Earlier this year, when I asked for suggestions for what to redeem for during the Optimum Points Redemption event, the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation was a recommendation by Kazzmarie. I originally selected the shade 20 Classic Ivory, but then I was worried it was too light, so I exchanged it unopened for the next shade up, 25 Nude Beige.
It normally retails for C$17.99 for 30ml.
I had purged my previous long wearing drugstore foundation, the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation (which I love), and was in the market to try something new. The important attributes for me in a foundation are: easy to apply, good colour match, and medium but natural looking coverage. For reference, I have normal / combination skin that isn’t overly oily or dry but my t-zone does show shine by early afternoon.
The description by Maybelline for this foundation is as follows:
• Improves skin (brighter, smoother and more even)
• Ideal for sensitive skin
• Good for all skin types
• Medium to full coverage
It comes 12 shades:
20 Classic Ivory
25 Nude Beige
30 Warm Nude
40 Buff Beige
50 Natural Beige
70 Pure Beige
80 Rich Tan
85 Sun Beige
90 Warm Honey
The deeper shades didn’t seem all that dark to me, and some of the mid-range shades look really similar to each other.
The formula is a thicker cream liquid but really easy to blend, I can apply this with my fingers and it doesn’t leave streaks. My preferred method of application is with a Beauty Blender type sponge for more coverage. The coverage is a solid medium – I gauge this by how much it covers my freckles. This covers the majority of my freckles but do not mask them completely. The finish is like a satin matte – not overly matte or flat looking. I found the wear time on this to be really good – I didn’t experience any breaking down of the foundation or rubbing off during the day. It didn’t keep me as shine-free as the CoverGirl Outlast did though.
This foundation does feature SPF 15 and when I glanced at the active ingredients, I was quite excited because the sunscreen is in the form of a mineral one: Titanium Dioxide. I would have preferred Zinc, which is a broad spectrum sunscreen that also shields UVA rays. But, having the mineral sunscreen is definitely a good thing for people who are sensitive to chemical sunscreens. I did not experience any break out or sensitivity to this foundation.
Sunscreen: Titanium Dioxide (1.53%)
Other: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Phenoxyethanol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium Edta, Acrylonitrile / Methyl Methacrylate / Vinylidene Chloride, Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Paraffin, Copper Gluconate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
The only iffy claim for me is this:
With micro-flex technology and the antioxidant power of Actyl-C., this foundation reduces the appearance of spots, bumps, dullness and redness to give you brighter, smoother and more even skin.
I’ve been wearing this foundation regularly this summer and I haven’t seen any noticeable improvements to my skin.
I mentioned earlier that I exchange the shade from 20 Classic Ivory to 25 Nude Beige – I should have stuck with my original choice. The foundation applies darker than how it appears in the bottle. And it does oxidize slightly, making Nude Beige too peachy looking on my skin once it sets. I didn’t wear this foundation much earlier in the year (I got this in February) but have been wearing it regularly in the summer months since I’m slightly darker now – I just make sure I blend down my neck.
Here’s how Maybelline SuperStay in Nude Beige compares to other foundations I’m currently using:
• Shiseido Sheer and Perfect in o20 Natural Light Ochre (ugh, I just saw this foundation listed in “Last Call” on the Shiseido site! Whyyyy…) – I normally wear i20 Natural Light Ivory but I got the Ochre to try, it’s too peachy for me
• Make Up For Ever Face & Body in Ivory 20 – slightly orange
• Maybelline SuperStay in 25 Nude Beige
• Illamasqua Skin Base in 7.5 – very ochre and dark (I got this as a mixer)
• Illamasqua Skin Base in 6.5 – good match for my winter skin tone, slight too light now
As much as I prefer non-drugstore brands for foundations (due to wider colour range and ability to sample before committing), I always reserve at least one drugstore foundation in my rotation. If you’re looking for a drugstore foundation option, I do highly recommend Maybelline SuperStay – it’s more suitable for normal, combo, or slightly dry skin, but not for really oily or very dry skin types. For oilier skin types, I recommend the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation. For dry skin, I recommend Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation.
• Easy to apply
• Medium coverage
• Looks natural
• Long wearing formula
• Mineral sunscreen
• Pump bottle
• Decent colour range (still lacking darker colours)
• Oxidizes slightly
• Unsure about skin benefits
Stash worthiness: 9/10
This is an easy to wear, no fuss foundation featuring mineral sunscreen, and this is why I listed it in my last favourites. For comparison, I would rate the CoverGirl Outlast foundation a 10/10, simply because it doesn’t oxidize on me, the colour match is great, and it lasts slightly longer than the Maybelline.
Have you tried this foundation? What’s your current favourite drugstore foundation?