Because why not?

Maybelline - Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick.

17 February 2014
It's been many many years since I used a stick foundation and it's for no negative reason that I opted not to use them, I was just enjoying my liquids! When I saw Maybelline were bringing the Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick to Australia I was keen to try them so when they were released I got on my excite bike and made my way to Priceline.

The first few times I went to Priceline they didn't have them, I knew they had been released here but I suspected they were being held back for the new catalogue, so I waited impatiently until finally I could get my hands on one.

There are a decent amount of colours in the range, 12 to be exact and they rang from neutral, yellow and pink based so there is a colour to suit almost everyone. It took me a little while to select my colour, a lot of the sample sticks were missing (people steal sample products... They STEAL samples, really this is so pathetic) but the sticks are quite ingeniously set out, obviously they go from lightest to darkest but then they have a colour core that you can use to match to your skin tone. Clever.

235 Pure Beige

Before I get on to how the product actually performed I need to talk about the packaging. Visually I like it, the twist up function works well and feels nice and smooth but I worry about the cap, it feels like it has a firm hold on the stick when I'm pushing it in to place but when I'm trying to open it, it just comes off too easily for my taste, I'd never toss it in my bag and trust that it wouldn't come apart.

Right, now the part that you all want to know, it is any good?

Sorry to say but it's kind of crappy.

For starters when I apply it to my skin (with primer, without primer, heavy moisturiser, light moisturiser and all the other stuff we do to make a product work for us) I feel like it looks heavy but the coverage is a little on the light side, applying more product for extra coverage is simply a no go unless you're happy with a distinct foundation cake face and it is absolutely not shine free.

Shine free means matte and it certainly is not matte, I would maybe maybe let it pass for demi matte but even then I feel like I'm telling a bit of a lie. It also doesn't control shine or oil and I don't think the longevity is anything to rave about.

Finally, I think this was causing some mild congestion in my skin so lots of love lost there. Now this could be good for some people, if you don't really develop oily spots throughout the day and only need a light coverage then this could easily suit you, I wouldn't recommend it for people with dry skin because it will grab on to dry and flaky areas.

  • It's a stick and I like that!

  • Not Shine Free!
  • Longevity is pretty crap.
  • Coverage isn't great.

I wanted to love this, I was so excited for it!! But it just didn't hit the mark for me, it swatched beautifully on the back of my hand but when it was on my face it seemed to have a personality flip and I just knew we couldn't be good mates. I wouldn't buy it again unfortunately.

Have you tried the Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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11 comments on "Maybelline - Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick."
  1. Great review, I appreciate your honest opinion. I have selected to trial this foundation at Beauty heaven. I have combination skin, lets see how it will work with me.

    1. I hope it works out to be better suited to you! I know this will suit many people but it's just not my cup of tea unfortunately and the shine free claim annoyed me since I wasn't getting those results. I look forward to reading what the testers thoughts are over at BH!

  2. I was going to check this out, but now I'm not so sure I want to... I didn't like Maybelline's regular Fit Me foundation at all. Hm. Great review though!

    1. Thanks Catherine :) It's not one that I would recommend, I picked it up at the introductory price which was better than paying full price but it's already found it way to the back of my foundation pile as I'm not reaching for it at all since coming to my final thoughts on the product.

  3. I haven't tried this one, but I did use the Maybelline stick foundation eons ago and it was horrible then! Heavy and just not nice to use. I'll give this a miss too, I think! Great review x

  4. Oh bugger - I wanted to love this too! I have such a soft spot for stick foundation but I'm usually disappointed. With an oily T and more congestion than I can deal with, I won't be trying it. Shame because it had heaps of potential. Thanks a bunch for saving me the trouble hon ♡

    1. I thought it had potential too! I'm wishing I purchased something else instead!

  5. Awww, I love stick foundations, i'd highly recommend the shiseido stick foundation if you havent already tried ^_^

    1. I quite like stick foundations too, I just didn't find this one to my taste. I'll have to check out the Shiseido one now that it's been recommended! Thank you :)

  6. You know, I'm actually not sure I've tried a stick foundation?! I must!

    Great review, just a shame you were disappointed. :(

    On another note, you're gorgeous, your skin is flawless! I don't know why though, but I expected you to have dark hair! It's lovely to put a face to the name. :)

  7. hahahah Thank you Nalini! I did have dark hair, it was bordering on black and just started the blonde transition in late December, you've likely seen pictures of me on here with dark hair so you weren't wrong!