Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell

Review of Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell

There's the advertisements of this Maybelline Compact every where and honestly, I find Alia adorable. I had earlier received one but then, I wasn't sure about what to make of it because, it did not work, but I knew with proper tools this might be a champion. Since I wasn't very sure, I decided to hold back until I could make the most out of it. I have recently received one again in the Summer Essentials Kit recommended by Maybelline India. Anyway, coming back to the Superfresh Compact, there are three shades -- Ivory, Shell and Coral.
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell

Price Rs 150/- for 9 grams

 Shell is a very good match for my skin tone. It has the perfect amount of yellow and a little bit of
apricot tone which is even better for me. It comes with an applicator which I don't like. I prefer those soft velour ones or just my powder brushes.

Coverage and application techniques: I have used it in different ways and initially,  I wasn't impressed at all and stayed away because, blending with the applicator didn't go well and the powder looked patchy and my skin looked too dry. I know it's meant to absorb oils, but I still do not want to look dry and patchy. 

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Several months passed by ( this is actually my second one) and one day, after doing my foundation, I just wanted to try something other than the loose powder from The Body Shop ( it needs an update by the way). So, I just took my dense bristle round-topped kabuki brush from the bamboo collection set and started working with it and voila! Not only did it look very natural on top of the foundation, it added a smooth effect. The effect lasted several hours and my foundation continued looking fresh. Yes, the T zone got a little oily, but nothing a dabbing or blotting paper wouldn't take care of. 

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell

On another occasion, I didn't want to do foundation and all. I just used it after putting on moisturizers and it kind of evened out my complexion, or better to say it brightened up my complexion in a good way.The brand says it has something called 'pearlite' which keeps the powder from disintegrating and becoming cakey on the face.

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Unblended swatch of Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell.
 ( Yes, I bruised my hand in the swimming pool. :( )

I think since my skin is mature now, just going with compact doesn't make do. For younger women with oily skin it should do a very good job. The older ones can benefit too, provided there's a moisturizing base.

Since the coverage isn't very high, I anticipate that three colors might cover a wide spectrum; but in a heterogeneous ethnic populations in India, there would be women who would struggle and I don't like this exclusivity.

The ingredient list is not mentioned which is a concern because I cannot tell if it has talc.

Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell
Brand claims about Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder Shell

The powder reminds me of Lakme Perfect Radiance Compact, but texture-wise, this is slightly more drying making it more suitable for oily skin.


Since I have reviewed almost everything about this one, I am not listing the pros and the cons because what seems to be a con, turned out to be a pro in a different situation and with a different tool. So, that's important.


Have you used this compact ladies? What's your take?