Clean Fresh Skin Milk
CoverGirl’s foundation offering from its 100% vegan line, Clean Fresh Skin Milk, is an okay option, but lacks enough in some areas that it’s not a must-have.
This comes in a squeeze tube with a window in the middle revealing the shade within. It has a gel-like texture that smooths across skin easily, but is prone to streaking, so extra blending with fingers, a brush, or a sponge is required. Coverage is on the sheer to light side, more on par with a tinted moisturizer than a full-blown foundation.
Though CoverGirl describes this as having a glowing, dewy finish, it’s actually a soft matte finish that’s best for those with normal to combination skin. Those with oilier skin might find this not mattifying enough, and if your skin falls into the dry category you’ll likely prefer something a bit more hydrating (and it does highlight dry patches).
This wears well throughout the day with minimal fading, and comes in a shade range with options for those with fair to medium-deep skin tones.
We’re impressed with some of the ingredients included – there’s a good amount of antioxidant and skin-brightening acetyl glucosamine and niacinamide, along with vitamin E, and a couple of non-fragrant plant oils. In order to keep those completely protected from light, you’ll have to store this in a dark place, since the “window” on the packaging allows light exposure.
Unfortunately not all the ingredients included are good – this has drying denatured alcohol (which contributes to its matte finish), which, while not present in a huge amount, still has the potential to trigger irritation. This also contains the fragrance ingredients limonene and linalool, which increase the risk of skin irritation.
In the end, while this has some good qualities, it’s a mixed bag overall. There are better options to be found on our list of best foundations.
- Soft matte finish is good for those with normal to combination skin.
- Wears well with minimal fading.
- Contains antioxidant and skin-brightening ingredients.
- Comes in a good range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones.
- Initial streakiness requires extra blending.
- Includes drying denatured alcohol.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
Show off fresh, healthy skin with COVERGIRL Clean Fresh Skin Milk. Formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates and talc, this lightweight nourishing liquid foundation gives your skin the moisture boost it craves with a delicate infusion of milky coconut and soothing aloe. You’ll experience a glowing, dewy finish that lasts all day long, blurring imperfections and creating a more even skin tone. Pro-tip: Use COVERGIRL TruBlend Face Primer before applying for an even more flawless finish.
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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