Review + Swatches: Maybelline's fresh matte promise this summer is real

I've tried a Maybelline Super BB Cushion previously and did not like it. I got the wrong shade, granted, but I found the texture too thick and the undertone too pink to fit my requirements! That's why I had low expectations when the new Maybelline Fresh Matte BB Cushion (P749) arrived on my doorstep recently. It came with the Master Strobing Stick (P399), a duo which Maybelline hopes to be part of our summer kit.

Despite my pre-determination not to like the Fresh Matte Cushion, it instantly wormed itself into my heart. One swipe on my face and I knew - knew - that it's something I'll be using regularly! It has medium coverage in one layer and blends beautifully on skin with a soft matte finish. It covered up uneven areas and light blemishes on my face with ease; nevertheless, it still looks like skin. It's like I'm not wearing any foundation! I also love the SPF25 PA+ protection.

I mean, just look at this FOTD. I set the cushion with Clear Smooth All-in-One Powder Foundation (P259), also in the shade 03 Natural, to achieve clean, matte-but-not-flat skin. A swipe on the Master Strobing Stick on my cheekbones and bridge of the nose added a pretty highlight to my look.

I got the perfect shade match in 03 Natural. It's a yellow-toned, medium shade that should blend on NC35 skin seamlessly. There's a lighter shade available if you are fairer than I am, but if you are darker, well - sorry!

The caveat: this cushion doesn't stick very well on skin. It creases around my nose, eyes, and chin in about three hours - not a good sign - when not properly retouched with powder every hour. I don't even have particularly oily skin but there it is. I recommend wearing a primer before the cushion to hold it down better during the day!  

Still, I think this is a great cushion with a workable formula and great shade match. I'll continue using this as it's so convenient and it makes my skin look fantastic (even though it really isn't). It delivers its promise of fresh matte skin, and I'm sold.

The Master Strobing Stick (P399) is packaged simply, which may lead you to underestimate it. Don't! It's a beautiful warm champagne highlighter stick that glides on skin like butter. It blends easily with just fingers and allows light to bounce off your skin prettily.

I like that the formula is not too wet and sets for the most part. It stays on my skin about two-three hours - not particularly impressive - but I suppose it's easy enough to retouch due to the stick format. I love how the shine is subtle and wearable for everyday. You can apply this with a heavy hand without mucking it up; it delivers a soft glow to the skin with barely any effort.  This is a basic highlighting stick that should serve you well if you're looking for a good one without spending *too* much!

Let me know what you think of these new Maybelline drops! Have you tried any of them?