My Favourite High Street Foundation – Review of Maybelline Super Stay

My Favourite High Street Foundation – Review of Maybelline Super Stay

I feel like I need to come out right at the start of this post and state that it’s in no way sponsored or endorsed by Maybelline. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with the occasional brand in the past, but I always disclose when I do, and I always let it be known when I’ve received a product in exchange for a review. So with that in mind, I’d like to confess my love for Maybelline Super Stay foundation. Because I bloody LOVE it.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Fresh Look Foundation

I first bought a bottle of this probably well over a year ago when I was in Boots one day and thought I’d try out something different to my usual Bourjois Healthy Mix. I’d been using Healthy Mix for a while and had been getting on OK with it initially, but there was something about it which I had started to like less and less; I don’t think it sat very well on my skin, and I remember getting a proper shiny forehead and cheeks if I hadn’t powdered enough. For anyone with dry skin, Healthy Mix would be your best friend trust me, but for Olive Oil over here, well let’s just say I definitely don’t need anything with a ‘glow’. I need matte, and lots of it.

Remember Dream Matte Mousse? God that takes me back years… I used to love it, and still think it’s a pretty decent foundation for its price. But then Maybelline rebranded and reformulated the foundation along with adding SPF to it. That might seem like a good idea, but I personally hate foundations with SPF in as I’d rather wear my own separate SPF moisturiser and then put make up on top.

It’s just a personal preference really, but the other reason why I don’t like SPF in foundation is because it creates the dreaded ‘flash-back’ in photos with flash turned on. It basically causes your face to appear white in flash photography because of the ingredients in SPF. Not the best of looks when the rest of you is looking bronzed from your fake tan but you’re rocking a Casper-esque head. Helloooo Spooky!

The problem with a lot of high street foundations from all the main brands though, is that they do contain SPF. Well not for Super Stay. And I think that’s one of the main reasons why I chose it at the time because I was curious to see how it would stand up to flash photography (which incidentally, it does REALLY well at).

The other thing which attracted me to Maybelline Super Stay is the fact that it offers a medium to full coverage, and promises to stay in place for a full 24 hours thank to ‘flex’ technology….now that all sounds very jazzy and to be totally honest with you I’m not convinced about the science behind brand marketing half as much as I used to be anymore.

But the whole Super Stay element does remind me of another foundation which costs three times the price of Maybelline Super Stay. I’ve used this other foundation before and loved it. It’s a holy grail for women around the world, it’s a best-seller both in store and online, and it’s consistently voted as one of the best foundations to have ever been created….I’m talking about none other than Estee Lauder Double Wear of course.

Now I’m not going to suggest that Maybelline Super Stay is the perfect dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear, because it isn’t. But what I will say is that they are both comparable in terms of excellent coverage, a demi-matte finish, and brilliant longevity on the face. One happens to be £8.99 and the other is £31.00. So there’s quite a difference.

Obviously Double Wear far outweighs Super Stay in terms of how much product you actually have to use for a full-face application (in case of Double Wear it’s a question of actually how little you need to use – because a tiny amount goes a really long way), but Maybelline Super Stay does an amazing job at staying on the face without anything like primer or setting powder, and it’s still pretty much in place after a full day of wear. It’s impressive, and I just hope to God that Maybelline don’t go and do to Super Stay what they did to the mousse and end up throwing SPF in for the hell of it. “If it aint broke and all that”.

Maybelline Super Stay is a foundation which I can see myself repurchasing again and again as I love it so much. For oilier-skinned girls such as moi, I think you’ll like this as it seems to absorb any excess grease whilst creating a smooth and full-coverage finish. The shade range isn’t too bad at all either, but as with all the brands there’s always more that they could add to the existing range. I like to use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to blend this in, or a blending sponge. Both deliver a nice finish, I think it’s just up to you what you prefer really.

All in all, this is by far my favourite high street foundation, and I would say it’s well worth a try next time you’re in your local Boots or Superdrug. It’s only £8.99 so a bargain to be had.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. I’m off to London this Saturday for BlogConLDN which I’m so excited about! I’ll be sure to take lots of pics and will blog all about the event next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Thanks so much for reading as always, and I’ll be back with a new post soon! x


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