Today I surveyed the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page to see what you'd like to have a review on, and most of you said- foundation! One that I've gotten many questions on lately is the Cover Girl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation SPF 20. If you'd like to see what it looks like on my face- please check out my Go-To Smokey Eye video- I'm wearing it in that video. I would've used it today, but I already have on yet another foundation that I'm testing out.
I love to find a good long-wearing liquid foundation, so I was eager to give Stay Fabulous a try. As far as packaging- it's a glass bottle with a pump (yay!) and a cap (not shown). The cost is $9 to $10 at most drug/discount stores. My shade is 840 Natural Beige and it's a pretty solid match for me. I like to use a dense brush to apply this like my Sigma F80 flat top brush or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I just feel like those kinds of brushes provide really consistent coverage all over the face.
The texture of the foundation is definitely liquidy- but not overly runny... it reminds me of Revlon Colorstay in that way. Unlike Colorstay- I don't feel like this foundation "sets" as quickly on the face. In other words, you have a little more playtime when you're blending it out. As with most foundations, I like to dot it all over the face, then blend it with a brush. Coverage-wise, it most definitely evens out the skintone, and the coverage can be built up a bit in certain areas. Still I feel the need for concealer when it comes to undereye darkness and spots. I feel it's very similar in coverage to a lot of other longwear drugstore foundations I use and like- Revlon Colorstay, Maybelline Superstay, and Rimmel Lasting Finish. It's not as full-coverage as Estee Lauder Double Wear. Appearance-wise, I feel it gives a matte finish, but it doesn't seem heavy or cakey.
I'm having some camera problems & had to take these shots with my cell phone (sorry), but the whole "3 in 1" claim is stated on the back of the bottle. It says "Lasting power of primer, coverage of a concealer, and blendability of a foundation in one. Shine Free." I must say, the staying power was impressive for me. I've been wearing this a lot (since foundations are some of the trickiest things to review/figure out if they're lasting a long time, breaking you out, etc.) I felt it had solid staying power for 7 to 8 hours. One night I felt the need to touch up with powder, but it's been pretty consistent with it's ability to make it through a day. I have combination skin, and I've been dealing with a little dryness lately around my mouth. I have noticed it cling to those areas, or become more visible there-- so if your skin is especially dry, this might not be your preferred finish. However for oily skin- I think this could be great. This also didn't break me out like Cover Girl's Clean foundation does. I really want to try it in the summer before making the claim as to whether or not it has better staying power than Revlon Colorstay for combo/oily skin (it's kind of the drugstore front-runner for me for staying power!) I do not feel that this has the coverage of a concealer. It's not what I'd call "full coverage"- but probably the higher end of medium coverage.
Bottom Line: A quality drugstore foundation! Plus it contains SPF 20. Love the pump, love the finish on the skin and non mask-like feel, and love the staying power. As always, this is just my experience with the product. I'd love to hear how it worked for you- especially those with super oily or super dry skin. Did it meet your expectations? How about different skin tones? Did you find a very light or very dark shade to work for you? I'm somewhere in the middle and this shade was very good for me. Thanks for reading! :)
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