I love this and use this during my everyday makeup routine...and get tons if complements on how my skin looks. My only complaints are that sometimes it will smear or blend in weird. And sometimes it just feels like too much on my oily skin. Overall this is amazing and definitely worth the money.
I feel like this doesn't have very good staying power which is the main problem with it. The packaging also isn't very cute but it's the product that matters after all. It has GREAT buildable coverage for a drugstore foundation - I've tried many many drugstore foundations because of my skin problems and insecurity about my skin and this one had some of the best coverage I've found in drugstore foundations. I use a blending sponge to apply this because it can look a little cakey if I use a brush - but a lot of foundations look cakey on me with a brush for some reason. It makes your skin look soft and smooth, almost like an airbrush finish. You can build the coverage. With one application it gives medium coverage I would say, but if you build it up it gives great coverage, like the coverage of a concealer. It doesn't completely hide my acne scars but they're really red and I've never found anything that completely covers them. Anyway, I'm trying to find a way to wear this where it will stay on - such as using additional primers or setting sprays. I have oily skin and live in a hot climate so maybe if you have normal skin the staying power would be better. It didn't oxidize on me either.
I recently ran out of my Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H and I am no where near civilization so I was looking to buy a drugstore foundation that I really am always hesitant to buy but I saw that this one got such great reviews so I bought it. I'm not sure of the qualities if this foundation because as soon as I got it I tried some on the back of my hand and man was it super pinky orange. The texture was really smooth though but I'm super super pale, the maybelline fit me in 110 is a perfect match for my skin so you can see the issue there. However if you are tan and are not yellow toned then I would suggest this makeup for you. Price is about $10 and I didn't mind the packaging. I will not be repurchasing.
I have to say, I'm rediscovering CG--their color in foundations for me is spot on--the ivory matches me perfectly--pinkish cheeks, peachy/yellow undertones, very fair/porcelain skin--so neutral fair shades work best for me. I love this cream foundation--I have dryish skin in my cheeks and more oily in the T-zone, and this works like a dream--the compact is a bit bulky for the tiny amount of product you get, but for the price, you can't beat it. No strong smell, glides right on and sets to a soft matte finish which lasts with a dusting of powder over my t-zone most of the day. I've used absolutely every single foundation, tinted moisturizer, bb-cream, and powder that's out there, and this one is pretty close to HG status for me. also love the new CG Outlast liquid foundation in SPF20 in Ivory.....
This foundation is VERY nice and also affordable. I don't really care for cream foundations after trying Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse, which totally oxidized on me! I really do like Cover Girl Foundations so I wanted to try this out because a compact foundation would be very nice on the go. This creme is very easy to blend and has the same array of shades that Cover Girl's other foundations have. If you have used a foundation from Cover Girl that matched you, you can choose another foundation, like this one in the same color you have been using. This compact in slim and nice and the sponge is okay. But the sponge is very cheap so it will most likely break after some uses. A sponge is the key tool to cream foundations though, which is why Cover Girl sells a separate pack of 3 sponges to refill if needed. This has a nice powdery finish to it, so you can skip the setting step, but you can if you want. This foundation has light to medium to full coverage, depending on how you you build it. Overall, this is a great foundation for at home, and/or on the go!
This is pretty much the only foundation I use. I do not like liquids or powders. This is a perfect in between product. It goes on smooth and provides good coverage that is not very heavy. It lasts all day and does not make my skin greasy. SPF is an added bonus, though I always use an SPF moisturizer under it.
If you have dry, flakey skin, this will emphasize it as it is not super moisturizing. On some winter days when I get dryness I tend to use a BB cream (Smashbox), but otherwise I stick to this. I think I am on my fifth package or more.
I have been using this product off and on for about 4 years. I really only use it in winter. It is a good quality product for the price. It goes on smooth and when used with a primer lasts all day. I get many compliments on my skin. I do always add a little Avon mineral makeup over it. It makes an airbrush affect. The two together are wonderful.
One of my best friends has been using this product for years and her skin always looks flawless and smooth. I really liked it's ease of portability and application. On a recent trip my friend was able to pull out her little compact and easily touch up and her makeup looked great! So I decided I should give this a try. I usually use foundations from lancome, clinique, Dior to name a few so I wasn't expecting much from this. I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked the smooth finish this gave. It's quick and easy to apply too. The packaging doesn't bug me too bad I think it's ok considering the product is great!
Now, the only negative (and it's a big one for me) is the lack of yellow-toned shades. I am an NC30 in MAC with very yellow undertones. I have to combine Buff Beige and Soft Honey to get a good color match. The colors in between those two were so pink I couldn't believe it. So it really bugs me that this product is supposed to be so convenient to tote around in your purse and I can't do that because I have to mix shades. It's hard to hold two of those big compacts in one hand while your trying to apply with your other hand. To me that's the point of a compact, to make it easier to apply and take with you on the go. Anyway, it really bothers me to say the least. So I do use this at home where I can lay both compacts on my counter and mix and apply but I'm sad it's too hard to apply on the go.
Well, I never thought I'd find myself buying a CG foundation since I have't tried anything CG since I was about 15. However, affter a big disapointment with an h/e fndt I was desperate for one that worked without splurging. If you get a good one, cream to powder foundations are notoriously easy to apply, so I thought I'd seek one out at my d/s. I was immediatly pleased to see that AquaSmooth has 9% Tio2 as it's spf. The addition of a stable mineral spf is always enticing to me. Anyway, I bought it in the lightest shade (Ivory 705). For referene, I am NW10. The coverage can be built up to solid medium without looking cakey. It is easier to apply than powder foundation and the finish much silkier looking. It lasts maybe 4 hours in regular indoors temps without touch-up. The good thing is that this stuff is incredibly easy to touch-up if you carry a compact with you. Packaging: It looks like a mini blue spaceship or some kind of ancient contreceptive container. I wish it were smaller and the sponge included bigger. I tried wearing this fndt for a few days and finally decided that much as I liked the ingredients, finish and ease of application the shade was simply wrong for me_ too dark and too yellow. I think this fndt wouldn't work on complexions lighter than NC15. But for the price and the quality of product I am giving it 5 lippies because I am sure it would work out great for many ladies.Oh, and no weird CG smell either.
If you're using Revlon Colorstay for normal/oily skin right now, you will want to give this a try. Here's why: while using Colorstay, I noticed (over a long period of time) that my pores were actually becoming larger - probably in part because that stuff does not want to come off your skin, and toner was a must. When I bought Aqua Smooth, I wasn't expecting any miracles (although I was hopeful because of the positive reviews here). I had used these types of pan-creme makeups in the past and felt that they always got "gunky" looking on my skin after about 4-5 hours. The first day I applied this, I wasn't initially that impressed. Around mid-day, I did my lunch time oil-blotting and noticed that I should have just left well enough alone. My skin, before blotting was glowy, but not greasy, and I was blotting because I always did. The blotting made the coverage turn from glowy to powdery and uneven. Next day, I didn't blot and didn't add powder. I was dreading looking in the mirror late afternoon - surely I would be an oil slick by then. But, amazingly, my skin and makeup looked the same as it did at lunch! Coverage is medium, and buildable if you're careful. Finally, after a week, I've noticed that when I remove my makeup (and by the way, this stuff easily comes off with a decent cleanser), my pores are looking smaller and my skin doesn't seem so stressed out. I think this stuff has B vitamins in the formula, so maybe it's helping fortify my skin. Oh, and you can eliminate your primer with this - completely unnecessary and actually detracts from it's wearability. I cleanse, then apply Equate Ultra Gentle Oil Free moisturizer (Neutrogena dupe). Let it sink in for 5 minutes or so before applying Aqua Smooth. I let the Aqua Smooth "dry" after applying for another 5 minutes (do my eye makeup during that time). I top the makeup off with CG Clean Pressed Powder. Easy, very affordable and looks great! For reference, I wore Sand Beige in Colorstay and found a perfect match with Buff Beige - both the Aqua Smooth and the powder. And finally, I almost forgot and this is a big selling point - no oxidation with this! Zero, all day. And Colorstay did oxidize throughout the day. Cheaper than Colorstay too - and always plenty of CG coupons in the Sunday paper. You really just can't go wrong with this :)