Saturday, 10 April 2010

Maybelline Foundation Review: Dream Creamy & Superstay 24h

Superstay 24H Foundation
Picture from Google Images

I purchased Maybelline Superstay 24 hour primarily based on the colour range, 005 Light Beige matches me perfectly. I've been trying out this foundation for just over a week now, I've worn it through the day and I've worn it out for drinks in the night. Overall, I've had some mixed feelings about it so it's probably best to break it down into:

  • Maybelline's claims on the lasting power are something I have to agree with, it looked just as good as when I applied it when it came time to remove it. When going out in the evenings I had no need for touch-ups, and it did last in a humid environment.
  • Coverage – like nearly all foundations I applied this with both a duo fibre brush and then a MAC 109 brush for areas that needed more coverage. I feel like this is a medium coverage that can certainly be built up to a full. If you're looking for a lightweight foundation this probably isn't it.
  • Despite not feeling this is a lightweight foundation, the formulation feels a lot lighter in comparison to Revlon Colourstay – which feels much thicker in comparison. Superstay is much more of a liquid formulation (or runnier to simplify).
  • No need to powder after application as it sets to a matte finish.
  • As I've mentioned before despite having dry skin I'm prone to some hormonal acne around my chin and I don't like wearing heavyweight foundation around this area despite wanting full coverage to mask light acne scarring. This not only covered well but didn't break me out at all whilst using it. The formulation of this is oil-free and claims to not clog pores.

Dislikes -
  • Dry Skin – this foundation did not stand up well against dry areas of my face. It definitely made dry skin stand out more as it clung to it more, this was amplified by the matte finish. This is why I prefer a dewy finish as I feel it's much more suited to my skin type. If you have dry skin I would recommend exfoliation and moisturising well if you're thinking of using this foundation as when my skin was dry this is what I had to do. I don't have to do this with Revlon Colourstay foundation and it sets to a more dewy finish on me.

Overall I give it a 3.5/5.
I don't think I'd repurchase as the formulation isn't ideal for my skin type – I think this is more suited to normal/oily skin category due to the matte finish. I don't think a foundation has to have a matte finish to last well and I'll be going back to using my Revlon Colourstay.

Dream Creamy Foundation
Picture from Google Images

Maybelline Dream Creamy foundation I purchased for the full £7.99 as I missed the introductory reduced price. This foundation is also the one I've been testing for the longest amount of time being just over a month. Maybelline claim this foundation is “Specifically designed for normal to dry skin”. The breakdown:

  • Coverage – I needed to apply this foundation sparingly as I found it to have more of a full coverage compared to a medium. The coverage is fantastic even when applied sparingly using a duo fibre brush, or built up more using a MAC 109.
  • The finish although slightly matte, is less matte than the Superstay 24 which is just my personal preference as I don't like a totally flat finish.
  • It photographs well – I tend to use this foundation when photographing makeup looks for my blog.

Dislikes -
  • Colour range – despite getting the lightest shade: 04 Light Porcelain it's slightly too dark for me. As you can see below the Superstay 24h is paler. Looking at the Maybelline site the colour range is a lot more limited for this foundation in comparison to the Superstay also.
  • The main thing that irritated me about this foundation is that it clings to dry skin, and again as it has a somewhat matte finish it only amplifies this. As Maybelline marketed this as being moisturising and "Specifically designed for normal to dry skin" I strongly have to disagree. I found this foundation only worked well on well moisturised skin.
  • The packaging – although this is a solid cream foundation, I don't like that I have to dip my brush into the container repeatedly for the thought of bacteria build up especially being prone to break outs around the chin area.
  • The coverage – although I like the coverage at times it's a love-hate relationship as I don't always want such a heavy coverage. I had to apply this sparingly. If you applied it like a regular foundation you'd end up looking somewhat plastic as it covers EVERYTHING and can easily look cakey. I found I could even use this foundation as a concealer when using lighter coverage foundations.

Overall I give it a 3/5.
I wouldn't repurchase as although the Maxfactor Miracle Touch foundaiton is more expensive the formulation is a lot nicer than the Maybelline and doesn't have the cakey high coverage feel that this foundation does. I feel this foundation is best suited to normal skin types more than anything, certainly not dry.

Please note that this review is based on my personal experience with these foundations. As everyone's skin is different what doesn't work for me might be ideal for you.


  1. Great post, really interesting to see the comparison of these. Annoyingly maybelline don't seem to make any shades light enough for me.

  2. I looked at the 24superstay foundation but got a bit confused, there are about 4 light shades and usually with other brands i just have to pick the 01 and im sorted lol. It does sound good how its so long lasting and not quite as heavy as colourstay, i find that so hard to work with sometimes.

  3. This was a good and honest review....I have been wanting to try the SuperStay for some time now...I do have normal/oily skin so I think it may work for me...I guess it won't hurt to give it a try. I have been using Gosh's foundation for awhile now and have been wanting to see if there is anything out there that I may like better :)