By Ewelina Szybinska
We need to address the fact that all beauty brands have their bestsellers, and those which don’t make it far. I’m here to give you the inside scoop on the brand Maybelline. It’s good to be aware of the recommended products made by affordable brands. When we manage to discover the brand’s strengths and weaknesses, we also develop the skill of investing our money wisely. Most of us are university students, so the trial and error concept can become quite expensive. Let me save you the trouble and go right into the best and worst of Maybelline.
The FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation/ FITme! Dewy + Smooth Foundation
This has been a hit from the start! To begin, it is very affordable, compared to many other foundations. The price and the quality of the product have proven to be a number one choice for many people. The foundation can be bought for €10.99 (30ml) from Boots. It is also available in many pharmacies and even some clothing stores.
We all have specific expectations from our foundation– even skin tone, medium coverage and preferably a smooth texture with our pores hidden. It’s great to find something that does not crease or makes the skin look cakey. If you’re not a fan of a matte foundation and usually look for something with a bit of a glow, I, like many others, will recommend the FITme! Dewy + Smooth Foundation. It’s very much like the previous one I’ve spoken about, but instead of a matte finish it leaves a luminous glow, which some people might prefer. Plus, it hydrates, leaving your skin feeling light and moisturised.
When it comes to foundation, I do prefer to invest in something pricier, hoping it will work magic! I was surprised to find a great dupe for a foundation that I usually buy from the more high-end brands. It is our skin we are dealing with, after all, and I can admit that I always worried about quality if a foundation was cheaper. I’ve been using FITMe! for months now without any fault, and it has saved me a lot a money. The shade range deserves some recognition. For a drugstore brand, Maybelline has a good range of tones. It’s price even allows you to buy two and maybe mix shades for the perfect colour.
For optimum results, I recommend using a damp beauty blender, although I can safely say that a good makeup brush will leave you with a similar outcome.
Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer
Hands down, the best concealer I have ever used! Not only that, but the tone blends so well with your skin colour that it leaves a natural effect. Many can’t tell whether I have applied it or not, but this is not to contradict that this concealer great coverage! I noticed a gradual change in my day-to-day makeup routine, where I started switching from wearing a daily foundation to only needing concealer. This one is ideal to cover up any dark circles and any types of scarring or blemishes. I can assure you that this product gives that little boost of confidence, but if you don’t mind your blemishes, then rock the bare face! You can get this concealer in Boots for €11.99(6.8ml) but I would recommend looking online, as you can catch these on sale for €7.45! Visit Lookfantastic.com, as they have been holding a sale for some time now and the delivery is FREE.
Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick
Firstly, the word “matte” may be a bit misleading in this situation. The colours are truly beautiful, but the let-down is how it shows once applied. They can appear patchy and need around 2-3 layers for a good colour and application, despite the wand being reasonably good. There is a good shine to these lipsticks, but if you’re looking for complete matte coverage, I feel that there are better lipsticks out there. It costs €6.45(8ml) and can be found on BeautyExpert.com
Despite this, the lipstick does have a few fans! Whether we love or hate a product really depends on how much we expect of it. Of course, it’s supposed to fit its purpose, but this can vary to some degree for different people.