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.