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New From Maybelline: Review & Swatches

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January 2015 has been a very busy year for new beauty releases. Whether it's brands at the drugstore or the department store, almost everybody has been bringing out a few new products. To most, this may go unnoticed, but for makeup junkies like myself, it's pretty exciting stuff.

And what happens when new products are released? Well, I have to try to review them all! It's my civic duty, right?

The first products that caught my eye were the new additions Maybelline's "Master By FaceStudio" Collection. After trying them out for a few weeks, I've found a new favourite, and a definite pass.

Let's start with the concealer. I picked up the "Maybelline Master Conceal FaceStudio Camouflaging Concealer" in 10 Fair.

The claims:

  • Camouflages imperfections and dark circles.
  • Full coverage, high resistance.
  • Undetectable finish.

This little tube of concealer really impressed me. This creamy formula gives medium-to-full coverage. It blends beautifully into the skin without looking too cakey or greasy. It has been hard for me to find a concealer from the drugstore that conceals the darkness under my eyes, but this does a great job for the price! There are not many products that can compete with my NARS concealer, but this gives it a run for it's money.

This concealer comes in 5 shades, which is pretty good for a drugstore brand.They range from fair to medium/deep. You can pick it up at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart or Lawtons for approx $8 CDN.

And now, for the dud. 


Maybelline released three "Face Studio Master Prime" primers this year. One is meant to "Blur and Illuminate", one for "Blur and Redness Control" and one to "Blur and Smooth."

I picked up the Blur and Smooth primer, a light-weight formula with the consistency of a moisturizer, which on the package claims to:

  • Visually blurs tone imperfections and smoothes fine lines.
  • Primes skin for a smooth start.
  • Lightweight non-oily formula.
  • Does not clog pores.
Sadly, I found it didn't do any of these things (at least for my skin). Each time I wore it under my makeup, I found my pores were more visible, and the fine lines on my forehead were emphasized. Did it help prolong my makeup? Maybe, but not noticeably.

The one positive? It didn't break me out.

All in all, I was not impressed. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these primer formulas - I'd love to know your thoughts!

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  1. definitely interested in the concealer now. i can always use a good one! i couldn't find a good shade match with nars.