PureStay Powder Foundation SPF 15

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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Powder Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

PureStay Powder Plus Foundation SPF 15 is a talc-based pressed powder with slightly heavier coverage so it can double as a foundation. It has a superior, smooth texture, an even application, and a soft matte finish that can go from sheer to medium coverage. What a shame the sunscreen lacks significant UVA-protecting ingredients! Still, if you’re already using a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher, this is worth considering by those with normal to very oily skin. Most of the eight shades are excellent neutrals; the ones to avoid due to pink or peach overtones are Soft Cameo, Golden, and Sand.

Active: Octinoxate (4%), Other: Talc, Silica, Dimethicone, Synthetic Flurophlogopite, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Alumina, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Boron Nitride, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates, Methicone, PTFE, Polyethylene, Methylparaben, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cerium Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauroyl Glutamate, Retinyl Palmitate, Propylparaben, Helianthus Annus, Mineral Oil, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).

The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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  1. Susan H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 02, 2013
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      3 / 4
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    The best so far...
    • My liquid foundation was causing my fine lines to be more noticeable...time for a change! This applies smoothly and is blends easily. I can control the coverage by adding a bit more where needed without it looking noticeable. The powder-like finish works well with my oily skin eliminating the need for a separate loose powder. I use that only for T-zone touch-up's now. I tried several drug store foundations and this is the best so far...

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