This isn’t my first Maybelline review. All my other reviews are linked below so you can read up on the brand (which if you don’t already know of, what are you doing on a makeup blog?).
Maybelline Baby Lips, Lip Balm – link here (don’t judge my pictures on this one!)
Maybelline Clean Express Miracle Water – link here
Maybelline The Nudes Palette – link here
Maybelline Crayon Liner – link here
Maybelline Micellar Water – link here
Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick – link here (I’m not sure if this product is still available)
Maybelline Color Tattoo – link here
Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Eyeliner – link here
I waited this long to review it because, like the glorious cheapskate I am, I had to wait for the price to dip at least 50% off before I purchased. And I did! One at 50% and the other at 60% off!!! I LOVE IT!!!
The two shades I own.
Description on the back of the bottle. Funny enough, one is made in U.S.A and the other made in China.
Even the description is laid out differently.
One peels off to reveal only ingredients (made in China), and the other peels off to reveal some descriptions (made in USA).
Ingredient list. They are identical.
So I reached out to Loreal Malaysia about the discrepancy in sourcing the products. Why is the same product Made in China and Made in USA, and here’s their response.
Here are some hand swatches.
Hand swatch. The left is 338 (spicy brown) and the right is 332 (golden caramel).
I typically mix the two shades. 338 has too much red in it and 332 is a shade lighter than mine. Mixing the two makes a perfect match.
Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 30ml or 1 fl. oz. Although the original line from Maybelline carries up to 380 Espresso, the darkest available shade in Malaysia is ONLY up to 338 Spicy Brown (unless you purchase online or Instagram shops). Just to bring to light, there’s 340, 355, 356, 358, 360, 362, 365, 368, 370, 375, AND 380! That’s almost half the shades NOT available here in Malaysia! Perhaps there just aren’t enough melanin skinned people here in Malaysia to bring those shades in. Medium to full coverage, matte finish.
Ingrdients: Aqua, Cyclohexasiloxane, Nylon-12, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Peg-20, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Acrylates Copolymer, Tocopherol, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica. Glycerin, [May Contain Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides]
Price: MYR 49.90
Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline display, Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Aeon etc.
Freshly applied makeup.
After about six hours of wear. You can see facial oils coming through but that happens with most foundations.
True to claim, medium to full coverage. Buildable.
Feels light on the skin.
Doesn’t settle into lines.
Even with the dismal shade range available here in Malaysia, this is perhaps the only line of foundation that runs this deep (yes, if you’re dark skinned in Malaysia, there are NO drugstore options).
Doesn’t seem cakey.
For something so matte, it surprisingly looks pretty natural if not layered up too much.
Doesn’t just melt off with sweating.
Only after about 4 hours of wear, facial oils peek through which in my case is great.
If you have dry skin, this is NOT the foundation for you because it tend to grab a tiny bit on to dry patches.
Doesn’t really reduce appearance of pores (not on me at least).
Note: Although claims to keep the face matte, it doesn’t really do that for too long. But at the same time getting oily, if you’re someone with combination skin, is inevitable, so it’s not really an issue. This foundation touches up perfectly well. Just going over the face with a blotting paper and touching up with powder revives it back to almost new. If you have oily to really oily skin, the foundation tends to break apart as the oils come through but not in patches, so touching up just revives it!
I love this foundation BUT I don’t think I’d repurchase because if I did, I repurchase my beloved Sephora foundation which is actually Tati approved (link here). I do want to try out other foundations.