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Maybelline New York

Master Blur Stick by FaceStudio

0.30 fl. oz. for $ 7.99
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Maybelline’s Master Blur Stick by FaceStudio is pore-blurring primer stick and although it’s not ideal for everyone, it does make good on its claim to blur pores and prime skin for makeup.

One or two swipes from this creamy swivel-up stick smooths skin texture and “fills in” large pores, instantly making them less apparent. Further help comes from the formula’s matte finish, although if you have oily skin this doesn’t work well to keep excess shine at bay.

The drawback is that the waxes that keep this in stick form can build up and clog pores, possibly leading to pores getting bigger and, potentially, breakouts. This won’t happen to everyone but if you’re breakout-prone, think twice before using this.

Maybelline offers two tints and a colorless shade that anyone can use. The Light/Medium shade is sheer enough to work on fair skin, while the Medium/Tan shade—also sheer—works best for tan to slightly darker skin tones. Most deep skin tones and those with very fair skin will find the colorless option works best.

Note that although the colorless shade looks solid white in the package, it applies to skin truly colorless, meaning no white cast.

If you have any skin type except oily, the matte finish this leaves behind can begin to feel drying unless your foundation provides hydration. That’s one more thing to keep in mind before purchasing this; by far the primary reason to get it is minimizing the look of large pores and creating a smooth canvas for makeup.

Pros:
  • Glides on to instantly minimize large pores.
  • Nicely preps skin for makeup.
  • Sheer, workable tints + a colorless option anyone can use.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • The finish can feel a bit drying unless you have oily skin.
  • Not recommended if you’re prone to clogged pores or acne.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

FaceStudio Master Blur Stick Primer is Maybelline's 1st one stroke skin blurring tool. Achieve a smooth and seamless starting point for your makeup look with this pore minimizing primer stick. This no-mess essential is available in a universally flattering hue and range of skin-matching shades.

Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ozokerite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica Silylate, Perlite, Laureth-4, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides], F.I.L. D215026/2.

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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