Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder - Review+Swatches (Classic Ivory 10)

 Maybelline says "meet our first powder with millions of micro sponges. Infused with lightweight, blotting spheres to dissolve oil and instantly set. Now you can get all day matte perfection with Matte Maker." This new powder seems to be exclusive to Australia and the UK, but I wouldn't be surprised if it finds it's way to America sooner or later. Maybelline's Matte Maker Powder is available in three shades, I have the lightest, Classic Ivory. This pressed powder is an amazing value, you get a whopping 16 grams of product for just $12 AUD. Maybelline is not cruelty free. This powder was made in Italy.

 Not gonna lie, Maybelline's Matte Maker Powder's packaging is kinda shitty. This powder is housed in a round, black plastic pan, covered with a clear screw on lid. The lid, which feels quite flimsy, bears the Maybelline logo and product name. This compact has no mirror, no separate compartment for a sponge or puff (one is not provided); its as basic as powder compacts come. Frankly, it feels like it would crack if it tossed it in my bag and took it out and about with me. The shade name and ingredient list are printed on the back of the pan for easy reference. All packaging is recyclable.
 I've been using it for months, and I still have some mixed feelings about Maybelline's Matte Maker Mattifying Powder. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. In the pan, it feels wonderfully smooth and very similar to Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder in texture (that's where the similarities end though). This powder doesn't cause much kick up, even if you swirl your brush in it. This powder is quite nice on it's own, it buffs into the skin nicely, providing light coverage with a natural matte finish , while controlling oil for a couple hours before reapplication is required. Matte Maker can go one of two ways when used as a setting powder. With some foundations, its truly lovely, it adds just a touch of additional coverage, a matte finish, all while keeping oil breakthrough at bay. However, my more common experience is a cakey nightmare! When worn over most foundations, even a light dusting (and I mean applied with a wispy fan brush), Matte Maker cakes up something awful! I'm not sure what causes the caking, as it happens over a wide variety of concealers and foundation. Regardless of the caking, Matte Maker still elongates the wear if my makeup. This powder doesn't seem to accentuate dryness, pores, or fine lines.
 Classic Ivory is a pale shade with a mild yellow undertone and a matte finish (clearly!). This shade is on par with other Maybelline Classic Ivory shades, and warmer than Maybelline's Porcelain Ivory (10). Classic Ivory matches me quite well.
[1 Layer over bare skin, no concealer]
Maybelline's Matte Maker has pros and cons. You get a ton of product for a very reasonable price, but packaging is just plain crappy. This powder has a nice texture and I really like how it applies over bare or primed skin - it provides light, but even matte coverage while controlling oil for a good chunk of my day. I like it way less as a setting powder, because who wants a gross case of cake face? The lightest shade, Classic Ivory, works well for me, its pale enough with just the right amount of yellow to it. If you want a stand alone powder that'll control oil and even out skin tone, Maybelline's Matte Maker may be for you! 

Talc, Mineral Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol

May Contain:
Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides