Saturday, November 29, 2014

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

I always get so excited when Maybelline releases new foundations or concealers - they always create something innovative and I'm quite sure that Maybelline has the widest variety of foundations and concealers among other drugstore brands. I've used their Fit Me foundation and their Age Rewind concealer and I can certainly say I'm a fan of both. Maybelline released their Better Skin range a few months ago and I had my eyes set on it from day dot. Nuffnang (who are awesome by the way) had a product talk opportunity for this range and of course, I jumped straight onto it. Thanks to them, I've had the chance to trial both the foundation and concealer and now I'm ready to share my thoughts on them.

I was rather intrigued by what Maybelline had to offer with this new range, boasting that it is their first vitamin-enriched long-wear foundation and concealer with skin-improving 'Actyl-C' (I actually haven't heard of this before and couldn't find anything in particular about it online). Let me firstly introduce the foundation in the shade 030 Sand:

About half a pump on the back of my hand

I didn't get a chance to swatch the foundation to test for my shade - instead I used the chart provided. I picked Sand as it seemed closest to my MAC shade of NC30 which is a medium shade with a yellow/warm undertone. For reference, here are the available shades for this foundation:

RRP $23.96 AUD (Source: Chemist Warehouse)

As you can see, there isn't a very wide variety of shades and the majority of the lighter shades seem to have pink undertones. Depending on how lucky you are, it may or may not be difficult to find a perfect match.

Product's claims:

  • Vitamin Actyl-C leaves skin feeling energised and looking fresh, healthy and radiant. It also has the ability to promote skin regeneration
  • Visibly improved skin in 3 weeks
  • Smoother skin, more even skin tone, brightening of dull areas, hydrating and supple complexion
  • Flawless all-day coverage and finish with a lightweight and comfortable texture

Here's a before and after picture of one side of my face to show how well it covered up my no-makeup face of patchy skin discolouration areas, redness and blemishes:

A very natural-looking finish

As seen above, my skin tone certainly looks more even and despite my blemishes still being visible on camera, they've been covered up nicely without appearing overdone or cakey. I can conclude that this foundation gives a light to medium coverage that can be buildable. It looks really natural on the face.


It definitely felt lightweight with a very smooth texture. It felt comfortable to wear all day and it evened out complexion very well. With an SPF of 14, I find that it's quite standard for a foundation and I wouldn't expect any more than that. In fact I think it's better than none as a hint of sun protection in my foundation is reasonable. I can't comment on the claims of improving the skin since I haven't been wearing this everyday (I admit, I'm more of a BB cream-wearer) but if I do notice any changes, I'll be sure to update this post or leave a comment below.


I like pump-bottle foundations, the product comes out faster compared to screw-top bottles where it needs to be poured out. It's especially good for those mornings/days where you're in a rush to do your makeup so it's easier to pump the foundation out a voila, you're good to go with application.


I would recommend this for people who are looking for a foundation that gives a natural finish while still covering blemishes. I could see myself purchasing this however I do like to try different types of foundations as I never really stick to one brand!

Now moving onto the concealer in the shade 03 Medium:

RRP $14.95 (Source: Chemist Warehouse)

With only two shades in this range, it made it even more difficult to pick one which may sound odd but for someone who has light to medium skin, it's not an easy task! I would say that I'm a little more towards medium but I found this shade of medium to be too dark for me :( Light Clair probably would've suited me more however I was worried that it was going to be too light for me.

Product's claims:

  • Provides flawless coverage
  • Covers imperfections
  • Reduces dark circles


Like I mentioned above, it wasn't the best match for my skin tone however I did manage to give it a try to test out its consistency and ability to conceal blemishes. It felt very similar to the foundation but heavier in coverage by perfectly covering redness and spots. It still feels comfortable on the skin because only a small amount is needed to provide that extra coverage. Unfortunately I have no before and after pictures for this - you'll just have to take my word for it!

I feel that the best way to apply this product is to use a small concealer/detailer brush by squeezing out a small amount of concealer and using the brush to swipe a tiny amount to then apply to areas that need concealing. Alternatively it can be patted on with fingers and blended in.


When I first saw it I thought ooh, it looks just like a squeeze-tube lipgloss. I do like squeeze-tube packaging because that way, all of the product can be used. It's easy to open up the tube with a pair of scissors and scoop out the remnants.


Sure, why not! I'm thinking of purchasing the 02 Light/Clair one just to see whether it is a better match for me. And if it isn't, I can always mix the two shades together to create my own shade to better suit my skin :)

So that's that! Thanks again Nuffnang for this product talk opportunity, it's been a pleasure to test out and review these new products and share them on my blog. And I hope it's been an interesting/informative post for anyone reading this now!

Questjen for you:

Do you have any foundations/concealers that you recommend?

I'm thinking of trying a high-end brand for my next foundation/concealer splurge~


Disclaimer: Products were provided for consideration. This is not a sponsored review with monetary compensation, nor am I affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. All opinions stated by me are 100% honest and are free from bias. See more at for full disclaimer.

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Blogger Kris Kringle

Ah yes, the Blogger Kris Kringle tradition continues! For those who are unfamiliar, this lovely idea came from the wonderful Melody in 2011 and I've been co-hosting the Blogger KK ever since, except last year due to being away on my holiday. That didn't stop it from happening though - the sweet Jasmine stepped up to the role in 2013 and this year there's three of us hosting it, yay!

Clockwise from the right: Myself, Melody and Jasmine

Kris Kringle, also known as Secret Santa is all about exchanging Christmas gifts with someone - you know who you're giving your gift to, but that person doesn't know. And you don't know who's giving you a gift. Hehe it can be tricky to explain but hopefully everyone's participated in this activity through school and/or work. It's a lot of fun and my experience with doing this among the blogger community has been awesome! A really nice way to get to know new bloggers and have them get to know you too :)

Your KK will be selected at random and here are the rules:

1. You must be a blogger with a public blog.
2. The minimum you must spend is $10AUD with the maximum of $20AUD.
3. You must send the package by the latest, the 12th of December 2014.
4. Write your name/blog address on a card in the package as a way of introducing yourself :)

This is open to all public bloggers worldwide so if you'd like to join in, simply complete the form below. You only need to complete the form once - the same form is embedded in Jasmine's and Melody's posts.

Please note, the deadline to submit your form is the 30th of November 2014 and you will receive information on your KK on the 1st of December.

We hope that many of you decide to join us as it's a fantastic way to connect with other bloggers and spread the Christmas cheer! 

We'd also appreciate it if you could help spread the word to others who may be interested in participating by posting this image on your blog's side bar and/or social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, linking back to this post:

If you have any concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to contact myself, Jasmine or Melody :)

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