I’ll be honest—when Maybelline invited me to the launch of their new base product, I had low expectations. Their colour products have always been pretty damn good (eyeshadows, lipsticks…) but I used their powders back in college and they were not that great (I used them because I knew next to nothing about makeup back then and a powder was a powder was a powder).
At the launch (which you can read about here), I made it a point to keep an open mind. White Superfresh was introduced to bloggers and media as an affordable, oil-absorbing, no-need-for-touch-ups, long-wearing foundation. Exactly what college Mariana needed back in 2009-12ish and what a lot of girls in college today would love, no doubt. And guess what? After a few weeks of getting to know this foundation, even NON-college Mariana (i.e. me, now) loves this foundation. This review will tell you why.
Maybelline’s White Superfresh Foundation* (299.00 Php) is the “no touch-up powder foundation” that claims to last for 12 straight hours without need of a touch-up. It’s an Asia-exclusive that was formulated with our hot, sunny weather in mind (hence it also has an SPF of 34 PA+++). The powder is enriched with mineral perlite, which supposedly allows the powder to absorb moisture five times better than regular talc.
Needless to say (but still very much worth pointing out), this is a foundation best suited for girls with combo/oily skin or those who find themselves in hot, sweaty situations often. I myself have combination skin, so I need to moisturise my cheeks properly before using this just so they don’t dry out by the end of the day.
There are four shades of this foundation available locally: 02 Nude Beige, 03 Natural, 04 Honey, and 05 Sand Beige. It’s a rather limited selection with none of the shades catering to deeper skin tones, so that is the one major flaw of the foundation. I initially received shade 02 and had to wait until I could pick up shade 05 before I could test out the product properly. You will see three of the four shades later on in this post.
I still find it hard to believe that a product like this is available for only 299.00 Php. That’s roughly 7 USD. Now, get ready for a pretty wordy and (hopefully) thorough review… you know I get excited when I really like something. Haha.