Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Review

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I have always been on a quest for the perfect foundation. I prefer drugstore brands because honestly normal people can't afford to spend $39 or more (I know I can't!). So this past weekend I hit up CVS and grabbed these 5 foundations.

Side note, can we discuss for a moment how expensive CVS is these days? I typically never go in there because it's like letting lose a kid in a candy store because drugstore = affordable. However, I was shocked when I saw some of the prices. Also, my local one sucks because they never have anything I see in other blog posts. [insert depressed face here] Ehem, now back to what I was saying.

I have decided to dedicate a blog post to each of these foundations after a full day of wear. Since I plan on returning any that totally suck, I did not want to do a week long test of each. So this is almost like a "first impressions" however for me personally I can tell whether or not a product will work for me after 1 day of use.

Round 1: Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous
The bottle says "New" but I am so behind in the makeup world I have no idea if this is true or not. The color I picked up was 825 - buff beige. It's kind of funny that no matter what time of the year (whether I'm tan or pasty) I always have a foundation that is named something similar whether buff beige or warm beige. Odd. Hmm, moving on.

Unfortunately it does not say whether it's for oily, combo, normal, or dry skin. I'm totally digging that a lot of drugstore foundations say that now a days. My first impression was hallelujah it has a pump! I haven't purchased new foundation in a hot minute so I was really impressed how more brands are putting pumps on their products.

Application: I've tried many liquid foundations in my day and they all seem to basically apply the same. I only did 1 full pump on my hand and at first it seemed almost mousse like. I was actually kind of excited to see how many pumps it would take for my face. Currently (crosses fingers/knock on wood) my face is blemish free so I wasn't concerned with having 100% full coverage. So 1 pump covered about half of my face. Not too shabby that 2 pumps does everything. The coverage was pretty good. I would say medium. I let it dry then applied a second layer where I felt I would need more coverage and it worked like a charm. So totally build-able! The only downside was that it made my pores stand out like BAM! They are the bane of my makeup wearing existence. Heavy sigh. I typically have clear skin, no hyper-pigmentation or acne scars BUT I do have large pores around my nose going towards my cheeks. Very depressing. So the last thing I want is to make them more visible which sure enough this foundation did. It was like it really sunk into them. I used the same flat top brush I use with all my foundations.

Daily Wear: Now, my current face is normal to oily. While I'm sitting in my office at work my face is totally normal - no dry patches but also no oil buildup. However, whenever I go outside in the sun my face gets oily quickly. I would not recommend this foundation to anyone with oily skin. It felt like the second my face wanted to be oily, it went into overdrive. Although it never claimed to prevent oil and it does have the word "luminous" in it (hint anything related to illuminating your face is not an oily girls friend). I feel in the colder months when my face is simply normal-to-dry this might have worked better. It did last a hot minute on my skin. About 5-6 hours after initially putting it on, it still looked pretty darn good.

I'm not sure if it was the foundation, the oil on my face, or the combination of the 2 but it ate my blush. After about 1 hour my blush was nowhere to be seen. And oddly my bronzer/contour looked darker. Hmm, scratches head. Not sure if it was the foundation or not but I noticed after my face got a bit oily that my contouring looked like I never blended it in. Maybe the foundation started to fade, but my bronzer was like "Nuh uh! I'm here to stay!" Shrugs.

My overall thoughts? I'm returning it. My only reason is that it makes my pores look humongous! I can't stand that at all. The coverage was great. The lasting ability was pretty good. Once it got a bit oily it went into full on oil slick. If you do not tend to get oily and aren't worried about pores, then I'd give it a try. I have 4 other foundations so my quest for my new everyday foundation continues.

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  1. I'm excited to read these reviews! Personally, I am a fan of Loreal True Match Lumi foundation; however, you'll probably run into the same problem with your skin getting oily in the sun. I'm excited to read about the rest of these! And I had no idea you could return foundation you'd already used?!

    1. Yes this seemed like an overall good foundation. I assumed it wouldn't be good for oily skin, but didn't want to leave it out because I heard good things about it. I'm not sure why it made my pores look so huge! I think normal to dry skin faces would really love this.

      And yes, you can return products within the time frame along with your receipt. I was shocked at the prices - $12.99 for foundation? I'm used to around $8.

  2. Yes, the price of drugstore foundations has gone up. Fortunately, most of them seem to be of better quality and have things like this pump applicator. I'm also looking forward to these foundation reviews because I'm forever on the look out for another good foundation. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for this very honest review!! I have large pores and oily skin so will not be purchasing this!! Thankfully!! I end up wasting so much money on foundation a year! Thanks for saving me some cash :)

    1. You should try Maybelline's Fit Me Matte & Poreless...OMG....its amazing!

  4. Thanks for such an honest review! I have too-large pores as well, and still haven't found anything I really like. The search continues! ;)

  5. I really appreciate your honest review. I have oily skin and a few large pores, makes it difficult finding a good foundation. :)

  6. I use teh Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous foundation and it goes on like silk and really makes my skin look flawless. I love Covergirl products and think they are affordable!

  7. Thanks for the review, I'm also on a forever quest for a perfect foundation. I've tried affordable to ridiculous priced ones. I would have considered this because if the luminous advertising. I'm oily though and this isn't what I need In the heat, more oil and amplified pores. Looking forward to the others.

  8. I am not a big fan of foundation...mainly for the very reason you described: Expensive! But, also because, I don't like anything on my skin...or I break-out (and I'm 40!). I wear eyeliner, mascara and Cover Girl Outlast lipstick!


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