Superstay Full Coverage Concealer
Maybelline’s Superstay Full Coverage Concealer is a good option that falls just short of greatness – but it’s still a product we recommend checking out.
This creamy concealer comes in tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. It’s creamy but not overly emollient, providing just enough slip to work with without making it slide around under eyes or on other areas of the face.
As advertised, this is full coverage – you can start with a light hand for more medium coverage, but not a lot is needed to completely cover dark circles, blemishes, and other areas of uneven skin tone. This sets within a couple minutes to a soft satin finish that works for most skin types, and we love that it doesn’t look cakey or overly made up.
As far as performance goes, this did remarkably well – it didn’t fade a bit through a full work day and didn’t budge, either (though we don’t recommend wearing this for a full 24 hours as Maybelline says; you shouldn’t wear any makeup that long because that means you’d be neglecting skin care needs!).
The only issue we encountered was creasing around the eyes towards the end of its wear time, though that can easily be buffed out with finger or a brush. Still, it’s worth checking your makeup in a mirror towards the end of the day as a quick touchup.
As far as ingredients go, there isn’t anything notable, though Maybelline doesn’t make any remarkable claims either, and thankfully, this is fragrance- and irritant-free. It also comes in a well-selected range of shades for those with fair to very deep skin tones.
As long as you’re willing to touch up your makeup towards the end of the day, this is a solid concealer that (for the most part) stands the test of time!
- Creamy but not too emollient formula is easy to apply and blend.
- Provides full coverage of dark circles, redness, blemishes, and other skin concerns.
- Soft satin finish doesn’t look cakey.
- Doesn’t fade throughout a full work day.
- Comes in a good range of shades.
- Fragrance free.
- Creases towards the end of its wear time.
This full-coverage formula effortlessly glides on and grips the skin to cover dark circles. A smooth, seamless under-eye finish for up to 24-hours!
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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