Hi, guys!Today I’m collaborating with the lovely Jessica Rowlands at Little Blog of Makeup. Jess has a lovely blog for makeup and I love it! Make sure to check it out and give her a well deserved follow. You can check out her post by clicking here. We both decided on first impressions and we both wanted to try a new foundation so we will be reviewing/testing the same foundation and four other items of our choice.
Maybelline – Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation in Buff Beige, $11.99 USD
Jess and I agreed on this foundation because we both wanted to try a new foundation and this has been a recent release with a lot of hype. I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile and I’m glad we both agreed to it!
I do really like the packaging. It comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which is one of my favorite packaging for foundations. It’s very simple but nice. The foundation retails for $11.99 USD (that’s what I bought it for), of course, prices vary by store.
Claims from Ulta.com
“Be your own professional makeup artist with Maybelline’s Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation. Saturated color pigments provide an ultra-transforming effect in this long-lasting foundation. The lightweight, yet high-impact coverage formula glides onto the skin for a flawless finish that lasts all day.
- Oil free
- Doesn’t clog pores
- Dermatologist tested
- Full-coverage foundation with a seamless finish
- Evens out, camouflages, and enhances
- Minimizes the appearance of flaws and imperfections
- Glides onto skin for smooth and breathable wear”
It comes in 16 shades.
This foundation was quite hard to find for me. I went to different stores and called around, one store had the foundation. They didn’t have the shade I wanted so I purchased “Buff Beige”. Immediately in the store, I knew it would be too dark, I went ahead and purchased it and figured I could lighten it to my shade by using a bit of loose powder. Wrong.
I applied it and I kid you not, I looked like an Oompa Loompa. I applied some powder to try and save the day, that didn’t work. I ended up asking my mom what she thought and she looked horrified… I knew that the foundation being so dark would ruin the look so I decided to just wash my face and start over. I ended up mixing it with the lightest matte foundation that I have, L’oréal Pro Matte in 101 Classic Ivory. I just felt like I had to mix it in to ‘save the look’ and I feel like anyone else would have done it too. I went specifically for Pro Matte because it has similar claims to Super Stay (24 hours, matte, etc.). It’s also one of my favorite foundations, I use it all the time so I know how it performs.
Anyway, it looked MUCH better. While I was washing the first attempt from my skin I noticed how drying it was. My skin just felt quite (unusually) dry. I used Urban Decays Optical Illusion primer the first time because I really like that primer, but this time I swapped for a moisturizing illuminating primer. The foundation remained incredibly matte and was still a bit drying, but not as much.
I noticed right off the bat it dries down really quickly. It was also quite patchy. It’s buildable but it wants to cling to drier patches and overall be inconsistently patchy. It also oxidizes, A LOT. I’ve seen a few other beauty bloggers/YouTubers/artists etc have the same issue with it changing to a darker color. My biggest problem is that it wants to oxidize not only darker but oranger. My mom said it looked like terra-cotta. It does (thankfully) mellow out after an hour or so and lightens up. Ironically, it also was darker before I took it off. As far as coverage goes I’d say it’s medium/full, defiantly leaning full and it does feel/look a bit heavy. I really appreciate this being non–comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores). Since this is a heavier foundation I was worried about getting a breakout, but my skin feels fine and I don’t feel a breakout coming on. I’m also really happy with how little it creased around my ‘laugh lines’, but I’m not sure if it’s the foundation or powder.
I’m not sure why but my face remained pretty red for an hour or so after finishing my makeup. Photos below were taken an hour after application, as you can see my face is fairly red and patchy. This really doesn’t happen with any other foundations, especially when they are full coverage.
I wore this foundation/makeup for eight hours, no touch-ups. It claims to last for 24 but I never wear makeup that long and that’s quite bad for your skin. After eight hours my nose was breaking up (which is normal), I had small creasing around my ‘laugh lines’ (better than normal!), where I have the most pores started to become more enlarged and faded (not normal for me). I don’t think this would last 24 hours, or at least still look good after 24 hours. This photo was taken around four hours in. Not a ton of creasing, redness died down but still patchy.
This photo was taken right before taking it off, after 8 hours of wear. It’s breaking up A LOT in the center of my face, which doesn’t typically happen. I feel like it ended up looking so gross.
Note: I did wear glasses during testing this foundation, hence the marks on the sides of my nose. I’ve never had a foundation not get those marks when wearing glasses.
Overall I think this foundation is fine. If you have oily skin I think you’d get along with it well, or at least better. My skin is combo/dry right now and it just didn’t want to jive. Also, if you buy this, get one or two shades lighter then what you think you need. Everyone review I read mentioned oxidizing.
Would I repurchase/recommend? No. If you have oily skin I would give it a go, just keep in mind about the shades. I feel like there are better foundations out there.
I just want to stress that different things work for different people. You might end up trying this and loving it! I just don’t, and I wanted to. Again, it’s not bad, it’s just not my cup of tea.
Rating out of 5: 2.5.
Maybelline – Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in Fair Light, $5.99 USD
This powder has caught my eye every time I see it. I’ve been telling myself I don’t need another powder (which I don’t) but I just kept hearing so many good things about it! A fellow blogger, Nova (supernovabeauty), mentioned this in an empties post and said she loved it but mentioned they run pretty dark. Since she loved it I decided that I had to have it and wanted to test it for this post. I picked up shade “fair light” because of her advice, I think this was the perfect shade for me, I have a light skin tone. I do wish this came in Translucent just because I appreciate the option.
Of course with powders, they aren’t really something you can say you love the first time you try it since they work differently with different products, but I am going to say I really, really like it. I didn’t have much creasing around ‘laugh lines’, which are usually not so great at the end of the day because I laugh a lot and foundation likes to move with it. So I was really happy to see that but it did even better on my under eyes! I had very little creasing and it didn’t get more creases as the day went on. That being said, I really like this and I can’t wait to use it again!
As far as packaging goes I think it is very sleek. It’s in a plastic container with a black lid, as you can see. It’s very simple but look’s more expensive then what it is, while delivering a great product which I think is very important. Also, this will not expire (according to Maybelline’s packaging) for 24 months after opening! There’s a ton of product so I don’t see you ruining out before that unless your a makeup artist using this on clients.
Would I repurchase/recommend? YES! It’s an amazing price for what you get. I am so excited to use again and I have a feeling this might be my new favorite powder.
Rating out of 5:4.5.
Maybelline – Lasting Drama® Matte Lacquer Gel Eyeliner in Purple Rebel, $4.48 USD
This is another item that I kept seeing when I went out and told myself I didn’t need it but it just looked really intriguing, I knew it would be great for this post. It comes with a brush (eyeliner/lip) and has very interesting packaging. The packaging reminds me so much of L’oreal’s Infallible Paints, I actually referred to this as a L’oreal item a few times by accident.
But what’s so interesting about the packaging is the “Makeup Artist Tip”. According to Maybelline, “the applicator and reservoir well help you control the application”. To me, this feels very gimmicky but not in a bad way. I like the tip because I think it’s unique but it does nothing. I think they are calling this a “Makeup Artist Tip” because of the well, they assume that it’s easy to squeeze a bit of product out and continually dip into the well to get the product. I don’t know, but that’s what makes the most sense to me. As an MUA, soon to be certified, if that is the reason they refer to it as a makeup artist tip that doesn’t make sense. That would completely contaminate the product.
Another thought is that the well is to help apply all over the lid but even that doesn’t make sense because it’s more of a well than something that can glide on the eye. Anyway, not quite sure where they were going with that. I like the tip because it’s unique and feels fun but it isn’t “practical”. I wouldn’t change it because of that but a regular tip (like most eye primers, you know what I’m referring to) would be just fine and maybe quicker. Either way, I squeeze the product onto my hand.
Anyway, I really like this eyeliner. It goes on and stays on all day, exactly how I applied it. It stays matte but not drying. The formula is really good. I used a square detailed brush to apply it but the brush they’ve included worked fine, I switched brushes because of the way I wanted to apply the eyeliner.
It’s a really bright, lovely purple. I love it! They offer black, blue and teal. I wish they had more shades but I do see myself purchasing at least one more. This normally is around $8.99, but it’s on sale at Target so I really recommend picking one up!
Would I recommend/repurchase?Yes! I think I’ll get one more shade, either the blue or the teal. The formula is lovely and if you’re into eyeliner you’ll love this.
Rating out of 5:4.5
I was really inspired by an eyeliner look Maybelline did in an ad a few years ago, which you can view below.
Wet n Wild – Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer in Only A Matter of Prime, $4.99 USD
I typically use a concealer for primer and it works very well but I haven’t tried an eye primer for a long time and wanted to give this one a go. I applied it to my lid and it goes on clear/ slightly nude tinted. I think it would work for any skin tone. It is a bit dry and tacky, more so than Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. I dusted a bit of Maybelline’s powder over it and the eyeshadow went on lovely. The eyeliner was the main element of this look so I only did a crease and highlight shade, both stayed on well and didn’t fade or crease, the eyeliner stayed on perfectly. I want to use this again, particularly with a bolder look to see how it performs. But so far so good!
Would I recommend/repurchase? Yes! My eyeshadow stayed on all day, I’ll definitely use it again.
Rating out of 5: 4.
Wet n Wild – Photo Focus Lash Primer in Committed A Prime, $4.99 USD
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the puns?
I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this primer and even say that it’s better than high-end primers, so I thought “hey! why not give it a go?”. This is the first lash primer I have ever used. I applied two coats to the upper and lower lash, then one coat of a favorite mascara. It was pretty easy to apply but you do need to work with it a bit. It did take longer than I thought to apply, longer than with normal mascara. This is an extra step that I could see myself doing for photos or special events, but otherwise, I’d probably skip it. This is a milky white color and very pigmented. I would actually use this for a white mascara.
I think I went a bit overboard with the coats of this primer. I will try it again and only do one coat. It made my lashes longer and thicker than normal. My mom thought I had fake eyelashes on. The problem that I had was wearing it throughout the day it flaked A LOT which never happens with that mascara. A bit of white also started to peek through.
After a few hours of wear, I think 3 or 4:
As you can see, there is a ton of fall out. It was really easy to wipe away but it shouldn’t be there in the first place. I think it was due to user error, I think I applied one too many coats.
Would I recommend/repurchase? Yes. I feel like the wearing/flaking/etc was due to me applying too many coats. I will definitely try again and let you know if I have the same problem, but overall I think it’s going to be a really good product.
Rating out of 5: 3.5