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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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!