It’s been weeks since I received this generous press drop from Maybelline and I’ve thoroughly put it to the test. There have been hits and misses and products just down right amazing. Keep on reading if you’d like to find out which ones are worth the spend.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick – R160
This is an affordable formula dupe for the renowned Benefit Watts Up highlighter. The texture is creamy, easily blendable and very pigmented. I don’t particularly like the stick applicator because sometimes it can tug and move the foundation beneath it. It’s also not very hygenic but I prefer to swirl the base of my beautyblender on top of the stick and then proceed to dab it on my cheekbones. The upside to using a cream highlighter such as this is the natural glow it gives to the skin without accentuating any problem areas. Most of the time I use this on it’s own to add dimension and radiance to the face when I’m feeling tired. It comes in 3 shades to cater for all skin tones although I reach for the darker two shades depending on my mood. The Benefit Watt’s up shade is between 100 and 200 with more of a champagne lean to it.
Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick – R135
I had so much fun trying out these lipsticks but it was definitely out of my element. There are two types available, bold or matte, in 20 different shades. I’ve only seen a few of the shades in stores so I hope they bring them all soon. The formula of all of the lipsticks is creamy but the mattes do last a few hours longer. The bold, richly opaque colours leave a slight tint on the lips so it doesn’t look bad even after fading. As creamy and moisturising as it felt on, Orange Danger and Berry Bossy amplified the dry patches on my lips and ended up looking very uneven.
Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler – R99
This is such an ingenious product. Well the wand is anyways. The arrowhead with teeth picks up a decent amount of product but you can control just how much is applied to sparse areas. This is one of those rush out the door products that make application time a breeze but can get messy if you apply too much. It sets quite firmly after a few minutes but the hardness goes away after a while. The product lasts throughout the day and is something I would repurchase.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette – R230
I was skeptical about this palette because I had read many mixed reviews on it. I went in store to swatch it and was pleasantly surprised at the softness and pigmentation of the shades. When I wanted to buy it, it was sold out so I was delighted when I received it in the press drop. The first two days I wore this palette I got so many compliments about my eye look. It lasted the entire day with the help of an eyeshadow primer and I like how easy it is to create different looks just using a single different shade each time. Many have compared this palette to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but only a few shades are exact dupes. In terms of formula, it can’t compare. This palette is good but since the UD palette is 4x the price, I’d recommend it for a drugstore budget. This one comes in as runner up next to the Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes.
Maybelline Superstay 24HR Primer – R140
When I first felt the consistency of this primer between my fingers, I was convinced it wasn’t for me. I decided to use it anyways and it has become the second most used primer in my collection. My go to for weekends is the Dr Brandt Pores No More primer but at R690 a tube, I gotta take it easy. This primer is not only affordable but it sinks into the skin really well. It mildly conceals pores so if you have craters then you probably won’t like this one. It holds my foundation for most of the day with just some fading around the chin area when I do not use a setting spray. I’ve noticed I don’t get as oily when using this primer but it’s not completely mattifying or drying either. This primer is perfect for combination/oily skin types with minimal surface texture. This is a product I will definitely repurchase.
Maybelline Superstay 24HR Makeup Setting Spray – R146
Oh boy did I initially have drama with this setting spray. The first time I used it I had white flecks dotting my face and neck that looked like sunscreen spray gone wrong. Only after reading international reviews did I realise that I didn’t shake the bottle properly nor hold it far enough. As per the instructions on the bottle, it says to shake well and hold 20-25cm from the face before spraying. When shook you can hear the little metal ball rattling inside which I assume is what mixes the settled product together. Now I have more than 10 other setting sprays and to be honest I don’t ever shake them before use. Most also state to hold 15cm or further which I also usually don’t do. Now I’m short so I have really stubby arms too and when I’m in a rush in the mornings I don’t have time to shake and measure before I spray. I’m also douse myself in it so I haven’t been reaching for it much. The couple of times I did try it though, it wore well and kept most of my makeup in place. It sort of reminds me a bit of the MAC Fix+ which finishes your makeup and sort of holds it in place. It doesn’t mattify or set like hairspray so if you are looking for those qualities, then this one isn’t for you.
Maybelline Push Up Angel Mascara – R140
Maybelline mascaras have been at the top of many lists for years. This one is no exception. I recently had another lash lift done (you can read more about it here) so I don’t need my mascara to hold a curl. This mascara volumizes, lengthens and defines the lashes with it’s odd looking wand. It can get a bit clumpy if you go in with more than 3 coats but by then you’d have achieved a dramatic difference. I do get transfer and flaking if I rub my eyes (bad habit) but nothing too noticeable. This has fast become my everyday go to mascara and I’ve already purchased another one as a gift for a friend.
I highly recommend you check out the primer, mascara, brow precise and blushed nudes palette the next time you’re in store. They usually do have testers out to try before you buy.