Foundation is undeniably one of the most crucial steps in everyone’s makeup routine. It helps to even out your complexion, diminish the look of fine lines, pores and blemishes, and create an even base for other products to be layered on.

Unfortunately, many foundations, especially those found in drugstores, are sorely lacking in medium to dark shades, making it hard for those with deeper skin tones to find a foundation that suits them. That’s why we were thrilled to test out the number one bestselling liquid foundation in the US*, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation. It’s available in 14 shades, so you’ll be able to find your shade, no matter your skin tone.

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation offers the ultimate skin fit, which means, it not only comes in a variety of skin-matching shades, but is also formulated to adhere comfortably to normal and oily skin types for the perfect foundation fit.

The foundation also gets its name from its revolutionary blurring micro-powder formula that promises to erase the appearance of pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish. Not bad for just $19.90!

So did the foundation deliver what it promised? Read on to find out.

I chose shade 120 Classic Ivory that works great if you have fair skin with a yellow undertone. I used a dense foundation brush to blend the foundation as I usually do with liquid foundations. To my surprise, it applied very smoothly and evenly. The foundation has a light creamy texture but left a powdered, velvety, air-brushed finish on my skin within seconds of application.

The coverage of this foundation is great and a little goes a long way. You can get a medium to full coverage by layering the product. With just one layer of foundation, most of the blemishes in my cheek area were concealed. If you have pretty decent skin, you could actually get away with using the foundation alone and there’s no need for concealer. Also, I really like how lightweight it feels on my skin.

While the coverage for this foundation is great, it did accentuate the dry patches on my face and had a less-than-ideal finish after a few hours. If you have dry skin like me, I would recommend moisturising and hydrating your skin beforehand and layering a hydrating primer underneath. For those with oily skin, this foundation mattifies the skin in such a way that your skin’s natural radiance can shine through, which will be great for you because you’ll look dewy (not oily!) and radiant.

Only downside? Application can get quite messy since it comes in a glass bottle that doesn’t have a pump dispenser attached to it. So you have to be careful not to pour too much out of the product out as this leads to wastage. If there was a pump, it would definitely be more travel-friendly.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($19.90) is available in 14 shades at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, Lazada, major supermarkets and selected department stores. Discover the full Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless range here!

Disclaimer: This foundation contains alcohol, so if you have sensitive skin, it might be a good idea to do a patch test for compatibility prior to applying it all over your face.

*Based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Scantrack Service for the Foundation category for the 52-week period ending October 14, 2017, for the US xAOC market according to Maybelline’s custom product hierarchy. Copyright © 2017, The Nielsen Company.