I’ve been using CoverGirl products for years, and many of their products are everyday staples in my makeup “wardrobe”. From the cult classic Shimmering Sands eyeshadow trio to the clear Professional mascara for my eyebrows to my current everyday foundation 3-in-1 Outlast, my love for CoverGirl runs deep. So when I was recently contacted by CoverGirl to partner with them on the launch of two brand new products that they’re doing in collaboration with Olay (another old favorite brand of mine), how could I say no? I didn’t!
Two days later, a big pouch of products arrived at my doorstep, courtesy of CoverGirl, and I have been having a blast playing with my new goodies. The two products are CoverGirl + Olay FaceLift Effect foundation and CoverGirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer.
First, let’s talk about the foundation. It comes in a heavy glass jar, which seems much more in line with a high-end foundation than something you’d pick up at the drugstore. Olay has added ingredients to hydrate the skin, as well as to firm it up. Those ingredients are no stranger to my skin care regime already, and include glycerin, glucosamine, and niacinamide. Glycerin is great for keeping skin hydrated all day, while glucosamine and niacinamide help plump up the skin. One of the claims is that over time and with repeated use, your skin will actually firm up in about two weeks. From my perspective, I enjoy being able to have more control over how much product I use at a time, which I don’t get as much from a pump. Also, it’s incredibly travel friendly-I can de-pot just what I need for a trip without having to take the whole container.
The foundation comes in four shades: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, and Medium. I’m somewhere between Fair and Light, depending on how well I keep up with my self-tanner. The shades are easy to mix together if you need more than one shade for just the right match.
While there are all sorts of wonderful goodies in the jar (a vitamin complex that’s supposed to give the same hydrating effects as a night cream and will also firm up skin with continued use), my focus is on how it covers and how long it lasts on my skin. I’ve tried applying the foundation with my hands, a brush, and a Beauty Blender, and my preference is the brush, although all methods worked just fine. I have to say that this is a very pigmented product, and a little goes a long way. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this covered my blemishes and evened out my skin tone. I almost didn’t need a concealer for my blemishes. This is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation. It’s not a liquid formula; I’d say it’s almost whipped in texture. The coverage was amazing, and it lasted all day, even in the high heat and humidity of a San Antonio summer. Of course, I did powder it, but I found that I didn’t need to touch it up at all over the course of the day.
The foundation doesn’t have SPF, so you won’t get flashback from photography, but if you’re wearing it out and about, it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen underneath. It doesn’t set quickly, so you have some time to blend it out and really work it into the skin. I would definitely recommend really working it into the skin. I don’t know if it’s the skin care ingredients that are in the foundation, but it will sit on top of your skin if you don’t. I’ve been putting it on first, then going on to do my eye makeup, and then finishing up the rest of my face. Once it’s set, however, it’s good for all day. It dries to a satin finish, and even though it has the same hydrating effects as a night cream, I didn’t find it to be greasy or get shiny. I think it would work for all skin types except for extremely oily.
Now let’s talk about the under-eye concealer, The De-Puffer. I have to admit I’ve always been partial to drugstore under-eye concealers, and this one is no exception. The De-Puffer is different from other concealers for a few reasons. The first is that it has Olay Rejuvenating Serum with cucumber extract in the formula. I noticed that it gives the product a more gel-like consistency than other products I’ve used, which didn’t settle into my fine lines. All SIX shades have a peachy, warm-tone to them, which definitely helps to counteract any dark circles I have. But my favorite part about this concealer is the delivery method. The tube has a metal tip that stays cold to the touch when you use it to apply the concealer under your eyes. I’m a sucker for gadgets, and I LOVE that metal tip, not just first thing in the morning, but also toward the end of the day for a little pick me up when my eyes are getting tired.
As far as application goes, I apply my foundation first, let it set, then I use the shade Fair under my eyes. I apply it directly from the tube to get the benefit of the cooling metal tip, which definitely helps with the slight amount of puffiness I have in the mornings. I personally prefer to blend it in with a dense brush, and once it’s blended in, it does set and dry quite nicely. I’m going to pick up another one in Fair so I can keep it in my purse if I need a little cooling effect under my eyes in this hot Texas weather.
Both of these products have quickly replaced my other everyday foundation and concealer. I love how they apply, the coverage, and how long it lasts on my face. I think this is the perfect combo for summer skin. The official launch for the products is July 1st, but I have seen both products in a special display at my CVS. The foundation retails for around $16 and the concealer for about $12, depending on each retailer.
To watch me apply the foundation and concealer on my very tired face, please watch the video below:
*This post was sponsored by CoverGirl. All opinions, as usual, are completely my own.