Covergirl's Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation comes with claims that it can deliver a luminous, radiant finish that lasts all day, all without being greasy on skin. It sounds like a tall order, and while there are aspects to like about this foundation, overall it just doesn't deliver, which is why it earns an average rating.
Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation comes in a clear glass bottle with a pump-style dispenser. It has a texture that's fluid without being runny, which makes it easy to dispense without overdoing it. While it definitely feels smooth on fingers, it actually drags a bit if you apply it in this way, tugging across the skin a bit as you try to blend it in, because it thickens as you work with it. We recommend using a foundation brush or sponge for better results—though even with tools, this still takes work to blend, beyond what we considered reasonable.
This provides natural-looking medium coverage and dries to a slightly dewy finish. It's best for normal skin, as the slight dewiness could emphasize oiliness in those with oily skin, but it isn't quite hydrating enough for dry skin as it can cling to dry patches. We didn't find this to add any luminosity or radiance to skin (though those terms are subjective), which is generally the result of a slight shimmer or sheen created by light-reflecting pigments. Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation doesn't fade throughout the day, true to its claims.
It doesn't wear well in other aspects, though, which is why it's earned an average rating. Within a couple of hours of application this foundation begins to emphasize dry patches on skin, fine lines, and any enlarged pores. Another item to note: This does contain the fragrance ingredient ethylene brassylate, and while it isn't present here in large amounts, it's something to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin.
Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation comes in a small but natural-looking range of shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones.
Overall, while CoverGirl's Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation isn't a bad product, because of its tendency to highlight imperfections the longer you wear it, it isn't one we can enthusiastically recommend. Instead, consider any of the better performing alternatives on our list of Best Foundations.
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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