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REVIEW: Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder

REVIEW: Maybelline White Superfresh Compact Powder

ISLM Writer: Ishleen

Hello munchkins!

I know I am most probably the last person on the earth to rave about this little baby which was launched somewhere near the diwali season! And Maybelline knows when to launch its products so as to gain the most popularity and attention towards them! So first things first, being a sikh (by religion) I did not celebrate Diwali this year given some communal decisions! But no matter what, shopping for makeup under Diwali's veil is always justified! *wink-wink*

So here am I my pretty girlies with a super cute product to show all of you which I had completely forgotten about and just recently stumbled upon while cleaning my makeup stash!  Let’s dig in directly without much ado!

Product description

Name - Maybelline White Superfresh 12 hour Whitening+ Perfecting Compact
Shade - Pearl
Price - INR 150
Quantity - 8 grams
Availability - Easily available across all Maybelline counters and online!
Shades Available - Pearl (light-medium), Shell (medium), Coral (medium-dark)

Product claims
Women feel their complexion looks and feels best in the morning- right after applying the compact. However, as the day goes on, ordinary compacts may mix with sweat and oil. Making the complexion look dark, dull and patchy. And feel cakey and dirty. Perlite, a pure mineral with skin perfecting powers. Visibly lightens complexion, while absorbing sweat and oil. UV filters protects skin from both sun darkening and damage. 12hr fair, fresh and perfect: Fair, fresh and protected, your complexion looks and feels perfect all day long- even in hot, humid weather.

How to use (as mentioned by Maybelline):
Apply all over the face and neck with the puff provided. Blend well around the eyes, along the hairline and jaw line, for a naturally perfect-looking complexion.

So this cutesy babe comes snuggled up in a very chic white cardboard packaging with all the detailed information printed on it with hues of silver and teal! A very refreshing choice of colours indeed—teal blue, silver and white—what a soothing combination indeed! About the actual packaging, the compact powder can in no ways be termed as cheap or flimsy looking! The white opaque packaging is quite chic and sturdy with a very handy mirror attached to the inside of the packaging! Plus, the powder is very well placed inside the pan, which is a bonus! Though the applicator provided is not the greatest of the type, but for 150 bucks I just cannot complain!

This particular range of powder comes in three (which is really less) shades—Pearl, Shell and Coral! Whereas Pearl (which I bought and am reviewing today) is meant for super light, almost pale skin tones with very evident pink undertones! Whereas the shades shell and coral (on the face of it) appears to be meant for medium skin tones! The only difference is that whereas Shell is more yellow-beige toned; Coral is more orange looking in the pan and will suit skin tones from medium to wheatish! But dusky beauties are going to have a hard time finding a match for themselves! *sigh*

The powder is not at all chalky and gives more of a satiny finish! It is a great mattifying product and goes on really smooth on the skin! Though there is one thing which I would like to warn you about—do not try to layer up this powder, especially the lighter shade “Pearl” (which I bought, god knows why!) if you have medium to wheatish skin tone! One layer of the powder, and your skin is brightened up—two layers, and hello ghost! :P All in all I like the texture if used judiciously as it is not at all chalky and feels really smooth on the skin!

Pigmentation and Coverage
One thing which this powder is—is sheer coverage! And no, I would not suggest building up the coverage until and unless you are ready to rock a white cast or a rather patchy looking skin! It can cake up if not applied judiciously! About the coverage, it can be called as light-medium coverage kind of a powder! All in all, pretty ok to use for on the go touch ups and is a great setting powder for the price it comes at!

My thoughts!
Even though I had about a dozen compacts lying in my closet waiting for their turn, a new powder in the market could not inhibit me from buying more—especially if it comes at a price tag of 150 INR! And yes, I was also on the lookout for a nice under eye concealer setting powder, and thus I ended up buying a more pink toned concealer because, one—I had dozens of yellow toned powders and second—I wanted to give pink toned powder a shot as I thought it would cancel the purple tones on my under eye area! And it works fantastically for the under eye makeup! But if I use it as an all over setting powder the shade is too light—like tooooo light! T that can be given a pass as it blends beautifully and thus does not leave that white-cast kind of look!


  1. very affordable
  2. sturdy packaging
  3. handy mirror
  4. great texture, not at all chalky
  5. blends like a dream
  6. does not leave a white cast when blended properly
  7. keeps the skin matte for a good 4 hours before the need for a touch up
  8. a match made in heaven for oily skin as it is a great mattifyng powder
  9. stays on for a good 4-5 hours
  10. gives a very nice brightening effect to the skin
  11. controls sebum to quite an extent


  1. not much of a handy applicator
  2. limited shade range
  3. dry skinned girls will require a heavy duty moisturiser underneath as it can get drying

Overall Rating:

Final verdict:
You want a mattifying setting powder, which does not get cakey and fits well in your budget—go for it girl!

P.S. I know many of you would be expecting me to talk about the whiteness claims and if the powder holds true to it, but trust me girls the “whitening” claims irk me like nothing else—not even the 12 hour stay promises! I mean seriously, beauty is what you are—do not let these whiteness obsessed companies define the norms for you! Love the skin you were born in and let the world cater to it rather than giving in the rat race!


  1. Wow.. nice and detailed review... i also ordered the same beauty but in darker shade to use it for contouring... lets c how it goes to my pale skin.......

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    1. Hi Priyanka! Thankyou so much for the appreciation! But babe i do not think that even Coral (the darkest of the three shades) will go as a contouring shade even for the palest of the skins as it is not really dark! almost suitable for NC37 if not less! :)
      Lest, do try and elt us now how it works as a contour :*

  2. Lovely review. Thanks for a detailed one.
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  3. Very nice review :) I bought this recently in the shade 'Shell'!

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