This is a great medium coverage foundation. I love how it has 3 types to choose from for diff. skin types. They have multiple shades for normal skin, sensitive skin, and for oil control. This is great for everyday wear and is lightweight, and inexpensive. There is great range of shades to choose from. The only con I have with this product is the bottle, you need a brush to dip into the bottle and take some out and then tranfer it to a sponge. Its just a lot of hassle and can get messy. But other than that, its an awesome foundation!
PACKAGING: The bottle is nice but kind hard to store since the base is wider than the top. I have dropped it multiple times on hard wood and tile and it holds up. Very nice but can be messy when you use some of it and you have to tilt it to get some product out. As any other the inside of the cap does get product on it.
PRODUCT: It's okay. I got mine in clean but should have gotten it in oily because I do get oily in the middle of the day. It didn't look so bad but I did have to blot. It feels so nice on the skin and has a Noxema tingle to it. Loved that. It is OIL FREE so it shouldn't clog too bad. WATER BASED. You will have to SET IT WITH POWDER
FINISH: Not matte. You will regret not setting it if you don't!! I doesn't feel to heavy and does kind of stick to dry spots so moisturize well beforehand
COVERAGE: Doesn't cover fully redness or pimples. Indefinably a medium coverage that you can only little build up.
Not for a natural look but can be formal or occasional.
I buy the oil control version and absolutely love it! I get it in the shade 110 Classic Ivory. Many other foundations break me out and this luckily isn't one of them. Also many fair shades are only pink undertones, but this one has brown undertones, which is perfect for me. I haven't noticed the smell in the oily skin version, but I recently bought the normal skin version because the store was out of the oily skin version. I do notice a strong odor, almost Noxzema like, with the normal skin version. It has light coverage and also feels light on the skin.
On the normal skin formula, the smell is absolutely unbearable and it oxidizes pretty bad. I wouldn't recommend it! Really disappointed!
First impression: The glass bottle is nice, the small cap is functional — but it's tough stuff to get out of the jar!
Second impression: There's a trick to getting this foundation out of the bottle. By removing the cap and using a (clean) finger to cap off the small opening, while shaking the contents, it is possible to dispense just enough foundation to dot on one's face without digging in a pinkie finger or pounding the back of one's hand black-and-blue. (The Oil Control formula, in particular, is tricky because it's thicker and doesn't run out of the jar quite as easily as the Normal Skin version.)
I first bought the new Clean Makeup formula for Oil Control only because I got it on clearance for less than $4, in the shade "Classic Ivory". I thought, "What the heck, I haven't tried this stuff since high school."
Having used the oil-control version of this product for a couple of weeks now, I've found it can look streaky/chalky, exaggerating flaws such as wrinkles or dry patches on combo skin. I had no problem, however, once I began to apply it over Trader Joe's sunscreen and/or Pycnogenol cream, the latter of which acts like a primer and serves to make it blendable, albeit not all that buildable. I then set it with powder followed by a spritz of water, which gives it fairly good staying power for a product at this price point. In Classic Ivory, the tone is fairly neutral, swinging slightly pink but not too much so for my somewhat sallow skin tone. I particularly like that the Oil Control formula does not have much of a scent, if any.
To its credit, Cover Girl Clean Makeup does feel more breathable than Revlon ColorStay, L'Oreal Visible Lift, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, and other foundations I've tried. The downside, of course, is that it doesn't have the staying power of the likes of Revlon ColorStay foundation (Revlon ColorStay is the gold standard of long-wearing drugstore foundation brands, in my experience). I suspect the lightweight and breathable feel of Cover Girl Clean Makeup has to do with the fact that they are water-based formulas, and secondarily that these less expensive, less exotic formulas tend to contain less silicone. Dimethicone is a silicone-based emollient, which in my unfortunate experience causes skin irritation in high concentrations, hence I became particularly interested recently in trying Cover Girl's Clean Makeup for Normal Skin because it is the only liquid foundation I've come across so far that isn't loaded with this semi-occlusive ingredient. (The Normal Skin version would appear to be the only CG Clean Makeup that is silicone-free, however.)
Unfortunately, after cracking open the lid on Cover Girl's Clean Makeup for Normal Skin, the odor of menthol/clove/eucalyptus became overwhelming. This stuff could substitute for Vic's Vapo Rub — it's that strong! Alas, it's difficult to contemplate the return of a foundation based on scent alone, especially when I really need a silicone-free liquid foundation, so I went ahead and applied it anyhow. Although it looked as if "Creamy Natural" would be the best match, I bought the Normal Skin formula in Classic Ivory because that's the shade I have in the Oil Control version. Turns out, the two colors, while identically named, aren't an exact match: Classic Ivory for Normal Skin is a tad more on the orange side. (I would say that if you are fair-skinned, go a shade lighter than you might otherwise and you shouldn't have issues with "carrot face".)
With the hope that the medicinal smell would wear off, I got to work applying it. The bad news? The medicinal smell does not wear off quickly (40 minutes later, I'm still catching a whiff). It would also appear that some combination of the fragrance and essential oils has potential to create skin irritation, due to the fact that my usual spritz of water, to set the look after I powdered my face, triggered a slightly itchy/tingling sensation (it quickly passed, fortunately). [3/5/2013 EDIT: I had to stop using this foundation because the bridge of my nose broke out into small red bumps!]
In comparing the Oil Control and Normal Skin formulas, they both go on very differently. The Oil Control formula is not cakey if applied over any type of moisturizer, even over gels, such as aloe vera. The Normal Skin formula, however, balled up when applied over that same gel, to the point where I had to remove it and start from scratch with nothing else on my face. In short, the Normal Skin formula is tricky to apply because while it builds better than the Oil Control version it is not quite as blendable and therefore easy to over-apply. This Normal Skin formula, in fact, blends best when applied to dampened skin (moistened with alcohol-free Witch Hazel, for instance). Long story short, IF you can get the technique down, this foundation has decent coverage, especially considering it isn't loaded down with silicones. Still, I see this product being best for those who have youthful, smooth skin without many fine lines or wrinkles. (Translation: Using this product after age 40 is pushing it, and I definitely wouldn't recommend this product to the 50+ set!)
Truth be told, if it weren't for the fact that this Normal Skin formula is silicone free, I would return it because it is too hard to work with. But because I want to give my skin some Dimethicone-free days, I'll probably stick with it for occasional use, medicinal smell and all. For those who aren't sensitive to silicones, however, I can't really recommend this product, except on price alone (just under $6 at Target). [EDIT: I am returning the Normal Skin version of this foundation due to skin irritation from the eucalyptus/clove oil. My conclusion? The Oil Control formula is the gentler of the two regardless of skin type.]
Lasting Impression? To make a "clean" convert out of me, Cover Girl needs to bring out a fragrance-free, SLS-free, silicone-free, paraben-free version of this product.
This was an okay foundation for me. It had good coverage, but it felt a little too thick for my taste. I was surprised that it didn't break me out, because thicker formulas usually do, so that was a plus. It has decent staying power, but it does get shiny at the end of the day (for oily/combination skin at least). It had a strange scent that I didn't particularly like, and the bottle packaging could be better. I wish drugstore foundations could just take the hint and make a pump! This was relatively cheap if you can find it on sale; I found mine on sale for $4. It was overall an okay foundation, but I 'll try and look for something better.
This foundation was okay - good coverage and they have a fragrance-free formula. The thing I hated about it was that it is so pink-toned, and I need a good yellow-toned foundation. No matter how light or beige I went, I always looked slightly sunburned, and under bronzer or blush it's just atrocious-looking.
This product really isn't that bad despite the other reviews. I only use it when I'm going out for a fancy or formal dinner or date, and it's perfect for that!
This is one of the worse I've used of Clean ever! I got this by mistake but I don't have the money to just go and by new foundation all the time. I wash my face and normally put foundation on right away, and my face is shinny even with powder it's still shinny!
And that is not even mentioning the horrid smell! Eww
I will never by this type again! I should probably start look for new foundation brand.
I used this product for a while (before I knew just about everything in the make- up world) and thought it was ok. Once I tried other foundations I stopped using it. I recently tried it again, now having much more experience with makeup. OMG!!!! I HATED it! Seriously one of the worst foundations I have ever used! It creates breakouts and does NOT cover evenly what so ever! Also the packaging is horrible because it takes like 10 min. just to get some out! please... Please... PLEASE don't even waste your $6 on this product. I love CG but NOT this!!!!