11 Feb 2014

first impression: maybelline fit me shine free foundation stick

Hey lovelies!
Today, I have another review for you! This is another product that was talked about heaps on Youtube and in the blogsphere, but as usual, Australia was the last to know. Finally, in the last couple of weeks this was released into local stores.
The Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick!

I won't lie. There are so many products on my wishlist right now, I almost completely forgot about this. But, when I first watched reviews and swatches of it on Youtube, I was really intrigued. The main reason for me being so curious is that I have never ever used a cream product to contour before, and this product seemed so perfect to be used as one. Plus, it was super affordable. Maybelline is typically well-priced in my local stores. I waited and waited and waited for this stick to hit our stores, and then promptly forgot about it when there was a million and one other newer and more exciting products released.
I walked in my local Priceline last week, and lo and behold, in a $4 bin next to the Maybelline section, there was the fit me sticks for $13.55. Not sure why a seemingly brand new product was in a $4 bin, but I'm not judging. I got the shade 330, as it was the darkest shade I could find, and I knew that I wouldn't be using this as a foundation, but as a cream contour, so I needed a colour darker than my skin tone. I also picked up one of the new Bold Matte lipsticks in MAT7 (the nude), also in the same bin.
So... Did this product meet my expectations?
Honestly, never having used anything like it to contour before, I wasn't sure what to expect. But for $13.55, I wasn't expecting a lot. I never got on with the original Fit Me Foundation (no shades ever matched, pale or self-tanned), or the Fit Me Powders (too much sparkle), so honestly I really thought that this wouldn't work for me. And I was wrong.
First of all, I did my foundation. When doing my make up normally, I always put a foundation that matches my neck and chest (I fake tan my body, but not my face) so that it evens out my complexion. I naturally have quite rosy cheeks that I am self conscious about, and I always put foundation or a bb cream on before any other product to even out my skin tone and to hide imperfections.

Then using the stick, I drew it on my face just like a crayon. I focused on the areas I would normally contour with powder, like the hollows of my cheeks (especially necessary, as I do not have prominent cheekbones), my temples, under my bottom lip, my jawline, chin, eye crease and nose. Can you tell I got a little cray with my nose? This product is so creamy and glides on so effortlessly, that it sort of got away from me there..

I then added my concealer to highlight. I focused this on the areas where I didn't put the contour, like my chin, under my eyes, bridge of my nose and forehead.

And then blended it out with my beauty blender!
I was amazed, honestly. Never have I had a contour that has turned out as natural as this. I was so impressed with this product, especially as it exceeded my expectations!
Here's the before and after right next to each other so you can see what a difference this product makes...
 Once I finished taking these photos, I set the contour with a darker powder, and my highlight with a lighter one. This is mainly because cream products tend to slip around on the face and I figured setting it with a powder would hold it at bay.
As if I wasn't already impressed enough, check out the typical selfies I took after I had finished my make up:
I was even more impressed. It made my contour look so effortless and natural. I think this is such a perfect product and it definitely makes me question why I never used a cream product to contour before. I also wore this the next night at a birthday, and it held up for 8 hours! I mean, it was set with a powder, but the fact that it stayed throughout the whole night without budging convinced me even more that I needed this product. How did I go without it for so long? I seriously do not know.
Of course I recommend everyone and their mother pick this up. I did manage to get it on sale, but it normally retails for around $15.95AU. If you can't find it in your normal Maybelline section, look in the dollar bins and you might get lucky. This product is so underrated, and so cheap I can't even stand it.
Hope you enjoyed the review! Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming product reviews :)
Other products used:
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - Punjab
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick - 330
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer - Fair
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish - Light
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish - Medium Deep
Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder - Brunette
Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner - Black
Australis Eye Pencil - Star Bright
Maybelline Full n' Soft Mascara - Black
Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo #3
*all products mentioned in this post were purchased by myself and all opinions and photos are my own*

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