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REVIEW: SuperStay 24hr Foundation and Concealer by Maybelline

Everybody and their dog is after foundation and concealer that will keep you looking fresh af from dawn til dusk (or dusk til dawn, if that’s how you roll), so when I came across the Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr foundation and concealer I had to see if this would end that search.  I’m not sure I’ve ever needed my makeup to last a full 24 hours but the idea that it could if I really wanted it to caught my eye.

Maybelline tells us that the foundation uses “micro-flex technology” (which is 100% a term they made) that helps the product to resist movement throughout the day and,  I would imagine they are implying, help it to last 24 hours.  So did they live up to my lofty expectations? Read on to find out.

THE PACKAGING

I actually quite like the packaging! Whilst the hefty glass bottle of the foundation makes it impractical for travel, it looks sleek and feels of expensive quality. The foundation also comes with a pump, always a huge tick.  The concealer tube is neither here nor there, it’s fine.

As for the labels, something that irritates me about drugstore products is that the labels/writing often wear away from rattling around it my makeup bag or foundation draw.  I have had both of these for quite a while and the labels still look brand new! It’s something small, but I appreciate it.

THE PRICE

This foundation will set you back AU$24.95 for 30mL, and the concealer AU$14.95 for 7.5mL which is by no means the cheapest drugstore foundation on the market.  It is still, however, a far cry from high-end or luxury foundation prices.

THE FINISH

The finish is somewhere between matter and satin, I guess you could call it a “natural” finish, with medium but buildable coverage.  This means you can wear it for every day or amp it up for night time or big events. The concealer is leaning more towards full coverage.

However, this is where the product really lost points for me.  No matter how I applied this it left my skin looking heavy and cakey.

One application with a drop of oil (the best way I found to apply it…still not crazy about it)

The concealer in particular left my under-eyes looking really seriously atrocious.  And it got worse over time! Even when I thought I’d thinned it out with some facial oil and it looked okay initally, it somehow ended up looking like a dry, creased and cakey mess a few hours later.  I was always desperate to take it off when I looked in a mirror and regretted wearing it every single time.

The foundation was pretty similar. Whilst the finish was improved by adding a drop of facial oil, it still looked cakey after a few hours wear.  I tried applying it with my hands, with a beauty sponge, with a brush, with and without a drop of oil, with a finishing spray and without; no matter what I did it just didn’t sit well on my skin.

I do have dry-combination skin, so this may have played a part in this.  If you have oily skin this may work in your favour!

With a full face of makeup – no setting powder as that makes it cake up even more

THE WEAR

The concealer really did last all day long without any movement or diminishing in coverage.  However, as I mentioned for every single one of those hours, it looked cakey and hideous and I was desperate to get home and take it off.  I particularly remember looking in the mirror after work one day and being mortified that I had been walking around looking like a pale, old lady all day.  The creasing was the worst I have ever experienced.

The foundation didn’t last as well as the concealer, but it also wasn’t as cakey as the concealer.  Which says more about how shockingly cakey the concealer was than the finish of the foundation, because it was still pretty heavy.  It ended up leaving my skin looking dull and unhealthy, which is the total opposite of what I was hoping to get from this “24hr fresh look” foundation.

the verdict

Huge, massive thumbs down from me.  I have honestly been avoiding doing this review because I don’t want to put this foundation back on my skin for photos. I just can’t even.  This may be the worst foundation and concealer I have ever used.  I know that sounds super negative and dramatic but that’s how shitty I looked at the end of the day when I wore these. I would honestly prefer my makeup to fade than leave me looking like a cake face as this did.

If you have oily skin, perhaps this won’t be an issue for you. But honestly, I wouldn’t risk it.

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts? Can you recommend any other long-wearing foundations?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

 

 

Easy and Affordable Everyday Fall Makeup Look

So, we’ve been in denial, but it is officially Autumn for the southern hemisphere population.  As usual, summer flew by and already Autumn is crawling by at snail’s pace. However, Autumn brings with it the permission to don those gorgeous fall colours that we all love and just don’t seem appropriate in the summer sunshine (but, by all means, you do you! Ain’t no seasonal changes gonna tell you how to do your makeup!).

To kickstart (a month in) our fall makeup for the year, we’ve put together an autumnal makeup look that is perfect for everyday but still pretty enough to wear on a date, or out to dinner, or wherever your fall activities take you!

BASE


Of extra importance as the weather starts to cool, is skin prep.  The cold weather dries skin out, so make sure you start with a great hydrating moisturiser to ensure the makeup sits of the skin nicely.

I’m using a particularly luminous foundation, which aren’t notorious for the staying power, so to make sure my foundation lasts me all day, I’m priming with the Rimmel Stay Matte primer.  For foundation I’m using an old favourite, the L’Oreal Lumi Magique liquid foundation in the shade N1.  This combination of primer and foundation leaves you with a natural glow, but ensures you won’t end up in oil-slick territory.

Onto concealer, where I’m branching out and trying a new product! The Models Prefer Argan Infusion concealer in the shade light.  This is my first time using this product but so far I am really impressed; hydrating and medium coverage, keep your eyes peeled for a review.

To set my t-zone I’m using one of my new favourite translucent powders, the Australis Ready, Set, Go finishing powder.  This reminds me so much of the Tarte Smooth Operater finishing powder, and for a fraction of the price.  Just a light dusting sets my makeup without making me look cakey.

BROWS


For brows I’m using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in brunette.  I’m not sure this is worth the “as good at the Anastasia Brow Wizz” hype that it gets, but it is still a brilliant brow pencil.

In Autumn I like my brows to be bold (tbh, I like my brows to be bold in all the other seasons too, but…) to balance out the darker fall colours.

CHEEKS


This look is making use of a great afforable makeup pallete, the BH Cosmetics X Ashley Tisdale Illuminate Face & Eye Palette in Beach Goddess.  For the incredibly low price (even including shipping to Australia) this pallete is fantastic quality and value! Highly recommend if you’re after an all-in-one palette but don’t feel like forking out for high-end alternatives.  We’ll do a review soon!

We warmed up with face using the bronzer Seychelles, blushed using Bermuda and highlighted – BH highlights are amaze! – using St. Lucia.  This combo gives you a natural english-rose-that-got-a-bit-of-sun (an Australian rose, if you will) look that I love.

EYES


Using the same BH Cosmetics Palette, to set my eye and cover any veins I used Cabo.
The only thing this palette is missing is a transition shade for my skintone, but luckily the bronzer (Seychelles) works really well! I worked this in just above my crease, making sure to blend really well.  Just below that, right in the crease (as well as along my lower lash line) I used Aruba to create definition.  Again blend, blend, blend; that’s the key to this look being natural enough to wear on the daily.

In the outer corner, and down onto the outer third of my lower eyelid, I blended Barbados to create depth and the illusion of bigger cat-like eyes.  A dash of Bora Bora on the inner corner for a bit of bling, and Tahiti along the brow bone to highlight and also clean up all the blending I’d done.


For Lashes I used an old fave, the I <3 Extreme Volume waterproof mascara by Essence (see my full review here).  The waterproof aspect of this mascara makes it perfect for daytime, especially in fall when you never know what the weather is going to bring!

LIPS


My favourite part of fall are the lip colours, they honestly make my heart skip a beat! For every day I like to use a dark dusty pink colour, for this look I used the Maybelline Color Drama lipstick pencil in the shade 630 Nude Perfection.  It really is… “nude perfection”.

And that’s the finished look! What do you think? What are your favourite products and looks for fall?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

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MASCARA MARCH – Lash Sensational Washable Mascara by Maybelline

Washable? What does that mean? I have scoured the internet trying to find out what on earth Maybelline means when they call this mascara ‘washable’, I found nadda. If you are clued in on this mystery please please please let me know what a washable mascara entails!  Anyway, we are going to ignore that tiny detail for now and get on with the review of Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline.

Every blogger and their dog has been singing from the rooftops about there love of this mascara, so does it live up to the hype?

VOLUME: Not bad! Not bad at all.  Not as great at The Colossal Leather Black mascara by Maybelline, but still pretty bloody great. It’s a natural volume that can work on a every day basis or into a darker night-time look (unlike the colossal mascara which jumps straight to the latter). This is definitely going to become a staple for me.


LENGTH: For me this is where this mascara delivers, it adds some serious length. The major selling point of this mascara is the special fanning brush which supposedly has ten layers of bristles to help give your lashes a “full fan effect”.  My long, thin lashes easily clump up with lengthening mascaras, but not with this bad boy. Very impressed!

RECOMMEND?: Definitely! I can see why everyone is so impressed by this mascara, it is high-end quality, and for only AU$21.95.  That price is by no means super cheap, but it is still well below the price of high-end mascaras that do exactly the same job (I’m looking at you Benefit Roller Lash).

Have you tried any other Maybelline mascaras? What were your thoughts? Let me know in comments!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – The Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara by Maybelline

All the advertising around this mascara when it was first released really sucked me in! Seeing the same ad before every single YouTube video I watched with the insanely voluminous lashes had me making a special trip to purchase it; I needed that kind of lash volume in my life like yesterday.

Did the Maybelline marketing team lead me astray? Read on to find out..

VOLUME: Okay, so I don’t look quite like the chick in the ad.  But I’m going to go out on a limb and say they aren’t her real lashes (and if they are, I need some of those genes in my family line asap, have you got a brother?).  Having said that, I am pretty damn happy with the volume this mascara gives me! My lashes are long, but they are very much lacking in the volume department, and this mascara masks that amazingly.  Huge tick from me – 12/10.

LENGTH: Again, big tick.  This increases the length of my lashes without clumping them together, something that is a rare find, particularly in drugstore mascaras.  I think it’s something to do with the shape of the brush (Maybelline calls it their first “super-loading brush”), whatever it is it’s working.


COLOUR: I’m not really sure what the difference between regular black mascara and “leather black” mascara is, to be honest.  Is it more matte? Their website just says it will give you “leather black intensity”…which gives me zero information on what that means and I remain at a loss, oh well.  So, it’s black, it’s got great pigmentation and I have nothing negative to say about the colour.

PRICE: At AU$19.95, it’s not the cheapest mascara on the market, but it’s not going to break the bank. Worth the price, in my opinion.

RECOMMEND?: Hell yes.  This is a massive call, but I think I may prefer this over the Benefit They’re Real…don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Aussies can buy their’s here.

Have you tried the regular The Colossal mascara by Maybelline? How do you think it compares to the Leather Black version? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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