CoverGirl + Olay Concealer Balm

by CoverGirl   
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$7.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Stick Concealer
Last Updated:
11/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This standard, lipstick-style fragrance-free concealer provides good coverage with minimal creasing (it applies less greasy than you might think). The two lightest shades are on the peachy side, but the others are flattering neutral tones that can accommodate medium to medium-deep skin tones. The lightly emollient, waxy formula is best suited for normal to dry skin and isn't recommended for use over blemish-prone areas.

Ignore the claims that this concealer will eliminate your need for other skin-care products. While it does contain some skin-beneficial ingredients, such as vitamins E and C and green tea extract, they aren't present in high enough concentrations to offer much benefit, plus this product's packaging won't keep these light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable anyway.

Pros:
  • Provides good coverage with minimal creasing.
  • Lightly emollient formula ideal for normal to dry skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Two lightest shades are on the peachy side, so are tricky to match to real skin color.
  • Not recommended for blemish coverage due to wax-based formula.
  • Packaging won't keep the small amount of beneficial ingredients stable.

Makeup meets skincare to minimize dark circles, age spots, and redness. The innovative formula contains Olay hydrating, emollient-rich serum for a more radiant you.

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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