Maybelline have had quite a few launches over the past few months, and they sent me a load to try. Here are my thoughts.
On the skin front, they’ve launched the Super Stay Makeup Extending Primer and Super Stay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray. Now, I was fully expecting to hate the primer, as it looked like it might be one of those highly slippery silicone formulas, but it’s not. It is a pale peach colour and has a milky texture, which somehow thickens when you rub it into the skin. It instantly smoothes the skin and works a treat on fine lines, creating a perfect makeup base. I tried it out with a few of my foundations, and all applied easier over the top of it.
Conversely I was expecting to adore the setting spray, but I’m lukewarm about it. Mainly because I find the mist is a little too strong – it leaves your face almost wet, no matter how far you hold the bottle away from your face. Once it dried, it does create a fresh-looking veil that lasts for hours, which is what you want from a setting spray. Be sure to shake it well before applying, though, as I didn’t the first time I used it, and ended up looking like an iguana with what looked like dried salt patches all over my skin.
The most exciting additions have to be the Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighters that come in Light Iridescent, Medium Nude Glow and Dark Gold. The formulas are fantastic; they apply easily and blend seamlessly. The stick packaging allows even a highlighting and strobing novices to hit the mark every time. The lightest one is a silver pink shade, medium a more champagne hue and dark is full on gold.
Two ranges have been added to the ColorSensational lip offering, too. The Loaded Bolds (R129.95) are a collection of full-spectrum shades that range from jet black through to bright white! They sent me Orange Danger and Midnight Merlot, both of which I love. It delivers full coverage colour in just one sweep and the creamy formula is super-comfortable on the lips.
The Mattes (R129.95) are just that, um, matte. I was sent Berry Bossy, which really didn’t suit my skin tone, and Fiery Fuchsia, which was right up my street. Formula-wise it is one of the better matte ones I’ve tried. It doesn’t drag when you apply it, blends well, but them stays put once it dries down into its velvet matte finish. You have to faff a bit more than you do with The Loaded Bolds to get an even finish, but most matte lipsticks have this issue, and I think the payoff is well worth it.
Next up, brows are treated to the genius Brow Precise Fiber Filler Brow Mascara (R109.95), which is available in 3 shades (Soft, Medium and Deep Brown). The formula contains tiny little fibers that boost brow volume, while adding a rich colour and delivering a natural looking, filled brows. I used the Deep Brown shade in the pic below.
The Blushed Nudes Palette (R249.95) is a total dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette at less than a third of the price. Yes, ok, they payoff is not as good as the Urban Decay, but you are getting 12 shadows for R250! The palette has been designed to be used as three quads, four trios or six duos, with little how-to pictures on the back sticker, making creating great looks super easy, even for beginners. The shades are quite shimmer-heavy, but it doesn’t translate too heavily onto the lid, thankfully, and fall-out is minimal to none (depending on the colour). If you are in the market for everyday, wearable shades, or are new to eyeshadow, this is the palette you need in your life.
And lastly, the big disappointment is The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara (R149.95). I’m a huge Maybelline Mascara fan girl, but they completely missed it with this one for me. The brush is just ridiculous and it is impossible to apply it without having to run a spooly through your lashes afterwards, unless you’re going for tarantula eyes. Below is a with/without comparison with one coat, but with about a minute of combing to get my lashes to separate. It absolutely lifts the lashes, but Maybelline have other, much better mascaras that do that, too, making this not worth the hype. Not good at all.