Outlast Active 24-Hour Foundation + Octinoxate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Why, CoverGirl, why!? Outlast Active 24-Hour Foundation + Octinoxate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has so many positives, but they’re not as smile-worthy thanks to the strong fragrance this liquid foundation contains.
The scent is potent and lingers on skin. It not only comes from added fragrance (parfum) but also from fragrant ingredients like linalool, limonene, and geraniol, among others. All pose a risk of irritating skin and eyes; see More Info for details. Given the number of long-wearing foundations that don’t contain fragrance (Revlon, Urban Decay, and Cover FX are but three brands to check out), we can’t get behind this one.
It’s so unfortunate, because this silky, light foundation is easy to apply, offering medium to almost-full coverage and enough time to blend evenly before it sets to a non-drying matte finish.
As for the 24-hour wear claims, this holds up remarkably well even when you sweat or are in humid environments; however, keeping makeup on skin for 24 hours isn’t a great idea; you should remove it each night because sleeping in makeup can cause skin irritation and clogged pores. Having said that, we were impressed with this foundation’s tenacity, even over oily areas.
The shade range offers options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin. Typical for CoverGirl, the some of the mid-toned shades ending in “-Beige” look peachy or rosy on skin.
Finally, the SPF rating is a disappointment due to SPF 30 being the common recommendation from dermatologists and medical boards around the world. However, if you’re not relying on this foundation as your sole source of sun protection and are layering it with a higher SPF-containing product, the SPF 20 rating isn’t a deal-breaker--but the potent, perfume-y fragrance certainly is!
- Long-wearing formula holds up through sweating and humidity.
- Easy to blend, offering enough time before setting.
- Fresh, non-drying matte finish provides reliable coverage.
- Contains strong, lingering fragrance and fragrant ingredients proven to irritate skin.
- The SPF rating is below the commonly recommended SPF 30.
- Some of the mid-toned “-Beige”-named shades are more like peach or rose.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Discover a foundation that lasts all day long! Outlast Active Foundation is sweat-proof, transfer-proof and humidity-proof for up to 24 hours and doesn't clog pores.
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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