truMagic Skin Perfector
Last Updated:01.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

There's nothing particularly "magical" about CoverGirl's truMagic Skin Perfector. The blendable wax-based formula feels smooth and balm-like on the skin, but it doesn't work well as a primer. Ideally, a primer should smooth the skin, but it also should help makeup stay in place throughout the day, which is where this primer falls short. After an hour or two, this waxy product becomes much too slippery to keep makeup in place, and you may notice your foundation separating. Yuck!

This product could be workable for someone with normal to slightly dry skin, but if your skin is even the slightest bit oily or acne-prone, this formula is likely to be problematic. There are several superior primer options available on our list of Best Products.

  • Smoothes the skin.
  • Balm-like, blendable texture.
  • Wax-based formula is likely to cause makeup to separate after a few hours.
  • Potentially problematic for oily or acne-prone skin.
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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not a primer

I just wanted to comment on this review because it is said to be a poor primer. I dont think its meant to be a primer. This is almost identical to Mally Poreless Face Defender and works nearly as well as Mally for 1\4 of the price. Mally is a little drier feeling and the CG is a bit slicker but they are definitely comparable especially considering the price difference. I also love that CG sold a "trial size" of this thats great for my purse.

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Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your comments! CoverGirl positions this as a multifunctional product, one of the functions being primer, which is how we feel it fits in best. Compared to the Mally Beauty product you mentioned, CG’s formula is far more waxy; Mally’s Poreless Face Defender is wax-free and instead relies on thicker silicones to achieve its smoother results. Bottom line, though, is if you’re pleased with this CG product there’s no reason not to use it, as the formula doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients!

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