I won’t say I’m a brand snob when it comes to cosmetics but I am a stickler for performance and not many affordable brands quite hit the mark. However, I’m as happy as the next girl to find something inexpensive that works as it promises.
A new budget discovery is the Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra – Shine Free Powder foundation which is a mouthful so we’ll call it Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra coverage foundation.
The round flat compact came in handy when I took it on my travels. Its inexpensive enough that I did not have to worry in case it got lost or shattered in transit. I’d never tried the pale green compact which is medium coverage – I instead went for the new blue compact which is full coverage. The compact powder foundation promises full coverage and matte shine free application while it does not clog pores.
Mine is 02 – Nude Beige though I’d have prefered it being one notch lighter for me. Still, 02 is the lightest shade available so it’d have to do!
Budget foundation with full coverage and SPF20 PA+++
The Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra coverage foundation does as it promises. I get a relatively full coverage without looking terribly cakey or made up. I do use my Everyday Minerals flat top brush to apply the powder for a smoother look. The thin sponge included does the job in a pinch but if you rely on it, it can look streaky. In the alternative, get a thicker sponge applicator from any beauty supply store.
After application, my skin feels soft and velvety like how it does when I use higher end powder foundation like Paul & Joe powder foundation or the I Nuovi Facefix UV. Its light on my skin and does not make me feel or look like I’m wearing a mask provided I don’t cake it on.
Matte Shine Free look that lasts
My skin looks and stays matte and does not get oily. That said, do note that while I have combination-dry skin, the dry parts don’t look cakey and the oily parts do not shine like a beacon in the night. Its pretty decent!
I tramped all over Bangkok in the hot sun with this powder on. Yes it wipes off with sweat but at least I did not look like an oil slick so by the time I stepped into the cool air-conditioned confines of Siam Paragon shopping centre (think up market) and looked into the mirror, I was still looking halfway decent and a quick touch up put me back in the land of the living.
The Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra Shine Free Powder Foundation (full coverage blue compact) is available from all Maybelline counters and retails for maybe RM29.90 or so (Due to failing memory, I’ll confirm once I get the exact price) RM22.90. It comes in 4 shades to hopefully suit most Asian skintones. Affordable budget foundation that works and makes an excellent travel partner!
Pros: Inexpensive, Light on the skin, Medium-full coverage and skin stays relatively shine free
Cons: If you’re very fair, 02 may still be a tad too dark since its full coverage, Sponge applicator is too thin and smells rubbery
Have you tried this one or the Medium Coverage (pale green compact) one? How do you like it?
Can you believe its ALREADY Wednesday? It seems like just yesterday I got back to the office. Wait a minute… it WAS yesterday I got back to the office! 😀 I love short weeks don’t you? 🙂