Monday, 8 May 2017

New makeup releases from Maybelline

Testing out new makeup products is one of my favourite things to do (alongside skincare) and I guess that's the reason why my collection is so out of control :) Trying out new makeup with the hope it will be the next best thing, seeing how it compares to other products from the same category is exciting and fun so, although I don't need anything new I can't help but keep getting some new products every month.
I bought a few things over the last weeks and I want to share with you my thoughts on them so you can decide if they're worth your money. Today I will focus on some new releases from Maybelline because there have been quite  a few new additions to their range lately.
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation, Maybelline Super Stay Primer, Maybelline The Eraser Eye Brightener, Maybelline Master Color Bronze and Highlighting palette

I'm forever looking for the perfect foundation primer, especially with a wallet friendly price tag, so I got excited to see this Maybelline offering. It promises to mattify and smooth the skin and extend the wear time of foundation.
And I have to say it is brilliant! It reminds me of Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer in terms of texture and performance. Its consistency is very liquidy but it spreads and absorbs into the skin in seconds leaving smoother skin's surface without any greasy residue. It doesn't do much in terms of blurring large pores but it evens out nicely the skin's texture so it's well prepared for makeup application. What the primer does really well it's keeping my oils at bay and make my makeup last much longer. I've been using it every day for over a week, tested it with different foundations and I am impressed!
My skin isn't very oily so I'm not sure how effective the primer would be for those of you who struggle with excess oiliness but for the price is definitely worth trying.
I also didn't find it drying at all even though it's meant to keep the skin matte so I think normal to dry skin types would also benefit from this primer.
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation, Maybelline Super Stay Primer, Maybelline The Eraser Eye Brightener,
From left: Eraser Eye Concealer in Brightener, Dream Cushion Foundation in Nude, Superstay 24H Primer
I've been a fan of the original Eraser Eye Concealer for a long time so when the Brightener version has been finally released in UK (only a few years after US, lol!) I just had to try it. As you can see from the swatch above it's really pink toned but thanks to this it works brilliantly at brightening the under eye area.
On days when I wear very minimal makeup I can get away with using just this concealer but if I want extra coverage then I conceal my under eye dark circles with my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which offers great coverage but the shade I bought is too dark to highlight with so I add the Maybelline Brightener on top and I'm left with the perfectly concealed and brightened under eyes.
The formula is the same as of the original Eraser Eye Concealer, creamy, easy to blend and fairly creaseless (once set with powder).
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation
This was the new launch from Maybelline that I was the most excited about. I've read on US blogs some good reviews of this cushion foundation so as soon as I saw it available in UK I grabbed one.
I've never tried cushion foundations before as they all seemed to dewy with too light coverage for me but the Maybelline Dream Cushion seemed to be a bit different. I've worn this foundation only twice so these are my first impressions but I have to say that I like it.
To start with the sponge applicator it comes with is useless for me, I don't like how it applies the foundation so I used my beauty blender to do it, I just dipped it in the sponge just like I would do with the provided applicator.
The foundation melts into the skin seamlessly without accentuating any dryness or fine lines. It has very natural finish, not matte but also not dewy, just makes the skin look perfected and healthy. The coverage is very much adjustable from light to good medium as you can easily build up the foundation without it looking cake-y. It also doesn't feel heavy on the skin, it doesn't gather in large pores or wrinkles, it's very comfortable to wear.
It's not the most long lasting foundation though but applied over the Maybelline Superstay 24H Primer it lasted on my skin for 8 hrs without getting patchy or disappearing completely, it wore off slightly on my nose and chin but that's usually the case with most foundations for me, apart from the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation which is unbeatable in terms of lasting power on me.
The first day I wore the Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation without any primer or setting powder and it still lasted well about 6 hrs on my skin but it got very dewy around the 4 hour mark.
I will be testing this foundation out some more but my first impressions are really good. I think it would suit many skin types, especially those with more normal and dry skin, those with oily skin will definitely need mattifying primer and set the foundation with powder.
The only negative so far I have is the value for money, you only get 16g of product and pay more then you usually would for drugstore foundation so that's worth considering before purchasing it.
Maybelline Master Bronze Color and Highlighting Kit

Maybelline Master Bronze Color and Highlighting Kit swatches
How pretty is this cheek palette? As soon as I saw it, the bronzers shades reminded me the By Terry Sun Designer palette I got last year in Space NK sale, they're mostly warm toned which I love for bronzing my face and adding some definition.
All the powders in this palette are very soft and easy to blend but you have to use light hand with those bronzers as they're very pigmented. I like to use duo-fibre brush which tend to pick up less product and spread it evenly. The  bronzer shades have satin finish so they don't look flat on the skin, they're definitely not shimmery but add very subtle luminosity which look so pretty, especially for Summer. They last all day on my skin without getting patchy. I really like the fact that I can mix and match the shades depending if I want a warmer or cooler tone of bronzer.
The highlighter is a pretty champagne gold, it's quite subtle and needs to be build up quite a bit if you like intense highlight. For me it's OK as I prefer subtle highlight, especially on everyday basis but I can imagine not everyone will be happy with it. But as far as the texture and formula go it's as good as the bronzers.
Have you tried any of these new Maybelline products?


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