I purchased this because of lots of good reviews on Amazon from people who were paying two and three times the base retail price because Maybelline supposedly didn't sell it anymore.
Many claimed to be former uses of Bare Minerals, which I like, along with the much cheaper Everyday Minerals, which you have to buy online.
In fact, it is available now, marketed as an 'Only at Walmart' product and it was quite cheap -- $7 or $8 for a generous amount of powder and a not terrible baby buki brush.
So I when I saw it I bought it, even though the color selection was the extremely limited. Creamy Natural appeared to be darkest. My skin is kind of olive, with yellow undertones. And I REALLY didn't like it.
My bare skin isn't terrible, even though I'm in my late 50s. I can get away with using Sally Hansen spray bronzer -- not sprayed directly onto my face, but mixed with moisturizer in my palm, followed by a little concealer along the nostril folds. But my skin looks far from flawless.
Reviewers said the Maybelline minerals provided very good coverage, without settling into pores and lines.
The coverage is indeed very good. It's buildable and you can layer enough on that it is opaque, without feeling like you're wearing anything. And it's matte, which I typically prefer.
But it's too matte by far. Lifeless. Also, overly uniform in color. Like I used tan paint. And my pores showed a lot. Of course it also settled into wrinkles, but I wouldn't detract lippies for that -- no product, no matter how high end, is going to skim over anything deeper than very fine lines.
Personally, I'd rather have mediocre skin than a perfect surface that makes me look considerably older -- and kind of like I need a good wash.
Even on areas where I am visibly poreless and have no wrinkles, the makeup looks a bit grubby. I realize that the fairer shades do tend to look cleaner in mineral makeup -- something about the brown pigments can appear muddy in quite a few brands.
But I'm not sure this stuff would work for anyone, no matter how fair-skinned or how young. It seems like you'd have to have quite an oily face for it not to look flat and if your face is that oil your pores are likely large enough that this will call attention to them.
I hate throwing product away, so I tried using a very light application, followed by an even lighter dusting with Physicians Formula Powder Palette Pearls Powder Palette in Translucent Pearl, 7040 -- THE most underrated drugstore product in the entire world. Applied sparingly, it makes pores and small flaws much less noticeable without perceptible iridescence. Why the poor reviews? Because they're evaluating ALL the shades, and only Translucent Pearl looks 100% natural (but not if you apply too much).
The Maybelline / Physicians Formula combo was an improvement over the Maybelline alone.
But the result, while more polished and closer to 'perfect,' wasn't as attractive as my go-to Sally Hansen/Moisturizer combo, followed by strategic concealer and the same light dusting of Physicians Formula.
Not worth buying. Better to pay 50 per cent more for a better drugstore brand of minerals if you are on a budget and avoiding high-end.