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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Shine Free Foundation

The Problem: 
I have extremely oily face. And not to mention, acne scars worsen it. That's why I cannot go outside with bare face. I know I always need to wear a foundation (powder) to hide those imperfections. But since I am more concerned about the price of a foundation, I want one which is affordable but does the job in concealing my acne marks and of course controlling the oiliness on my face. Does the featured product on today's post will help me to solve my problem? Let's find out!

The Product: 
Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine All in One Shine Free Foundation
(take a deep breathe after)

I discovered this product last year, and when I knew that it only cost P149.00 (the refill ones) I purchased one after I emptied my all time favorite Ever Bilena two way foundation. By the way, here's the short information about the foundation:
Yes it has SPF 25!
If I am not mistaken, it is available in 4 shades. And I think I have mine which is in the darkest shade (?) Sand Beige.

Here's mine:
Cost: P149.00
Where: Watson's
Content: 1.5 grams
Shade: Sand Beige

Sorry mine has been crack :( I have this for 3 months na yata. Ngayon ko lang naisipan ireview. 

The shade has yellow undertone that suits the Asian girls like us.

Without flash

With flash
I am not sure if it is a two way cake, but I think it isn't. I tried to wet the sponge and applied it on my face but it did not work. It only leaves a dark mark on the foundation. So yeah, don't try to apply this with wet sponge applicator.

Here's the swatch on me:
Without Flash with natural lighting.

With flash.

With flash.
I have very yellow skin undertone. So the foundation may look a bit grayish on me because I am acidic. It may look lighter than my skin tone but fret not, because it will suddenly darken after few minutes.

My thoughts: Well, I think buying this twice means I am satisfied. Not really amazed but this is perfect for everyday use. It does the job when it comes to mattifying your face and covering my acne marks. But of course, it has Good and Bad points. Before we proceed on it I would like to share with you the pictures that I've taken so you can see how it does conceal my acne marks.

With flash.
I have lots of acne marks on my cheek. Whenever I have pimples, it usually leave me dark marks. The pictures taken above and below were taken after work, this is about 8pm so you can see that my face is truly oily and decided to put the Maybelline foundation and it really makes my face matte.

Without Flash.
One to two layers is enough to lightly cover my acne marks.

See, it has good coverage no?

Good Points:
Has light to medium coverage
Prevents oiliness (2-4 hours)
Has 5 shades to choose from
It comes with a sponge
Does not break me out
No weird scent
Easy to blend
Easy to carry around (size)

Bad Points:
It easily cracks
It oxidize a bit (on my skin)
Needs to layer for maximum coverage
Using the sponge applicator, when you wear moisturizer underneath it, the powder tends to look cakey

Recommendation: Yes! Despite of it's negative points I still recommend this to those who are on a tight budget but looking for a good foundation. Specially if you are just looking for an everyday powder, this is surely for you! This has been my second purchased of it but please be careful since it tends to crack easily, I did not drop this but I was very dismay after seeing it cracked. In my opinion, when it comes to coverage, the EB two way cake foundation is much better than this.

PrettyThriftyPoints: 7/10

And there you have it! I hope you find this post  helpful if you are planning to purchase the said product in near future.

And i hope you are enjoying the long weekend!
Will going to post my previous haul tomorrow! 
Stay tuned!

Take care,


  1. Would you rather recommend EB two way cake foundation than this? I need to buy a new compact..I've been using sansan two-way cake for the longest time now.. A also have my eyes on Fanny Serrano two-way cake.. what would you recommend..?

    Sayang tlga ung myra vitaglow sis noh? ok sana pero ang daming inconsistencies.. feeling ko nga discontinued na un.

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  9. sis can this be used even without foundation?

    1. You mean liquid foundation? Yes sure! It has great coverage!

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