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Maybelline New York

SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder

0.32 fl. oz. for $ 10.99
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SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder doesn't live up to all of its claims, but it's still a decent, sheer coverage pressed powder for someone with normal to oily skin.

The fragrance free formula contains the anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid. Unfortunately, salicylic acid's pore-unclogging capabilities won't work in a waterless powder such as this, as water is required to hold the acidic pH salicylic acid needs in order to work. In other words, don't expect to see "better-looking skin in just three weeks" as claimed.

That aside, SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder offers lightweight, mattifying coverage, which is adequate for softly evening out skin tone, but not enough to hide more obvious imperfections. The absorbent formula helps hold back oily shine for a couple hours, before touch-ups are required.

The mirrored compact and included sponge are handy additions for application on-the-go and the shade range spans from "Porecelain" to "Rich Tan" with flattering options in between.

In short, this pressed powder a fine option—though there's nothing dramatically transformative about it.

Pros:
  • Lightweight coverage to subtly even out skin tone.
  • Absorbent formula helps hold back oily shine.
  • Mirrored compact and included sponge are handy additions for application on-the-go.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Salicylic acid cannot unclog pores or fight acne in this waterless formula.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Maybelline's oil-free, skin-transforming powder contains salicylic acid that helps to achieve better-looking skin in just three weeks. Eliminates shine and unevenness, while delivering a natural, matte finish.
Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

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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