17 Miracle Matte Foundation

I’ve mentioned this foundation a couple of times in other posts, but having used it a bit more I felt it deserved a full review.  17 Miracle Matte is a medium to high coverage foundation with a matte finish, as the name suggests.  I’m not really a fan of using high coverage foundations all over as I think they run the risk of giving that mask like finish that I personally really hate, but this one manages to leave quite a natural finish.

The reason I’ve decided to review it fully is because I had a realisation the other day when I was using it.  It’s worth noting that I use this more like a concealer than a foundation, but as I have a large area that I need to conceal, it gets used as a foundation on certain parts of my face rather than all over, if that makes sense.  So I don’t spot apply, but I don’t apply it all over.

L-R: Miracle Matte and Double Wear

I had it on the back of my hand and was working it down preparing it for application when I realised that it reminded me of my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.  Double Wear has a reputation as being one of the best high coverage foundations available (although less so since they changed the formula; the previous edition was far superior) but at £26.50 for 30ml it really isn’t cheap.  The finish of the two foundations is very different as Double Wear doesn’t finish too matte, more of a neutral, slightly matte finish, whereas Miracle Matte is most definitely matte, but texturally, coverage and application wise they are incredibly similar.  This is very noteworthy considering Miracle Matte retails for £5.99.

You do need to work quickly with this to ensure it blends well as it does tend to dry quite quickly which, if you’re not careful, can leave a patchy finish.  I find either decanting a small amount to the back of my hand and spritzing with water or using a damp sponge/foundation brush to apply delays the drying and ensures a little more movability.

L-R: Miracle Matte and Double Wear

You can see this foundation in action on my 17 make-up challenge look here, where I used it both as a facial concealer and an under-eye concealer.  I definitely recommend trying this if you like a high coverage or would like a cheap alternative to a concealer as this buffs into the skin really well and lasts considerably.

The finish is interesting as it’s definitely very matte, but lacks that horrid chalkiness that a lot of matte finish foundations give.  I was really impressed with how well this kept my oiliness at bay and I didn’t need to follow up with a powder at any point throughout the day.

17 Miracle Matte Foundation (S) is £5.99 and can be purchased here.



  • Ria
    April 21, 2012

    This one looks really really interesting! I’ll give it a go once my Rimmel 25 hour one is done. Do you think it’s suitable for summer months or is it more of a winter time foundation?

    • BeautyGeekUK
      April 24, 2012

      Hello lovely, I think it’s best for winter months as it’s quite a heavy foundation, but if you’re a fan of full coverage then this would still work, especially if you’re oily prone like me! xx

  • Anonymous
    April 30, 2012

    i am using this foundation at the moment,do you have any suggestions on how to apply it because it feels rather cakey on my face? x

    • BeautyGeekUK
      April 30, 2012

      Do you mean that it feels cakey during application or after a certain amount of time? I think that if you’re using something that doesn’t go on as smoothly as you’d like then the best thing to use is a Beauty Blender sponge (I think there’s a cheaper alternative available at Superdrug if you don’t fancying splashing out) that you spray with water first as this gives a bit more fluidity to the product.

      If it’s starting to cake after a while then maybe use a primer that’s aimed at moisturising too? My favourite for this is the Boots No7 Primer that I reviewed a while ago.

      Hope this helps! xx

  • Ria
    March 14, 2013

    It sounds like a really interesting foundation to try. My face recently decided that it wanted to be oily instead of dry that it used to be, so I’ll be definitely checking this one out. Thanks for the great review Sascha! Have a happy happy day 🙂

  • Lizzy
    May 10, 2014

    Do not use!.
    Gave me a nasty rash and spots all over my cheeks and nose and made my skin very dry.
    Would not recommend to a anyone. worst money ever spent.

    • Sascha BG
      May 10, 2014

      Oh no that’s such a shame! Thankfully I didn’t have the same problem but sorry to hear it was so rubbish for you 🙁 xx

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