In a delayed entrance into the mineral makeup market, Maybelline’s “Mineral Power” makeup line has finally arrived.
But were Maybelline’s cold-filtered, triple-refined minerals worth the wait?
Does the powder foundation deliver on its promises of a “natural luminous finish” and “healthy refined coverage”?
The answer is yes…but with an important exception.
What I like about Maybelline Loose Mineral Foundation:
- Superb Value and a Brush That Actually Works!
In my Drugstore Mineral Makeup Rankings, I repeatedly complained about other brands’ use of gimmicky and impractical packaging that included built-in brushes that left a lot to be desired.
I asked for a lower-priced product with a no-frills sifter jar…and Maybelline delivered.
At only $8.98 for 0.28 oz* of powder foundation AND a nice mini kabuki brush (that actually gets the job done), Maybelline Loose Mineral Foundation is now the #1 drugstore mineral makeup when it comes to value.
- Excellent Range of Shades. With its impressive range of 12 shades, Maybelline Mineral Power now boasts the best shade-range available from any drugstore mineral makeup brand.
- Fresh Finish & Buildable Coverage.
When I first applied this foundation, I was impressed with its radiant finish and natural-looking color that can be layered on for light to medium coverage.
The fresh-looking finish has a very slight sheen, which probably won’t be problematic for anyone except those who prefer a more matte finish…or have very oily skin.
This leads me to….
The Product’s Biggest Drawback
This mineral makeup, by itself, won’t work well for oily skin types.
Though I loved the way this makeup looked when I first applied it, my oily/combo skin was starting to show some shine after only two hours of normal wear. Four hours after the initial application, it was Oil-Slick City.
To give this foundation some credit, it didn’t break down and become cakey. On the other hand, it had more of a tendency to settle into pores and make the oily areas of my skin look even shinier.
The good news? If you have normal-to-dry skin and you feel like other mineral foundations make your skin feel and look dry, this may be a fantastic product for you to try out.
For those with oily skin who’d still like to try this foundation, the good news is that wearing a good oil-absorbing face primer will control shine and significantly extend the wear of this foundation.
The Bottom Line on Maybelline Mineral Makeup: This foundation is a “must-try” for those with normal-to-dry skin types, Makeup Moxies who have had problems finding drugstore mineral makeup in a shade that matches their skin color, and the bargainistas who are looking for a great deal.
How does this effect the Drugstore Mineral Makeup Rankings?
Maybelline Mineral Powder Foundation takes the cake in terms of value. In terms of quality, I would rank it at #2 to tie with Milani.
Stay tuned for an official update of the Drugstore Mineral Makeup Rankings…as well as more reviews of Maybelline Mineral Power products.
Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation is available for about $9 from stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Your turn, Makeup Moxies. What do you think of the new Maybelline mineral makeup? Please be sure to leave a comment!
* Taking into account the smaller amount of Maybelline mineral makeup needed to achieve a look comparable to one using the previously top-ranked Milani Minerals, Maybelline is a better value at $9.62 for 0.3 oz (vs. Milani’s cost of $14 for 0.3oz).
Please visit this post for more information on how I determined the “value” of these products.