Matte vs dewy foundation

It's one of the great debates - not really but an important makeup discussion to have.

Matte vs dewy foundation.

There’s no universal right answer but a right choice for your skin.

I have been using the Maybelline Fit Me foundation for the last couple of months, interchanging between the dewy and matte versions and have worked out which one is best for me.

The matte formula contains micro-powders to blur the appearance of pores and control shine so it’s for anyone with normal to oily skin.

The dewy and smooth version is for anyone with normal to dry skin. It’s hydrating and smoothing, also containing sunscreen – an SPF18 – unlike the matte version which is sunscreen free.

So which one should you choose?

We’re all having a love affair with flawless natural looking makeup – the no makeup look. When you apply makeup you want your skin to still look like skin so often it’s assumed the foundation you pick, needs to be a dewy one.

Not necessarily. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to foundation. What you need to think about is how the foundation glides onto your skin, how it stays on after a full day and whether it provides good coverage.


You’ll end up with a smooth, shine free face if you use a matte foundation. It’s more of a velvety texture and can be a little thicker than a dewy foundation. They’re also usually poreless, minimising the appearance of pores.

While it’s ideal for people with normal to oily skin, if you have dry skin and want the matte look, you can just up the hydration before you apply a matte foundation, whether that’s using moisturiser or a hydrating primer.

If you want a bit of a glow, you can always add highlighter to the high points of your face like your cheekbones and brow bone.


It’s usually a lighter formulation, providing that youthful glow, that natural shine and can soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, again because of the lightweight texture.

If you have oily skin, a dewy look foundation will just emphasise any excess shine. If you’re still keen on it, consider applying a mattifying primer. Alternatively, you can use blotting paper whenever you see an overly shiny patch.

My verdict

I have normal skin with very little oil even on the T-zone so can wear both matte and dewy foundations. I however, prefer the matte foundation because on my face, it looks more natural and flawless. It’s probably because of the poreless feature because sometimes I can see those suckers a mile away. I don’t find it settles in any lines, specifically under the eyes.

Even though I bought the natural beige colour in both (number 220), the dewy one looks a little more orange on my face, whereas the matte one is closer to my colour. Even though the product is fit me, I didn’t find the dewy one matched my skin as well.

Now if you own both, because sometimes you feel dewy and other days feel matte, you can always mix the two together for that in between look. It’ll give you more of a satin finish – the smooth matte look, without the powdery finish.