CoverGirl's Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin doesn't live up to the better options in the popular BB cream category as it lacks the beneficial extras the best BB creams contain. These extras we love seeing include an SPF of 30 or greater and superstar skincare ingredients like antioxidants, which are a major part of what make BB creams worthwhile multi-tasking products. Although this formula comes up short in those important factors it does have the redeeming quality of looking exceptionally natural on skin.
With a liquid-cream texture that provides medium coverage, this BB cream is a cinch to blend as it evens out skin tone. The soft matte finish holds back shine temporarily (though certainly not all day as claimed) and looks incredibly skin-like—no trace of chalkiness or a powdery finish.
While the lightweight formula is ideal for normal to moderately oily skin (including blemish-prone), it also doesn't exaggerate dry areas so even those with combination skin can use it. More to love, this formula resists settling into fine lines.
On the downside, we wish Clean Matte BB Cream for Oily Skin didn't contain potentially skin-aggravating fragrance. Luckily, the scent quickly dissipates enough that we're not overly concerned, but fragrance free would have been the better way to go for all skin types.
In the end, if you can find a color that suits you out of the handful of light to deep shades offered this is an okay option but your skin really deserves so much more.
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. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.
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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