review: maybelline superstay full coverage foundation for combo/oily skin

maybelline superstay foundation review
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I have been on a serious hunt for a good everyday foundation that is (a) long-lasting, (b) stays relatively matte throughout the day, and (c) matches my weird neutral olive undertones. After seeing a bunch of great reviews for the maybelline superstay full coverage foundation, I decided to pick it up at my local Ulta. I’ve also done a video review of this foundation, so watch below if you’d like to see the application and how it looks on my skin!


I found that this foundation applied well – it laid nicely on my skin and blended beautifully. It starts off as a medium coverage, but you can definitely build this up and it doesn’t pick up on itself. It also doesn’t cause your powders to stick to certain areas. Plus it didn’t accentuate any texture I had on my face (I have a few dry spots around my mouth).

However, this does dry darker, much like the Fenty Pro-Filtr Foundation. It’s not necessarily a bad thing (I could use this in the summer and it would match), but if you think it’ll be an issue, you might want to go a shade lighter. I did pick up the shade warm sun at first, but it was definitely darker than what you see in the bottle, so I went back and picked up natural beige.


This foundation claims to be 24-hour wear, which I would never ever be able to test, but to me, that means it should last all day. After wearing for 10+ hours, I didn’t notice any loss of coverage. I tend to see foundation disappear around my nose and I didn’t notice any of that with this one. It didn’t feel heavy or look cakey at the end of the day, either.

I did notice a bit of shine come through at about the 5-6 hour mark. I do have an oily t-zone, so I’m used to foundation looking oily. It didn’t look terrible, but if a foundation claims to keep you matte, I would hope it would stay matte throughout the day. I don’t mind blotting throughout the day and it still looked great after blotting and didn’t lose coverage.

other things to know…

Maybelline’s most well-known foundation, fit me matte and poreless, annoyingly does not have a pump. Thankfully this one does. It has a glass bottle with a white top, which I have already gotten dirty. It comes in 16 shades, which is considerably less than matte and poreless’ 40 shades. However, it has a pretty good spread for a variety of skin tones. It retails for $12, but because it’s a drugstore brand, you could find coupons or sales to bring down that price.

final verdict

This is a solid drugstore foundation and I could see myself wearing this more in the future. The biggest con (the oiliness) keep it from being an ultimate HG foundation, but it’s great nonetheless and I would recommend it if you have more normal-to-dry skin. It’s buildable, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears nicely throughout the day – definitely a solid drugstore option for an everyday foundation.

Have you tried the maybelline superstay full coverage foundation? What do you think?

’til next time, xo!

maybelline super stay full coverage foundation
Doesn't feel heavy or cakey
Long-lasting coverage
Great packaging
Works well with other products
Does get oily after 5+ hours
Dries down a little darker
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