Cover Girl • Clean Makeup *new formula* • Liquid

rated 2.8(78 reviews)

Average Rating.2.8
Would buy this product again.41%

rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* DLYNN on 2/25/2013 10:30:00 PM more reviews by DLYNN

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   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.

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rated 3 of 5 colourmecurious on 2/14/2013 9:29:00 PM more reviews by colourmecurious

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Other, Straight, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

This was an okay foundation for me. It had good coverage, but it felt a little too thick for my taste. I was surprised that it didn't break me out, because thicker formulas usually do, so that was a plus. It has decent staying power, but it does get shiny at the end of the day (for oily/combination skin at least). It had a strange scent that I didn't particularly like, and the bottle packaging could be better. I wish drugstore foundations could just take the hint and make a pump! This was relatively cheap if you can find it on sale; I found mine on sale for $4. It was overall an okay foundation, but I 'll try and look for something better.

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rated 3 of 5 whereismymind on 2/7/2013 1:11:00 PM more reviews by whereismymind

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

This foundation was okay - good coverage and they have a fragrance-free formula. The thing I hated about it was that it is so pink-toned, and I need a good yellow-toned foundation. No matter how light or beige I went, I always looked slightly sunburned, and under bronzer or blush it's just atrocious-looking.

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rated 3 of 5 thesarahmichellee on 1/7/2013 1:51:00 PM more reviews by thesarahmichellee

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

This product really isn't that bad despite the other reviews. I only use it when I'm going out for a fancy or formal dinner or date, and it's perfect for that!

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rated 1 of 5 MsHarleyQuinn on 12/26/2012 10:54:00 PM more reviews by MsHarleyQuinn

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Grey    

This is one of the worse I've used of Clean ever! I got this by mistake but I don't have the money to just go and by new foundation all the time. I wash my face and normally put foundation on right away, and my face is shinny even with powder it's still shinny!
And that is not even mentioning the horrid smell! Eww
I will never by this type again! I should probably start look for new foundation brand.

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rated 2 of 5 struby09 on 12/16/2012 12:16:00 PM more reviews by struby09

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Red, Curly, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I used this product for a while (before I knew just about everything in the make- up world) and thought it was ok. Once I tried other foundations I stopped using it. I recently tried it again, now having much more experience with makeup. OMG!!!! I HATED it! Seriously one of the worst foundations I have ever used! It creates breakouts and does NOT cover evenly what so ever! Also the packaging is horrible because it takes like 10 min. just to get some out! please... Please... PLEASE don't even waste your $6 on this product. I love CG but NOT this!!!!

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rated 2 of 5 fchieng on 10/18/2012 2:06:00 AM more reviews by fchieng

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Medium   Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Cheap product. Good consistency. Good coverage. However, it's scented like...the gardening section of Home Depot or something. And this product broke me out in a rash along my jawline and a zit is in progress on my forehead.

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rated 1 of 5 stormm on 10/16/2012 10:26:00 PM more reviews by stormm

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I hate this foundation!

I got the one for oily skin and thought it would keep shine away but the product itself is oily and heavy. It made me break out so much that I had to throw it away after third use. The bottle is a joke, you have to shake it hard to get the foundation out and believe me it's messy process. I'm never getting a foundation from this brand again.

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rated 1 of 5 CabooseHatesBabies on 10/11/2012 9:26:00 PM more reviews by CabooseHatesBabies

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

After using this product, I've concluded that I will never buy any Cover Girl products again. This crappy makeup was a total waste of almost $8.00. First of all, it smells awful. It's unlike anything I've ever smelled before and I'm glad because if I smell it again I may get sick. Secondly, the thinnest layer of this makeup will become cakey on your skin and smudge if anything touches your face, even hours after application. Thirdly, it gave my skin a very unnatural color, almost orange, even though I was using the lightest shade available. I'm extremely disappointed in this product, as well as other Cover Girl products.

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* mzjade22 on 10/7/2012 8:52:00 PM more reviews by mzjade22

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Warm   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

Hate the new formula. I had been a long time Clean Makeup user, but then they discontinued my color and changed the formula. I got the next color down to use as a mixing medium for hard to work with foundations, I just cant stand the fragrance! Im normally not sensitive to fragrance, but the one in this foundation does not fade. Its not very good either, slides off your face really quickly, gets slick really fast. blech. Id rather go bare faced than wear cover girl ever again.

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