My HG is Revlon ColorStay and have used it for decades, but I like to try other products as well. I'm not a fan of It Cosmetics CC cream, it just didn't work for me. The product is nice, but after a few hours it would wear off and I'm a greasy mess. I saw this was similar so I thought I'd give it a shot.
Color selection isn't huge here, and I'm tough to match at my age. I'm 51 with too many decades of Southern California sun damage on my chest, so it's constantly red and appears sunburned (it's not, use sunscreen!). The best I can do is to warm up my face and add bronzer. I'm also of Celtic descent, so this throws me into the light-medium range. In winter I can get away with classic ivory in most Maybelle formulas, but not summer. I opted for Natural Beige. Again, it's not a good match because of sun damage but it's not awful.
I applied a small dab to the back of my hand and just applied with my fingers, no sponge or brush. A little goes a long way with this foundation and it blended beautifully streak free. Solid medium coverage, even better than my Revlon. It set quickly and didn't feel tacky. I still dusted with Coty AirSpun powder and it looked good. Added a quick swipe of bronzer and blush, and used a banana powder for highlight instead of my usual shimmer just because this is a test run. I probably could have skipped the powder but I wear glasses and it's not really an option or my frames stick to my nose. No primer, no moisturizer for this test run.
It is matte. Not a good look at 51, so i set with a dewy finish setting spray. That helped add some glow. I don't feel product on my face overall, but it does have that warmth that a typical foundation has, but one I don't experience with ColorStay. It's not bad though. It seems to be sitting on my skin well, it didn't emphasize any large pores for me, but actually set in nicely in my problem areas.
I thought I'd give this a go since I like simple and quick products for summer, without having to have layers of stuff on my face. This fits that bill. How it performs for a full day at work or in a Los Angeles heatwave remains to be seen, and I'll update then. But first impression is this is a nice affordable and less greasy alternative to It Cosmetics CC cream. I'd like to see Maybelline try a glowy version of this like It's other cc cream for those of us that don't want a full matte foundation. And with a little of this going a long way, it's a great value for the price. I think I paid $11 at Walmart.
**Update** it didn't perform well on July 4th party, but it wasn't awful. Just wore off. Today was back to work, so I prepped with Nutrogena's Hydro Boost moisturizer and no primer. Applied a small dab on my hand and applied with a damp sponge. It applies evenly and incredibly easy with a perfect finish. Added a bit of concealer and set with powder. Set all of that with Ulta Dewy finish setting spray. I worked for six hours at my office, it was still wearing nicely and zero shine. It did start to settle in the crater of frown lines between my brows, but it wasn't the greasy mess I've experienced with other products (I'm looking at you, It Cosmetics). Came home, napped for an hour, then ran errands. Survived a 7.1 quake, and it's still on now at 11 pm. I'm really enjoying this foundation. Performs as well as my Revlon and comparable price point.