Foundation Reviews: Does Matte Work on Combination Skin?

Foundation Reviews: Does Matte Work on Combination Skin?

Finding the right foundation is an important step when choosing your make-up regime. I know it’s taken me a long time to find one that I’m happy with enough to wear every single day. Below I’m going to talk about the different foundations that I’ve tried and explain why I either use them or have stopped using them.

Having combination skin makes choosing a foundation tricky for me, because I never want to be left with those super dry patches on my skin, let alone make them obvious with foundation. Nor did I want to make my skin more obvious on days when it is particularly oily. Of course, other make-up products help towards creating a flawless look but as foundation is the base after primer, we want it to have a good texture on the skin.


With pale skin, it’s difficult to get a foundation that doesn’t look out of place. I have tried quite a few different brands where I have chosen their lightest shade but when applied all over my face, I look orange. However, the four I’m going to tell you about are all ones that have worked in terms of colour.

L’Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation - £7.99 for 30ml


There are many different matte foundations out there but I definitely think the L’Oréal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation is a good choice. It feels super smooth and really does create that matte finish we all crave. The colour I had in this foundation was ‘Porcelain’, so it is perfect for fair skinned people like myself.

It’s a good price compared with other foundations. The only reason I don’t use it as my every-day foundation is because I found that it didn’t last as long as other foundations and it would sometimes make my acne look worse. The trouble with matte foundations is that yes, they have great coverage, but if you have dry patches or raised acne, it can make it look worse. That’s what I found, anyway.

I’d rate this foundation 8/10. It’s a good price and provides good coverage for everyday use.

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation - £10 for 30ml


For a long time, I’ve had trouble trying to balance the oiliness in my skin. However, I think that with my new skincare regime and my current everyday make-up routine, I’ve found a good solution for now. However… recently on my journey to find the make-up that works on my skin, I wanted to try a clay matte foundation. ‘Fantastic!’, I thought. Finally I’d found something that could counteract the oil and stop it from seeping through my skin throughout the day. They had a light shade, too - ‘Peruvian Lily’.

Boy, was I wrong in thinking this would be good for my skin type. This foundation, although it did have a very matte finish, showed all the dry patches on my skin. Even on days where my skin wasn't that dry, it looked too dry. All the imperfects on my skin were amplified. Even my acne was more visible because it emphasised the shape of the spots, despite covering up the redness very well.

I think this is good if you want a foundation that is super matte but perhaps not worth trying if you have acne-prone skin like me. Due to this, I’d rate this foundation 4/10, mainly because of the effects it had on my skin personally.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation - £15 for 30ml


This foundation is now my everyday foundation. I admit, I did actually used to use this foundation in the shade ‘Calico’, but found that it was still too orange for my skin. When my friend told me that they had brought out a lighter colour, called ‘Porcelain’, I was so happy. It matched beautifully with my skin tone.

When applied, it does look quite shiny on my skin but when set with the No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in ‘Translucent’, it looks great. If I have dry patches on my skin then I do need to give them more moisture before applying any make-up, but I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to do that with any product. This foundation also really DOES last all day as long as I apply my setting spray!

I’d rate this product 9/10. I do sometimes have to apply another layer onto areas that are prone to oil as well as to areas where I have redness, so it doesn’t have as much coverage as other foundations but it is totally able to be layered to have the same effect.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation - £26 for 30ml


This is probably on of the most expensive foundations I have tried but I didn’t like the effects as much compared to the No7 foundation. Having said that, the colour of this foundation was great and I personally think it smells great too! It’s smooth and has the added bonus of a built-in SPF.

However… I did find that it didn’t blend into my skin as nicely as others. Perhaps this was the tools I tried using but I found it looked smeary on my face. I also found that, after about five hours, it separated on my skin. I did use this foundation for quite some time because I liked the other effects, so I tried to blend the smears with other make-up. I just don’t think it applied and lasted as well as the one I use every day now.

Overall, I’d rate this foundation 7/10 because I definitely think there are better foundations out there that do the same job, if not better, for half the price.

If anyone has recommendations on foundation that’s good for combination skin - I’d love to hear about it. No7 has served me well so far but I’m all for trying new products!

Love, Ali x

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