CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation and Concealer

img_0326Why hello there 🙂 🙂 I stumbled upon this product while rummaging through my makeup stores looking for another trial size of Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, and I realized I had never tried the foundation before. I sometimes use the concealer underneath my CoverGirl Clean foundation if I have particularly dark circles under my eyes, or if there is a pesky little blemish on my face. I thought about reviewing these products separately, but since they are both from CoverGirl’s instaGLAM collection, I wanted to review them together. So here we go 🙂 🙂

Features:

  1. Built-in “powder system”
  2. Medium coverage
  3. Flawless, natural-looking wear
  4. Oil-free formula
  5. Foundation available in 12 shades; concealer available in 6 shades
  6. Shade-matched concealer with sponge-tipped wand
  7. Drug store price tag

This foundation offers good medium coverage and conceals a multitude of imperfections without looking heavy on the face. Plus, it does an excellent job of battling shine. The foundation shades range from Classic Ivory 105 to Soft Sable 320, covering a wide variety of skin tones, while the concealer shades range from Fair 105/110 Deep 315/220. What I love about this foundation-concealer pairing is that the shades are numerically matched for you so you don’t have to test out concealers on the back of your hand in the store to find one that most closely matches your favourite foundation.

The concealer comes with a sponge-tipped wand, making it really easy to apply on imperfections or on dark circles. I did have an unfortunate incident with my concealer though where I cracked the lid. I couldn’t get it open one day so I harnessed my inner Hulk strength and I ended up breaking it . . . So just as a little warning, remember that these packages are plastic and therefore can break.

So the real question for me was how does this foundation differ from CoverGirl’s other ones??? I personally like the CoverGirl Clean foundation better than this one because, though it is wetter and therefore a bit messier to apply, it feels much lighter on my skin than the Ready Set Gorgeous one. But apparently this foundation actually wicks oil and sweat away from your skin to avoid shine instead of letting all of these little nasties stay trapped under the foundation, so that is nice. However, this foundation has a much wider range of shades that other CoverGirl foundations, which is really nice because it is so annoying when you want to try a product and it doesn’t come in a shade that matches your skin tone.

This foundation retails at $7.90, and the concealer retails at $6.65, so these are lovely value products, and since they are available in drug stores, they often go on sale so you can scoop them up at a good price. I use the concealer semi-regularly, so I have one or two unopened ones stashed in my drawer so I don’t have to worry about running out. But, I only have the one foundation and, at this time, I don’t know if I would repurchase it because I am really happy with my CoverGirl Clean foundation, and it’s not like I’m cheating on the brand.

Have you tried any products from CoverGirl’s instaGLAM range??? What did you think of them???

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CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation Makeup

img_0339Hello Hello there lovely readers 🙂 🙂

I have been reading a bunch of posts about peoples’ “holy grail” products, so I thought I would share one of my favourite beauty products with you: CoverGirl’s Clean Liquid Foundation!!!

Features:

  1. Non-comedogenic formula (i.e. does not clog pores)
  2. Water-based
  3. Lightweight and all-day wear
  4. Available in three formulas for different skin types
  5. Available in 12 shades
  6. Drugstore price tag

Where to begin . . . well, this foundation has 12 shades going from Ivory 105 to Tawny 165. There is a wide variety of lighter shades, which is ideal for me because it is hard to find a foundation to match my paper-white skin. However, the selection in darker shades is quite limited, which is disappointing because this is such an incredible product. With different formulas for normal skin, oil control or, in my case, sensitive skin, anyone can use this foundation. And with a drugstore price tag of $6.99 and sales galore, it is easy to get this foundation for less, and a little goes a long way, making it a great value purchase.

This foundation is water-based and therefore is quite wet and runny, but it goes on really smoothly and evenly, and this texture helps to blend into the skin. After application, it doesn’t even feel like I have foundation on so my skin feels light and can breathe. In short, this product just makes my skin look clean and clear, without the look of heavy makeup or concealed blemishes.

While you can apply this foundation with a sponge wedge or a beauty blender, I like just using my fingertips to get greater control and precision. In total, I use 5 small dollops of this foundation: one on the forehead, one on each cheek, one on the nose, and one on the chin. I then blend these dollops outwards to create seamless coverage. I am not prone to acne, but I find this foundation to have good medium to full coverage, while still staying light. If you find you have excess on your skin after application, lightly dab away with a wedge so as not to smear or remove existing coverage. This liquid foundation has an accompanying pressed foundation powder that can be used overtop to set or to create a more full coverage, but other powders work well too. I typically use Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in 113 neutral porcelain.

***As a little warning, please note that this foundation packaging is glass. It kind of looks like plastic in the picture but it is most certainly glass and so it can crack and leak in your drawer if you aren’t careful. Please learn from my mistakes and don’t pack this foundation in the bottom of your suitcase on an international flight unless you put it in several plastic bags. It is harder than you think to get 9-hours worth of steeped foundation out of a black dress . . . ***

I have been using this foundation for years now, and I am still in love with it. It is good quality, affordable, and keeps my skin looking flawless.

What is your favourite drug store foundation???

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