SKIN TYPE: Combination/oily skin. Prone to breakouts. PROS: Lightly textured. Fragrance-free. CONS: A brush was needed for even application. Limited shade-selection. OVERALL: Does its job as a pressed powder. Didn't break out.
I have totally re-written my review of this powder. I compared it to Revlon's Colorstay powder in my original review and this Cover Girl powder just didn't keep my face matte all day, unlike Revlon. However, it makes my skin look like it is glowing and looks very natural, just not matte - more of a satin effect. This survived my standard makeup test (a full day at work plus a 30 minute walk home in the Florida sun) and my face still looked fresh and natural. The packaging is awful though. The silver plastic compact looks cheap and scratches easily. Also, my compact doesn't close properly when the sponge is inside. It seems to me like the sponge is too thick and there is no room in the compact for it. My powder therefore is always exposed to the air, and I don't know what type of effect this will be having on it's quality. I will repurchase as I love the glowy look this gives me, even if my face doesn't stay matte for long.
I used this along with the CG Trublend liquid foundation. It didn't help my oily tzone at all and it made my dry, acne prone cheeks even more dry and acne prone. If I put it on at 7 a.m. I could fry an egg on my face before 10 a.m. Plus I am super pale and the lightest color was too dark. The liquid worked well though and I am now using the Trublend powder foundation (it cuts a step out of my routine).
Lovely powder with minimal fragrance. Silky and easy to blend which looks quite natural. great price too. love it. my friend doesnt like it because she thinks it makes her look too pale...
I loved it. I started using this, instead of foundation, because its very light.The packaging is okay. Sadly, I dropped it and it broke ):
[But what do you expect when you drop anything on a lockerroom floor of course its gonna brake]
I really like the texture and feel of this. I have very oily skin and so far it keeps the oil at bay. It's very buildable so that's definitely a plus. It hides my redness while not looking garish. I haven't used it long enough to note the overall effects but so far i'm liking it. Kudos Cover Girl...I was very suprised (I use ivory)
edit: I retract my good review. This powder broke me out big time. I don't know what's in it, but my skin doesn't like it.
I have very oily skin so I usually only use loose powder and blotting sheets. But I wanted a pressed powder to carry in my purse for touch ups during the holidays. I haven't purchased pressed powder since high school (about 12 years ago). After reading many reviews here at PV, I decided to give Cover Girl TruBlend Pressed Powder a try. The promise of matching "97% of skin tones", being "Oil and fragrance free", and the price made me decide to give it a try. I purchased TruBlend in Translucent Light. It seems to be a great color over my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco.
I've used the powder for a week and I like it. If you are looking for an inexpensive pressed powder, I would recommend this powder.
I suppose this is a decent drugstore pressed powder... But it just doesn't cut it with me. The powder, after a few uses, has little chunks left over, which I've noticed is quite common in cheaper pressed powders, because the powders aren't as finely milled. (My Physician's Formula does the same thing.) The clumps are not at all present in powders from MAC, Benefit, Lola, etc., and those are the brands I'm more used to. (Granted, they are more expensive, but I like to purchase my products based on quality.) I bought this while on a trip, because I'd forgotten my pressed powder at home, and for the week or so I was out of town, this was alright. I don't like this powder, but I did buy it with it's counterpart whipped foundation, and I still use that; it's very exceptional. The sponge it comes with is... okay, but it does give you the potential of over-applying it if you're not careful. The outer compact itself is a little annoying, as the color is a very light silver and can pick up scratches on the paint easily, which makes it end up looking old and grungy. I remember using CG clean powder (in the green case) and that compact *never* had any scratches, so I think this was just a poor packaging choice on CG's part. I wouldn't repurchase this again, even if I was on a trip without my regular compact. I'd probably buy what I used to wear in high school... The CG clean powder.
this is the 1st powder i've ever used so i've nothing to compare with. but its great! but then again, my skin's pretty good to start with (no break outs, pretty even skin tone and not much visible pores or blackheads). i apply this very lightly after using oil blotting paper and it makes my skin even more even-looking and reasonably natural. i have fair asian skin and use the lightest shade.
no fragrance is also a plus. the packaging can be made to look a little nicer though!
I always use loose powder when applying my makeup fresh, but always carry a pressed compact with me for convenient touch-ups. I bought this for the first time several weeks ago because I needed a replacement, and didn't feel like shelling out a lot of money for a portable powder that I only use for touch-ups. I had heard good things about this, including that CG had finally gotten rid of that "cover girl smell", which encouraged me to give this a try. Didn't think much about it and never really thought about it as I was using it since I was only touching up. However, yesterday when I was having a no makeup day, I brushed some of this stuff on for a little coverage and....wow! It was almost like I was wearing foundation. Not sure how this powder does it, but it seems to really even out the complexion and provide good but believable coverage with just a light application. Wish they had a wider shade selection, but the color does seem to "blend" like the ads say, which seems to work for me. Includes a sponge applicator, but I can't comment on it since I usually throw those out and use my portable retractable brush for touch-ups. Would definately repurchase, but I am rather fickle and like to try new things. However, an excellent DS choice that beats costlier models. Proves that you don't have to spend a lot to get good results.