Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Review

I didn’t realize until a couple of days after Influenster sent me the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation that I already had it on my list of drugstore products to try. Yes! The one thing I like better then a bargain (or in this case free stuff) is a bargain on something I would have paid full price for.

As part of the review process Influenster asked me to take the 3 week #BetterSkinChallenge by wearing the foundation exclusively for 3 weeks and documenting how my skin changed. This foundation is formulated with Actyl-C (a more durable form of vitamin C) that is supposed to help clear your skin as you wear it. And they have a super pale shade to boot? Ummm…YES PLEASE!

Overall, however, I found this foundation highly disappointing.

I went through several application methods before finding the best one was a cheap, dense makeup sponge, and even then the coverage wasn’t fantastic. Now, I have combination skin and I found this foundation felt drying though my skin continued to feel the same to the touch. The foundation went on patchy at best, wouldn’t blend well with concealer and wouldn’t cover the large pores on my nose without a fight. And then by dinnertime it looked like I’d just used a BB or CC cream, except for under my eyes where it got really cakey.

But all of that might be worth it if it actually cleared my skin while I was wearing it, right?

At the start of my #BetterSkinChallenge my skin didn’t look great, but it was about as good as it gets for me. Lately I’ve mostly been struggling with preventing the occasional small breakout and improving the texture of my skin.

Start Pic

Before the #BetterSkinChallenge

Within a week my skin was breaking out, mostly just on one side of my face. While annoyed, I told myself that my skin was just expelling impurities (and it being “that time of the month” didn’t exactly help either).

After 1 week of the #BetterSkinChallenge

After 1 week of the #BetterSkinChallenge

I wish I’d gotten a picture of my skin at it’s worst,  but I was too busy worrying about how bad it was to think of taking a picture. By this time the coverage was really starting to worry me, and I it was harder and harder to keep thinking the breakout was just from auntie flow. I also didn’t realize until i was reviewing the pictures side-by-side that my skin looked redder and more inflamed. Please understand that as bad as this last set of pics is, my skin was worse and then got better.

#BetterSkinChallenge final result

#BetterSkinChallenge final result

With all of that being said, I think you can probably guess that I would not recommend this foundation. I hate to give bad reviews on products I’m sent, but it’s the truth. This foundation doesn’t look great on and it definately made my skin worse. Perhaps wearing it for 2-3 months would improve my skin, but it’s kind of pointless to spend time wearing a foundation that doesn’t work as a foundation just in case it helps your skin.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different, so if you’ve tried this foundation let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!


About Teph Williams

I'm a 28-year-old makeup, beauty and planner lover. I live in Portland, OR with my two kitties, Coco and Opal. I run a lifestyle YouTube channel and planner sticker shop on Etsy called Coco and Opal Design.
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2 Responses to Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Review

  1. laurajoli says:

    Awe, that’s too bad that you didn’t have a good experience with it. I loved it! I had a bit of trouble with it at first as well. But after a bit, I figured out how to make it work and now I love it! If you’d like, you can read my review here:


  2. I didn’t like my first impression of it either, didn’t even bother to wear it exclusively for the 3 full weeks. I work at Sephora, no way anyone would trust my opinion with this splotchy mess breaking down on my face a couple hours into my shift. I wanted to love it so bad 😦


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