Is This New Drugstore Foundation A Dupe For Our #FauxFilter Foundation?

Maybelline Superstay full coverage Foundation review

One of the first things I heard when Maybelline’s SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation came out was that it was a dupe for our Huda Beauty #FauxFilter foundation, so of course, I had to try it. I’m a huge fan of Maybelline’s Fit Me foundation, which gives sheer to medium coverage, so if Maybelline’s new SuperStay foundation was going to offer full-coverage, I thought this might just become my new fav drugstore foundation.

What it is: A pigmented foundation that gives a matte, full coverage finish, designed to provide flawless 24-hour wear. The lightweight, oil-free formula is non-comedogenic so that it won’t block your pores.

First impressions: When it comes to full coverage foundations, finding your match is more important than ever, so I was a bit disappointed with the 16-shade offering. Considering Maybelline has access to a plethora of skin tones in their shade library, I wasn’t sure why they had decided to launch with so few shades, especially as they’ve launched the Fit Me Foundation in a matte finish with 30 shades. I found the colors they did have to be quite orangey, and I ended up having to mix two shades (330 and 320, but more of 330) to get my shade right – I’m shade Toffee in #FauxFilter.

What I liked: The packaging is nice and simple, and I like that it has a pump dispenser. I thought the foundation gave great coverage, it’s very pigmented, so it covers marks on the skin easily and leaves a nice matte finish. I found it easy to blend with a densely packed foundation brush (I used the Huda Beauty Buff & Blend brush), and it also blended out really well and gave good coverage with a damp beauty blender.

What I didn’t like: When I first used it, it made my pores very visible as it settled into my pores and on my nose (it almost didn’t stick to my pores), so it looked like I had little holes on my nose! Fortunately, I then tried it with a pore-minimizing primer, which looked so much better. After reapplying it with the primer, I set the foundation with my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder, but I did find that throughout the day, my fine lines became more obvious.

The verdict: I wore it for about 10 hours (I have normal to dry skin), and it looked okay at the end of the day; even if it had settled into my fine lines a bit. However, if used with a good pore-minimizing primer and set with powder, I do think this is a great full-coverage drugstore option, and definitely worth trying. My tip for choosing your shade would be to go a shade paler than what you think will match your skin tone, as it oxidizes a lot. Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation is still my fav drugstore foundation to date, and even though it’s not full coverage, the dewy formula is amazing (check out my review here).

Price: $11.99