Maybelline Better Skin Powder Foundation Review

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With a new hit-foundation launched seemingly everyday, I was compelled to post a full fledged review on the new Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation. I’ve listed a few key pros and cons bellow:

A natural finish! Undoubtably the biggest pro, I believe. Despite the bad rep most powder foundations have earned for being drying on the skin and delivering an undesirable powdery appearance; this one indeed manages to give you better looking skin, a natural finish, and an all day staying power that never actually looks like a powder foundation. This is great for no-makeup makeup looks or touch-ups throughout the day!

Pros & Cons:

Skin Transforming! It claims to be “skin transforming” as it contains salicylic acid (acne prevention) to improve your skins appearance within up to 3 weeks! I can’t attest to this, however it’s certainly a major bonus it true!

Suitable for oily skin. Most days I feel like I can fry a piece of chicken across my T-zone (ew!) so when this foundation held up until well after 9pm, it more then surpassed the oily skin challenge.

Lacks full coverage. An arguable con, but if your aiming for that porcelain doll, air sprayed look; this is not for you. I would say this foundation is light to medium coverage. It is build-able with a bit of work however; I also found that a bit of concealer on my spots helped me achieve my desired coverage.

The Sponge This also may not be a con for you, but I’ve never been a fan of these sponges. I always carry a mini brush in my makeup bag for application. For me, sponges typically lack even coverage and are prone to build up more bacteria (unless you wash it regularly) then a regular brush.

Not best for dry skin. Regretfully, there was a build of flaky build-up on some of the dry patches around my nose and mouth area after a few hours of use. Nothing a little moisturizer didn’t fix, but If you’ve got dry skin, you’ll have to be the judge on this one. Note: It does “claim” to be suitable for all skin types, however, my recommendation would be to normal to oily skin types only.

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I’m giving this foundation a B+ rating. I certainly would recommend trying out this foundation; at less then $10, it’s undoubtably of superior quality in comparison to similar drug-store products. It delivers enough coverage with a natural skin-like finish.

Why doesn’t it get a A+ from me? Simply because I’ve tried better. Without a doubt, I’m yet to try a powder foundation better then the Bare Minerals Original Foundation line, which is not a drug-store line and will run you around $30 a piece and also claims better skin within weeks. I suppose you get what you pay for.

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