Clean Glow Bronzer
A bronzer should lend the skin a warm brown tone that mimics a natural tan, but this basic pressed-powder bronzer is too pink to work as a bronzer. As a pink-toned powder, it is more suitable as a blush for light to medium skin tones.
Also misleading is the word "glow" in the name, when, in fact, it has a true matte finish. The powder does have a silky texture, but, unfortunately, it is too flyaway to adhere well to a brush. As a result, this doesn't apply evenly, and what does get on the skin barely shows up. The Clean Glow collection is supposed to offer products that lend a "natural look," but this powder takes "natural looking" to the point where it looks like you haven't even applied it. We suppose that could be construed as "natural," but we suspect most people will find it's really just a waste of time!
All things considered, Clean Glow Bronzer isn't worth the bother. To find bronzers that actually do what bronzers are supposed to, check out our list of Best Products.
- True matte finish.
- Powder has a silky texture.
- Color is too pink for it to work as a bronzer.
- Powder doesn't cling well or apply evenly.
- Minimal color payoff, so even if you want a sheer result, you'll be left wondering why you bothered.
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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