Many people put "end procrastination" near the top (underneath "loose a stupid amount of weight under the guise of 'getting healthy'" of course) of their New Year's resolutions list. I myself embrace procrastination… not because I like it insert sadistic laughter here but because I'm pretty sure it's as much a part of me as is my milkshake (bringing all the boys to the yard since Y2K).
This CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous 3-in-1 foundation review could'a-should'a-would'a been written around the same time I did my first impression video a month ago or, heck, even a bit before I included it in my Best & Worst of Beauty video for December but you know what? It didn't happen; I'm over it; I'm here; let's live in the now. The way I see it all of this extra time to ponder my feelings about this foundation will actually lead to a better review (did I mention my justification skills are as much a part of me as my procrastination? #partnersincrime) wink wink.
If you watch even the tiniest amount of beauty videos on YouTube then there's no doubt in my mind that you've heard of the CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous 3-in-1 foundation. It is pimped, loved, and all around raved about by pretty much anyone and everyone; young and old; oily and dry. Since my Revlon Nearly Naked (and Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer concoction) foundation was starting to majorly clash with my winter skin coloring, I decided to go crazy and not wait until I used it up (you know by now how I am with finishing up products) and treated myself to something new. There's nothing I love more than testing out overly-hyped products!!
To be honest, though I'd heard how "AH-MAAAAAzing" this foundation was I hadn't heard too much else about it. It's definitely a thicker foundation (opposed to the more watery formula that many drugstore foundations seem to be made of) that provides medium coverage and could absolutely be built up to full coverage with a second layer. Oddly enough, the thick consistency doesn't translate onto the skin in the sense that it feels absolutely weightless once applied. There's a bit of a learning curve in terms of blending this stuff (though that may just be because I'm used to working with sheerer foundations) but once you figure out your brush technique then you'll be streak free in no time.
I hope I don't need to disclose this but the photos here are untouched so you can see how the foundation applies atop dryer areas (underneath my mouth) and blemishes (cheek and forehead). It has the tendency to cake up on dry areas as well as places you may not have blended as nicely so you definitely have to prep your skin well before use (I've started using a facial oil that's done wonders for my dry patches) and concentrate to make sure you're painting your face to perfection (which, admittedly, can be a bit rough in the morning). Aside from those couple quirks though this is a solid foundation in terms of covering imperfections as well as staying power. This CoverGirl foundation won't budge throughout the day and looks exactly the same at the end of the day as when you first applied it.
Overall, I think the CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous 3-in-1 foundation is a charmer. It won't break the bank yet provides coverage (and a pump!!) that you usually have to go outside of the drugstore to find. I think the one thing that I would change is the finish; the back of the bottle doesn't lie when it says this is "shine free". There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: this is a matte finish foundation and performs as such.
Like I said before, if you have dry skin or if you enjoy a bit more of a natural looking foundation then this isn't the one for you. People will be able to see your foundation when up-close-and-personal but hey if you don't get nose-to-nose with others all that often then you'll just look airbrushed and majestic from afar (gotta keep that mysterious air about you as a woman, amiright [or am I just sad and alone]?).
And just as a small side note: I've had a couple comments from readers/viewers that this foundation can break you out quite badly after a couple weeks of use. I've been lucky so far that my sensitive skin hasn't had this reaction but I figure it's something to take note of if you're acne prone. As a constant blemish sufferer myself I feel it's my duty to warn you; I've got your back (skin? Hmmm…)!!
Have you tried the CoverGirl outlast stay fabulous 3-in-1 foundation?
Love it? Hate it?
What's your favorite drugstore foundation?
xoxo - Cassie