Monday, 17 November 2014

Covergirl TruBLEND Foundation, Concealer and Pressed Powder | Review

Australia saw the new release of Covergirl's truBLEND line of products around two months ago, and being an avid fan of the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation, I was keen to see what this new line had to offer. The truBLEND range of products are marketed to those desiring a natural, skin-like finish, and boasts blendable textures, designed to meld with the skin. Easy, Breezy, Beautiful. Covergirl. ( Forgive me...I've always wanted to say that ).

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been testing out the liquid foundation, concealer crayon and powder compact, which were sent to me for consideration, and I feel ready to share my thoughts today.

 L-R Covergirl truBLEND Liquid Foundation Creamy Natural, Fixstick Concealer L 1234,  Pressed Powder No.2

Covergirl truBLEND Liquid Makeup Foundation - Creamy Natural L5

The truBLEND line of products are placed in number groupings to help you choose your best match for your foundation, concealer and powder.

When I was swatching the foundation shades in store, I found there to be a very wide variation in undertones. I am in the shade Buff Beige in the Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation, but the same shade in the truBLEND was way to ashen, and almost grey on the back of my hand. I definitely recommend a good play with the testers prior to choosing your shade. As it turned out, Creamy Natural had warmer undertones, but was a little too dark for me.

This water and silicone based foundation has a lovely lightweight feel, on application I was immediately reminded of  the consistency and feel of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, one of my all time favourite, natural everyday foundations. It feels really lovely on the skin, lightweight and refreshing. Be sure to give it a good shake first, like all water based foundations.

It blends into the skin very nicely, and I have found the best results using my Real Techniques buffing brush, or expert face brush. Creamy Natural is a close to a whole shade too dark for me (and I also found that it darkened again once dry on my skin), however I can work with it, especially when I am  using fake tan on my body.

As I mentioned, it feels nice and light on the skin, offers light to medium coverage, and dries to a very natural satin finish. Unfortunately,  I have noticed that it tends to cling to dry patches. Dry patches on my face tend to be the result of healing blemishes ( sorry for the TMI ) and the pigment in the foundation seems to pool in these areas and take on a ashen/greyish appearance. It then it sets, and doesn't budge. Once dried, I find I cannot blend that pigment away. It is then also very hard to blend concealer over the top. It almost resists any other product.

The wear time on my oily/combination skin is actually very impressive. I have found that to achieve the best finish on the skin is to give makeup primer a miss. The foundation is quite smoothing on its own, thanks to its silicone content.

I find that still get some oil breakthrough around lunchtime, however it is minimal and the foundation itself does not separate or disappear in those areas. I find it very easy to do a quick blot and then a touch of powder and I am looking fresh again.

The only thing that would stop me reaching for this foundation on a regular basis is the fact that it does perform strangely on dry patches. If you have a lot of dry patches on your face, you may find the same thing, or it may be particular to this shade in the line. For me, this foundation will be brought out on days where I have no dry patches of skin at all, a good skin day as they say. Were it not for this unfortunate factor, I would certainly reach for it more frequently. Such a shame.

Covergirl truBLEND Fixstick Concealer Crayon - Shade L-1234

The range of concealers are numbered like the foundations in order to help you choose your best match for your skin tone. The Concealer I have been trialing is from the Fair/Light grouping. It is in the form of a twist up crayon, which I like. Having to sharpen concealer pencils is such waste of product in my opinion. The consistency is very nice, it blends into the skin really well, and offers light to medium coverage. I have tried it under my eyes, and it performed quite nicely over the top of a lightweight eye cream. This shade has a definite pinky/peach undertone which makes it ideal to brighten the under eye area. If you have extremely dark circles it may not offer enough coverage or correction. I did not feel that the concealer emphasised my fine lines, and never looked cakey or dry.

It also works quite well on blemishes and scarring, though I found I needed to build up coverage with a couple of layers on particularly reddened areas. My favourite way to use this particular shade of the concealer was as more of a highlight, applying it under my eye area and high up onto my cheekbone. It blends nicely with either fingers, a flat concealer brush, or just my foundation brush. If you like a highlight without any shimmer or glow, this is worth a try. Both the packaging and performance make this concealer ideal for touch ups. In the handbag she goes. 

Covergirl truBLEND Pressed Powder No.2 Translucent Light

I was quite impressed with the powder. It feels quite smooth and soft to touch. I have used it to set my makeup with a big fluffy powder brush, and have also used it for touch ups throughout the day, with the included little sponge. The sleek, mirrored compact makes it ideal to pop in your makeup bag for touch ups, and when used with a dry sponge I actually find it to add a tiny bit more coverage, even though the packaging states translucent. It is quite smoothing and complementary on my large pores and fine lines, and gave a nice diffused, and polished look to my skin. It does have a finish that is more on the matte side, if you overdo it you may end up looking a little flat and dull. It too currently occupies my handbag.

Have you tried any of the products from the Covergirl TruBlend line? I would love to hear your thoughts if you have? Did you have a similar experience as me with the foundation?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xx

Disclaimer: These products were kindly provided for my consideration. I am always honest, and present solely my own views and thoughts after appropriate time for testing. Cheers. xx


  1. I'm really not a fan of the trublend line, unfortunately. I love their clump crusher mascara and their outlast 3 in 1, but other than that I tend to stay away from their products, as they seem to make my skin dry out.


    1. Hi Kayla, I love their Clump Crusher and Lash Blast mascaras too! The Outlast foundation is brilliant, such a shame about this one because the texture and finish really are very nice, I think if you didn't have any flaky patches of skin, this would be great. Thanks so much for visiting! Lou xo

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