~ BEN NYE MATTE Foundation, A Review ~
December 19, 2009
WHAT: BEN NYE matte foundation. Endless array of shades to choose from.
(As a reference, I am a CE-3 Light Beige in Ben Nye Matte, An NC25 in MAC, Medium Beige in Revlon Colorstay for combo/oily skin, and a MUFE Mat Velvet+ in 35)
PACKAGING: .5 ounces in a screw-top jar with see through lid
WHERE: http://www.theatricalmakeupsupplies.com or wherever BEN NYE products are sold
HOW MUCH: $9.00
PURPOSE: To provide a full range of coverage ( depending on application method) for evening skin tone
APPLICATION: Easy. Apply with fingers, sponge, beauty blender, kabuki or foundation brush. Any application method can be used and coverage will vary depending on which you choose.
MY THOUGHTS: I haven’t found a BEN NYE product to disappoint me yet, and this was no different. Amazing pigmentation, goes on evenly and covers flawlessly. Perfect for photo shoots! A versatile and amazingly affordable “must have” for everyday, special days and makeup artist kits.
RESULT: I have used almost every method of application and find this to be amazing every time. My preferred method is blending in with fingers first and buffing with a dense synthetic brush for the flawless finish. A little goes a long way and over a face primer, it goes even further.
ADVICE: This is a true matte foundation and sets that way. Wait for a few minutes after application to determine if you still need to set with powder. For sheerer coverage, blend with damp sponge. Medium coverage is best when using a standard foundation brush and for full coverage, blend in with fingers and buff with kabuki. Layer if needed.
*For makeup artists, I do highly suggest this range. Because the multiple containers can be a pain, I suggest depotting the cream foundation into a foundation pallet or craft box with small individual compartments for easy access and kit storage. The lightest and darkest of each range should be sufficient to mix for all skin tones. For photo shoots, I find the BEN NYE set powders are a perfect match for this. Neutral Set and Banana Visage will offer a perfect set from the lightest to the darkest of skintones with no adverse reaction to flash photos.
**For MAX Factor Pan Stick lovers , this is an affordable cream option with amazing coverage, but different packaging.