Review: CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

Hi friends!

Well, it’s review time. Back in December you may remember that I visited the CoverGirl flagship store in NYC, and snagged a few products for free (read the full story by clicking the first link below); I’m very lucky that the Clean Liquid Foundation was one of them. I’ve been testing this formula out since then so I’m ready to present you with my thoughts & opinions now! So let’s get into it.

(Just FYI, this is not about the matte/oil-free or the sensitive skin versions.)

Read this: I went to the new CoverGirl flagship store in NYC!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Let your natural beauty shine through with COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup! Clean Makeup’s water-based foundation noncomedogenic formula lets your skin breathe, goes on easily, and blends perfectly, so the world doesn’t see makeup, just the look of great skin. COVERGIRL Clean Liquid Makeup is also available in Sensitive Skin and Oil Control formulas. 

CoverGirl website

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Water based foundation. Goes on easily and blends perfectly. Available in matte and sensitive formulas.

CoverGirl website

HOW I Apply THIS PRODUCT

I like to dab medium-sized dots of this on the areas I want coverage (generally around the T-zone), and then blend in circular motions with my fingers. I like my base products to appear and feel as skin-like as possible. I have not tried applying this with a brush. I do not set this foundation with powder (it’s winter and I already have dry skin, so that ain’t happenin’!).

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Packaging of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation

The glass bottle is small & dainty with no pump. Definite pro’s & con’s here. I like the fact that it’s small but still holds 30 mL; the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue holds just 5 mL more but is much bigger, for example. It’s also easy to store on your vanity at this size. However, it’s glass so you can’t really travel with it or toss it in your handbag if you wanted to. And no pump = more mess. I will always prefer a pump to control the amount of product.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This is marketed for normal skin types, but this formula applies & blends pretty effortlessly over my dry skin. The consistency is quite thin but that’s not surprising considering it’s a “water-based foundation.” I will tell you that I’ve applied this both over a moisturizing primer and over bare skin; I prefer over a primer but you can certainly apply over bare skin without much tugging or patching off. Ah, and before I forget, this foundation does have a scent that dissipates after application. I personally don’t mind it, but if you are sensitive please be aware.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Overall, I’d categorize this as a light coverage product, which is A-OK with me. You can build it up ever so slightly in places where you want more coverage, but do not buy it thinking it will give you a flawless complexion. It definitely won’t.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON FINISH

This has a very natural finish for sure. It’s definitely not matte, definitely not dewy; it’s completely somewhere in the middle. It just looks like skin, but slightly more perfected. As someone who doesn’t like wearing heavy coverage products, this is awesome!

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation in the shade Ivory in direct sunlight

I only see 11 shades listed on CoverGirl’s website for this foundation; not that great. Weirdly, the shade I have is 105 Ivory but that’s not even listed online. I see 110 Classic Ivory; is it the same? No idea, so not sure what’s going on there.

Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This foundation definitely sticks around quite a while on my skin. Usually I wear my makeup anywhere from 8 – 11 hours depending on the day, and when I go to finally remove my makeup I still see the effects of this product on my skin. However, please keep in mind that I have not worn this foundation in heat or humidity yet, so I don’t know how this would stand up in that environment.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

You can see some of the prices listed above from different retailers. It’s CoverGirl, you know the drill, it’s very affordable stuff. For me, someone who likes a lighter coverage, I think this product is totally worth the price tag(s). If you need or want fuller coverage, as cheap as this is, it would be a waste of money for you. So make sure you know what you want before you buy.

Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️

Swatch of CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation blended out (in shade Ivory)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite the fumbles with packaging and shade range, I do think this is a lovely foundation if you’re looking for something lightweight and natural-looking. It’s very affordable and does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. I will gladly continue to use it!

Have you tried the Clean Liquid Foundation? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Review: Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

Hi friends!

It’s time for another review today, and now we’re going to deep-dive into the new Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer. This is a fairly new release from Revlon, and in addition to this concealer formula there’s also a foundation in the range as well. I saw this on a display in one of local CVS stores, and I just couldn’t help myself from picking it up; I love trying new concealers! I’m always searching for the perfect one, kinda like with mascaras.

I’ve been trialing this product in my routine since early(ish) December, so without further delay, let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $9.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Ulta
  • $6.99 for 0.34 fl. oz. @ Target

Ultra blendable, ultra buildable, and infused with caffeine for a built in pick-me-up.

Hides imperfections and under-eye circles with a seamless natural finish 18 medium, buildable, skin tone matching shades. 

Revlon.com
Back of the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer showing shade & product benefits

PRODUCT BENEFITS

With: anti-pollution, antioxidant, anti-blue light ingredients

Without: oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or fragrances

Available in skin tone balancing Banana shade

Suitable for sensitive skin

Flexible doe-foot applicator, for applying to delicate eye area

Revlon.com

HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I use the applicator to dot 3 to 4 small circles under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I also take this around the corners of my nose where I have redness & broken veins. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Anti-Oxidant Concealer in Light/Pale

MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING

Like the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer, I think the packaging for this Revlon concealer is great. It’s small, lightweight and perfectly suited to throw in your makeup travel bag or your purse. The tube is a slightly squishy plastic and the cap unscrews to reveal a wide but curved doe-foot applicator that eventually tapers. I do find that the applicator holds a bit too much product, so I have to scrape it off along the sides. I’m not bothered by this at the moment because the product hasn’t managed to leak after I’ve reinserted the applicator and closed the tube.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Read this: Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION

This applies very easily onto the skin without much tugging or pulling. I’d class the consistency as thin-to-medium in terms of thickness, and it definitely has a creaminess to it. A few taps of my finger and this is pretty much completely blended into my skin. I’ve never experienced any clinging or weird patches that won’t blend in. I like the shape of the doe-foot applicator purely because it nestles into the inner corner of the eye very pleasingly.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Doe-foot applicator of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer
Doe-foot applicator or Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer

MY THOUGHTS ON COVERAGE

Revlon has been quite direct with this product and literally printed the words Medium Coverage on the back, after listing the product benefits (refer to the photo above). I would absolutely agree with that claim. This is not going to completely erase every little imperfection on your skin, but it’s certainly going to cover redness & discoloration well enough. It’s got a very buildable consistency, which I personally love in a concealer. I always believe you should be able to tailor the amount of coverage to your liking with base products. Clearly though if you want really full coverage this concealer will not be satisfactory to you.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON SHADE SELECTION

There are 18 shades available in this concealer range, which I think is great. Could it be even better? Absolutely. But it’s definitely a big improvement over other drugstore concealer ranges. Unfortunately though I picked the wrong shade for myself in this instance, whoops! The CVS I went to seemed to have a very limited shade selection, so I got Light. Normally I go for any shade called Fair or Porcelain. Light is definitely not light enough for me and it’s so incredibly yellow, wow! (I have a pink undertone.) But I can just make it work on myself since it blends in so seamlessly.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Swatch of Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer in the shade Light

MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY

This lasts on my dry skin quite well throughout the day without much fading, peeling or cracking. At the end of normal wear-time (my standard is about 9/10 hours), I still have coverage under my eyes so I’d say the longevity here is very good. Please keep in mind though thay I’ve only been trialing this during the coldness of winter, so I haven’t been exposed to any natural heat and/or humidity while wearing this product yet.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE

So based on the prices I listed above, you can pick up this concealer for anywhere between $7.00-$10.00 depending on the retailer. For what Revlon is offering with this product, I think that’s a very fair drugstore price that I would happily pay again. However, if you wanted to get nitty-gritty about it, the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer (another buildable, medium coverage concealer) is only $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product. (Remember, the Revlon is just 0.34 fl. oz.) However, Joah Beauty doesn’t offer nearly the amount of shades that Revlon does. So there’s definitely a trade-off.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can’t tell already, I think this concealer is a hit! It ticks all the boxes for me: buildable coverage, creaminess, easy blendability, & longevity. Plus it’s drugstore! How can you go wrong?

Have you tried the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Concealer yet? What is your fave drugstore concealer? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Review: Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer

Hi friends!

I’m back with my last review of the month. I can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of December; Christmas is just a few weeks away and then…2019 starts. Wow. But I digress. A few weeks ago I wrote about about my experience at the CVS “Beauty IRL” store in Connecticut (which you can read here) where I showed you my haul products, including the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer from Joah Beauty. Well, I’ve been using this concealer ever since so I’m ready to share my thoughts & opinions with you now.

Let’s get started!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product
  • Cruelty-free formulation

What imperfections? Prepare to look fabulous wearing our long-lasting concealer. Help your skin appear more youthful and say so long to discoloration, blemishes and dark circles. Available in 6 shades.

Source: joahbeauty.com

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Helps your skin appear more youthful and lets you say so long to discoloration, blemishes, scars and dark circles. Light weight and creamy texture is budgeproof, so anything you prefer to hide stays undercover all day.

Source: joahbeauty.com

HOW I APPLY THIS PRODUCT

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now you’ll know that I apply about 80% of my makeup with my fingers. This concealer is no different. So I squeeze a small pea-sized amount onto the back of my hand, and dot about 3 to 4 dots under my eyes and into the dark inner corners. I then gently tap & stipple the product into my skin with my index finger for maximum coverage. I find using sponges & brushes takes away too much coverage for my liking. I then always set my concealer with a small amount of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

Packaging: This is a small squeezy tube that is extremely lightweight, so you can easily throw it in your purse or travel bag without much fuss at all. I find the little plastic nib very userfriendly since it gives you a lot of control over how much product comes out. Plus, I don’t mind using the back of my hand to hold product during the application process. Some people who are really into doe-foot applicators or wands may not like this method, but personally I find those wands can sometimes deposit too much product for my liking.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

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Application: I do agree with Joah Beauty’s description of this product in that it’s both lightweight & creamy. I find I can very easily tap this into my skin without much tugging or skipping. It also doesn’t cling to any dry patches or flakes on my skin, which is awesome. Right now my skin is quite dry from this frigid NY weather, so I need all the help I can get! Lastly, this can layer up well. When I want more coverage I can build up about 2 thin layers without getting a cakey effect.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Coverage: While this is called a “full cover” product, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. I’d say this is medium coverage at best. Like I said above, you certainly can build up coverage where you want it, but if you buy this thinking you’re gonna get the same effect as, say, the Too Faced Born This Way MultiUse Sculpting Concealer or the NARS Creamy Concealer, you will be disappointed. Personally I often have both really-full coverage & medium coverage concealers in my collection at any given time, so I don’t mind lighter coverage when it suits me. But considering “full cover” is in the name and it doesn’t quite live up to that, I feel I have to dock some points.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

Shade Selection: If you read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty back in September, you may already know my complaint here. The shade selection is seriously lacking, to say the least, and sadly this is an issue across all of Joah’s complexion products. Just 6 shades? There’s no way everyone who wants to try this concealer will be able to fit into so few categories. Some drugstore brands have made strides to expand their shade offerings in the past few years, like CoverGirl & L’Oreal for example, but it’s still largely a problem. For a brand that launched in 2018, I would expect Joah to do better.

Since I’m so pale I usually get the lightest shade in any range, although the undertone is usually all wrong. That’s the case with this concealer too; the shade Porcelain is light enough but very yellow in opinion. I can still make it work though.

Rating: 2/5 ⭐️

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Longevity: This concealer lasts quite well on me without much fading, flaking or cracking. For reference, I usually wear this for 9 or 10 hours at a stretch. But do keep in mind three things: 1) I have dry skin naturally, 2) I’m not piling on lots of product to begin with, and 3) I’ve only tested this in cool, dry weather. So I have no idea how this product would stand up to heat and humidity.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Price: At $6.50 for 0.53 oz. of product that applies well, blends well, & sits well on my skin, I think this concealer is a great price. Let’s quickly compare that to some other well-known drugstore concealers. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is slightly more expensive for a lot less product ($6.99 for 0.23 oz.). The Wet nWild Photo Focus Concealer is less expensive for less product ($3.99 for 0.29 oz). And the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer is a lot more expensive for the least amount of product of any item mentioned here ($9.99 for 0.21 oz.). You get the picture, I’m sure 😉.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you can use one of the 6 shades they offer and you don’t mind medium coverage (even though the packaging says full cover), then I think you’ll really like this concealer. It’s really easy to apply and to wear and the price is very competitive at the drugstore level. I particularly love how lightweight & hydrating it is, and I will definitely get more use out of it. I just hope they expand their shade range in the future to offer more skin tones & undertones.

Have you tried anything from Joah yet? Which affordable concealers are you loving right now? I’d love to know!

Shop the Joah Beauty Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

xo, Erica

Read my brand overview post on Joah Beauty here.

Read my CVS haul post featuring the Truly Yours Full Cover Concealer here.

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Review: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Hi friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve written exclusively about a base product on here but that’s simply because I wasn’t using anything new for quite a long time in my routine. Or I wasn’t using much base at all to be honest, besides concealer. However, I am always interested in finding the best, most affordable tinted moisturizer out there so a few weeks back I picked up the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue from Sephora. (Click here to read the post where I hauled this product.) I’ve been using it quite consistently since then so I’m ready to present you with my review!

Note: all text under the next two sections was sourced from the Bare Minerals website. There’s a wealth of info about on this product on there (I didn’t include everything here), so if you’re interested go check it out.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

  • $30.00 for 35 ml of product

Oil-free tinted face moisturizer boosts hydration, protects with non-chemical mineral-based broad spectrum SPF 30, and evens out your complexion with dewy, natural-looking coverage. It’s the multi-tasking makeup you need in your life!

Our hydrating gel cream blends effortlessly onto skin and allows you to build coverage from sheer to medium, with a naturally radiant finish.

PRODUCT BENEFITS

Titanium dioxide mineral sunscreen gives you safe and effective non-chemical protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. Plant-derived squalane and energizing mineral electrolytes quench dry skin with all-day hydration that feels light and refreshing.

  • Non-comedogenic
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Formulated without parabens, binders or fillers
  • None of our products are tested on animals (100% cruelty-free)

FREE OF:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrance
  • Chemical sunscreens
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Mineral oil
  • Triclosan
  • Formaldehyde
  • Talc
  • Gluten
  • Animal-derived ingredients

WHO IS THIS PRODUCT FOR?

I think this product is for anyone who, like me, has dry skin and who does not gravitate towards fullcoverage base products on the day-to-day (i.e. someone who doesn’t want or need a lot of coverage or who wants to put on their base in one minute or less). However, it could also be useful to someone who likes layering their base products; so then this product would be the first layer underneath a more fuller coverage foundation perhaps. Lastly, those who are new to makeup or are young teenagers might also like this product.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

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HOW I USE & APPLY THIS PRODUCT

I use this as my main base product with nothing layered on top (with the exception of a higher-coverage concealer in certain places). As the instructions on the back of the product recommend, I use my fingertips to dot and blend this into my skin. I gravitate between using a peasized amount or a more generous quartersized amount. Sometimes I use stippling motions to get the greatest coverage; sometimes I blend it in like I would a moisturizer. I found using a beauty sponge can take away whatever coverage this product offers since sponges tend to absorb product. I have not tried applying this with a brush.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

PackagingI absolutely love the packaging on this. It’s a squeezy tube which makes it really easy to control how much product comes out. It’s totally clean & hygenic as well.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

ApplicationThis blends right into my skin without very much effort. A few swipes of my finger and I’m set. Easy-peasy. Bare Minerals calls this a “gel cream” consistency but I’d say it’s just a cream consistency of average thickness. It feels quite moisturizing on application as well.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Coverage: Let’s face it, when you buy this product you know what you’re getting into. It’s a tinted moisturizer which is going to give you sheer coverage at the very best. While Bare Minerals says this can build from “sheer to medium” coverage, I’m not so sure about that. I’ve been able to build up a little coverage in the areas I need it, but not enough to say “medium coverage” in my opinion. Perhaps if you apply it with a brush you could build it up to medium, but I personally haven’t experienced that. That being said, I’m totally ok with sheer coverage cause that’s what I signed up for! I’d rather add coverage where I need it with concealer.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Finish: This product gives me a very natural, slightly glowy finish. However the glowiness subsides once the product settles into the skin. There is also no tackiness once it sets into the skin, so it doesn’t make my skin feel nearly as plumped or moisturized as the Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm does (full review here).

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Opal, the lightest shade
Opal, the lightest shade available in the Complexion Rescue range.

Shade SelectionThere are 16 shades in differing undertones to choose from in this line, with most shades falling into the light to medium category. Typically brands don’t bring out as many shades in tinted moisturizer formulas since they’re largely sheer coverage products. However in this case since Bare Minerals claims this product can be built from “sheer to medium,” there really should be more tan-to-dark shades represented then. I don’t see why there can’t be like 20 – 25 shades in this line.

Rating: 3/5 ⭐️

Longevity: Despite its lightweight nature, this lasts on me quite well throughout the day without any powdering. I don’t notice much, if any, fading at all. But do keep in mind two things: 1) I have dry skin, and 2) I’ve only been wearing this in the cooler fall weather when everything tends to stay put on me perfectly.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Price: You pay $30.00 for 35 ml of SPF 30hydration & sheer coverage with this productWhile I’d love for this to be a few dollars cheaper, I personally think that’s a fair price. Chances are if you think tinted moisturizers are unnecessary or overpriced, you’re not buying them at all. But let’s quickly compare the Complexion Rescue to other high-end tinted moisturizers. Both the NARS & Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers are $45.00 for about 50 ml of product, respectively; the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is $38.00 for 32 ml of product. And let’s not forget the insanely overpriced (but oh so gorgeous) SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm from Bobbi Brown: $60.00 for 30 ml of product! Taking all this into consideration, I don’t think Bare Minerals is overcharging for the Complexion Rescue.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

FINAL THOUGHTS

All in all I think this is a very nice product for those that love or like tinted moisturizers. It’s extremely userfriendly and lowmaintenance to apply and wear. I just wish it made my skin look a bit dewier than it does (I’m still really hung up on my beloved Bobbi Brown product, I can’t help it!). If you’re not into tinted moisturizers, I’d say skip this altogether and spend your $30.00 elsewhere. I’d really love to find a great drugstore tinted moisturizer, so if you know one please pop it down in the comments below!

*Shop the Complexion Rescue range here.

Have you tried this product before? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Review: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

I was recently in the market for a new concealer as both my Tarte Shape Tape and Maybelline Fit Me had seen better days. I have a “1-in-1-out” policy with my makeup collection: if I add a new item I have to let another go. It’s how I prefer to control my makeup stash. So as it goes, letting go of older products means slots for newer ones open up. I’m always up for trying new base products, so I initially picked up the NARS Creamy Concealer (I’ll probably do a separate review later), which I’d been eyeing forever.

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