This Skin Perfector, which is silicone based facial balm, is marketed primarily as a mattifier although you can use it as a primer as well.
According to the Covergirl website the TruMagic line “offers a touch of magic in just one swipe and is available in three fabulous finishes: Skin Perfector for matte perfection, Luminizer for luminous highlights, or Sunkisser for a touch of sun. This innovative perfecting balm was designed to wear alone, under, or over makeup.”
There aren’t very many products like this on the market, though some of you may be familiar with Mally’s Face Defender which is the #1 product that the Covergirl version is compared to (I’ve been wanting to try this Mally version for a while so if you want a review, let me know).
Most reviews I’ve seen comparing the two products seem to suggest the Mally version is better. It’s also $40.00 To my knowledge, the Covergirl mattifier is the only drugstore version of such a balm and is much cheaper.
I recently hauled this and have been testing it out for the past week or so.
Here is my one line summary: it’s a great alternative to powder but its uses are limited.
First off, the reasons I like it for the hot weather in particular:
- You can avoid the cakey make-up look. Powder can get cakey when we try to apply it over a moist/damp face. For those of us in humid climates, this is almost always the case. Combine that dewiness with oil, and well cake-face is almost a given. This balm offers an alternative to layering on more powder and, if applied properly, the disturbance to your existing makeup (foundation) is minimal.
- It does actually “absorb” some of the oil and has a “blurring” effect with respect to pore visibility. I have been applying this about mid-day. For reference, my day start at about 8:00 a.m. and ends at about 7:00 p.m. Depending on what foundation I am wearing that day or what the weather is like, by mid-afternoon my face might be slightly/moderately oily or it might be a total oil slick. When my face is moderately oily, I find this does a good job. However, it won’t work as well if you’ve got enough oil on your face to fry an egg (which happened to me yesterday, lol). So be warned.
- It is colour blind. No need to worry about picking up the right shade, because this product is clear, anyone can use it!
- The packaging. The compact is very bulky and, as big as it is, it doesn’t include a mirror. I believe the packaging can be improved. As far as the lack of a mirror goes, it’s not that much of a problem as this is a clear product that you pat on your face. No colour is involved which makes application pretty easy for those accustomed to applying makeup.
- Limited application repeats. You can only use this product so many times throughout the day, I find two-three times to be the limit. As you pile more and more silicone on, your face will rebel and may start to appear oilier. The key is to pat just a little of this on which each application. I use the sponge that it comes with and gentle pressed it onto the balm, barely using any pressure. There is no need to jam the sponge in there. You know you are pressing too hard if the products starts to shift significantly and become more pliable. This will leave a sort of veil on your face, if you are used to silicone-based primers, you know what I am talking about.
- The sponge gets “dirty”. This is not so much my gripe as a complaint I’ve heard floating around. My take is that any sponge you apply on your face after you already have any kind of makeup on, is going to get “dirty” – meaning some of your foundation or whatever will get absorbed into the sponge. This doesn’t bother me so much and like all of my other sponges, I just wash it.
- Hot Weather Approved (in moderation)
- Cost: Affordable (Approximately $10.95 USD)
- Available Locally: Not at this time. (Bahamian Beauties – I will update this post if I spot this in the local drugstore. The covergirl trumagic skin perfector is available at Amazon.com but not Amazon.ca which is the Canadian site that offers shipping to The Bahamas.)
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