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Brace yourselves, ladies: it’s another CoverGirl review. I don’t mean to be hard on the brand – I love their ads and the many beautiful women who represent them, including the adorable-if-constantly-windswept Taylor Swift – but I just have had little to no success with anything they have to offer. Which begs the question: why do I keep buying it? What exactly is my problem? Do I just not like money, skin that looks good, and/or happiness?
In any event, in a Starbucks-fueled haze at the grocery store, I’ve somehow purchased yet another Cover Girl dud: Clean Pressed Powder. I bought it in Creamy Beige #250, which was more chalky than creamy. This pressed powder is as equally horrid as the CoverGirl Clean Makeup liquid foundation I reviewed a couple of days ago. It’s heavy, cakey, and it doesn’t blend well with anything – not even the companion foundation! Also, “pressed powder” is a bit of a misnomer; this is the loosest pressed powder I’ve ever used. If you’re wearing something black while applying it, prepare for your clothes to be a dusty mushroom color thereafter.
It’s tough to find a great blush, and tougher to find one that looks natural on you. Fortunately, I got lucky and found one that flatters the bejeezus out of me for seven dollars!
Maybelline Dream Mousse is a long-lasting creme blush that feels soft to apply and blends seamlessly into skin with a subtle glowy finish that’s nothing but natural. It’s a great pick for beginners who still have trouble blending powder – you’d be hard-pressed to mess up blending this product.
Now don’t get too revved up yet, ladies – there are a couple of potential drawbacks. For one, it appears a little blush goes a long, LONG way. I bought mine in Pink Frosting #10, and have ended up sweeping on too-light pressed powder to correct my clown-like cheeks on more than one occasion.
Ready for a rant? We all know marketers do plenty of things to walk the fine line between the truth and what sells – and makeup is one of the most guilty product categories. (Who hasn’t gotten a little pissed at a clearly Photoshopped mascara ad? Seriously, how is that not literally the definition of “false advertising”?!) One seemingly innocent category – the use of the term “hypoallergenic” in cosmetic packaging and marketing materials.
Hypoallergenic cosmetics are makeup products that the manufacturers and/or their marketing teams claim produce fewer allergic reactions than other cosmetic products. Tons of makeup products advertise that they’re hypoallergenic, and in a sense, they’re right – all products available on the retail market in the US are FDA-approved and thus have fewer substances in them that will cause your skin to have an allergic reaction than, say, walking through a recently pesticide-spritzed overgrowth of ragweed. The truth is, there’s no real definition of “hypoallergenic” as far as FDA regulations go. The FDA attempted to regulate the term way back in the 70s, but their rules were later declared invalid. If you have sensitive skin, you know that one product can cause a reaction as easily as another.
I don’t mean to whine, but remember those filmy Covergirl foundations I mentioned before? Cover Girl Clean Makeup Oil Control Liquid Foundation is exactly I’m talking about. This product provides less coverage than most concealers, let alone foundations. The watery formula doesn’t even blend well!