Maybelline New York

Master Prime by FaceStudio Octinoxate Sunscreen SPF 30 Blur + Defend

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.49
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Maybelline’s Master Prime by FaceStudio Octinoxate Sunscreen SPF 30 Blur + Defend has some okay qualities but isn’t quite as impressive as claimed.

This light pink primer comes in a plastic squeeze tube and has a satiny-smooth feel and application, thanks to its silicone-based formula.

It lightly blurs enlarged pores and sets to a slightly pearlescent finish that makes it best for those with normal skin (those with oily or combination skin might find this emphasizes shine). True to its claims, it provides SPF 30, and helps makeup apply more smoothly.

Beyond that, this primer is relatively ho-hum. It doesn’t significantly improve the wear time of makeup, and its formula lacks a more robust complement of antioxidants to boost its sunscreen’s environmental defense--traits you can find in other primers.

It also contains fragrance and fragrant ingredients such as hexyl cinnamal, linalool, limonene, rose flower extract and water lily extract, all of which can trigger skin irritation.

While not among the worst primers, this also doesn’t rank among the best foundation primers that are out there.

  • Has a blurring effect on enlarged pores.
  • Helps makeup apply more smoothly.
  • Provides SPF 30.
  • Doesn’t significantly improve the wear time of makeup.
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Maybelline's FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Defend defends against sun damage. Formulated with a water-soluble base and active ingredients that refine the look and feel of skin and keep makeup in place from morning to night.

Active: Octinoxate 7.5%. Inactive: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Talc, Dimethicone, Silica, Methylparaben, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Fragrance, Ethylparaben, Carpyloyl Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Red 4, Yellow 5.

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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