Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer
CoverGirl's Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer doesn't come with a lot of hype or grand claims but it doesn't have to: It's a straightforward product with a straightforward price that for the most part is more than worth the price and works as claimed.
This cream concealer comes in a tube with a sponge-tipped applicator attached and it does make for convenient application.
The concealer itself is lightweight and easy to apply and blend, and sets to an attractive soft matte finish which is best for normal to combination skin (those with drier skin will probably want a more emollient product). The finish is absorbent enough that its creamy texture doesn't translate to a hydrating finish.
The coverage is medium to full, doing a good job covering dark circles, redness, and other imperfections. The extra coverage it provide is fairly natural-looking, and works well both on its own or applied over or under foundation. True to CoverGirl's claims, it wears admirably throughout the day with minimal creasing or fading, and doesn't emphasize pores.
One drawback is that a couple of the lighter shades have a slight orange tint to them. This can be mitigated with skin-toned setting powder or foundation, but if you have pinkish undertones it's something to consider if you want to wear this concealer on its own. The rest of the shades (which go up to medium-deep options on the color scale) appear natural on their intended skin tones.
We should also mention that this contains the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate, which, while not here in a large amount (it's near the end of the ingredient list), is still not the best, especially for an eye-area product.
Otherwise, this is a good concealer, and one of the better options you'll find at the drugstore.
- Easy to apply blend.
- Attractive soft matte finish.
- Wears well throughout the day.
- A couple of the lighter shades have an orange tint.
- For a cream concealer, this lacks sufficient emolliency for dry skin.
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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