Dec 23, 2013

Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier

Oh my, where do I even begin this review? I haven't disliked a product this much in a while! Covergirl is one of my least favorite brands at the drugstore, but that didn't drive me away from trying this 'skin perfector' balm. Basically, what it's supposed to do is control oil. You can use it underneath your makeup as a primer, on top of makeup in place of powder, or just alone to blur pores. Either way, this did not do anything for me at all. 

 Covergirl Tru Magic 'Soft Touch Balm'

The balm also comes with a sponge applicator, which is actually nice to use. However, I don't like the fact that there is no place to house the sponge with the compact! 

Claims: "Perfecting balm for a soft, smooth finish. Controls shine, non-greasy, won’t clog pores." 
Finish/Texture: The finish it gave was matte, but the texture was like silly putty! It literally feels like thick goo. Even when I used a small amount, I just didn't like the texture. It didn't give a 'blurred' finish. It honestly just made my face look cakey.
Lasting Power: I wouldn't say that this has 'lasting power' because it really didn't do anything for my makeup at all, other than make it look messy.
Scent: This is unscented.
Packaging: There's no place to put the sponge, and there's also no mirror. Two things that really irritate me, I feel like all compacts should have that. (Personal preference).
Price/Availability: I paid $11.79 at CVS

  • Nice concept being introduced to the drugstore
  • Didn't give a smooth finish/matte finish/blurred look
  • Texture feels like silly putty/greasy feeling
  • Balm does not work well over makeup or as a primer
  • Expensive for drugstore
  • Packaging could have been better
Even when I only used a thin layer of this product, it felt terribly greasy on my skin. It did not give me a matte finish, or even a 'blurred' finish for that matter.. 

Whenever I used this, I could just feel the balm sitting on my face. It had such a heavy texture, that it was hard to apply evenly. It honestly felt like a putty more than a balm, it was unpleasant to put on my face, especially over makeup. It made my makeup look cakey, and when used as a primer it just felt terrible. I didn't notice it control any shine either, this product really had no purpose for me. 

I feel like this 'balm' was just put on the market to introduce a new concept to the drugstore and Covergirl was the first to do it, and for that I give them credit. Hopefully other brands will follow the trend and deliver something that actually works. 

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  1. Ick, I haven't cared about CoverGirl since I started getting into makeup and this is just... not appealing at all! Especially for the price you pay!

    RIKKI ||

  2. what a weird product! Sounds like a mess... I like a few things from Covergirl, but overall, they're not my favorite drugstore brand!
    thanks for the review!

  3. It's a cool concept but too bad it doesn't really work! :/

  4. I want to try this product sooooooo bad!

    Krystal xo

  5. I swatched this at the drugstore (surprisingly they had testers and it looked as if they had just set them out because it looked pristine) and thought "ew, weird texture" but then it kinda absorbed and mattified my finger (a finger is not a face though but still). However, with the texture and the packaging I just think it'd be impossible (or really damn hard) to get this on the face lightly without caking it on or messing up your makeup. Fail concept.

  6. Its a shame this didn't work, I'd love to try some of the other Covergirl products available though. I wish they came to the UK! xx

  7. This TRULEY makes me sick....I just bought the mally one a couple months ago for 50 bucks...and it took me like a year to break down and pay that much after searching and searching for a cheaper dupe! Even though this one obviously isn't on Mally's level, I'm sure it won't be long til one of the drugstore brands do get it right.

  8. Too bad it was a disappointment :( I don't really like covergirl either. Love the blog, though!
    Emily | PENNY RUGBURN 

  9. I knew Covergirl was isht at the age of 15! I will never touch their products.

  10. I feel 100% the same way. Everything you said is exactly what happened when I used ..& I'm totally peeved! I'm a broke single mama & I splurged & bought this instead of something much better. :( I only wish I woulda read this first!! The only reason I found this is bc I searched for tips on using (the product) because I honestly thought I was doing something wrong when applying it!!
    Bottom totally sucks...if u want the same result, just use petroleum's a lot cheaper. Same look.

  11. This product is kinda hard to apply BUT I have to say once I did it really did the trick... my face felt like a babies bottom it controlled my shine for a couple of hours... and it made my pores appear smaller... I will definitely purchase again... thinking about trying the luminizer and bronzer

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