Everytime I use this powder foundation it really WOW's me. I'm always feeling like I have to try the newest things that come out so this gets pushed to the back or bottom of my makeup collection from time to time, and I forget it's there until I find it again in a month or two..
I've been using this again for the past 6-7 days in a row (which is more days in a row than I used it in the past) and have to say I'm impressed! My skin is fair and warm undertoned (NC15ish if I wore MAC) and also oily (yet can get dehydrated in cooler/changing weather) and very clog-prone. This powder has never given me any issues with clogged pores or breakouts and controls my oil surprisingly well, even without a primer or another powder "setting" it overtop.
I used this powder on and off in High School (more than 14yrs ago! o_O) but couldn't remember much else about it other than that I liked it. After reading a few recommendations on the MakeUp Board of this being a lot of MUA'ers favorite powder foundation, I went out and picked it up again about 6 months ago. My initial reaction when I saw the poor shade selection was that the lightest shade would be too dark for me but I picked it up anyway for right around $7 USD at my local WalMart. It seems that every drugstore has this ALLLL the way at the bottom of their Maybelline display, barely noticeable to anyone who's not *looking* for it, which is disappointing to me :( I think for as awesome as this powder is, it should be promoted by Maybelline a little more.. Regardless, the lightest shade (Ivory) IS indeed a good shade match (actually it's a near PERFECT match) So if you are on the lighter side of N/NC15, the lightest shade SHOULD indeed work for you. If you're more fair with pink undertones (NW10-15), then the Ivory shade may be a bit too yellow undertoned for your taste, but it's so inexpensive I'd say give it a try anyway ;)
The first time I tried it I used the enclosed sponge - bad idea.. It gave a patchy application (IME at least..) So I ditched the sponge and used a brush, which is typically what I use for powder foundations anyway, and while the brush made application much easier and even, it provided very light coverage this way. So if very light coverage is what you're looking for, I'd definately recommend brush application for Maybelline PureStay. I've since switched to a powder puff for applying this. I've found that dabbing/bouncing the puff around on my skin blurs out imperfections best (rather than swiping, which seems to emphasize my large/visible pores) and this method provides light-to-medium coverage and is easily buildable to full on medium coverage without looking cakey. If you DO apply a bit too much and get the "cakey/powdery" look going on, just spritz a little RoseWater (or something like MAC Fix+ Spray) and it will tone it down to a more natural finish. (I like Boot's RoseWater Toner at Target - I've decanted some into a spray bottle just for situations like this) Plus it lasts all day on my oily skin, with OR without primer :) I kept glancing at myself in the mirror quite a few hours after my initial application and just thinking WOW, I can't believe my makeup still looks this fresh and perfect! &Those of you with difficult or oily skin and large pores (like mine) know that this isn't something we get to say too often when we see ourselves in the mirror many hours after we apply makeup (I know I don't at least..Lol ;D)
If you're someone who needs full on heavy coverage on a daily basis I'd still recommend this to you, and would just suggest you would use this more as a setting powder for another foundation rather than using it alone. I've found that sometimes layering two light/medium coverage foundations can give a better, full coverage appearance and more staying power vs. a full coverage foundation on it's own.
Needless to say Maybelline PureStay will NOT be getting pushed to the bottom of my makeup collection anymore, and has made its way into my high rotation makeup bag (where I keep the products I love and use most often) and I certainly plan to repurchase and highly recommend