Cover Girl Professional Loose Powder


166 reviews

61% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.7

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.7

Price: $$


Talc, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Calcium Silicate (Anticaking Agent), Zinc Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethicone, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Camphor, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Menthol, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylparaben, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Methylparaben, Quaternium 15, BHT, Mica, Iron Oxides, May Contain ( /-):, Ultramarines

on 7/3/2015 4:34:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I wanted a loose powder to try a new makeup setting technique and I chose this. It was the only loose powder that Cover Girl had and I assumed it would be fragrance-free as their compacts are. I forgot that some of the "Clean" line smells like Noxzema. This was part of the illusion which people believed in from the 1950s through the 1970s that Noxzema was somehow healthy for skin (eucalyptus, menthol and camphor). My sister and I both used Noxzema for the blemishes of our teenage years because it was so highly recommended. Back then no one knew any better. There's zero reason to keep either Noxzema or its smell in any product for the face.

That being said, the powder is called "Clean Professional Loose Powder Finishing Powder" in shade 105 translucent fair. It was the lightest one, but I was surprised that it has a yellowish cast on my fair skin. This was not what I wanted.

The powder puff that comes with it is awful - it's like a torn up, used, matted down throw rug or old fluffy slipper - new from the box it is ragged and it's not even soft. Unbelievably poor quality control. I tried it and then switched to a brush.

As far as the powder ingredients, it contains Talc, oat kernel flour, zinc stearate, mineral oil and some other ingredients and it "MAY" contain mica. I should have read this more closely. It looked like it had fewer ingredients than some of the others and I was trying to avoid mica. Not at all thrilled to read the fine print "Made in USA of US & Imported Parts". At least tell us which parts are not made in USA and where they are made!

Yes it's my fault for not reading all the fine print before I bought it. But I never had to worry that Cover Girl was not solely made in the USA. Now I guess nothing can be taken for granted.

I'm not going to attempt to return it to the drug store because their policy is atrocious and you have to argue with them. They are a for-profit corporation and don't care about customers. I'm going to go to Sephora as I should have in the first place and buy something else that is truly white. I have used CG powder compacts for decades and the "translucent" never had a yellowish cast to it.

I am giving it the lowest rating because how hard is it to make a good powder? Why include a useless puff and add disgusting fragrance? Do they really think anyone wants that in this day and age? Why not let it be truly translucent fair if that is what it's called? It is better than nothing and that is all I can say for it. If you don't mind the smell of fifties teen beauty products, and just want a matte finish, and can find a shade that is right for you, it could possibly work for you.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 6/29/2015 10:20:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Other, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have never heard anyone talk about this powder before and it works amazingly well for me! HG status. I use it to set my foundation (it creases as an under eye setting powder) and I find it controls oil better than any other powder (including Rimmel Stay Matte, which is garbage). I've never noticed the smell before--it just smells faintly like powder. I don't think that I use very much because the same container will last me about 2 years with 5 day/wk use.
This powder in combination with Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse foundation works better to control my oil for 15+ hours than anything else.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 5/1/2015 1:43:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have been using this powder for several years and I love it! I have oily skin with large pores which makes finding a foundation very difficult, so most days I just put concealer on any spots and then use this powder. I like the coverage - it evens out my skin and looks really natural, and I like that my freckles still show through. I also have sensitive and acne-prone skin and this has never been an issue, and I've been using it almost every day for years. I've read that people have an issue with the smell, but I actually really like the smell of this. I Highly recommend this if you're looking for a good loose powder.

on 4/11/2015 9:26:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This formula works fine for me, but I prefer pressed powder simply because it's much less messy to use. This stuff gets all over the place, and I'm kinda klutzy. It's like a Three Stooges scene sometimes. And sometimes I forget to dress AFTER putting my makeup on, and I have to change. And I like to take my powder with me.

on 4/11/2015 6:49:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have no issue with the smell, and it kind of bothers me that people are rating the product on the smell alone, as opposed to its ability to do its job. I personally like the smell. And this powder definitely does the job.
My coworker recommended this to me when I was telling her that I was looking for a loose powder- I HATE pressed powders, they always look awful on my skin. For $6.99 this powder definitely does the job. It really gives my face this natural look when I'm done putting on my concealer or foundation. I think it's a bit closer to my skin tone than the concealers/foundations so it really helps to make it look like I'm not wearing makeup. It goes on very light and it's easy to blend if you accidentally put too much on, but that's pretty hard to do since this powder is so fine. Will definitely repurchase.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Love it. Although the lightest shade is too dark for me, I mix it with baby powder and works fine. Great on my oily skin and keeps me matte all day long. <3

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Ok, so the first and most important thing you need to know is that this loose powder has a VERY strong scent. It reminds me of the scent of Noxema, but more powdery. I hate the scent of this. I don't even know why a loose powder needs to have scent added. Completely unnecessary. And unwelcome. Even my cat leaves the room when I dust this on with a brush.

I threw away the powder puff "applicator" as soon as I opened the package. Actually, I gave it to my cat to see if he would like to use it as a toy. He turned his nose up at it. Don't even bother with that powder puff because a good quality makeup brush will work much better.

Awful smell and terrible powder puff aside, the powder itself does the trick in terms of providing a nice even finish over liquid foundation makeup. It wears well, the shade is good. Not too pale, not too yellow, not too warm...

So, Cover Girl? You had a good thing going with the finish this powder provides. But could you please lay off the fragrance/scent?

The Scent. Is. Awful. I won't repurchase, but I will probably use it until it runs out because once you get past the awful scent and the pitiful included powder puff applicator, it is actually a decent powder. I'll just hold my nose and try to not to breathe after I apply it with a good quality brush.

on 3/10/2015 10:13:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I really can't get past the smell of this. So overbearing gross. I was looking for something to set my liquid makeup and read good reviews about this. Was quite disappointing for other reasons besides the smell. It made me foundation immediately look dry and cracked when it didn't look like that before. I also bought this bc I heard it was good for taking pictures but once I tested it out I still head that dreadful white cast on my face. still I continue my search for a powder that doesn't have bad flash effects.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 2/23/2015 11:49:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I've been using this to set my liquid foundations for about 3 years now. I don't care to use any other loose powder. It sets my foundation flawlessly

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I have been buying this powder for almost a year now! This powder sets my liquid foundation perfectly. It's feels very light on the skin, and blends great. It hides any oiliness I may have throughout the day, though I usually reapply after about 6 hours.

The package comes with a puff, but I do not use it because it ends up applying WAY to much. I would recommend using a brush. And also beware of the lid! Every single one I have had ends up cracking into a million pieces!

Recommended for Normal Skin

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