush.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
sbeniz
(Edmonton, Alberta)
answer 2
You may have been told that because most pressed-powder foundations will work wet, even if they're not formulated to do so.

If a pressed-powder foundation is not formulated to work wet it will get "glazed" over once it dries. The only way to correct that is to shave off the glazed over areas.

I have this foundation and only apply it dry and have no issues doing so. It has a lot more slip to it than other pressed powders I've used, so it goes on nicely and gives me great coverage with the included sponge applicator.

I've attached my before & after pics using shade 203 - light beige. I applied the foundation with the included sponge applicator over top non-moisturized and non-primed skin.
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answered 3 years, 2 months ago
valentinephoto
(Front Royal, VA)
answer 3
I've only used a damp sponge (which comes with it) occasionally to cover up something that needs a bit more (scar). Normally, I use the Make Up For Ever kabuki brush. It looks really natural and I get a lot of compliments about my complexion - and I'm 56 yrs old. I have a lot of sun damage but have managed to zilch most all of it with the help of Obagi line and retin A. This covers naturally and makes me look pretty doggone good. Trick as always, is finding the right color for you.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
susaninsfl
(South Florida)
answer 4
Why they would say to not use a brush I do not know bc thats how I apply it, and so do all my other friends. As far a a wet sponge that would destroy it! A dry donge gives you a really heavy/overy powdery coverage.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
thebreezyboo
(St. louis, MO)
Question
I need to know how much the color differnence is between # 205 and # 199
I have #205 medium beige. I like it but it does seem to get a little orange on me as the day goes on. The #199 Rose Beige looks close on the chart. Is the difference just the undertone of these 2 colors? I may like to be one shade lighter than #205 ? I have Aubern colored hair. I have medium skintone, tan easily, brown eyes.
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
spiffy
(kernersville,NC)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
3 answers
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answer 1
I have the exact same coloring as you and had this exact same issue. The 205 was ok, but just a little too orange/yellow for me and maybe a touch too dark. The 199 looked like it would be about the same shade but with pink undertones instead of yellow, so I finally ordered it instead of the 205 I had been using. It as ok, it's a good bit lighter than the 205 (but not super light), but the coverage is definitely not the same. The 205 always gave me full coverge while the 199 is almost sheer and looks a little chalky. It might be because it's just too light, but I could adjust the color with a little bronzer if the coverage was the same. I wish they had more color choices with pinkish undertones instead of yellow. For reference, I'm #145 in the HD foundation, #45 in the Mat Velvet.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
erinisa
(Florida)
answer 2
We seem to have the same coloring auburn hair, brown eyes, and our skin tans easily. I wear 202... 199 will be really light on you. Good Luck!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
BossyBeauty
(Louisville, KY)
answer 3
Hello! Im my opinion, I would go with a shade 1/2 or 1 full shade lighter. The reason why it seems to go orange is because your skin tends to sweat through out the day and if you have a color that is a tad-bit darker for your skin, it tends to look more orange. It can also be that you need to moisturize, it may have been the complete opposite, your skin looks more orange when its moisturizes then when you just wash it an is free of oil. Just try out different color around your color base. Thats the great thing about sephora, you can try out and return/ exchange what ever you are not satisfied with, no questions asked ;)
Hope it helped a little!!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
Martha5869
(Chula Vista CA)
Question
HD Foundation underneath?
I used HD foundation and put this over it and It looks really sticky and creases with every line in my face.. :-(

Any idea's on a better liquid foundation to use before the powder?

(I just purchased the powder and don't want to return it)
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
angelwings1075
(Cuero, TX)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
3 answers
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answer 1
You might try Loreal True Match Foundation. I know, I also cringed at the idea of using a drug store foundation, but I honestly like it as much as the MUFE liquid foundation, and its only 10$. For that price its worth a try.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
satb
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
Have you tried the MUFE HD Microfinish Powder? I heard that it should set your foundation and fill in the fine lines.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
fluffyfluffy
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 3
I just use the powder alone and I find that that's enough for me. Try just using the powder over your moisturizer...the coverage is definitely buildable!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
scout2
(NY. NY)
Question
What color is a neutral undertone? No yellow
Currently use Mac N5 Studio fix. Really want to give this a try, the two the employees have matched me with were way to yellow. Is there one that is neutral?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
val1414
(Fresno, CA)
on Duo Mat Powder Foundation
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Any other ideas for me? I love the powder foundation and have oily skin. Mac so far is the only product that I have found that provides the ease of application and the neutral color. I still get shiny with it, thats why I wanted to try MU Forever but each time the sales clerk would match me with the mac and a bronzer on....and each time the color was too yellow.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
val1414
(Fresno, CA)
answer 2
(OFF TOPIC) MAC IS A HORRIBLE PORDUCT GIRL .. TRY SOMETHING BETTER THAT WONT CLOG YOUR POORS AND NOT MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER THEN WHAT YOU REALLY ARE.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
MISSLATINQUEEN
(VALLEY GIRL, CALIFORNIA)
answer 3
i feel like both colors i have are on the yellow side too & i asked for a less yellow the second time. i guess thats how they are :-/ i never had the problem with pur minerals.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
madix
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