Cover Girl TruBlend Liquid Makeup


749 reviews

50% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$


Water (Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, PEG 10 Dimethicone, PCA Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Ammonium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Cyclomethicone, Propylparaben, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Trisodium EDTA, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, May Contain: Yellow 5 Lake, Red 36


Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This foundation provided barely any coverage. I am pale with some red undertones and this was pretty much useless. I keep comparing it to L'Oreal's Infallible 24hr foundation which gave great coverage and lasted all day.
I would not repurchase this foundation.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Coverage: This foundation has a light coverage, but using it with a buffing brush gives it a bit of a higher coverage. It looks natural, doesn't feel heavy on your skin but isn't great at covering acne or major skin redness.

Lasting Power: A couple of hours, after about 6-8 hours it does fade. It's also not very water resistant and on days when my skin is oily, it lasts even less.

- Isn't cakey
- Good shade range, i found it isn't very pink (L1) like a lot of paler foundations are.
- Doesn't break my very acne prone skin out

- Doesn't last too long
- Doesn't really cover anything

CONCLUSION: If you have clear skin, with a little bit of redness it's pretty good, doesn't last long but looks natural.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This review is for the TruBlend shade L1 Ivory.

I have very fair skin, rosacea redness, noticeably large pores in some areas (at least to me) and I'm also acne prone. So far this foundation addresses all my concerns with no issues and I'm loving it! It's easy to apply and feels light on my skin. I'll rebuy.
**** Keep reading if you want a more detailed review!****

I tend to steer clear of Cover Girl in general. Occasionally I will stray into their powder or eye shadows but I've avoided their foundations since I was 15. I had a horrifying experience with their foundation and tend to overlook any foundation offerings they put out.
Lately though I've been so frustrated with finding something in my color range on the drugstore shelves that I decided to go back and give Cover Girl a whirl.

I've never been matched by MAC so I cannot relate to their system. I can tell you that when I say "fair skin" I mean pale. As in, I can't find anything in my shade at the Lancôme, Clinique, or Estee Lauder counters. I've tried Merle Norman, tons of drugstore foundations, and Everyday Minerals foundation. I can tell you that Fairly Neutral was a decent color match in the Everyday Minerals line. Also, every foundation I've ever tried has either pulled pink, yellow, orange or just been downright brown on my skin. So if you can relate to any of that, then Cover Girl TruBlend in L1 Ivory might be a shade for you to try!

So when I saw this on the shelves at CVS, I decided to give it at try. It looked pretty light in the bottle and I thought if it was too dark I could always return it. So I purchased it and of course as soon as I came home I had to try it out! And surprisingly, I liked it right away. It went on very smoothly. I don't consider the consistency to be either runny or thick and creamy but somewhere in between. It does take a bit of blending to keep it from exaggerating my pores in the t-zone area, but once it's on it looks so lovely that I'm willing to deal with that!

I've tried applying it with a brush and my fingers; I like either way. A foundation brush gives me fuller coverage whereas my fingers give me a sheer, BB cream look. I've used it with and without primer and it holds up slightly longer with primer. So far I've had no breakouts! (2 months of use) and amazingly it's a pretty close match to my skin tone. It pulls just a touch too yellow, but it's not enough to make me want to return it. In fact, I'm probably the only person who even notices.

I absolutely love this foundation and I really hope they don't change the formula or discontinue it! That said, there are some cons...

First of all, the staying power is pretty limited depending on what you do while you wear it. If you work outdoors, or in an environment that causes your face to sweat quite a bit, it's going to wear down quicker. You will find yourself dabbing with a tissue and re-powdering frequently. That's happened to me a few times this summer after being outside in 100+++ degree weather, but it was an easy fix.

Secondly, (and this one is not so easy to fix) if you cry while wearing this, it's over. I'm pregnant and hormonal. I've had more than one meltdown in the past 8 months and let me tell you, this stuff will melt faster than ice cream. And IME it's impossible to repair. YMMV, of course. I've used plenty of foundations where a few tears here and there were no big deal. I just blended everything out and touched up with powder. I cannot do that with this stuff.

Annndddd.......that's it! Overall I absolutely love this, I will rebuy, and will continue to feel much more confident in a foundation that isn't obviously a mismatch for my skin.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I almost feel bad writing a negative review when, overall, Covergirl is generally a good brand. I decided on this foundation as I had ran out of my favourite L'Oreal True Match and needed something cheap from the shops to get me through the school week. I have quite fair skin, so shade L1 looked ideal in terms of colour match and to cover my acne. However, upon applying this to my brush I knew it wasn't what I expected among inspection of the consistency. It almost akin to a tinted moisturiser and was very thin. Upon applying it to my face, I was quite disappointed that I'd picked this foundation up for around $25 and it was practically unusable.

* PRO'S *
- Great colours to choose from; appealed to me due to the pinkish undertone and selection for people with pale skin
- The packaging is convenient in a pump bottle

* CON'S *
- Provides almost no coverage. It almost melted into my skin and you could hardly see it.
- Does not cover any redness/acne/scars
- Terrible consistency, not suitable for a foundation

This product has sat at the bottom of my make-up bag for the last month because to me it is basically unusable.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

i've used a lot of foundations over the years, both drugstore and higher end brands. this has to be the worst foundation i have ever used by far.

first, i'll say 2 good things about it. i like the fact that it has a pump. i don't know WHY so many drugstore liquid foundations come in that horrible pour-type bottle. so, plus for the pump. also the colour of this foundation is very close to my actual skin tone (i bought the shade L1 and i'm quite fair very with a neutral/slightly yellowish undertone.

now for the bad. i knew this foundation was doomed right from application. i use a damp makeup sponge to apply my foundation, and i have NEVER had a problem like this before. it applied so PATCHY!!! and god forbid you try to go back and fix it, or build it up for more coverage, it just made the problem WORSE. it's just impossible to fix!!!

at first i thought maybe it was my moisturizer that didn't mix well with the foundation, so i tried it again on a clean face. same problem. then i tried it with some primer. same problem. MAYBE it would work better if applied with a brush?? but i hate applying foundation that way, so for me this foundation is a DEFINITE no.

i can't say anything about it's staying power because i never kept this horrible patchy, streaky mess on my face long enough to find out.

i bought it at shoppers for $15 and even though that's less than 1/3 of the price i pay for my current foundation, it's WAY too much for this crap!!! i guess my search for a cheaper (but DECENT) foundation is still on.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Grey

I have been trying out different drugstore foundations. I recently realized that I've been using foundation that is about 2 shades too dark. So once I went 2 shades lighter, I had much less problem with oxidation. I bought this is L6 Buff Beige. My skin is very annoying. I have a lot of bumps and redness, and it's also very oily and sensitive. I also have a very neutral skin tone, which I've found out is extremely hard to match.

This foundation is okay. I've used a lot worse, but I've used a lot better as well.

Texture and blendability-I would say this is average at best. The texture is really weird. It looks thick, but when you apply it, it's very thin and watery. A single layer covers almost nothing. But I can make it work if I apply 2 very thin layers. You have to blend this really well, or it looks cakey and horrid.

Color-This is a good match for me.

Staying power-Again, average. I don't have the time or the desire to do touch-ups during the day. By the end of an 8 hour day, it has started to disappear, and have bare patches.

Packaging-The packaging for this product is horrible. Yes, it has a pump, which is a nice thought, especially for a drugstore foundation. However, it only works about half the time. You have to push it down at least 5 times to get any product to come out. Even shaking the body doesn't help. If the pump worked decent, I might consider repurchasing this in a pinch. But not until then.

All in all, there is really nothing all that special about this foundation. It's not terrible, by any means, but it is one that I will immediately rush out and repurchase? Probably not.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

- great colour match (L1 for my very fair cool skin)
- easy to apply and blend out
- mixes well with liquid illuminator
- inexpensive

- doesn't provide much coverage

packaging: it's a glass bottle with a pump. i've dropped the glass bottle on my bathroom tiles and it's survived. the pump doesn't dispense much product compared to other foundation pump bottles i've used, but that's not a problem, just an observation.

buy it again: maybe. it's decent for the price, and good on days when i just want to even out my skin without actually covering it up with foundation. but i like to try new things and it's not a holy grail product, so i likely won't repurchase.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I think another reviewer said it best when comparing this foundation to tinted moisturizer. It really doesn't cover imperfections at all and it barely evens out skin tone. I still see a lot of redness poke through even after doing more than one layer. It's a shame, really, because the L2 color is a perfect match for me. I ended up mixing this with Kat Von Ds tattoo foundation which is full coverage. It helped some, but still not my favorite.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I impulsively purchased this foundation in the colour M4 after running out of my utterly beloved Boots Botanics Age Defence foundation, and to sum up this product... It's awful; absolutely f**king GHASTLY. My skin is sensitive, oily with large pores, moderate to severe acne, a metric ton of hyperpigmentation marks, and a borderline jaundice looking yellow tone, so I generally have quite a difficult time finding a proper foundation, but nothing can compare the hellish experience that I had with Covergirl's "Tru Blend" foundation.

Before I applied this, I cleansed my face with Johnson's Head To Toe baby wash, then moisturised with Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturising gel then proceeded to apply/blend this disgusting foundation to half of my face with adequately clean fingers, followed by dabbing with a damp sponge (no foundation on sponge) to ensure an even, cakeless finish. I applied to only half of my face because I wanted to see how it would look using brush application on the other side; however, the finger/sponge method has always been my fool proof technique for applying liquid foundation, so I was a bit shocked and appalled by the finished result.

Firstly, the coverage was complete rubbish and any attempt at building the opacity resulted in a caked mess, regardless of how well I blended. At first I thought that perhaps my usual technique was somehow not suited to this foundation, so I went over the bare half of my face with a brush and again tried to build the coverage with even worse results. No matter what I did, I could not get this foundation to look anything other than disturbingly grotesque on my face. Every pore was so ridiculously emphasised that I could drop a coin and make a wish inside one.

Secondly, the colour was f**king filth. It looked like a nice creamy yellow inside of the bottle, and even when I had a glob pumped out onto the back of my hand. I thought that I had finally found a shade comparable to the previously mentioned Boots foundation in "almond", but when blended out onto my face I instead found that it had a colour more reminiscent of a dirty orange traffic cone; absolute madness.

Thirdly, my skin reacted horridly to this crap. Within less than 3 hours my skin was flaking/peeling as if I'd been sunburnt! Then to top it all off, my face developed many tiny bumps as well as massively inflamed spots on my cheeks, chin, and jawline. I promptly removed the makeup, then nearly had a fit when I saw how truly angry my skin became after using this product. I'm ready to believe that perhaps this bottle was tainted because I've never had such an insane reaction to a "hypoallergenic" formula.

I would certainly not recommend this foundation and cannot wrap my mind around the fact that many people swear by this stuff. But if you feel that you must purchase this, proceed with caution because it messed my face up so badly that I essentially became a hermit until the condition of my skin improved; yes, it was that bad.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have this in m4, I bought it to offset my other relatively pink foundations to better match my yellow-toned skin.

-great for yellow-toned skin
-no scent
-blendable formula
-buildable coverage

-can make dry patches a tad obvious
-lasting power is average

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