truMagic The Luminizer
Category:Makeup > Concealers & Highlighters > Highlighter
Last Updated:01.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This orangey caramel–colored "luminizer" is one of the least effective highlighting products we've come across. CoverGirl suggests that you can use this product either under or over makeup, but we don't recommend it for any part of your makeup routine.

Rather than being labeled a "luminizer," this product might be more aptly described as a "glitter paste." The only positive aspect of this highlighter is that it deposits very little of the color (which would not be an attractive look for most) seen in the compact. It does deliver an abundance of glitter, again not suitable for most, and the waxy texture leaves what we can only call a slimy feel on the skin.

If you prefer a highlighter that doesn't throw a glitter party on your face, there are many more sophisticated options available on our list of Best Products.

  • None.
  • The glitter doesn't work well as a highlighter.
  • Waxy texture feels and looks slimy.
  • Unnatural orangey caramel color.
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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stay away from this "Luminizer"

Everything about this product was bad from the yucky melted wax-like, sticky texture to the tacky, cheap looking glitter. It slides all over the place within an hour - and I couldn't stand to wear it past that point, so washed it off. Terrible idea, terrible product - also the packaging is bulky, very inconvenient to use. I couldn't even give this away to anyone for free. That's how bad it is.

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