Queen Collection CC Cream
Can a single product help even-out skin tone, wear well throughout the day, and work on a variety of different skin types? In the case of CoverGirl's Queen Collection CC Cream, we found that the answer is yes! In fact, this has so many positives going for it that were it not for one flaw (which we'll get to in a moment), it would easily earn our highest rating.
Queen Collection CC Cream is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube similar to some of CoverGirl's other foundations. The cream is lightweight and applies easily, providing medium coverage of red marks, dark spots, and other imperfections. It dries down to an attractive soft powder finish, making it a good option for combination skin (oily spots tended to resist appearing until midway through its wear time). What's even better is that though this does have a powdery finish, it feels moisturizing enough that it can work on both normal and dry skin. If you have very dry skin, you'll likely find it necessary to prep your skin with a hydrating primer or richer moisturizer.
This product's main strength lies in how well it wears throughout the day. We found that through a full work day it didn't emphasize pores, dry patches, or fine lines, and it didn't fade. Queen Collection CC Cream is designed for those with medium to deep skin tones, and we're happy to report that the shades available look natural for those whose skin falls into that range.
In fact, the only drawback (and it's a minor one) is that while fragrance isn't very high on the ingredient list, the initial perfumey smell of this CC cream is quite strong. The good news is that the scent fades within 15 to 20 minutes, but this is something to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin (especially around the eyes), or prefer your products fragrance-free.
Otherwise, CoverGirl's Queen Collection CC Cream is a great drugstore CC cream option for medium to deep skin tones, and one of the few offering great shades for women of color.
- Applies easily and sets to an attractive, medium-coverage soft powder finish.
- Feels moisturizing without appearing overly dewy or shiny.
- Wears well without emphasizing pores, dry spots, or fine lines.
- Good range of natural-looking shades for medium to deep skin tones.
- Has a fragrance that is initially quite strong.
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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