When it comes to foundation I don't put a lot of expectations into it. At my age, it's just a different ballgame. Being over 40 (42 to be exact), I have a different host of challenges to deal with and - to preserve my sanity and the sanity of those who live around me - I've come to realize that. Acceptance will get you far as you get older. Trust me.
So, let me ramp up this little review with some breathing and some herbal tea...
Who am I kidding? I'm on my second giant mug of coffee and I ate a slice of day-old peach cake for breakfast.
Back to the review:
As we get older (here comes the beauty school educator nerdery in me), the skin will change. I'm speaking from fact and - well - the fact that I look in the mirror every day. We lose our elasticity and fullness. The joy of the striking skin of our 20's makes way for sun spots (sure, they're "freckles"), lines, wrinkles and a texture change making our skin more fragile and fighting the good fight against gravity. To expect one product to be able to do a lot with these various issues is some kind of unicorn hunt that many of us need to let go of. Remember that part about acceptance? Good.
When I think of makeup, there are certain things I consider of most importance. I want some coverage to even me out. That's a given. I don't want something that is too heavy to where people step up to me and think that they can scrape my face off with a quarter revealing a prize code underneath.
I know that I have some lines and I know that my under-eye area is constantly playing a show called "let's guess how little sleep she got this week!" and I have come to terms with those things.
I don't need all of that completely hidden from view to be happy and I refuse to ignore the lines that a life of laughter has given me.
Where we older ladies get into trouble is trying to mask fact. I'm not trying to do that. I just want an even playing field.
Because I do have a skin care routine that involves retinoids (that Vitamin A byproduct that encourages your body to keep producing collagen and other new cells), it is recommended that I have a sunscreen on. Honestly, even if my skin care product didn't have retinol (which, I don't always use), I would still use sunscreen in my skin care / makeup in some form or fashion. Why? Because the sun is brutal, that's why. The sun is the siren that calls you to play but will eat you in the end. Tanning / sun exposure is a top item on the list of things that age you - but that's another article.
Needless to say, sunscreen is important to me.
Oil free is important to me because my own skin / hormonal imbalances make my face a living game of roulette. The final thing that is important to me is staying power. As much of a societal joke it has become, the hot flash is a regular, life-altering part of my existence. It's an awful part of life for 85% of women in menopause, actually. Those moments bring little bits of glistening to my skin (and so much more) and that tends to make my hair and makeup pretty patchy.
Look, at the end of the day, I don't want to have to think about my makeup so much... at the end of the day. *cough*
You see what I'm saying...
I had been through a lot of foundation and my last one that I tried (Revlon airbrush effects) was a big, soupy dud. Now, my makeup artist friends are silently screaming at my screen right now about how I need to go Makeup Forever or Smashbox or Mac. I love all of those brands, too, but I'm talking to the tens of millions of women making less, working more and who are looking for this kind of info. Women like me.
I picked up a bottle of the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin oil-free foundation while on a quick run to the grocers. I'm on a Maybelline kick lately so I picked this up along with some more of their eyeshadows which I've come to really enjoy. The bottle speaks of a staying power, oil free, sunscreen and it says it may even lend a hand into the skin care realm. Hey - why not, right?
Day one, I applied it with a whole host of other products in a youtube video I'm making.
I use my Mac 130 brush to apply foundation because I can swirl it and get a more even application. While the price for the brush may be steep, I feel like it is worth it. I have yet to find a cheaper alternative that I love as much... but more on that another time.
My first impression was that I enjoyed how quickly and evenly it went onto my skin. It wasn't too wet and it set quickly. The coverage is more medium. I think of full coverage as something much more thick. I can still see my skin through it but it gives me a nice, even coverage at the level that I'm looking for.
Here's my Instagram #NoFilter, Monday morning photo of me with this foundation on:
(Nice greys... sheesh.)
I've now worn this foundation 4 days in a row and I am loving it. I like the coverage and how it blends. I love the spf because my sunscreen concerns must be covered (this is Texas y'all!) and I love the staying power of it. When I meet up with the husband after work for dinner, I like knowing that the days atrocities haven't left me looking like I've endured said atrocities of life.
Will I have more luminous or more improved skin over 3 weeks of use? Who knows? All that I know is that I'm hitting the most important bases in my base and I like it, a lot.
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