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Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder | REVIEW

Its review time!

I love drugstore brands for makeup and skincare. Often times, there are better (or just as effective) options in most categories. I have heard a lot of buzz around the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin powder, so I wanted to snag it up! 

I typically purchase drugstore powders to keep in my bag for touchups throughout the day. That way I won’t feel bad if it breaks or gets lost. But this powder should not be shunned away to just touch up status.

The Product:

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder in the shade 25, Nude Beige. This powder comes in 8 shades and retails for $8.99 (Target; more expensive at Ulta)

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The Claims:

This powder boasts to be ‘skin transforming’ – oil free and contains salicylic acid. There is not enough salicylic acid for this product to require an ‘active ingredients’ label, so I don’t know how much is actually in there, but it is less that 0.5%. Upon further inspection, looking over the ingredients, this contains “Hydrogenated Palm Oil” but claims to be oil-free. Why do so many cosmetics tout to be oil free, when a simple glance over the ingredient list will prove otherwise?? Am I missing something here?

Anyway, side rant over- this is from the Maybelline website: “Maybelline’s oil-free, skin-transforming powder contains salicylic acid that helps to achieve better-looking skin in just three weeks. Eliminates shine and unevenness, while delivering a natural, matte finish. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic.”

The Application:

The compact comes with a sponge, which works great for touching up. (And I love that there is a breath-able area for the sponge to live.) But when applying at home, I use my favorite EcoTools kabuki brush. After priming and concealer, I buff it over like any powder foundation. The coverage is great, considering it doesn’t necessarily call itself a ‘foundation’. My pores and fine lines are not exaggerated.

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The Wear:

The powder lasted a surprisingly long time on my face! For being under 10 bucks, I expected this to fade, break up, and become oily. This powder out performed so many other high end ones I have tried. The coverage, finish, and staying power reminds me a lot of the BareMinerals BarePro I reviewed a couple weeks ago! This is a great dupe for that foundation! I’ve also liked it as an all over setting powder for liquid foundations.

The Verdict:

Although this contains oil (and claims it doesn’t!!) and does not contain a significant amount of salicylic acid, I ain’t mad at it! The coverage is all I need, the finish is a nice demi-matte that doesn’t get cakey. And it lasts almost the whole day. I have to blot once maybe, but it is very ‘touch-up friendly’. And its so inexpensive to boot!

I’d definitely say try it out!

-LH