I got the lightest shade (605 Ivory) because the sales lady it matches my skin tone. She tried it on my hand (which, I know, is wrong and it should be on the jawline). When I used it on my face, it made my face look a little darker. The coverage is so light that it didn't even cover the red marks (caused by pimples) on my face. And, as for the oil control thing, I'll just say "Forget about it." I was just so disappointed with this product.
I like this product a lot. I love powders that have a light-to-medium coverage and this does the job! Even though it doesnt' control oil for more than 2 hours, I like that the color at least stays on my face! I have some redness around the sides of my nose and dark circles and this covers them up perfectly even after my face gets oily. This powder foundation puts the covergirl oil control pressed powder to shame!
I normally wear bare minerals but was looking for something to less expensive to swipe on when I was just running around town and didn't want to waste my bare minerals! This product is great for that! I wear the cerave moisturizer which leaves me shiny and I'm already oily as it is and this fixed it right up! It extremely light coverage!! It really just evens the skin tone and keeps the oiliness at bay. I have lots of redness on my cheeks and on my nose and this is masks it with a 2nd layer. It feels great on my skin and goes on very smooth. It is oil free and hypoallergenic. In bare minerals I use fairly light and sometimes even fair and I purchased the compact in classic ivory and it's a perfect match!
This is great. Oil control is good, Staying power is pretty good, and doesn't oxidize throughout the day! I probably will repurchase if I don't find anything better because its great! I used to use liquid foundation but when I started using this my friends and family said my skin looked the same! Powder foundation that covers like a liquid? Amazing!
For a while this has been my go to foundation...mainly because I believed it was perfect for my oily skin. What a disaster! My bathrooms light must be weird. I have the lightest shade, 605, and it's still to dark. I'm quite pale, naturally so. When wearing this with a shirt that shows my neck, the contrast is startling. My face looks orange, and all this time I thought it was my liquid foundation! I think this foundation may oxidize a tiny bit.
Horrible. I'm going back to liquid for the winter.
I really like this powder :] it's hard for me to find a good powder that looks natural, gives decent coverage and stays on long. This does all of those!! I was using Maybellines superstay powder but I kinda got over it do started looking for a new powder. After trying a few different ones I found this one :) and I'm so happy I did. I got this for around $6 at Walmart in the color 605. [originally got 610 but the color was too yellow for me] the shade matches me perfectly which is really hard to find, especially drugstore brands. So that's a huge plus for me. I love the coverage it gives and it still looks natural :] it covers any redness and discoloration without looking cakey. It obviously doesn't last all day but it does stay on pretty long. After about 6ish hours of wearing this I need to touch up a little. So it's not too bad. I know a lot of people hate the compact it comes in, but I love it. It's slim and easy to carry around in my makeup bag. I hate when powders come in huge compacts!! Anyways, I love this powder. It's cheap, gives nice natural coverage and it lasts a decent amount of time :] ohh and no breakouts for me! This is definitely a keeper!!
I picked out a tone that matched my skin color, But when I applied it on, It made me look very pale . . .And it wasn't very natural looking. . .
this product is...okay. I have very oily skin, and this was supposed to help that. It did, for the most part I think. But, after putting it on, I still feel just as greasy as any other makeup i've used. A bit of a disappointment if I must say. And suprisingly, most of the reviews I have read on this product say that the makeup runs too dark, but I think that the shade I got is a little too light ahah. Anyways, maybe the more I use this I'll like it more, but if not, I'm probably just going to switch back to what I had been using.
Wow! Where has this been all my life? Thanks again to all the wonderful reviews and tips on MUA - I learned about this compact. I was looking for something along these lines, but wanted something I could run out at lunchtime and grab at the local Walmart. I tried it in the car after I bought it and it kind of shocked me how awesome it looked! Let's see how long it holds up, but for right now I am really happy- looks like nothing on (in the sunlight no less!) and expertly wicked away the oily spots without an ounce of cakiness. If it still looks this good at the end of my work day, I think I will be a customer for life! PS- they may have changed the name a little? The package says "FreshComplexion Pocket Powder" but it's still the same oil control powder foundation in the blue compact. Cool!
Price: 2 (~$8 at Wal-Mart)
Buy again: Yes
I first used this back in 2006 when I was first starting to use makeup. I wanted a cheap, decent powder foundation, and this fit the bill: I use Classic Ivory (I am an olive-skinned Chinese female, light-medium skin tone) and it matches my skin pretty well. I stopped using it in 2007 when I discovered mineral makeup, and then came back to it in the summer of 2008, but then switched again to something else. Finally, now in 2010, I'm back to it because I miss the convenience and availability of this foundation!
COMPACT: It's a slim, blue oval plastic compact with a large mirror in the lid and sectioned bottom pan for the makeup and the sponge holder. I really appreciate that the sponge is separate from the makeup, because I'm a germaphobe! The big mirror is also a plus, because you can actually see what you're doing! I like how the compact doesn't seem flimsy at all, and closes tightly. I actually really like the shape and colour of this compact, and it fits easily into any purse because it's so thin (unlike MAC compacts, Physicians Formula, etc). The sponge isn't bad quality, but I sometimes use a makeup brush (MAC 190) to apply the foundation heavier under my eyes or on blemishes (MAC 191).
COVERAGE: I would say that this foundation is light-medium coverage, depending on how you apply it. With the dry OR wet sponge, it's light-medium, and with a brush it can be medium if you layer it. I found that if you don't moisturize your skin beforehand, it can accentuate dry patches, but that's like with all makeup. It doesn't really cover blemishes very well, so you will need a concealer for that. The difference between applying the foundation wet or dry is just the finish; I find that with a dry sponge the application can look more matte, while the finish is more natural and less matte with the wet sponge.
EASE OF APPLICATION: Very easy! just use the sponge, swipe on product, and then using short even strokes, apply the makeup to your skin. Or, if you prefer to use a brush, just swipe product on the brush and apply to your skin. I like to wash my makeup sponge right after I finish applying my foundation so that my sponge will be nice and clean the next time I use it (I wash it with a makeup cleanser). I find that the makeup does last pretty long (I would say about 6-8 hours for me) and even if I blot with paper towel throughout the day, there is still some makeup on my face at the end of the day.
CONS: There isn't a large colour selection, so if I was to be more tanned, I would have difficulty finding the right colour. A few summers ago I got considerably darker, and I couldn't really find the right tone for my olive skintone. I'm thankful that I'm back to my light-fair complexion and that Classic Ivory still works for me.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a boycott of CG Fresh Complexion Pocket Powder in the large-chain drugstores! I cannot find this product in any of them, except for Wal-Mart and Zellers! I don't know what the deal is, but I'm not too pleased about it. Now, I make sure to buy a couple when I'm at Wal-Mart.
I find that I can use up an entire compact in about 2-3 months with daily usage. $10/3 months means only about $40 a year on foundation -- that is how much some of my previous foundations used to cost for ONE compact! I have to say that even though Cover Girl is a "cheap" drugstore foundation, I still love it. I would recommend this more for girls with normal-oily skin, and who don't have too many imperfections, but just want to even out their skintone.