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!)
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.