Oct 29 2014

Covergirl Foundation Reviews – Outlast Stay Fabulous vs. TruBlend


If you caught the brief mention to it in my Products That Failed post, you know I’d been looking for a matte drugstore foundation that could live up to some of my higher end favs such as the Clinique Stay Matte and Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundations. Matte foundations have always been my staple. Though I’ve always had a range of finishes in my collection, I like to have a really good matte one to use alone in the Summer or to mix with some of my other not-so-matte bases. Though, it must be said that these days I’m preferring a more satin, slightly “glowy” look. I think it’s all of the great new skin-like formula’s that are out there including the newest addition to my collection which I’ll talk more about on Friday!


Covergirl Foundation Reviews - Outlast Stay Fabulous vs. TruBlend


Anyway, back to the point of this post, in which I bring you a couple of Covergirl foundation reviews. Boy, I really love Covergirl, don’t I? You would think I’m some sort of spokesperson because whenever I talk about drugstore, it’s usually Covergirl. I’m not though and have nothing to do with the company whatsoever but their products are just really doing it for me lately (with the one exception being the Bombshell Mascara).

Late to the bandwagon, I recently purchased the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation which was all the rage a few months ago. Based on what I’d heard, I thought it would be a great addition to my matte foundation collection. I also decided to pick up the Covergirl TruBlend Foundation as there was a sale on. You know how it goes. Rather than reviewing them separately, I thought, why not compare the two?

According to the company, the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation is an “all-in-one foundation with a long-lasting formula that fuses primer, concealer, and foundation in one easy step…for a flawless look that lasts all day long.” I’d heard many good things about this formula, namely its long wear and fuller coverage. So I was excited to give it a go. I’d anticipated wearing this in the “winter” so I picked up the shade Buff Beige 825 (I’m between an NC 20 and NC 25).


Covergirl Foundation Reviews - Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation


First things first. I do not consider this to be a full coverage foundation, and granted, it doesn’t claim to be – that’s just what I had heard from some reviewers. It’s worth pointing out, however, that it does claim to replace concealer which one might say is essentially the same as claiming to be of a “fuller” coverage. Anyway, I would classify it as medium and the finish as somewhere between satin and matte. Also, this doesn’t replace my primer. I still use one. On me, the Outlast formula can apply patchy depending on the condition of my skin that day (which as I’ve said in past posts has been drier than normal). Despite these minor flaws, however, I do agree wholeheartedly with the long-wear claim. I wore this during a long day at an amusement park in 90 degree weather and it held up very well.

Edit: After some of my dryness cleared up, this foundation no longer applied patchy and was amazing on my oily-combo skin!

Next up. According to the company, the Covergirl TruBlend Foundation provides a perfect match “for a seamlessly flawless nude look that blends in and virtually disappears.” The formula is available in 21 shades and features a new shade-matching system. You achieve your “perfect blend” by first determining your shade family (Light, Medium and Dark) and then choosing your number. I chose the shade L-5. When I initially purchased this, there were testers in store (CVS is the U.S.) – it was the height of Summer and this shade seemed to match me best at the time. But its a smidgen dark for me right now.


Covergirl Foundation Reviews - Covergirl Trublend Foundation


I completely agree with Covergirl’s claim that this foundation provides a “seamlessly flawless nude look”. In fact, it reminds me of the “next-to-skin” formulas that many higher end brands have been coming out with lately. The main difference between this and some of those formulas is that the Covergirl is a touch “heavier” in feel. But don’t get me wrong – it’s still very much light-weight. It also provides a medium coverage despite not being as “weighty” as the Outlast. The only issue I have with this one is that when used alone on warm days, my face is super shiny by the end of the day. Even now with the dryness – this foundation leaves a dewy finish that can verge on oily.


Covergirl Foundation Reviews - Outlast Stay Fabulous and TruBlend Swatches


Overall, both foundations are good and it will depend on what one’s preferences are. While the Outlast is probably more suited for combo-oily skin types and the Trublend for drier, more mature skin types – I’d still say either can use both. In fact, I’ve been loving mixing to the two to create a perfect satin, long-wear finish that get’s me through the work day! Oh, and for me, both formulas are best applied with a Beauty Blender (a dense flat top brush works as well, but the BB gives me the most seamless finish). The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation retails for anywhere between $8.39-$11.00 USD and can be found at Target, ULTA and most drugstores. The Covergirl TruBlend Foundation retails for anywhere between $8.49 USD and $9.99 USD and can also be found at ULTA, Target and most drugstores.



Hope you’ve enjoyed these Covergirl foundation reviews! Let me know if you guys have tried either formula and what your thoughts are!





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  1. Fabulous review! This sound like they work great, although I tend to go for satin finishes as my skin is so dry 🙁



      • Kimmy on October 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm
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      Thank you, Karen! Lately, I’m really appreciating dewier foundations because I seem to be going through a dry spell. :/ Mixed together these create a lovely satin finish, though. 🙂

  2. I wish Cover girl was available here in the UK 🙁 !!!

    Serene xoxo


      • Kimmy on October 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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      Me too! Why can’t we all just have access to everything?! Hehe. xx

  3. Hey Kimmy, thanks for the review! From what you said, I think I’ll get along better with Outlast. I can’t do too much dewy on my T-zone: it’ll just grease up too fast!

      • Kimmy on October 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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      I usually have that problem as well – even with the dryness I’ve been experiencing I still get oily, it’s so annoying! But I admit, it’s nice not to be as oily as usual lately. 🙂 Hope you’re well, Sunny! xx

  4. I’ve heard a lot about this by some youtubers so I’m glad to see a blogger talking about it 😉 I don’t wear foundation but I want to try to find a good one for prom this year :). Thanks for this post!


      • Kimmy on October 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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      You’re so welcome sweetie. Both of these are great drugstore options and if you’re looking for something that isn’t heavy, I would recommend the TruBlend 🙂 xx

  5. I have the 3in1 foundation from Covergirl and I do like it, but it can easily cake up on me 🙁 I have to be careful when I apply it. Other than that I like it. Lovely review 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on October 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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      I’m wearing it today and I exfoliated this morning and went heavier on the moisturizer, I think both of those things help it to look even better because the finish today is quite nice. 🙂 xx

  6. I really liked the Outlast foundation when I first started using it, but lately, it’s kind of had almost a chalky finish when I put it on… I don’t know if my skin has been dry or what! (This is the foundation I DIY’d with highlighter and moisturizer!) Once I did the mixture, the finish is perfect. I’ve been wanting to give the Trublend a try, will definitely do so!! Thanks for this post!
    xx Stephanie

      • Kimmy on November 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm
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      Hiya, Stephanie! I think the Outlast can be tricky when skin is drier. I’ve been meaning to check out your DYI! Right now I find myself mixing a little of the TruBlend in with it to give it a more satin finish. 🙂

  7. Great review and for some reason, I’ve never tried CoverGirl foundations. I definitely must pick up Trublend to try, I have very dry skin so that sounds better for me.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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