11.26.2013
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CG Smoothers Concealer
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$7.39
Category:Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Stick Concealer
Last Updated:11.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

CG Smoothers Concealer is a standard, lipstick-style concealer that doesn’t go on as greasy as it appears and provides good coverage with minimal creasing. However, four of the six shades are on the peach side, and the coverage is opaque enough for that to be a problem for some skin tones. Neutralizer is OK, but Illuminator is too whitish pink for even very light skin. This concealer is not recommended for use over blemishes or blemish-prone areas.

Claims

Whether you need to conceal a little or a lot, this conditioning concealer with AquaCurrent Science and botanicals like ginseng, vitamin E, and chamomile will help your skin look smooth. Dermatologically tested formula glides on easily to help cover dark circles and other imperfections.

Ingredients

Squalane, PPG 2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Triisocetyl Citrate, Trimethicone, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Cera) Wax (Candelilla), Ozokerite, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, C10 18 Triglycerides, Propylparaben, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Carnauba), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

CoverGirl At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick; several great options in the Queen Collection.

Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.

Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.

What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.

CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.

For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.

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02.14.2015
Tried It & Returned It

Based on Beautypedia's review, I tried the Neutralizer shade. The review doesn't mention that this shade is meant to be used under another concealer to provide extra help covering dark circles. I was surprised by that when I found it in the store, but I decided to try it anyway. It was everything Beautypedia said it wasn't; it was greasy, it creased, way too translucent to provide any coverage (even with another concealer on top), and the color was so pale it gave me white raccoon eyes. Yuck!

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