Covergirl’s newest foundation offering, the Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation is one that I’d wanted to try based on my admiration of the original Outlast formula which I think is a great offering from the drugstore (reviewed here). As an oilier-skinned gal, the reference to “Luminous” had me a little wary to begin with. However, I approached the foundation with an open mind. After all, NARS’s new foundation has a similar name and I fell in love with that one.
Covergirl says this “oil-free, non-greasy formula gives your skin a natural luminosity that lasts all day! Perfect for achieving radiant skin, this all day foundation hydrates skin while providing flawless coverage.”
Packaging: Covergirl always does well with its packaging and this is no exception. A nice, lightweight glass bottle with a pump. Enough said. You go, Covergirl!
Shade Selection: Currently, there only appear to be seven (7) shades to choose from, ranging from Classic Ivory (810) to Soft Sable (875). I’m not sure if Covergirl plans to release more, but they should. I was sent the shade Creamy Natural 820 which matches my light to medium skin tone pretty well. For reference, I’m about an N25 in MAC.
Coverage: Buidable to medium. While it will even out some of my redness, if I want to cover red post acne marks, I have to use a concealer.
Application Notes: The texture of this foundation is on the thinner side, but not as liquid like as some of the newer formulas out there. I’m Beauty Blender/RT Complexion Sponge all the way with this one. Even though it takes down the coverage a little, I think it gives the best application on my slightly textured skin. I’ve tried it with a dense, flat top blending brush as well for a heavier coverage. It work’s alright but I still tend to “finish” off with the BB.
Finish: One word comes to mind: Natural. This is one of the most natural looking foundation finishes I think I’ve ever encountered. Not matte, not satin, not dewy. Just natural and healthy looking. That’s the only way I can describe it.
Wear: I’ve tried the foundation alone and with primer. Worn alone, on my oily combo skin, the foundation starts to shift by hour 6 with my oils breaking through. So, even though it starts off being natural, by the end of the day, it looks more dewy. With a primer, however, I can maintain that non-dewy natural look for the full work day and then some (10 hours). My favorite primer to use with it is actually the Rimmel Stay Matte (reviewed here). I like this combo because the Rimmel Stay Matte helps keep some of my oils at bay without effecting the overall finish of the foundation.
I also had the opportunity to test out the *Covergirl Outlast Longwear Moisture Lipstick in Phantom Pink (900), a beautiful medium blue based pink that I think many would love. It’s that innocent kiss me kind of pink.
About this formula, Covergirl says: “No need to choose between moisture or color that lasts as long as you do—now you can have both! Outlast Longwear Lipstick doesn’t flake or crumble. It’s super-powered with moisture, so it stays super fresh and super flexible all day.”
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out so well for me. Perhaps it’s the shade/texture combination issue that I’ve mentioned before – really creamy pinks never seem to do well on my lip texture. Straight of the tube, on my hand, it feels oh so comfortable. Even on the lips, the texture is smooth, gliding on easily. Unfortunately, the finish is patchy on my lips. Lasting power is average, it’s mostly gone after I’ve had a meal but does leave behind a mild, even stain.
Final Thoughts: Like its predecessor, the *Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation is a good option from the drugstore. It’s probably best suited for those looking for lighter to medium coverage who aren’t too oily. I find myself enjoying more satin, natural and even slightly dewy finishes these days so I can gel with the formula. The lipstick, on the other hand, isn’t for me – not this shade anyway.
Have you tried any of Covergirl’s new Outlast products?
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