Maybelline SuperStay

Hi guys!

Doesn’t it seem like our obsessions change at a point in time? Like I was (and still am) a die hard lipstick fanatic. Now my obsession has changed to foundations. I am obsessed with finding the right foundation. I see the word “matte” in a foundation and my heart starts to sing. Anyway back to the topic. So I finally tried the Maybelline superstay. I don’t know why it took me so long to. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s about to be discontinued?

As with all my foundation posts, I’m going to review this based on coverage,  finish and staying power.

For reference I have combination to oily, acne prone skin with a super oily t-zone and hyperpigmentation, so I prefer full coverage foundations.

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This little guy claims to have micro – flex formula for 24hr wear. Who wears their foundation that long?! Now can we talk about how miserable the shade range for dark skin is? I got this in the shade cocoa which is the darkest in the range and it’s not even that dark! So if you’re darker than I am, sadly there’s no match for you which I think really sucks.

The claims:
• Withstands heat, sweat and humidity
• No transfer: won’t rub off
• Flexible, breathable, all day comfort
• Oil free – non pore clogging
• Suitable for all skin types

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Right off of the bat I should say this this DEFINITELY transfers. I honestly don’t know why Maybelline claims it doesn’t. And I was finally looking forward to hugging my boyfriend without leaving brown stains on his shirt but sadly that wasn’t the case. Sorry boo! 😂

COVERAGE:

Maybelline claims this is a medium coverage but this is easily a full coverage foundation to me. The level of coverage in one layer is mind blowing. I don’t even need to add a second layer and I definitely do not need a concealer after. However I have noticed that it does turn a hair darker when it oxidizes, but thankfully it doesn’t make me turn orange. It does tend to look a little mask-y when you layer too much so I’d be careful about that.

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It seems to be neutral but leans more yellow, and so it matches me perfectly. It makes me realise even more just how neutral my CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is.

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SuperStay cocoa, Outlast Stay Fabulous soft sable, Ready Set Gorgeous tawny

FINISH:

Dries to a complete matte finish which I absolutely love. It doesn’t dry too fast but definitely faster that my CoverGirl foundations. It’s also of thicker consistency than my CoverGirl foundations. However it spreads and blends easily, no matter the tool you use to blend your foundation. I did find that a sponge provides better coverage compared to my beloved expert face brush.

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If there’s one this I absolutely hate about this foundation, it’s the lack of a pump. Why would you do that Maybelline? This causes major wastage, if you end up pouring more than you need.

STAYING POWER:

I tried this in different situations to test the staying power, and each time I was impressed. I wore it without a setting powder, without a primer and with both a primer and a setting powder. It definitely lasts much longer with both the primer and setting powder, but thing is no matter how much I blotted, I still looked made up. I could have easily reapplied my setting powder and I would look freshly made up. Oil control was better managed when I used a setting powder. Without setting with a powder, I feel my nose get shiny by the 4 hour mark which is pretty impressive.

IN SUMMARY:

This is definitely a winner in my book, and I highly recommend that you try it, if you haven’t already. I am going to get backups just in case it’s really going to be discontinued! Definitely Holy Grail status to me!

Have you tried this? Share your experiences and Holy Grail foundations with me!

Beverly xx

One Brand, Two Foundations: CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous & CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous | Review and Comparisons

I’m pretty excited to do this review cos I’ve been using these foundations a lot lately and I think it’s time for me to share my thoughts and experiences with them. From here on, I’m going to refer to Ready Set Gorgeous as RSG and Outlast Stay Fabulous as OSF. Too long for me to keep typing. These companies just keep making product names longer and longer. Ok I’m deviating. Let’s go!

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous, right Outlast Stay Fabulous.

I got RSG in shade 315 tawny, and OSF in shade 375 soft sable. Why not get them in the same colour? Well cos tawny is a tad lighter and soft sable is a tad darker. So I mix 2 parts tawny and one part soft sable to get a colour that’s a perfect fit for me. And why not just get the same type of foundation? Because I wanted to try both, so I got them both! Anyway as before, I’m going to review these based on coverage, finish and staying power then deliver my verdict.

Before I continue, I’ll state once again that I have combination to oily skin, with a very oily t-zone. I have no dry patches, but I have acne scarring, acne prone skin and hyperpigmentation, so i prefer full coverage foundations. Yes I have a lot of problems 😥

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CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny

RSG comes in a squeeze tube and OSF comes in a glass bottle with a lockable pump! ☺ They both have a weird perfume-y smell. It’s not too bad but it’s pretty unusual the first time you smell it

COVERAGE:

I would consider the coverage of RSG to be medium to full, and OSF to be light to medium. But mixed together, I get a level of coverage that is so amazing and does a fantastic job of evening out my skin tone. However on it’s own, OSF is light and I need 3 full pumps to even my skin tone, and still have to go in with a concealer after. With RSG, 2 small squeezes is what I need to cover my face. No need for a concealer. They can both be layered easily, with no cakiness of any sort. RSG wins this round

FINISH:

I was expecting them both to be matte, cos that’s what all the reviews I read before getting these said. However I find these are definitely NOT matte. Not in the least. I had to set with a powder because I wanted a matte finish. I did find that RSG was a little more of a demi – matte finish, in comparison to OSF, which is more of a satin finish. RSG wins yet another round.

STAYING POWER:

I wasn’t very impressed with the staying power of these. I was expecting to be blown away. Probably I had super high hopes cos of all the rave reviews I had seen.  I tried them out without a powder and I found them to both last just over 4 hours before they started to fade. With a powder, it was phenomenal. No kidding. I can get 8 hour days and still look made up by the end of the day, with absolutely no touch ups, only blotting my ever-oily t-zone with a tissue. Without a powder, oil control is pretty meh but with a powder, it’s fantastic. My oil is kept at bay for ages and my nose doesn’t get shiny until the 5 hour mark, which is just great, if you know me and how shiny my nose always is. It’s a tie between OSF and RSG.

I tried applying these with my Colorbox pro big mama beauty blender and my real techniques expert face brush, and I find that the RT brush does a better job of applying, and I use less product. I do wish these were waterproof. It’s not cute leaving brown stains on my phone screen and on whatever I touch x_x

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny; right Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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I feel like OSF has neutral undertones, and RSG has yellow tones. Since my undertones are more yellow than neutral (although I’d rather wear neutral undertones than cool ones, those make me look ashy), mixing them together gives me subtle yellow that’s not too over the top.

IN SUMMARY:

I love both of these foundations and yes, I highly recommend them. The finish is very natural and it lasts and lasts, fading evenly. A definite repurchase, it’s worth every cent! These deserve Holy Grail status! Now if only I could find my perfect colour…

Whew! This has been a REALLY long review! Have you tried these? What is your favourite foundation?

Beverly xx

Haulin’ It: Makeup Ghana Connects Booty

I am officially on a no-buy. And I mean it this time. Every time I impose a no buy on myself, I cave and get myself new stuff. I need help 😿

On Good Friday, I decided to get a few things that I’ve needed for a while (note: this was before I came up with the no-buy) so off I went to the Makeup Ghana Connects Good Friday sales. And these came home with me

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Elf matte lip colour in rich red
CoverGirl ready set gorgeous foundation in 315 tawny
LA Girl pro HD setting powder
LA Girl pro conceal in fawn, mahogany and an orange corrector
Colorbox cosmetics pro big mama beauty blender
Colorbox cosmetics Ohemaa strip lashes
Colorbox cosmetics pro eyelash applicator
CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous foundation in 375 soft sable
Colorbox cosmetics pro beauty blender mini me

Whew! I must have typed the word “pro” about a million times!

Now you see why I’m on a no buy?! Most of these, I’ve wanted for ages so I’m happy I got them now, especially on sale. Who doesn’t like to save a little money? Of course, I’m going to review these individually and give you my thoughts on them so look forward to them!

Any of these that you’ve tried?
Hugs,

Beverly xx