Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation Review+Swatches (Ivory)

 Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin Foundation "gives all day, flawless coverage and better looking skin in 3 weeks. The foundation reduces the appearance of spots, bumps, dullnes, and redness and gives you brighter, more even and smoother skin." On top of all of those big claims, this oil free foundation also offers SPF 15 sun protection. The SuperStay Better Skin Foundation contains 30ml (1 fl oz) and sells for $9-12 at drugstores and mass retailers. Maybelline is not cruelty free. This liquid foundation was made in America.

Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin Foundation has been available over seas for at least a year, but it only turned up Stateside last month. I've played around with it at Priceline in Australia, but never bought it because I didn't want to drop $24AUD on a foundation that didn't have a good shade match for me. I was really excited to see Better Skin pop up in America, and I picked up right away, but unfortunately, this foundation just isn't for me. That doesn't necessarily make the SuperStay Better Skin Foundation a bad product though, so lets take a closer look!

 Packaging for Maybelline's newest foundation is surprisingly nice! This foundation comes in a tall, rectangular glass bottle with a bright blue pump. The front label bears the Maybelline logo and product name, a drug facts sheet is affixed to the back of the bottle. While I really appreciate the pump, more drugstore foundations should come with one (thanks, Maybelline!), I gotta say this one is kinda strange - its spurts out just a little bit of product at a time, so I end up using about four "pumps" of product per application, which is equivalent to a bit more than one standard pump. Though packaging isn't marked as recyclable, I can only assume it is, I mean, its glass??
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation and Concealer

Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin has a creamy formula that's a little thicker than your average liquid foundation. I've found application to be quite finicky - Better Skin is best applied with a dense, angled foundation brush (Bdellium Tools 956 is my personal favorite) for fuller coverage, or a damp sponge for a lighter coverage. This foundation doesn't respond well to stippling, and it can get pretty streaky when applied with fingers or a flat foundation brush.

The SuperStay Better Skin Foundation needs a primer, it just doesn't sit well on my skin without one. It seems like a mattifying primer like Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer is the best option - it helps Better Skin apply more smoothly and last longer. Maybelline's newest foundation also needs to be set with a powder, because it never dries down fully. Even if I use a powder atop this liquid foundation, it remains slightly moist to the touch - not enough to cause transference, just enough to be a bit annoying. I think we all know that feel. Luckily, Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin Foundation holds most powders well and it isn't prone to caking. This foundation pairs best with Rimmel's Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder or Maybelline's Matte Maker (unfortunately, neither are available in the USA, yet.). 


Maybelline claims that their Better Skin Foundation will improve the appearance of your skin over times with the help of Actyl C - a stable and potent form of Vitamin C, an ingredient proven time and time again to help brighten the skin and even out skin tone over time. However, its doubtful that the minimal amount of Vitamin C included in the Better Skin foundation will truly benefit the skin, at least not on a visible level. What's more beneficial to the skin is the inclusion of SPF 15 sun protection in the form of titanium dioxide - an effective sunblock. Unfortunately, titanium dioxide is prone to causing "flashback", a ghostly white cast that shows up in flash photos. If you're having pictures taken, avoid Better Skin and opt for an SPF free foundation. 

The SuperStay Better Skin Foundation provides medium, non buildable coverage. This liquid foundation evens out the complexion: masking redness, dark spots, and minor blemishes, but if your skin isn't perfect, you'll definitely need a concealer or high coverage powder. The Better Skin Foundation doesn't cling to dry patches or blemishes, but it does tend to sink into pores and settle into fine lines if worn without a primer. The finish of this creamy foundation is on the dewy side, but it looks healthy, but not greasy or too glowy - it nice, the best part of this foundation's appearance. The dewy finish is easily dialed back with a matte powder. 

I get disappointing wear from Maybelline's Better Skin Foundation - kinda ironic seeing as its part of the SuperStay range. Awkward. I get a lot of oil breakthrough on my nose and chin after just a couple hours of wear. Powder helps, of course, but oil induced breakdown is inevitable on my normal to combo skin. Even in areas that don't get oily, this foundation's coverage just seems to diminish throughout the day. From my experience, I can only assume that those with oily skin would not enjoy the Better Skin Foundation. On the other hand, this dewy foundation may provide a bit of moisture for dry skin without breaking down due to oil. 


The color range for Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin Foundation runs very dark, especially compared to Maybelline's other foundations. The lightest shade, Ivory, is a couple shades too dark for me, and its at least two shades darker than the lightest shade in Maybelline's other foundations. "Ivory" is a light-medium shade with a warm undertone. This shade has some orange undertones to it that becomes more obvious as this foundation oxidizes. If you are fair, you will not find a match in the Better Skin Foundation. On the plus side, there are a couple deep shades. 
[Left: Maybelline Dream Wonder Porcelain Ivory. Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Ivory]
Maybelline's SuperStay Better Skin Foundation is not for me, for a number of reasons. Packaging is pretty nice, but what it contains just doesn't suit my needs. This creamy foundation requires specific application and preparation to avoid a streaky finish. Coverage is decent, and the healthy dewy finish is pretty, but that doesn't really matter if Better Skin only last 4-5 hours on. The shade range is passable, but doesn't cater to extremes on either end of the skin tone spectrum, which is a shame because Maybelline usually has a good pale shade in their foundation ranges. If you had a medium complexion, and dry to normal skin, the Better Skin Foundation will probably work well for you, but honestly there are better options at the drugstore, and within Maybelline's own line of products. 

Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Phenoxyethanol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium Edta, Acrylonitrile / Methyl Methacrylate / Vinylidene Chloride, Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Paraffin, Copper Gluconate. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides.

This product was gifted to me.