Battle of the Bases: L’oreal vs. Maybelline

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain”

-Joseph Campbell

Hello my lovelies!

I’m so super pumped for today’s blog post, as I will be doing a comparison wear test of two brand new foundations. I will be comparing the L’oreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation and the Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Stick Foundation.

Before we get into the pictures and information on the actual wear test, I want to quick share some details from the brands themselves on both of these products.


Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Stick Foundation –

Price: $11.99

What It Is: A cream-to-matte finish stick foundation with a blending sponge to use at home or on the go for touchups.

Benefits: Conceals, contours, highlights and covers all with an easy to use sponge for on the go.


L’oreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation –

Price: $12.99

What It Is: Creamy medium to full coverage foundation stick.

Benefits: Buildable foundation with an SPF 17 that lasts up to 24 hours. Covers, conceals, contours, and highlights.


At first glance, I notice a lot of similarities between these two foundations. They are both multi-use, buildable with a good coverage level, and almost the same price. I should also mention that they are similar in that both of their shade ranges left a lot to be desired, as per usual.

Now that I’ve covered some basic details on the foundations, let’s get to the comparison pictures. I took pictures every 3-4 hours or whenever I had time, and ended up wearing the foundations for a total of 15 hours. The lefthand side of my face is the Maybelline foundation, while the right is the L’oreal foundation. I also applied them both with a beauty blender, as brushes are not generally my preference and the sponge on the end of the Maybelline stick was a waste of my time.

Wear Test:

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Initial Application
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3 hours of wear
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7 hours of wear
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12 Hours of wear

My Final Thoughts:

The Maybelline stick gave me a very nice matte and poreless finish throughout the day, while the L’oreal gave me a much more satin, natural-like finish. Overall, these foundations both lasted equally as long and looked practically the same. I did notice that over time, the L’oreal foundation sunk into my lines a little more than the Maybelline, and I attribute that to its less matte formula. The Maybelline stick needed a lot less building to get to full coverage but also initially clung to my dry patches, whereas the L’oreal stick needed more building but was easier to glide across the skin. These both looked beautiful on the skin and I would happily wear both of them again.

The Winner:

I really enjoyed both foundations tremendously, but even after this wear test, I have been reaching for the Maybelline stick over the L’oreal slightly more. While the Maybelline stick needs a little help when applying to the skin, the coverage level and longevity are what made it a winner in my book.


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Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own

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Does It Work: CliniqueFIT Workout Makeup

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul”

-Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

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Photo via Ulta

 

Yet another product I made a Instagram post about. Originally, I actually had no idea that this product existed, until my cousin mentioned it to me. While I’m not always a huge fan of Clinique products, I was intrigued by this new product, as well as the entire line, and decided to try the base product for you guys today.

 

Ingredients:

Octinoxate 7.5% Octisalate 2.0% Titanium Dioxide 1.6% (active ingredients) water\aqua\eau • methyl trimethicone • alcohol • ethylhexyl palmitate • peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone • propanediol • glycerin • glyceryl caprylate • peg-3 dimethicone • dimethicone • tocopheryl acetate • lecithin • triethoxycaprylylsilane • stearyl glycyrrhetinate • sorbitan sesquiisostearate • sodium hyaluronate • pyridoxine hcl • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 • dipeptide-2 • stearic acid • hesperidin methyl chalcone • sodium chloride • aluminum hydroxide • steareth-20 • silica • sodium citrate • phenoxyethanol • [+/- mica • iron oxides (ci 77491) • iron oxides (ci 77492) • iron oxides (ci 77499) • titanium dioxide (ci 77891)] [iln43830]

The ingredient I find most concerning is the alcohol, however this is up to each individual person. In my case, the alcohol is not an irritant, and is actually helpful with my acne spots that are rising to the surface.

 

Claims:

This product claims to withstand any workout, and looks great afterward. It is lightweight, sweat and humidity proof, and provides a natural-matte finish. This product additionally claims to last up 12 hours, and will not clog your pores.

 

How To Use:

  1. Shake the bottle well
  2. Use a brush or fingertips to spread the product, starting from the center and blending outward

 

My Results:

 

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Left to right: Before and after application

 

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Left to right: Just before working out and after working out, in lowlight

 

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Top to bottom: Coverage in highlight and lowlight

 

Would I Recommend it:

I was very pleasantly surprised by this product, and I would highlight recommend it for use, even for a light daily application.

While it is apparent in the lowlight picture that I was sweaty after my workout, this product stayed matte all day previously, and did not slide around on my face after my workout.  I would say that for me, this product has a sheer to medium coverage, but is great at correcting the redness of my acne.

The one overall downside to this product, is the tiny shade range. While I am able to use Light, it does not actually match my skintone. Because the coverage is so light, this fact isn’t obvious, but four shades is not going to cover every person under the Sun. Conversely, Deep does not appear to be all the deep, and I question how well it would work for black individuals.

All in all, I would very much recommend this product, especially for a person who exercises with some regularity. It’s easy to use, stays on nicely, and looks great before AND after a workout. While the shade range (or lack thereof) isn’t my favorite, I do genuinely enjoy the finish and quality of this product and absolutely plan to use it many times in the future.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an awesome Saturday.

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

 

Does It Work: Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector

 

“When I hear somebody sigh that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, ‘compared to what?'” 

-Sydney J. Harris

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

MuradBlotter

 

I’m almost positive that I talked about reviewing this product on my Instagram about a month ago, and I am finally here to do it. If any of you read my last review on the new Revlon foundation, you know that was a bit of a flop for me. Hopefully, this product will deliver on its promises, as I am a huge fan of Murad’s acne fighting products.

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Montmorillonite, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Silica, Polydextrose, Dextrin, Amylopectin, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-12, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Red 40 (CI 16035)

What I notice immediately are Silicone and Glycerin. The former is used to smooth and protect the skin surface, but can clog pores for some. Glycerin is used to help products stick to the skin, but can cause an allergic reaction for some. For reference, I want to note that I often have sensitivities to Glycerin, depending on how much is used.

Murad’s website also points out the following ingredients used in this product specifically:

  1. Soft-Focus Mattifying Spheres
  2. Pomegranate Extract
  3. French Green Clay Extract
  4. Marshmallow Powder

For more information on what these individual ingredients do, check out the info-graphic for the product here.

 

Claims:

This product claims to absorb the skin’s oil and create a beautiful matte finish. The soft focus spheres minimize pores and perfect skin, and the marshmallow powder provides a softness to the skin. The applicator sets your makeup without disturbing it.

 

How To Use:

You can apply this product either before makeup as a primer, or after makeup for touch ups.

  1. Press the applicator into the liquid lightly.
  2. Pat the applicator onto the skin, concentrating on oily areas of the face.
  3. DO NOT over-saturate the applicator.
  4. Flip the applicator for extended usage.
  5. The applicator can be washed with mild soap and water.

 

My Results:

 

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Before application
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After application with no powder touch up
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After application with powder touch up

 

Would I Recommend It:

Overall, I really enjoyed this product. I found it easy to use and it gave me the results I was led to expect. I was incredibly pleased with how much oil this product took away and how soft my skin still looked.

While this product claims to not disturb makeup, I do have to disagree slightly, but I’m not going to take off points for it. No matter what blotting technique I use, some of my makeup will come off. This has everything to do with how oily I am, and not the papers, powders, or liquids in this case. I know this about my skin, and I accept it, so I always carry a powder compact with me to cover any spots that may have rubbed off, namely my chin. If you are as oily as me or oilier, be aware of this and do what you need to do. This product does NOT smear any makeup or create major patchiness in my experience.

One other thing that turns me off slightly is the applicator. Realistically, I would need to wash it every day in order to not brew bacteria, but let’s be real, I’m not going to do that. So far, I haven’t had any issues in that department, but if that’s something that concerns you, and you happen to be as lazy as I am, consider it carefully.

I would absolutely recommend this product, especially if you are on the moderate to very oily side. This blotting liquid clearly did its job, and helped my makeup last another four hours, which is HUGE for me. It felt soothing, dried down completely, and I would go so far as to claim my makeup looked recently applied after usage. Murad’s site mentioned using this product as a primer, and I now feel inclined to experiment with that, after successfully using it as a blotting liquid.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an absolutely amazing start to your week.

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Does It Work: Revlon YouthFX Fill+Blur Foundation

Hello my lovelies!

 

Today I wanted to let you know my thoughts on the newest foundation from Revlon. I love trying out new drugstore foundations, since they can often be better than or equal to a high end option. I also did a review a few months ago on the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, so if you’re interested in that for a possible comparison, I will leave that for you here.

 

Ingredients:

Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water (Eau)), PEG / PPG-19 / 19 Dimethicone, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Heptanoate, Boron Nitride, Tribehenin, Stearyl Caprylate, C10-13 Isoparaffin, Maris Sal ((Sea Salt) Sel Marin), Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Carrageenan, Saccharide Isomerate, Glycerin, Trisiloxane, Alumina, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

I’m seeing a lot of Dimethicone variations. Dimethicone is a type of silicon, used in this case for protective and smoothing purposes. If you have problems with silicon-based products, be cautious. Same thing goes for the second ingredient, Cyclopentasiloxane, although this is rated a little more highly on the toxicity scale according to EWG.org. As for the 3rd ingredient, I think we all know what water is.

 

Claims:

This foundation claims to help erase dark spots, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and also claims to blur fine lines and wrinkles. This is a lightweight, hydrating formula with high pigmentation, and claims to look freshly applied all day.

 

Instructions:

Apply with a preferred beauty tool

 

My Results:

 

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Pictures are spaced 2-3 hours apart. From left to right.

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Pictures are spaced 2-3 hours apart.

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From top, left to right.

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From top, left to right.

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From top, left to right.
 

Would I recommend it:

In a single sentence; absolutely not, especially for oily skin.

First, this foundation did NOT look “freshly applied” all day. I understand that this is meant for mature skin, but being as it was recommended for all skin types, I figured it would work for me. This did not do a good job of covering my red acne spots, so I question the validity of the high coverage claim.

After only 2 hours, this foundation began to noticeably break up on my chin and nose. I broke my own personal rule and attempted to touch up these areas, but moments later, it would look broken up all over again. This foundation claims to blur fine lines and wrinkles, but if anything, I feel like it settled even more into my forehead lines. Not only did I look horrifically oily for the day, I looked old.

Moreover, this foundation broke me out very badly, causing me to not wear makeup for over a week in order to let it heal. This might work if you’re someone with more mature skin, but even then, I seriously question this foundation.

The only thing I liked about this foundation, was the way it applied initially. Because of the initial application, I had high hopes and was feeling very positive, as it dried down to a matte finish. No matter who the foundation is targeted to, it should not start breaking up on my face only hours after application; unacceptable. For $18.00, not only do I expect a few more shades for darker skinned women as well as lighter, I expect a product with some payoff. In my opinion, this did not check off on any of the claims that Revlon made, and for that, I am sorely disappointed. If this can’t cover my own similar problems, I don’t expect it to be comprehensive enough for anyone else in a situation like this.

Once again, this is simply my opinion on the product. If you used it and loved it, please let me know! I hope that this might help you finalize a decision if you were thinking about purchasing this foundation, whether for good or bad.

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a stupendous Saturday full of sunshine and overall happiness.

 

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Does It Work: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

Hello my lovelies!

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Today I am going to review the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I’ve seen a lot of buzz over this new drop foundation, so let’s get started right away!

 

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Mostly undecipherable, however I notice that there is glycerin in this product, meaning it will stick well, but can cause reactions in some. This product also might contain Mica and Titanium Dioxide, so please use caution.

 

Claims:

The formula claims to be matte and velvety. You can build the coverage from sheer to full by adding more drops.

 

Instructions:

Apply using the dropper

Adjust coverage by adding more drops

Blend out with a brush or sponge

Set with a powder

 

My Results:

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No Foundation Used
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Initial Application
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Full Makeup Application
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After 4 Hours With No Touchups
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After 7 Hours With No Touchups

 

Would I recommend It:

I have mixed feelings about this foundation.

I want to start by saying that I do very much like it. I really appreciate the large shade range, and “Porcelain” isn’t even the lightest shade. The finish is definitely on the matte side, but I wouldn’t consider it as matte as my Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation, which is a drugstore buy as well. This foundation lasts very well on the skin, and does not appear cakey at all, no matter how much you use (I used a LOT).

However, there are some aspects of this foundation that aren’t my favorite. My biggest con is the extreme wateriness of this foundation. I prefer using a beauty blender, which works fine with this product, but I do think it soaks up a lot of product even so. I used a brush the second time around, and found that the bristles still soaked up a ton of product. I know this is not due to the brush, because I use the brush often and never have issues with it. I like the idea that you can build this foundation up with a controllable dropper, but unless you’re looking for sheer to light coverage, it’ll take more than 3 or 4 drops. I used an entire dropper’s worth for half of my face; that’s a LOT of product to use. So, yes, you can build this up, but be prepared to use up a lot of foundation in your quest to do so.

Overall, there are things I really like about this foundation, and also things I’m not so much a fan of. I think that if you like a lighter coverage, matte foundation, this is perfect for you. To me, this is an average foundation. I have many others that I reach for over this, but I will happily use it for days when I have less breakouts. At $14.00, it’s a little on the pricey side for drugstore (as is NYX in general), but I do think it is fair for what you get.

 

As always, this is my opinion ONLY, and you may absolutely love this foundation, or despise it, and that’s ok! There really is no universal product for everyone. If you have had a different experience or something similar, please let me know! I LOVE hearing about foundation reviews!

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an awesome weekend full of love and happiness!

Stay beautiful!

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.