02.14.2014
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CoverGirl
truBlend Fixstick
Rating
$7.49
Category:Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Stick Concealer
Last Updated:02.14.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

The only thing CoverGirl got right about this concealer is the shade range. There are workable options for light to medium-deep skin tones, but when it comes to covering imperfections, this twist-up pencil concealer presents more problems than solutions.

One might expect more coverage from a concealer with such a thick texture, but the formula is too greasy to stay in place. It smears as it's blended and continues to slip around after it's applied, before completely disappearing around the three-hour mark.

The movement causes the product to completely sheer out, leaving you with spotty coverage. Also, the finish is both drying and prone to creasing, which makes this pencil a poor choice for covering dark circles. These types of creamy pencil concealers are never recommended for use over blemishes because the ingredients that keep the product in pencil form can cause more breakouts.

Pros:
  • Workable shades for light to medium-deep skin tones.
Cons:
  • Thick, greasy texture.
  • Product smears and sheers out, leaving spotty coverage.
  • Ineffective all-day concealer.
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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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07.24.2014
lightest shade unsuitable for neutral/warm skin tones

Honestly, I think Beautypedia's review of this product is too generous. I bought this concealer in the lightest shade for my extra-fair skin and never used it because it was still way too dark. Not only that, it shows up as the most heinous shade of pink! It would probably only be useful if I was an oompa-loompa with a sunburn.

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