Cover Girl • Clean Makeup *new formula* • Liquid
|Would buy this product again.||41%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Boo! Why so many bad reviews?
I actually love this foundation!
It's one of the only few that DON'T make me break out. It's moisturizing on my skin, and though the coverage isn't great, I mix it with Dream Matte Mousse and it lasts the whole school day and has fuller coverage.
Been using it for about two years and it's definitely my go-to everyday foundation.
My only complaint is that it could use a pump, but I guess for about six dollars at my local Walmart I can't ask for too much.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I like this product enough to use it but only because it is there. But I do think it might be breaking me out. This product doesn't impress me much. Not a lot of coverage, isn't moisturizing ( I have dry skin), looks dry on my skin. I will not repurchase this product again.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
After purchasing this randomly, I was pleasantly surprised by this foundation's performance.
I've read mixed reviews about this foundation, so I wasn't very sure at first how to feel about it. I got the foundation in the oil control formula; of course, having oily skin, I was very skeptical about it. However, once I got around to using it, my skepticism soon subsided.
Firstly, I found that the color matched me pretty well. I wouldn't say that the undertones were all that diverse; I have yellow-toned skin, while the foundations in Clean (at least, the lighter shades) are more neutral or pink-toned. The colors are pretty good, but I'd watch out for the undertones. However, I wear powder on top that is a bit more yellow, and it evens it out very well. I didn't think that it oxidized on me and changed color; that I liked a lot. These foundations air on the side of light-medium, which worked for me.
The coverage I found lacking. Clean is a very sheer-coverage foundation. If you're looking for something light and natural-looking to even out your skin tone or something, then this is a great product. However, if you're looking for more coverage, then this, unfortunately, will not do the trick at all. It doesn't like to stay on my acne, and doesn't do the best job of disguising redness or dark circles. This is why I knocked it down a star; Clean is not a foundation that will replace your concealer.
The finish of Clean is very natural-looking; it will give your skin a silky feel, and is slightly dewy. I wouldn't call it satin, it's a bit more shiny than that, but it's not super dewy, either. I don't really think that finish works very well for this foundation, since it doesn't cover much and rather makes the skin look oily when worn alone. I always have to use powder on top of this.
Now, the oil control factor and staying power of this foundation impressed me beyond belief! Being a real skeptical person about it, I wasn't really counting on Clean living up to its promise. However, after several weeks of testing, I noticed that this foundation was truly unlike any other that I've tried. It stayed on my face for a solid 20 hours or so without the slightest hint of shine! I was absolutely thrilled! I didn't even need to retouch in the middle of the day, it was great! With that being said, I used primer and powder along with the foundation in order to help it stay. However, my face looked totally matte and clean after each day, and it still looked totally natural. I'm extremely impressed!
Another thing that I didn't quite like about Clean is the packaging that it comes in. It comes in a glass bottle out of which you must force the product. Having never been a fan of necked foundation bottles, I wasn't too thrilled about having to use it. At first, it's difficult to even get any product out of that bottle; as I used it more, it became easier to pour, but it's still a challenge finding the right amount of product for your face. If I could change the packaging, I would.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Clean. Having read mixed reviews, I was happy to have had a great experience with it. It's also relatively inexpensive- I got mine for about $8. I'd recommend this to anyone with oily skin, and there's a good chance I'll repurchase!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I bought this foundation because my local Ulta had them on clearance for $1.99 in my color. I absolutely ADORE this foundation! The coverage is okay, I wear it on top of a long lasting foundation and top it off with powder :) I do not like this packaging though, since it is bigger at the bottom than the top :/
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I use the one for oily skin. I've used this for almost a year and I finally found what was breaking me out SO badly. THIS STUFF!! It feels oily on my skin and has a sheer coverage. If you're looking for a medium coverage this isn't it. It doesn't even cover pinkness around my nose and the pinkness is not dark at all. I haven't worn this since last week and my skin hasn't broken out since and my skin is able to breathe again. It also made my pores look larger. I DON'T recommend this foundation for oily skin OR acne prone skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
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!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
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.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
On the normal skin formula, the smell is absolutely unbearable and it oxidizes pretty bad. I wouldn't recommend it! Really disappointed!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
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.