I first tried this foundation *just* for an "it's summer, and it feels like a waste to use my $34 Fenty foundation when 30 seconds after leaving my apartment I'm covered in sweat" option. I thought I'd just use it on vacation (I live in a constant fear of forgetting my makeup bag somewhere), on days I was like "eh," that sort of thing. That's kind of how I felt about the Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation, which tons and tons and tons of people love — it was good, it worked, but in the end I preferred my usual high-end foundations. But the SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation? This "it'll-be-my-backup-foundation" has quickly become my morning go-to. I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION and I want to shout it from the rooftops. I recently turned my best friend onto it (die-hard MAC foundation wearer), and after buying it, she immediately texted me how impressed she was by the application and coverage.
The first time I applied this to my face I thought, "hot damn!" It has a thicker consistency than many foundations, but somehow just *melts* into your skin, never creasing, caking, or settling into pores. The formula covers redness and any acne/acne scars with just a few taps. It's incredible, full coverage without looking like you're wearing a ton of makeup! And it NEVER CAUSES SHINE! With every other foundation I've used, around 3 p.m. I have a super shiny forehead I need to blot a full two times. Not with this (note: I also recently switched my daytime moiturizer to Burts Bees Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, which is under $10, amazing, and 100% helps with the afternoon shine factor). And the foundation isn't totally matte either — it gives a luminous quality to your face that looks totally natural, like you just have really nice skin. That's a win.
Right now it's available in 16 shades, which is a pretty small range, but the formula is so great, it's definitely worth a try (I wear the shade "fair porcelain" for reference). Maybelline, this formula is A-MAZING, please make it in even more shades, too! —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in 16 shades).