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Hellooooo you guuuuys! I’m back with a bunch of quick makeup reviews on a number of Maybelline products on dark skin: Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer, and Maybelline Fit Me Blush. Let’s go!
Yes, I know it’s been a while but things have been getting a bit hectic on my end. I am currently multi-jobbed, so in addition to running this blog and all the gigs that come from it, I’m also doing some freelance marketing consulting, working on a new site, and have some really cool events and appearances coming up. I have to give praise to the Almighty because I told you guys how last year had me ashy as all get out. Gotta give God the praise.
Then I had jury duty which took me out for two days but it feels like I’m two weeks behind on work. Blah. At any rate, make sure you’re subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss any new posts and updates.
Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage Foundation
This foundation is so dope! It’s pretty similar to the Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation in terms of wear and quality except you’ll get more coverage. Maybelline sent me shade 360 Mocha and shade 362 Truffle. Because these are full coverage foundations and are quite pigmented, you definitely want to make sure you get the right shade or it will be very obvious you’re wearing the wrong shade. 360 Mocha was my closet shade match. In the Fit Me Matte and Poreless, I wear shade 360 Mocha as well, but shade 365 Nutmeg can work for me when I tan (I get redder in undertone but not necessarily darker in color sometimes when I tan).
I can’t think of a time when I would need to wear a foundation for 24 hours, so I can’t comment on that claim, but it does hold up pretty well. I have oily skin (and the temperature was pretty mild—over 60 degrees) and wore it out for about 8 hours without touching up and my skin was shiny but not crazily shiny. I purposely didn’t touch up to test it, so I’m sure I’d be fine with some minor blotting needed throughout the day depending on the weather and my activities. Make sure you check out How to Stay Beat in the Heat to learn more about keeping your makeup put.
I do hope Maybelline extends the shade range here like they did for the Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation which has 40 shades (see swatches of the darker shades here). Most of you may not find a good match in the Superstay, but may find one in Fit Me Matte and Poreless.
There is a Foundation Finder on the Maybelline site to help you find your shade.
This isn’t major (but can be…lol) but I wish these had black tops because the white gets messy so quickly and easily.
See more foundation reviews & swatches here
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer
I don’t typically use concealer to cover imperfections since my foundation usually covers it up for me and I don’t always need to add concealer. I do use a cream concealer when I highlight, but that’s more about bringing out certain features vs covering imperfections.
When it comes to concealer though, one person can use a number of different concealer colors depending on what they plan to cover. If you’re looking to brighten your under eye area, that’s going to be a different color concealer than if you were looking to cover dark spots on your chin or forehead. As women with deeper skin tones, we need a variety of concealer shades—ones that match our skin tone as well as ones that are the right color and undertone to brighten. That said, I am disappointed in the shade range for Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer. Yes, some of us may be able to find a shade that matches well, but there are a whole lot of us who won’t find a shade match that works for all our concealer needs at all. The deepest shade Hazelnut (148) was okay for me to use to slightly brighten/highlight (although I prefer a cream concealer to highlight as it’s easier to work with) but if I wanted to cover darkness under my eyes, I would need to use another concealer that better matches my skin tone underneath and then maybe use this to brighten. The other lighter shades are either too light or the wrong undertone for me to use to highlight—but this concealer is marketed as a dark circle eraser so no fault on Maybelline there.
But if I only wanted to cover darkness under my eyes, I wouldn’t have a great shade match here and we all know there are SO MANY women who have darker skin than mine. The formula is great though, we need more shades.
I do find the applicator to look messy—I appreciate the applicator built into the wand, but it’s not the best tool for blending so I would have preferred no applicator at all as the caps can get pretty messy.
P.S. I have Fit Me Concealer in shade Cafe 30 pictured and swatched but it’s too light and wrong undertone to work for me.
See more concealer reviews & swatches here
Maybelline Fit Me Blush
LOVE. THESE. I can remember a time when barely any blushers at the drugstore could work on dark skin. Thankfully that is long behind us, as many brands (i.e. Black Opal, Black Radiance, Milani, NYX, L’Oreal, etc.) have bold, pigmented blush shades. General rule for blush: the darker your skin, the brighter the blush. Don’t be scared! Our rich hues need the bold colors in order for them to show up properly on our skin. You can check out more in my Blush for Dark Skin posts here and Blush Basics for Dark Skin video here.
Maybelline sent me shades Plum (45), Wine (50), and Berry (55). Plum wasn’t rich enough for my skin tone, but may work for you if you’re lighter than me. Wine and Berry were perfect on (they’re similar in color but Berry is bolder than Wine on me). They also lasted throughout most of my testing day (about eight hours) but make sure you check out my Stay Beat in the Heat video to learn more about how to keep your makeup on longer.
So that’s that! Again, make sure you’re subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss posts like these :)
P.S. PLEASE watch the video demos. I put in effort to make those to help you guys get as close to what the product looks like as possible. It’s hard to believe but photos of product on me are harder for me to do (and take longer to get the right shot to showcase the product properly than a video does), so please watch the videos. They’re short and there’s no sound on them ;)