Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer
CoverGirl says this creamy concealer covers up dark circles and imperfections instantly, but that is simply not the case, unless those imperfections are barely noticeable in the first place!
Packaged in a tube with a sponge-tip wand applicator, it feels creamy and smooth going on, without being too heavy. It blends easily and doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles throughout the day, which is always a plus if you have those concerns around your eyes.
The shade range is limited, but the shades offered (which are best for light to medium skin tones) do look natural on their intended skin tones.
The problem is that this concealer barely shows up. If you have dark circles that are just the faintest of shadows, or imperfections that others never notice (and that you notice only when you hyper-focus on your face), this will work for you. Otherwise, even putting on a lot of this product results only in light coverage, making this a waste even at its bargain price.
You'll find many better options (including a lot in this price range) on our list of Best Concealers.
- Creamy, but not too creamy formula blends easily and doesn't settle into lines.
- Shades offered look natural on their intended skin tones.
- Coverage of dark circles and other imperfections is minimal.
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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