Review: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation & Concealer

I’ve been eyeing this foundation and concealer duo ever since it was released, and am so thrilled to finally be able to try them!

The Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin range is their first vitamin-enriched, longwear foundation and concealer with Actyl-C to help improve the skin. So they’re basically tinted skincare! They claim to give flawless coverage now, and smoother and more even skin (without makeup, of course) in three weeks.

The foundation is available in 8 shades: 005 Beige, 010 Ivory, 020 Cameo, 021 Nude, 030 Sand, 032 Golden, 040 Fawn, and 048 Sun Beige. I chose to try the shade 030 Sand for my NC27 – NC30 skin.

However, the concealer is only available in two shades: 02 Light and 03 Medium. I chose the shade 020 Light because the 030 Medium seemed way too orange and dark.



Actyl-C is a powerful vitamin derivative that energises the skin, making the skin look fresh, healthy and radiant. It will also help promote skin regeneration, evens discolouration and dull areas.

Visibly Improved Skin In Just Three Weeks

These products claim that changes can be noticeable in just three weeks. Changes include smoother skin, more even skin tone, brightening of dull areas, and altogether more hydrated, supple complexion. It also claims to reduce redness.

Flawless All-Day Coverage

They claim to have “innovative air-cushioned pigments” that feel lightweight and comfortable on the skin whilst providing full coverage all day, and a flawless finish.
I’ve now tested these products every single day for the past 7 days. Read on to see my experience with these products and whether I find the claims to be true!

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation SPF 14

Texture & Consistency

The texture of the foundation is rather gel-like, with light to medium thickness. 

It blends into the skin very smoothly. I’ve tried applying this using various methods and I find that it applies best with a stippling brush or a beauty blender. It sets pretty quickly so applying with fingers might be a bit risky if you don’t blend it out quickly.

With a dampened beauty blender, the dampness actually moistens the foundation a bit so that it won’t dry out too quickly so you would have more time to blend.

Coverage & Finish

Coverage is medium to full, definitely buildable.

As for the finish, it has a satin matte finish, but as time goes by it becomes almost completely matte. I love that this foundation can be worn without setting powder. It sets so well and does not feel sticky or tacky even only a few minutes after application.

Unfortunately though, I find that it’s way too matte for my currently normal to dry skin. I, of course, apply it on top of moisturiser (currently using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream) and even on top of that super hydrating moisturiser, the foundation still feels too dry. After a few hours, my skin actually felt tighter. So I’m not sure if its “hydrating” claims are true.

However, my skin does appear flawless and smooth even though it feels like I’m wearing a mask since it makes my skin feel tight. Here’s an un-retouched (and no filter!) selfie with my boys from the other night, wearing both foundation and concealer without setting powder:

Baby Zayden says “Hi!” <3

So I’m not sure if this is the foundation for people with drier skin types, but I highly recommend this for people with oilier skin types because it does mattify the skin without making it look cakey or flakey.


This foundation lasts up to 8 hours on my normal to dry skin, even without setting powder, so I’m very impressed!


I had a hard time choosing the right shade because none of them were a perfect match for me. Most of them tend to be a bit on the pinker side of the spectrum. I ended up choosing Sand because it seemed to be the most “neutral”. At first application it seems a tad greyish on my skin, but it does oxidise after about one minute and the colour blends into the skin really well.

A lot of people out there complain about the colour choices though, so I’m pretty glad I found one that matches me well.


Nothing too special with the packaging, it’s just a typical glass bottle with a pump. I do love that it comes with a pump though! Very hygienic!


This foundation retails for AU$21.95 at Priceline, but is currently on discount for only AU$15.36!

Skincare Benefits

I’ve only tested this foundation for 7 days so I can’t really testify, but so far I haven’t been able to see any visible changes. However my skin is pretty clear at the moment, I have no breakouts and only a few acne marks, so maybe that’s why I can’t really see changes yet.

I do hope with the help of the vitamins in the foundation and my skincare routine, I can diminish all my acne marks!

However, most importantly, it did not break me out! Most foundations, when worn daily, will cause tiny congestion bumps on my T-Zone area so I’m so happy that this foundation did not clog my pores at all. 🙂


I’m giving this foundation a 4/5 – I love how it provides all-day flawless coverage and a smooth-to-the-touch finish on the skin. Also love how it brightens the complexion!

Everything about this foundation is perfect! However, I do wish it was more hydrating. I highly recommend people with oilier skin types to give this a try. I will personally continue to use this throughout the summer!

As for the longterm skin benefits with Actyl-C, I still can’t testify but will continue to test this for more than three weeks.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin Perfecting Concealer

The texture and consistency of the concealer is slightly lighter and runnier than the foundation. I find concealers with this kind of consistency to be difficult to conceal spots with, I prefer slightly thicker concealers for spot concealing. However, it’s great for the under eyes.
Just like the concealer, it claims to visibly improve the skin in the long run, even reducing dark circles. I’m not sure about those claims though.
As for longevity, this concealer only lasted a few hours on me, even less on my acne marks. I can start to visibly see my acne marks again in about 20-25 minutes and it will completely fade after about 4 hours, but it did last longer on the under eye area.
It also did not match my skin perfectly. Well, with only two shades available I’m not surprised if I can’t find a perfect match, which is why I think these are better suited for the under eye area as a brightener.
As an under eye brightener, this works really really well!  It started off looking a bit grey under the eyes but it will oxidise after being blended.
Selfie with hubby from the other night.
This was about four hours after application.
Concealer under the eyes was starting to fade, obviously!

The packaging is a plastic squeeze tube and I find this very easy to travel this. I can just pop this in my bag for touchups and it won’t take up a whole lot of space or weigh a ton!
This concealer retails for AU$14.95 and is now on sale for only AU$10.46 at Priceline!
Overall, I’m giving this concealer a rating of 3/5 – it only works as an under eye brightener for me, and sadly it doesn’t last too long. Probably around 4 hours without setting powder, and 6 hours with setting powder.
So what did you guys think of this foundation and concealer duo if you’ve tried them?
Let me know what you think!
Disclaimer: This product was sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are unbiased and are of my own. No commissions are received from purchases based on this review.

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