It has been a long, long, long time since I last bought a drugstore foundation. And with good reason. I have had the worst experiences with them both in terms of shades and what they do to my skin. But everyone and their mums seemed to be hyping this foundation so I thought I would give it a go.
First of all, finding it was a struggle. Apparently I had put off buying it until Maybelline decided to stop restocking stores as it was repackaging, rebranding, and adding a matte version of it; just my luck. Secondly, the few stores that did have some left, didn’t have it in anywhere near my shade. Finding it was an absolute stroke of luck as I walked into the beauty store next to campus one day and found they had one left in exactly my shade.
This foundation apparently has a very wide shade range but the darkest shades stocked at most local beauty stores in my area are about as dark as me with a tan; anyone darker would probably have to order it online. I did manage to find a foundation that was exactly my shade and the one thing that I did love about this foundation was that it’s very yellow-toned and that is something that did not exist in a lot of drugstore foundations when I was broke-ass teen who couldn’t afford anything high-end (I was orange for years).
My experience with this foundation was initially very positive, if any of you ever caught my original review on it, I was relatively satisfied with it: it matched my skin-tone perfectly, it didn’t oxidize and didn’t upset my skin. It wasn’t wow but it was pretty good, considering it was drugstore and all.
That quickly went downhill. The foundation slowly started to oxidize and over time, with every application, I steadily grew more and more orange. It was awful. I didn’t get any breakouts but the bumps I usually get on my forehead when I use drugstore foundations came back. I don’t know if it is an allergy to something but this never happens but I wear high-end foundations so clearly this foundation and those I used in my teens have something in them that really doesn’t agree with my skin.
Another thing that I originally had a problem with was it’s durability. I have worn it with and without primer, with and without a setting spray and my T-zone at the end of the day was looking more than a little oily. Granted, I probably should not be wearing dewy foundations anyway as I have oily skin. It goes without saying that this foundation is better suited for those with normal/dry skin.
The foundation isn’t anything wow, it definitely didn’t agree with my skin but considering it was drugstore, it could have been a lot worse. It’s very affordable and would be great for someone who cannot afford/doesn’t want higher-end foundation but I still struggle to recommend to it. It may not be the worst foundation on the drugstore market but I doubt it’s the best, there are probably better ones out there and I will find them.