Clean Fresh Cream Blush
CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Cream Blush, from the brand’s 100% vegan line of products, is a great option for cream blush, as long as you take one of its claims with a grain of salt.
This comes in an opaque squeeze tube with a colored panel indicating the shade of the blush within. While described as a cream, this has more of a gel texture that glides across skin with ease. One word of caution: CoverGirl calls this high-pigment and they’re right, a little goes a very long way; noticeable color is possible from just a couple of dots. It blends out nicely, but if you tend to be heavy-handed with blush, be especially mindful of this (and work quickly!).
These blushes have a somewhat metallic sheen straight out of the tube, but that doesn’t translate once it’s blended into skin; instead the result is a lit-from-within glow that makes skin look enlivened. It sets to a soft, demi-matte finish that’s suitable for all skin types, and wears well throughout the day without fading. It also performs well either on bare skin or over foundation or other makeup.
This comes in a small shade range, but there are workable options for those with fair to medium-deep skin tones. Even better: this is fragrance free.
If there’s one nitpick we could make, it’s about the claims – particularly that the hyaluronic acid this contains will “plump up cheeks.” While this does contain the salt form of hyaluronic acid – sodium hyaluronate – it’s not in an amount that’s going to have a significant impact on skin’s appearance, though it is a nice inclusion for a bit of extra hydration.
That being said, this is one of the better cream blushes we’ve tried!
- Easy to apply and blend.
- Makes skin appear glowing and enlivened.
- Sets to a soft, demi-matte finish that holds up throughout the day.
- Works well both over makeup and on bare skin.
- Comes in a small but good range of shades.
- Fragrance free.
Go ahead and blush! Infused with hyaluronic acid, COVERGIRL Clean Fresh Cream Blush hydrates and plumps up cheeks for a fresh, dewy glow. It comes in a variety of high-pigment shades, so you can choose a natural blush shade for day, then show off a more adventurous evening look with a bold dash of color.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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