Holy Grail Inexpensive Foundation?!

Foundation and I have a complicated relationship. I’m the clingy needy girlfriend and foundation is the frat boy player who loves to string me along and make extravagant promises he can’t keep. If boys gave me cystic acne, they would literally be identical.




I saw a sneak peek of this foundation last summer but was dismayed to learn I had to wait until NOVEMBER to try it. To an impatient person, four months feels more like four years. JUST GIVE ME THE FLAWLESS SKIN ALREADY. Alas, I busied myself with taking pictures of my corgi and buying all the eyeshadows. Fast forward to November: disappointment strikes again. It was only available Ulta’s website and heck if I’m about to attempt to shade match myself off some pictures on a website which are rarely, if ever, accurate and shade matching is hard enough in person.


I went to WalMart recently to pick up some essentials (read: frozen pizza and peanut butter because I am classy) and per usual, I scouted the makeup aisles. I physically cannot enter any store, ever, without checking the makeup aisle which is precisely why my husband sends me in for a gallon of milk and I come out with twenty dollars worth of merchandise and maybeee the gallon of milk.


The Maybelline Superstay Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation.


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I have two different shades, neither of which are my exact match. I find my skintone hard to match especially because I apply self-tanner in the winter and my skin tone varies quite a bit as it fades and/or I don’t apply it because I’m lazy and self-tanning is the actual worst. I only self-tan in the winter because 1) I promised myself I would not use tanning beds ever again after I used them for my wedding, 2) I always always always feel better about myself when I have a little color, and 3) I do it the lazy girl way and only apply to the parts of my body that show in the winter, aka my arms, chest and neck. Based on how fresh or faded my fake tan is, I mix the foundations accordingly: more pumps of the light shade when I’m fairer, more pumps of the darker shade when my tan is freshly applied, an equal mix of the two when I’m somewhere in the middle.


[128 Warm Nude + 102 Fair Porcelain equal parts mixed, 102 Fair Porcelain, 128 Warm Nude]

I love this foundation. It’s full coverage, it has a natural matte finish, it lasts ALL DAY, the shade range is decent, it’s under ten dollars, it plays nicely with products blended on top, it applies evenly with both a damp sponge and a buffing brush. I actually prefer a Beautyblender sponge to blend it out because it gives a natural finish to my skin while remaining full coverage. I don’t powder this foundation and it still lasts all day. Did I mention it’s under ten dollars?

I can’t think of any cons for this foundation, except:

  • if you have dry skin, this might be too matte for you. If your skin is dry/normal, using a hydrating primer or mixing the foundation with facial oil might make this easier to work with.
  • if you apply too heavily, you can sort of feel it on your face. It’s not tacky or sticky, but you feel it. Make sure to apply in thin layers, and start small. This foundation is pretty full coverage so use less than you think you need and build from there!


Here’s a frightening photo to keep you awake tonight. My skin has recently…been through some stuff. I switched up some things after doing some hormonal testing (NOT PREGNANT DON’T EVEN GO THERE) and my face is displeased, to say the least. I expected some skin issues so It’s not under control yet but we’re getting there!

Also please ignore my craft boxes in the background. I stress-craft and it’s very normal.


PSA: my facial skin is a very different color than my chest because I had just applied self tanner and not showered yet.


Even though I don’t love showing off my skin when it’s currently at its worst, I’m doing it to show how good this foundation really is!

One layer of the foundation on unprimed skin, applied with a damp Beautyblender:


After blending my Colourpop undereye concealer with a Beautyblender then setting with my RCMA No Color powder:


Here’s the foundation with a full face of makeup, no retouching or blurring:


The power of makeup, am I right?


Full face product list:

FACE: Maybelline Superstay foundation in 102 Fair Porcelain and 128 Warm Nude mixed, Colourpop No Filter concealer in 5 Fair under my eyes and 20 Light for spot concealing, RCMA No Color Powder,  Colourpop Golden Moment bronzer, Sydney Grace Co. cream highlight in Royal Kiss, Dose of Colors Desi x Katy highlighter in Fuego, Neutrogena Healthy Skin blush in Rosy, Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Kit.

BROWS: NYX Precision Brow Pencil in Soft Brown

EYES: Colourpop You Had Me at Hello palette (Winning Ticket shade), Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow eyeshadow in Molten Midnight, Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions palette (purple shade), NYC black liquid liner, Ardell Mega Volume 250 lashes (my absolute favorite dramatic lashes!), Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara, Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eyeshadow + Kohl duo in Back to Blacks, BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel palette for inner corner/brow bone highlight.

LIPS: NYX Extra Creamy lipstick in Circe, CARGO Essential Lip Gloss in Taos.



If you love foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear but want a cheaper option, I absolutely love and recommend this foundation! Dare I say…it’s BETTER than Estee Lauder Double Wear. It beats out any and all other foundations I’ve tried from high-end to drugstore. It’s a ten from me, dawg.


If you’re interested in seeing how I go from the frightening left to the less frightening right, I’m thinking of doing an acne coverage video! Let me know if you guys would be interested.


with love and lashes,

Katie ♥



4 thoughts on “Holy Grail Inexpensive Foundation?!

  1. Tiffany says:

    I would definitely be interested in an acne coverage video! Covering acne is not my strong suit and that’s unfortunate because it’s only gotten worse as I’ve gotten older! *runs to buy that foundation!!*

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    • Pick Of The Glitter says:

      Adult acne is no joke. I never had skin this bad in high school when I was SUPPOSED to look like this! My skin got extremely sensitive and acne prone when I turned 21, about the same time my metabolism unceremoniously peaced out. Let me know how you like the foundation!


  2. Elaine Christopher says:

    Wow, Katie, is all I can say….pretty impressive(and pretty brave on your part, as well) to actually show how well the product works! This is amazing! Other than the occasional monthly flare-ups, I don’t have issues with acne, but I know when I do get a pimple, I feel like absolutely everyone is staring at it, rather than me, and to know that I can absolutely cover, is wonderful!! You are so pretty, and I really appreciate your feedback on products…I will put this in my notes section of my “hair/skin” file, so I can get some the next time I am at Walmart…


    Elaine S. Christopher


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  3. Pick Of The Glitter says:

    Ahhh you are one of the nicest people this world has ever known! It was sort of scary to put my face out there since the state of my skin is the worst it’s ever been. I’ve never had acne quite like this, not even in high school! As I get older I find that I care what people think a lot less (I hope that continues!) and it helps to have people like you who give sincerely kind compliments! Thank you for your support and kind words, they never ever ever go unnoticed!! ❤


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