Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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"Super Stay 24hr" - doesn't stay for 24 minutes!
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Foundation
Member Name: Stephoohla
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Foundation
Advantages: Fab texture and applies like a dream!
Disadvantages: Pricey, doesn't last, doesn't smell great
To start with, lets just say I have very mixed and confused opinions about this product.
Let me explain.
For a long time I have been using a Rimmel foundation and a Rimmel powder to apply in the morning before I go to work. Throughout the day I have to keep applying powder to stop my face from becoming sticky, and it does get tiresome. Because of a bit of hayfever, I tend to blow my nose a lot. Holding a tissue over my nose so many times tends to drag the makeup off my nose and inner part of my cheeks, and I end up looking a bit weird! So I've been in search of a perfect product that I can use - ideally a foundation that doesn't need powder over the top of it.
I picked this up in Boots (also available in Superdrug) for the pricey sum of £7.99. I predicted that for that price, it would work.
I know in the world of makeup, £7.99 doesn't really break the bank as opposed to more expensive products, but for me it is a lot (I usually spend under a fiver on foundation).
The packaging was what drew me into this product. It's very attractive. It is in a clear bottle, so you can easily see the colour of the foundation. The lid is also clear, sp you can see the white pump underneath. The writing on the bottle is hot-pink and silver and promised me "Super Stay 24hr". I decided to splash out and buy it, hoping it would give me this promised "24hr" protection.
When I got home I tried it out. Firstly, I was really impressed with its texture. So many foundations I've tried are cakey and thick - which is a nightmare to apply to my fair skin. Super Stay 24hr was creamy and smooth, even a bit runny. I've had problems using runny foundation in the past, but I didn't want to give up yet.
I applied this foundation with my fingers to my bare skin. I found it very easy to blend and it did cover up my face quite nicely. Not perfectly - I could still see spots and a few blemishes. The foundation did feel very sticky on my face - this really disappointed me.
I realised instantly I was going to have to apply powder over the top to get rid of the stickiness and also cover up any blemishes.
I'm quite demanding of my makeup as I need it to last through quite a long day. I wake up at 7am and apply my make up straightaway. I leave for work at 8am. I tend not to leave work until about 6pm, and get home at 7pm. That's a 12hr day that my makeup has got to get me through.
Well, this product promises 24hr, so can I trust it?
No, to be frank.
I started off a typical morning with this foundation then applying powder.
By the time I got to work at 9am I could already feel my face becoming sticky. So I re-applied with a tiny bit of powder.
An hour or so later, I felt it becoming sticky again.
So I applied a bit of powder.
This cycle went on until lunchtime.
Lunchtime I looked into the mirror in my work toilets and my makeup looked dreadful. It was patchy and as though it had broken up across my face. I felt my self-confidence fading away and my self-consciousness creeping in, and knew I had to sort this out. So I ended up going to Boots, buying makeup remover and additional bits of makeup and went back to work to re-apply my face.
I tried this foundation the next day and had the exact same problem. I even tried not re-applying my powder in case it was the constant applications that was making the foundation break up across my face. It got to lunchtime and I still had the same issue and my face was super sticky as I wasn't using powder to cover up. Needless to say, I re-applied my foundation that lunchbreak to cover me for the afternoon, and then I went back to my usual foundation the following day.
Another downside to this product is the smell - it has a rubbery, plasticky odour. It's not foul or unbearable, but it's the sort of smell that if someone went into kiss you, they may think "Eurgh - what is that?"
I was so disappointed with this product. I think because of the wicked packaging and price tag I was expecting it to be a really great foundation - but it failed me.
Summary: Some great points to this product, but not enough to outweigh the fact it doesn't stay on