Most people I know are into liquid foundation and my weakness has always been face powder. It is the one out of the few makeup item I go through like no other’s business. I absolutely hate the sticky feeling of liquid foundation and I just cannot leave the house without dusting powder all over my face. Truth to be told, I was patiently waiting for L’Oreal Mat Magique to be made available in Malaysia several months ago after watching the review on it from ClickNetwork on YouTube. Boy I was sold! So when Maybelline out of the blue launched the White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder, I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to make a purchase. L’Oreal finally launched Mat Magique just a tad bit later than Maybelline and this curious cat was so tempted to know what’s the dealio with the two. I finally bought the Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder when Watsons was offering a RM3 off from RM23.90 lol.
Would I thought of buying this if it’s not for the discount? No. I wouldn’t even thought about buying it. I have been reading lots of mix review on this product which explains why I have a reserve on this.
Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder is a compact powder foundation that is said to have 5X sweat and sebum absorption power of regular talc thanks to it’s enriched Mineral Perlite. Maybelline named this feature as Clean-Touch Powder System. What this Mineral Perlite does is that it facilitates sweat evaporation, just like a face blotter. The only difference is this will continuously to blot away sweat and sebum during the wear. But the main feature that Maybelline has been promoting is the 12-hour matte look with no touch-up. This powder foundation is also said to give a matte finishing that brighten the face at the same time, smoothen and blends away imperfections. I can tell you now that I absolutely find it useless in this matter.
The casing is probably what most people went gaga over. Honestly it doesn’t impress me. It’s just a very normal casing. It is definitely quite well-made and the plastic doesn’t feel cheapo all together. The top lid is in white, while the bottom half is fully transparent. Now. I feel that for a compact makeup product, it is so icky to have a clear base. I find myself washing the sponge after a few usage because I couldn’t bare to look at it. I wouldn’t want to whip this out in the public.
The sponge on the other hand is also a teeny bit smaller than other drugstore powder foundation. It’s quite nice to use although I’ve ripped off mine on the first wash lol. Oh boy. You don’t have to worry if you too accidentally ripped off yours because you can buy the refill pack separately and each refill comes with a new sponge 😀
The powder I would say is quite finely milled. It feel soft on my finger and it is those type of powder foundation that could cling onto a well-moisturized skin and cause the makeup to cake-up. That is exactly what happen to me with this powder. I’ve prepared to review this product several months ago but because I ran into problem every time I used this, I was constantly finding for the right method and so I experimented with a few application technique and the below three method is what I’ve came up with so far. Let’s start from the worse to the best shall we?
Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder comes in four shades to choose from – 01 Light, 02 Nude Beige, 03 Natural and 04 Honey. Surprisingly 02 Nude Beige is too dark for me and 03 Natural is the right match for my skin tone. So before I start with the application technique, I thought you might want to know my shade. 03 Natural that is.
Applied on top of foundation with a brush
I am well aware that this is a powder foundation which means it should be applied on its own. Most review I read said it is too cakey + thick if applied with the sponge and most people suggested using a brush instead. I know very well that applying the powder solely with a brush won’t help to conceal the acne marks on my face so I prime my face, applied a thin layer of foundation and applied concealer on the marks. All these on top of my usual day skin care and sunscreen.
This method obviously is not the best way as the powder cling onto my concealer on the jawline (see those white patches?) and on my under eye. It also doesn’t cover my pores on my nose, around my nose and inner cheeks. I find that my face gets oily after just half an hour.
Applied on its own with the sponge included
This is probably the easiest way and the way that most people would go for. It is not my favourite method unless I’m in a hurry or weekend where I don’t need a lot of makeup on. I want to show you how well is the coverage so no foundation or concealer is applied prior to the powder.
On first trial, I applied my trusted Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector prior before the powder foundation and the weird thing happened. The powder glides on the skin with a cakey coverage that looks like I had a mix of sticky substance on. It is absolutely horrible that I have to remove everything, wash my face and reapply my skin care to start over again. On most of part of the face, the powder covers well. It doesn’t do a thing for redness or acne marks. It also adhere to the fine lines on my under eyes, making it even more obvious from far. As you already know, these fine lines on my under eye is one feature that I feel insecure about. When the powder clings onto the lines, I looked haggard. It’s even worse with the dark circles, of which the powder fails to cover.
I also find that the powder fails to cover the pores on my nose. When I tried to swipe more powder with the sponge, it become cakey. No matter how hard I ran the sponge over my nose, none of the powder covers up the ugly pores. Let’s not talk about the pores on my inner cheeks shall we. It’s quite obvious that the powder foundation doesn’t smooth it out.
Mattifying wise, it’s not as good as the 12-hours matte look claim. My face gets oily on the normal rate.
Applied over foundation with the sponge included
This method is by far the best method that I’ve tried so far. In order to get the smooth, medium to full coverage, I need to apply foundation and conceal all the acne marks on the face before using the powder foundation. Then I used the sponge included, apply with light stroke and patting motion. Light stroke application enables the powder foundation to glides on the face, giving it a medium to buildable full coverage while patting application is to push the product into certain areas such as around the nose corner, nose, inner cheeks and under eye. This will also help to cover up the large pores as well.
Without any doubt, applying over foundation with the sponge gives a smoother finishing and coverage. Honestly it doesn’t look as heavy as I thought it would be. This full coverage method also helps to keep shine at bay. It does look better after it sets and after my face starts to oil up a bit. So far the powder foundation doesn’t oxidize on my skin by mid day, which is good because almost all foundation turns darker on me.
Would I buy the refill after I’m done with this? Most probably not. I’m not impressed with this one despite the rave everywhere. It doesn’t sit well on people with larger pores like I do. I still had my mind on L’Oreal Mat Magique and that would be my next purchase after I finish the 764679 powder that I’m currently rotating 😀 😀 😀 . Nonetheless the Maybelline White Superfresh Long Lasting UV Cake Powder is one of the affordable powder foundation for students or those who is on a tight budget. At RM23.90 it is definitely cheaper than Mat Magique and the refill cost even cheaper. In the long run, this powder foundation will not burn a hole in your pocket. As for me, I just prefer something else and I don’t mind splurging on other expensive alternative if it’s good.
This makes me wonder, are you into powder foundation? I used powder mainly to set my foundation so I would prefer a pressed powder that offers a tiny bit of coverage, not as thick as this White Superfresh. If I have thicker foundation on, I would opt for translucent finishing powder 😀 . What about you?
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.