There’s no doubt about it. Quality makeup is expensive! But in the world of beauty, 99.9% of the time you get what you pay for. There are exceptions, however. Occasionally you’ll come across a drug store brand that a) is affordable AF and has AMAZING products. Or b) is affordable and has a few really great products. Either way, it’s always a great day when you can sub in a cheap (or cheap-ish) item for something more expensive.
In that spirit, I decided to try out an entire face-full of Covergirl makeup. I was inspired when I was browsing through the beauty section of the most dangerous store ever Target and I came upon the Covergirl section and saw that they had a new 3-in-1 foundation that looked fairly promising. Let’s dive in, shall we?
I opted for fairly simple products, aiming to purchase items that I would use again and again if they worked out for me. This meant grabbing very basic, daily wear items and steering clear of anything super bright or obnoxious. Thus, I ended up with your basics; primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer/contour/highlight, blush, setting powder, eyeshadow primer, neutral rosy shades of shadow, eyeliner, mascara, a brow pencil and a pinky-nude lip color.
- Outlast All-Day 3-in-1 Foundation + Sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 20 (in Creamy Natural)
- Outlast All-Day Concealer (in fair)
- Outlast All-Day Prime
The primer seemed kind of thin in my opinion, though it went on smoothly and didn’t seem to cause any issues with the application or wear time of the rest of the makeup. I’d definitely use it again, though I’ll have to try it with my usual go-to face makeup.
As far as the foundation goes…I can’t say I hate it. I really loved the fact that it came in a glass bottle WITH a pump (isn’t it so annoying when liquid foundation doesn’t?!), and the color seemed to be an ok match for my skin, though I couldn’t tell it oxidized or the loose mineral powder I used to set everything was a little dark. Either way, it didn’t look bad and I’ll definitely use it again. I’ll also have to try to use it sans the primer, because it is supposed to be a 3-in-1, meaning have the power of primer, have the coverage of concealer, and blendability of foundation. I feel like it didn’t have the full coverage that I would expect out of a concealer, but it is definitely buildable without issues so if you need a little extra help in some spots this foundation makes it fairly easy to build up where you need it.
I purchased the concealer in the shade fair specifically to use under my eyes. It comes with a doe-foot applicator in a squeeze tube – which I can’t say I’m a fan of. I feel like these kind of applicators get really messy really fast, but that could just be me. Anyways, the concealer also wasn’t as full coverage as I expected/wanted, and it also didn’t seem to blend or build as nicely as the foundation did.
- TruBlend Contour Palette
- Cheekers Blush (in Natural Rose)
- TruBlend Loose Mineral Powder (in Light)
I didn’t realize it when I purchased it, but the contour palette is actually a cream palette, which I don’t usually go for. However, it seemed to apply fairly well with the exception of the highlighter. I feel like I wasn’t able to really get enough product and it was a little too close to my skin tone to really act as a true highlight. So I was able to get a tiny bit of glow out of it, but not as much as I expect from a highlight. The contour and bronzer however, were really nice. I used a brush to slowly build up color for the contour and did the same to bronze the couple of areas I felt needed some love. I made sure to use all of these BEFORE blush or powder, since creams/liquids NEVER blend well on top of powders.
As for the blush…ehhhhh…I wasn’t a fan. And I can’t really tell if it was simply not pigmented enough or the color I chose was just not the right shade, but I couldn’t seem to be able to get enough color to make any sort of a difference. *whomp whomp*
Last of the face items – the loose powder. Again, I’m not sure if this is why everything seemed a little off-colored compared to my neck or not, but I would definitely use it again as a setting powder. It’s light, smooth, and seemed to help smooth things out where my pores are usually a tiny bit enlarged.
Eyes + Brows
- Lid Lock Up Eyelid Primer
- TruNaked Roses Shadow Palette
The Lid Lock Up primer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, which is a little different for me (I’m used to the UD Primer Potion in a tube) and is a very basic nude color that helps even out any patchy-ness or discoloration on your lids without adding much color. I’ll more than likely use this up once the very last of my UD Primer is finished up.
The shadow palette, on the other hand, I wasn’t quite as pleased with. Firstly, LOTS OF FALLOUT! I barely touched the pan with my brush and *poof* a cloud of shadow rained down. So, make sure to tap the crap out of your brush after picking up color. Secondly, they don’t really seem very pigmented. It took me a little while to build up color in my crease, though the darker colors were a tad bit more cooperative when it came to deepening the outer corner. I personally wouldn’t recommend this palette if you need good color payoff, but it’s definitely a great starter palette for someone just getting into makeup and they don’t want to worry about having too much color on their brush.
- So Lashy! Blast Pro Waterproof Mascara
- Liquid Liner (in Black)
- Ultrafine Brow Pencil (in Soft Brown)
Ok. Last of the eye products. I can 100% say I loved the brow pencil. I got the soft brown pencil so it seemed to match my natural color well enough without appearing too dark or too light. There’s also a spoolie on one end to help blend it in, and the formula was fairly long lasting and creamy enough to go on easily and blend well. 10/10 would recommend.
The So Lashy Pro Waterproof mascara was also a great item – absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the applicator definitely separated and coated my lashes evenly. I opted for the waterproof version (though they do have a non-waterproof one).
Unfortunately the liquid eyeliner didn’t quite measure up like the others – it comes in a little pot with an felt (?) applicator wand tip. I usually aim for a felt tip pen or a liquid pot with an actual brush. This eyeliner dries very quickly, which makes it hard to apply and build up color – which you also shouldn’t have to do with a black eyeliner. The applicator tip is not really flexible, making it a bit more difficult to create a winged eye, and the liner itself dries down matte but not as a dark jet black like I prefer.
- Outlast All-Day Lip Color (in Nude)
I probably should have grabbed a slightly darker lip color, but again I wanted to get items that I would use fairly regularly if I liked them. This is a two-step set, the first being the actual liquid color that you apply and let sit for about a minute before applying the gloss top coat that helps seal in the color and moisturize your lips. Nude is a very pretty pinky-nude slightly shimmery color which makes it perfect for day-to-day wear. It also held up very well after a sushi lunch date. Another pro is that it never felt heavy, sticky, or gooey – all things I hate in lip products.
Final Look + Thoughts
Overall, I ended up with a decent look. Again, I’ll have to do a retest on the foundation and loose powder separately to tell which one made my face look darker, and there are a couple of things I wouldn’t really reach for again.
I would say, at the end of the day, these are all pretty decent and fairly affordable products. They’re great for people new to makeup or those that are on a budget.
What I’d Use Again
- Outlast All-Day Foundation
- TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder
- TruBlend Contour Palette
- Lid Lock Up Primer
- So Lashy Pro Waterproof Mascara
- Ultrafine Brow Pencil
- Outlast All-Day Lipcolor
What I’ll Probably Toss/Rehome
- Outlast All-Day Primer
- Outlast All-Day Concealer
- Cheeky Blush
- TruBlend Roses Palette
- Liquid Eyeliner
till till next time,