Covergirl Smoothers Foundation Review

One of the hardest parts about makeup is finding the right base face products that work best for your skin. I gave up wearing foundation many years ago because I couldn’t stand the feeling of it on my face. I’ve pretty much just stuck to BB Creams and concealers ever since, but there are a few occasions where I’ll bring out a foundation just to play around with or when I’m looking for a bit more coverage. I remembered using the Covergirl CGSmoothers Foundation when I was in high school and recently decided to pick it up again to see if it was as good as I remembered.

When considering foundation prices, this one is much more affordable than most other foundations -- even at the drugstore. It ranges from about $5-7 depending on where you’re shopping. There are twelve different shades to choose from in this line. The color I have is Buff Beige and I would say that it matches me pretty well. Although I do think a lot of the lighter shades are extremely similar and there is a very minimal darker shade range.
What drew me to this foundation originally is that I remember it being one of the few water-based foundations that I’ve ever seen. Water-based foundations tend to feel lighter on the skin, which is exactly what I was looking for. They’re also better for oily or acne-prone skin because they’re not as heavy and allow the skin to breathe a little more. As you can see in the swatch picture below, the consistency of it is very thin and watery (obviously).
Don’t mind the color difference, this shade doesn’t match my self tan at the moment. While I do like the consistency of it, I’m not the biggest fan of how this wears on the skin. It can be a little streaky during application, which makes it more difficult to blend in. And even though it’s supposed feel lighter on the skin, I thought it was actually pretty heavy feeling. I’m assuming that’s due to its hydrating claims. It also has extremely light coverage.

They say this can last on the skin for up to 11 hours, but every time I wore it I ended up removing it after about six hours because it started breaking down (even with a primer) and because it was uncomfortable. I really wanted this foundation to work, but unfortunately I ended up returning it because it just didn’t meet my expectations. For the consistency and coverage that I was looking for, I’ll just stick to my favorite Garnier BB Cream instead.

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