FACE | Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation

Maybelline Better Skin on my skin

I was loyal to Maybelline foundations for a long time – my introduction to bases started with Maybelline, and there I stayed. There was that liquid-to-powder one that you had to shake up, and the one in the aqua squeezy tube, and then the Mineral Power liquid foundation. More affordable foundations took a back seat when I discovered NARS Sheer Glow, and I never had any reason to go back to them, but this new release might change that.

It’s the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation*. The jury’s out on whether it’s going to give me better skin, but all I need it to do is give the illusion of better skin while I’m wearing it. It has medium to full, buildable coverage, and gives quite a matte finish – matte enough to not need powder, even on my oily skin. It also stays… super… what I am trying to say is it’s called SuperStay, and the staying power is super.

As far as foundations go, it’s pretty standard: liquid, pump bottle (all hail the pump bottle – Monsieur Nars, take note) and it goes on your face. I use 2-3 pumps for full coverage with a duo-fibre stippling brush, largely because none of my other brushes were clean, so your mileage may vary. I’ve also had good results using a damp sponge.

The foundation is silicone-based, which means you can pair it with your favourite silicone-based primers (those are the silky, slippy ones like Porefessional in case you were wondering). I’ve been wearing this over the redness-correcting Clinique Superprimer and it extends the wear slightly, although with or without primer, I do get a little patchiness by the end of the day (after 8 hours or so, which is decent enough!)

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin

It comes in eight shades and I received shade 02 Cameo, which matches my winter skintone very well. Shoutout to Maybelline’s PR who only had my vague description to go on (‘I’m usually the second or third-to-lightest shade in a range, kinda yellow-toned?’) and still managed to send me a good match.

They also sent me a couple of the new Colour Elixirs, which are essentially highly pigmented glosses. In these photos I’m wearing a dab of the Colour Elixir in 060 over MAC lip pencil in Spice. These verge on the sticky side if you load them up, but the easy solution is to just not do that.


I am now and forever (amen) aspiring to have the biggest possible hair. This is hard when my hair’s natural state is to be not-big, but look how fab it looks when it is (see above and please concur). I’m also really welcoming the skivvy back into my life – this black one came from American Apparel at an exorbitant price, but Paige will attest that I had dragged her around enough shops in Adelaide already in order to find one, so it had to do. From a cursory glance around the internet, it seems ASOS believes that plain skivvies (or roll neck t-shirts) are only for men. For $23, though, I’m prepared to take the risk of squeezing my boobs into that charcoal marle one.

Has anyone else tried Maybelline face products recently? Anything else to recommend? I seem to have skipped out on the Fit Me range completely, but have heard good things about the concealer.

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  • Is this the one with salicylic acid? I want to try it at some stage, when I’ve used up my Clinique Pore Refining one (I think it has a similar concentration).

    I got one of the Color Elixirs and it’s lovely, but man, the smell really gets to me!

    • It has ascorbic acid but no salicylic acid that I can see! It’s kind of similar to the Clinique Acne Solutions/Blemish Solutions one which does have salicylic acid in, though.

  • Sophie ♥

    I was given this to try too and I still haven’t got to it yet! I’m a bad ol’ blogger. The Colour Elixirs are great though, sometimes I find them a bit glossy so I just pat them out a bit and they leave a gorgeous stain.

    Sophie | Nana Wintour

  • The foundation and the glosses sound interesting. I’m more likely to try the glosses, I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to foundations.

    Ashley | http://artedellamoda.blogspot.co.nz/

    • I was the same, so I probably wouldn’t have bought this without trying it first. I wish it was easier to get foundation samples in New Zealand!

  • Hah, I wish I had a wind machine! I guess the whole of Wellington is a wind machine…

  • Laura Lock

    I’ve always thought that Maybelline did a great job with foundation when I was younger – maybe I should give them a go now. This looks really great on your skin – and that lip colour in the top photo looks amazing on you x

    • Thanks Laura! Before I had the money for more expensive foundations, I always knew I could rely on Maybelline. They’re probably the main brand I would recommend to people on a budget tbh

  • Maddy de Young

    BRING BACK THE TURTLE NECK. I’m proud Morgan.

  • I have never tried Maybelline foundations but love so much of their other makeup that I should definitely give the a go. Also, you look so incredibly stunning in both of these photos!! Great post x

    • Thank you so much Lizzy! x

  • Grace

    your hair is soooooooooooo good morgan also i have like 5 turtlenecks i love them forever x