I was admiring my foundation collection the other day (as you do) and I noticed I don’t have any High Street foundations. I thought how high maintenance am I, so I decided to go on the hunt.
I was watching NikkiTutorials YouTube video and I noticed how she compared the Maybelline’s SuperStay Full Coverage £9.99 Foundation to the Huda Beauty FauxFilter foundation £32, so of course, I had to try it. I absolutely love the Huda Beauty foundation but I think it breaks me out which I am so upset about, however if the Maybelline is a dupe that would be so amazing, and for half the price.
What it is: A pigmented foundation that gives a matte, full coverage finish, designed to provide flawless 24-hour wear. The lightweight, oil-free formula is non-comedogenic so that it won’t block your pores.
First impressions: When it comes to full coverage foundations, finding your match is more important than ever, so I was a bit disappointed with the 16-shade offering. Considering Maybelline has access to a plethora of skin tones in their shade library, I wasn’t sure why they had decided to launch with so few shades, especially as they’ve launched the Fit Me Foundation in a matte finish with 30 shades. I found my shade ‘Sand’ oxidized a little orangey which is not a huge deal if you are aware of this before buying the foundation, as you just go a shade down than your normal colour.
What I liked: The packaging is nice and simple, and I like that it has a pump dispenser. I thought the foundation gave great coverage, it’s very pigmented, so it covers marks on the skin easily and leaves a nice matte finish. I found it easy to blend with a densely packed foundation brush (I use the Morphe M439), and it also blended out really well and gave good coverage with a damp beauty blender. The consistency is super creamy and it applies and blends so easy, I love applying this foundation it just makes me happy seeing how it transforms my skin. This reminds me a lot of the Nars Longwear Radiant foundation £35.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like how throughout the day this foundation transforms from matte to dewy. When I apply a matte foundation I expect it to stay matte. That being said it doesn’t break up on me but I hate being super shiny.
The verdict: I wore it for about 12 hours (I have normal to combination skin), and it looked okay at the end of the day; even if it had settled into my fine lines a bit. However, if used with a good pore-minimizing primer and set with powder, I do think this is a great full-coverage High Street option, and definitely worth trying. My tip for choosing your shade would be to go a shade paler than what you think will match your skin tone, as it oxidizes a lot. I would also make sure you set your face with a good powder especially if your oily/combination.