TruBlend Face Primer Dry Skin
CoverGirl's TruBlend Face Primer – Dry Skin joins the brand's lineup of primers for other skin types, and it's a great option… provided you're able to get past one small hitch.
This primer comes in plastic squeeze tube and has a lightweight, though still hydrating, lotion texture. It spreads remarkably well across skin, leaving it moisturized and dewy-looking.
As a primer, it does the job well, providing a smooth canvas for more even makeup application, and increasing wear time by about an hour or so.
Even better, this fragrance-free product includes skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients, a welcome addition that's missing in a lot of primer-style products.
The only drawback (and it's minor) is that this has a slight musty odor when you first apply it. That's the result of the natural smell of the ingredients, and it lasts only about 10 minutes or so, but it certainly doesn't enhance this primer's appeal, so is something to consider before you buy.
Otherwise, it's one of the more impressive primer options at the drugstore.
- Lightweight, yet hydrating, lotion texture.
- Provides a smooth canvas for makeup application.
- Helps make foundation last about an hour longer.
- Contains skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Fragrance (ingredient) free.
- Has a slight musty smell upon application.
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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