New from Covergirl, Part 1: Face

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Covergirl Face MakeupPerhaps you’ve noticed that my blog and social media are more geared towards high-end beauty. Typically, I purchase high-end products, mainly because I’m a sucker for packaging and I really do think there’s almost always a difference. However, I’m not opposed to trying out drugstore products. There are definitely some gems that come at a lower price tag.

Covergirl sent me a PR package with a bunch of their newer releases, so I’ve been putting them to the test to find out which products are hits and misses. This is part 1 of a 3-part series. I’ve also reviewed the eye products and the lip products!

Today, I’m sharing the face products that showed up at my door!

Vitalist Healthy Powder

What it is: Built-in hydration and a lightweight formula is the perfect combination for natural-looking flawless skin. Our setting powder is raising the bar on healthy hydrating makeup that gives skin that beautiful glow.Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Powder Review

First of all, I have to mention that I’m all over this updated Covergirl packaging! The white with minimal black font is so modern. The compact here is a little bulky, but it does have a dual opening for a sponge/mirror.

Shades + Swatches

I received 4 shades of this powder, which is apparently the entire shade range:

Classic Ivory

Buff Beige

Medium Beige

Warm Beige

Classic Ivory is a good enough match for me as a setting powder since it has light coverage.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Powder Review, Swatches

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Powder Swatches, L-R: Classic Ivory, Buff Beige, Medium Beige, Warm Beige

Formula

This powder is suuuuper silky and smooth. I was pleasantly surprised!

It picks up nicely on my brush without much kick-up. The product deposits evenly on my skin with very light coverage.

I’ve only noticed caking once – under my eyes when I was going for a super full coverage look. I think the powder clung to the increased concealer that I don’t typically use. Otherwise, it looks pretty much invisible on my skin.

This powder protects very well against under-eye creasing! I also use this powder to set lightly all over. I have dry skin, so oil control is not a huge problem, but I have neither found my skin to get oily through the day nor look dried out.

Thoughts

I’m very impressed with this powder! It is not a super powdery powder, so it’s been really nice for my dry skin – I’m not sure how it will be during the summer when I produce a little more oil though. I think it’s best for light to medium coverage makeup looks. The shade range is soooo small, but the match doesn’t have to be perfect with light coverage.

Available for $11.99 at Ulta

Vitalist Go Glow

What it is: The lightweight moisturizing lotion with light-reflecting pigments is infused with vitamins E, B3 and B5 giving your skin a naturally hydrated luminous glow.Covergirl Vitalist Go Glow Lotion Review

These highlighters were one of the products I was most excited about. You know I love to glow!

Shades + Swatches

There are two shades:

Daybreak

Sunkissed

Daybreak is the lighter of the two, so it would be the better match for me. The glow is quite subtle; it’s more like a sheen.

Covergirl Vitalist Go Glow Lotion Review, Swatches

Covergirl Vitalist Go Glow Lotion Swatches, L-R: Daybreak, Sunkissed

Formula

One of the reasons I was excited about the Go Glow lotion is that, in theory, it could be used in a variety of ways. I was thinking to try it as a dewy primer under foundation, spot highlight over foundation, or mixed in with foundation.

The lotion itself is light and easy to mix or blend. The glow is super subtle though, so using Daybreak underneath foundation or mixed with foundation, it pretty much does nothing. There’s a little bit of dewiness when layered over foundation, but it ended up sinking right into my skin shortly after application.

Sunkissed has a better chance of showing up for me, being a dewy bronzer or deepening a foundation if necessary. I really just can’t get past the scent of these lotions though. It makes me sick. I can’t really describe the smell; it’s definitely artificial, but mainly just triggers something in me.

Thoughts

Even if I could get past the scent, these Go Glow lotions are a miss for me because they do practically nothing.

Available for $10.99 at Ulta or $8.99 at Target

Vitalist Healthy Concealer

What it is: This soft brush concealer pen glides on smoothly to improve skin’s texture. COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Concealer Pen contains a vitamin-infused formula which brightens your complexion for a fresh and healthy look.Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Concealer Review

I first associated the idea of this concealer with YSL Touche Eclat, one of the best brightening concealer pens out there. This meant I knew to expect a lighter coverage.

Shades + Swatches

There are 6 shades in this lineup:

Fair

Light

Light/Medium

Medium

Medium/Deep

Deep

The concealers I received didn’t have the shade names written on them, but I believe I was able to properly sort out the color differences. It’s kind of a shame that most of the shades are quite light. I use Fair, even though it’s a tad yellow for me.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Concealer Review, Swatches

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Concealer Swatches, L-R: Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep, Deep

Formula

For fun, I read some reviews of this and saw a lot of people didn’t know how to get the product out. The product is in the tube and needs to be pushed into the brush tip for application. The way to do this is to twist the bottom counterclockwise. It will click with each twist, and it takes a lot of clicks to get it out the first time. You can watch the concealer go up through the clear part of the concealer tube, and then it will push onto the brush tip.

Once I made it through all of that (which wasn’t bad, I’m just being dramatic), I applied a small blob of the product under each eye. It’s quite creamy and lightweight.

I prefer blending with a damp beautyblender for sheer/light coverage. I’ve noticed that it will crease or gather if I use too much product, so this is pretty much only for minimal makeup days.

In terms of brightening, I don’t notice too much of a difference. This covers up my dark circles a tad and lasts all day, as long as I don’t use too much.

Thoughts

This is a pretty nice concealer for minimal makeup days. It’s not quite a dupe of YSL Touch Eclat, but it’s not bad to have around for a quick cover-up. I’ve noticed myself reaching for it most days in the past month.

Available for $10.99 at Ulta or $8.99 at Target

Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter

What it is: Use COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter to highlight, contour and illuminate your most gorgeous features. Our shimmering glow highlighter was designed to help skin look naturally radiant.Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighters Review

Shades + Swatches

There are 6 shades to choose from here:

Moonbeam

Sunkissed

Medium

Sundown

Candlelit

Starshine

Moonbeam has a little more of a chunky glitter in it, while the other shades have more smooth glitter.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighters Review, Swatches

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighters Swatches, L-R: Moonbeam, Sunkissed, Medium, Sundown, Candlelit, Starshine

Formula

The highlighters come in little pots and have an interesting texture. They are kind of a mix between a mousse and a cream. A little bit goes a long way.

For me, these apply best with fingers. I dab a little on my cheekbones and tap to blend – easy. Moonbeam is the only one that would suit my cheekbones, but it’s very glittery.

I’m not crazy about the glittery look on my cheeks. Instead, I like to use these on my eyes!

To apply to my eyes, I still use my fingers. These add a very pretty pop to my lid and stay put surprisingly well. I don’t experience much creasing with primer and they last all day.

Thoughts

On cheeks, these are a tad too glittery for my liking. I prefer to use these for eyes and really love them for that purpose!

Available for $10.99 at Ulta or $8.99 at Target

Tru-Blend Pre-Touching Palette

What it is: Conceal uneven skin-tone with this color correcting palette. The blend-able & creamy texture provides full coverage to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and discoloration resulting in fresh healthy-looking skin.Covergirl Tru-Blend Pre-Touching Palette Review

Color-correcting was the big thing for awhile, but I feel like it kind of died down. I still end up doing a little correcting here and there, mainly to tackle my redness and improve my skin tone.

Shades + Swatches

The 3 shades in the Warm palette are yellow, green, and purple. Yellow cancels out purple, so it’s good for the under-eye area, i.e. dark circles, especially for warmer skin tones. Green corrects redness, my biggest issue. Purple corrects yellow tones, so it will brighten dull skin.

Covergirl Tru-Blend Pre-Touching Palette Review, Swatches

Covergirl Tru-Blend Pre-Touching Palette Swatches

Formula

The product in this palette is quite creamy, requiring just moderate effort to blend with fingers. It’s fairly easy to use these for spot treatments, but a little tougher for large areas.

These creams don’t do a perfect job canceling out problem areas, but they are pretty good. I noticed a little bit of clinging to dry patches, but overall, makeup goes over these well.

Thoughts

This is a decent color-correcting palette! I reach for the green shade most frequently to cancel out some redness around my nose area. I think this would be nice for someone who wants to try color-correcting, but I’d recommend trying to get it on sale.

Available for $11.99 at Ulta or $9.99 at Target

Look Lock Up Setting Spray

What it is: Designed with a micro-fine mist for a weightless, barely there feel, our setting spray prevents makeup from smudging or settling into fine lines.

I love a fine mist, so I was pretty excited to try this one.

Formula

The mist is quite fine, but the way it comes out of the mister is a bit odd. The surface area that the mist covers is quite small and targeted, even at a distance.

Spraying myself with this mist, I immediately noticed that there must be a high alcohol content. It’s number 2 on the list.

Once the alcohol subsided, the mist smelled a lot like the Go Glow lotions that made me sick.

No comment on how this mist actually works. I cannot stomach to use it.

Thoughts

I really just don’t like anything about this spray, from the alcohol content to the mister to the scent.

Available for $11.99 at Ulta


I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring Covergirl! A lot of the face products that were hits for me were for minimal makeup days. I can see myself throwing the powder and concealer in my bag if I’m running out the door.

I’ll be reviewing lips and eyes coming up 🙂

What are your favorite products from Covergirl?

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