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.

Thoughts:

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.

Packaging:

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.

Recommend/purchase?

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

Thoughts:

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.

Packaging:

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.

Recommend/purchase?

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~


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3 comments:

  1. I actually find it incredibly difficult to match foundations etc :I and a lot of make up artists don't even do a good job at helping me since they go for the more "tanned look" which I don't like ;A; ergh. But I'm actually using the Maybelline FIT powder and it's a favourite so far :D :D so maybe I should have a look at their other foundations too!

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    1. Aww, I guess the shades of foundations they're using could be more suited to warm-toned people, or they're heavy with the contouring, who knows :\ A good MUA should know how to match you perfectly! Oh that's nice to hear, you definitely should give their foundations a try :)

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