Trublend Undercover Concealer
CoverGirl’s Trublend Undercover Concealer gives you a larger-than-average amount of product plus a larger-than-average “fluffy doe applicator”, similar to but a bit bigger than what we’ve seen from other brands. This liquid concealer has a lot going for it, but the applicator gets in the way more than it helps. We’ll explain…
This concealer is best for covering brown spots and post-acne marks, which tend to be smaller in size. If you have these issues, you’ll love the almost full coverage this provides and that it holds up really well throughout the day, with barely a hint of fading.
Although the fragrance-free formula is well-suited to breakout-prone areas, it doesn’t fare as well if you use it around the eyes and have fine lines or wrinkles. The matte finish emphasizes signs of aging and tends to collect in undereye creases, although you can remedy this a bit by applying a lightweight eye cream first. Still, this setback is a shame because the coverage is excellent for dark circles.
Back to the doe applicator: its size makes it tricky to spot-apply, as it doesn’t have a pointed tip for precision, plus it holds much more concealer than most people will need all at once. Just dabbing this on spots necessitates figuring out how to remove some of it! For this reason, we encourage using clean fingertips or a concealer brush to apply.
CoverGirl claims this concealer also brightens skin, but unless they mean the “brightening” that happens from using a lighter shade than your natural skin tone, the matte finish isn’t the least bit brightening. Granted, it doesn’t look flat or drab, but if you want brightening (such as Yves Saint Laurent’s Touché Eclat Radiant Touch provides) look elsewhere.
Turning to the shades, the range is certainly extensive for a concealer. With over two dozen shades offered for very light to very dark skin, most people are sure to find a workable option; for certain this is among the largest concealer shade selections at the drugstore, and none of them are bad--though we suspect the more neutral shades (meaning those that don’t look rose, pink, or orange in the tube) will sell better for all skin tones.
- Provides nearly full coverage that holds up really well.
- Extensive shade range offers options for all skin tones.
- Suitable for use over breakout-prone areas.
- Fragrance free.
- The matte finish emphasizes fine lines around the eyes.
- Larger sponge applicator gets in the way more than it helps.
- Doesn’t brighten skin, at least not in term of visible radiance.
Conceal, shape and brighten with our new full coverage concealer. Say bye to bags, dark circles and other skin imperfections with this lightweight concealer. The large, fluffy doe applicator ensures an easy, even application and the velvety, smooth formula leaves behind a matte finish that lasts all day. With 30 shades that match 99% of skin tones, it’s easy to find your perfect hue!
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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