Saturday, 22 February 2014

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation: First Impressions

This week I popped to the town centre for some 'work purposes' only to find that in fact I am unable to walk past the likes of Boots and Superdrug without having a browse. Of course, by having a 'browse' what I actually mean is filling my basket with make-up related items. I was keen to try out a few more foundations, my current HG foundation is Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation but I think it's about time I get out of my make-up rut and try something new! So I decided to purchase this 'new' foundation from Maybelline - and wanted to share my initial thoughts.  This is by no means an in-depth review but my first thoughts and reactions from using this for the first time.  

Maybelline superstay Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation Light Beige 005 - 30ml comes in at under £10, which is my ideal price-range for a foundation at the moment (I can't justify £30+). I notice online it is available in 8 shades in the UK, however instore I could only see 6 shades, so whether that's my local Superdrug I'm not sure. Either way, 8 shades is a pretty decent amount for a drugstore or high street foundation as opposed the the ever so annoying trilogy that is 'light, medium, dark'. The shade I decided on purchasing was 'Light Beige' which is a slight tinge darker than ivory, but in the glass it looked the most similar to my 'vanilla' shade from Bourjois. 

My first reaction was that the shades were quite pale, I would normally opt for an ivory but in this I was light beige - this is a bonus for us pale skinned ladies. The consistency is smooth and satin like but relatively thick. One full pump is plenty for one application, however I did find that I needed to work quite quickly with it as it is a little dry. It's definitely a matte finish foundation, not completely matte but it definitely isn't a sheer or dewy finish. I have oily skin, so I found that this certainly helped with mattifying my skin to a certain extent. If you suffer with dry skin, then I'd make sure to moisturise just before applying this to avoid it clinging to any dry spots. I was really impressed with the coverage. I'd definitely place it in the medium coverage category and I'd say it can probably be layered and built to a medium/full coverage without resulting in a cakey look! It covered all redness, evened out my skin tone and with my skin being pretty well behaved at the moment I actually didn't feel the need to reach for my concealer! 

I'm definitely impressed with this. I've been using it for almost a week now and I can see it becoming a favourite for me - it's the finish and coverage I've been looking for. Have you tried this? How did you get on? 


  1. When I tried it (I actually tested it before it was released - not a PR sample but testing its claims) I was told Light Beige was the palest shade, and that's definitely true on my skin tone! Funny name for a pale shade though...

  2. I've actually been eyeing this one up but I'm not sure whether to purchase.
    I have oily skin with a bit of dry patches so I'm not sure if it will make my dry patches look even drier.
    Battling with foundations is difficult!

    Peach Pow XO

  3. I purchased it and have tested it once and I don't know about it, I think I'm a bit on the fence at the moment! I think I may have got a shade too light but I will have to keep trying it to find out how it goes!

    Adele-Marie xx

    One Girls Obsession With Makeup

  4. This foundation looks lovely!