I’ve been in a bit of a base rut, lately, sticking to a few lightweight favourites and not really mixing it up at all but I’ve had one in my drawers that seems to always make an appearance when I need a bit of extra coverage. The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation says it lasts like a primer, covers like a concealer and blends like a foundation. Sounds promising, hey?
Packaging – The packaging isn’t anything special, in fact, it’s quite messy. No matter how careful I am, product seems to end up around the lid and on the pump. It also comes in a glass bottle which feels nice and expensive but doesn’t make it ideal for travel. Nothing amazing but nothing that quite classifies as a dealbreaker.
Finish/Coverage – One or two pumps provides a great amount of coverage, more than I’d normally go for on a day to day basis if I’m honest but if you really want to build it up to a full coverage, it’s easily done. It does well to cover any blemishes I have while really evening out the skin tone. I’d say the finish sits somewhere between satin and matte, depending on the powder I use to set it with.
Application – This is your standard liquid foundation texture, maybe a little thicker. I like to apply this with a BeautyBlender, as I do with most of my heavier coverage bases, so that it doesn’t look too heavy or cakey on the skin. I find applying it with a brush can lead to it looking a little streaky or noticeable on the skin. I always make sure to take the time to blend it in, otherwise it can look a little almost powdery on the face, reminding me a little of the problems I had with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation but less noticeable and easily avoidable if you get in there with a sponge to pat everything out. It can get a little clingy on dry patches and accentuate any large pores so I’m always particularly careful there.
Wear – When it comes to longevity, this foundation has got it down, assuming that you’ve taken the time to set everything in place with a powder. Every time I set it down even with just a spray of setting spray, this base still looks flawless after hours of wear. It’s seriously incredible.
Shade – I own the shade 805 which has actually now been discontinued, at least in Australia, the lightest shade in the range now is 810. 805 is a pretty good match for me at my palest, maybe a little too deep, but I find that during the day it can oxidise a little bit, particularly when you start layering powders over the top to set it in place.
If you have dry skin, be wary about blending on dry patches. Otherwise, this should be comfortable on the skin, particularly if you use a nice hydrating primer underneath.
If you have oilier skin, I think this, set down with a powder, should work really well for those with oilier complexions. Although it can sometimes makes pores look quite noticeable if you don’t really blend it out.
Although I don’t reach for this one much, it’s a fairly impressive foundation that can be found in the aisles of the drugstore. For me, the coverage is a little too intense for day to day but I tend to like grabbing this one for a night out when I need something a little more flawless and long-lasting. Although it is worth noting that the SPF doesn’t make it ideal for flash photography. The shade range is a little lacklustre but if there’s one that looks right for you (or even a little lighter, considering it does tend to oxidise) then it’s well worth a try, especially if you like your bases with serious coverage.
What’s your favourite high coverage foundation?
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