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.
Visibly Improved Skin In Just Three Weeks
Flawless All-Day Coverage
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!
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
|Selfie with hubby from the other night.
This was about four hours after application.
Concealer under the eyes was starting to fade, obviously!