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Anyone up for a stroll down the Maybelline aisle? You had best be nodding your head, because that it is exactly what we're going to do. More specifically, Maybelline face essentials (think foundation, powder, contour, and highlight.) Ready?
Ahh, the cushion! I'm a fan of the format/formula so I was excited to see what Maybelline had to offer in the area. The Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation is pretty typical for a cushion foundation, what with a sponge-like foam applicator and snap down packaging to keep the cushion from drying out.
While I like the formula, as it blends very easily and offers buildable coverage, I found the shades to be a bit off for me. I tend to fall somewhere between the lightest and second lightest shade in drugstore foundations, but shade 20 Classic Ivory is too yellow/deep for me. There is only one lighter option in the range, so I don't think this will be a viable option for the super fair skinned. It didn't' stop me form giving this a wear test though, and I have to say, I was very pleased with how this wore on my drier skin. It lasts nicely over an 8 hour period, but did begin to fade pretty quickly after.
In the powder foundation format, the SuperStay Better Skin Transforming Powder. The powder is nicely packaged for on-the go application / touch ups with a slim compact with full mirror and sponge applicator. The powder is very smooth, with a soft feel that lacks a powdery look when applied.This offers a sheer coverage, but can easily be built up in areas where you want more coverage. I don't think this will be a great stand alone foundation (unless you're looking for sheer coverage just to even skin tone) but this would pair very nicely with a BB or tinted moisturizer.
I have the shade 25 Nude Beige, which is too dark for for me, but it is worth noting that this range is only home to six shades, most of which run on the darker side- there are just two lighter options. The formula does blend seamlessly, so an exact match isn't a necessity, but you may want to peek at a tester if you're on the lighter side.
Drugstore highlighters can be a tricky road to travel as you never know where glitter is lurking, so I'm pleased to report that the Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter is glowing perfection. The cream stick has an easily bendable formula that boasts a soft, radiant glow on skin.
The shade Light/Iridescent offers a pinky glow that works nicely on the high points of the face, but you can also dab a little on skin prior to foundation for an added radiance.
Lastly, a bit of contour and matte highlighting. The innovative Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick offers a cream contour and matte highlight shade in one twist up stick. The duo stick has a creamy formula that blends easily (but is best set with powder) to contour and highlight with ease. The Light shades are a great match of lighter skin tones, as the contour shade has a cool tone and the highlight is fairly neutral to work on most in the light skinned spectrum.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in 100 Light / Iridescent | Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick Contour & Highlight in 00 Light
Overall, some great options from Maybelline! Even though contouring isn't an everyday process for me, I quite like the ease of the Duo Stick. What do you think? See anything you need to try? Do you have any favourite Maybelline products?