No, you're eyes have not deceived you - this blog post is about a foundation that comes in priced at under £5 - £3.49 to be precise! The foundation in question is 'So Matte' - Perfect stay foundation from Miss Sporty (available to buy at Boots and Superdrug). I am a massive fan of drugstore foundations and after hearing a few mentions of this from one of my favourite youtubers/bloggers Miss Budget Beauty I was intrigued as to how much I would enjoy such a cheap, affordable foundation. And for the price, I really had nothing to lose!
So Matte comes packaged in a 30ml plastic tube with a pump, very similar to the original bourjois healthy mix (my absolute fave packaging) which has very little waste as the foundation gets gradually pumped up to the top - which also means you can always see exactly how much product you have left, so there's the first positive. The packaging is pretty basic, red and white which doesn't scream luxury but also doesn't scream cheap. It is available in 3 shades 001 ivory, 002 medium and 003 medium/dark. I chose the lightest shade, and its a pretty good match for my skin and despite being only a few pounds it doesn't have that typical orange tone that I have often found with lower priced foundations.
Formula wise it almost moussey in texture when it comes out of the bottle but applies and blends like a liquid foundation as expected. It is thick, but doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all - however it is a fast-drying foundation which means you either have to be a pro at blending your foundation quickly, or just apply to one area at a time. The coverage is a light/medium coverage - nothing too full but it does even out skin tone and cover the basics, which is perfect for those 'good skin days' or days when you don't need a heavy coverage. As it is a matte foundation, it doesn't give a dewy finish which is suitable for my oily/combo skin however I wouldn't recommend this to those who already have dry skin as I imagine it would cling to dry patches. The shade was a very good match for me and it doesn't require a lot of buffing and blending, it's just an easy foundation. In terms of wear time, it lasted pretty well - as always I use my setting powder over the top, so I imagine that helped somewhat but it lasted around the same time as any other foundation I own - I usually find I powder my nose/chin area early afternoon but I do have oily skin so that's something to consider.
For the price, I am really impressed. Granted, it isn't a ground-breaking foundation but for just over £3 it is ideal for those on a smaller budget (e.g ME!) or perhaps if you have oily skin and you are trying to find a matte foundation! This would be a great option for any younger girls starting out in makeup too!
Have you tried this product? What is your favourite drugstore foundation?