Product Fail: Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector


Oh, Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector. I wanted to like you so much…
As you may have seen, Covergirl came out with a line of three “skin perfectors” (basically primers) that come in a clear finish, a luminizing finish, and a bronzing finish. I spent weeks trying to find one of them to review, and I finally got the skin perfector in 100, the clear one. It sounded so great: a balm that could be used before or after makeup for touch-ups, with mattifying, pore-reducing, and skin-smoothing properties. But did it live up to these claims? In a word, no. Not at all. This is quite possibly the grossest beauty product I have ever used.

At first, it looks normal enough. The product is packaged almost like a pressed powder, in a bulky little compact. It comes with a sponge, and that’s how you are supposed to apply. And that is where the problems started. The sponge could not pick up any of the skin perfector at all. I swiped it around multiple times and tried to dab it on my face, but to no avail. So I swiped my finger across it, and was immediately put off by the heavy, waxy texture. I shrugged and applied it to my face anyway, and…ew. It felt absolutely disgusting. It felt like I was smearing my face with glue, or wax. It wouldn’t settle onto my skin at all; it just sat on top and made my face look greasier than I’ve ever seen it look. But I kept trying. I blended it out, and thought that maybe the oily texture of it would help my foundation adhere. Wishful thinking. My foundation couldn’t even go on; it slid around and got all patchy and then started PEELING OFF. At that point I should have given up, but I tried it for the next couple of days, using varying amounts, just in case I had put on too much or not enough originally. However, it didn’t matter how much, or how little, I used. The results were the same. My face became ragingly oily and just downright nasty-looking. I kid you not, it looked like I had rubbed my face with Vaseline.


Now, imagine trying to apply foundation over a coat of Vaseline and you have a pretty good idea of what this product is like. As far as using it after makeup, yeah right. It took it right off. And the feel it left on my hands after I applied it…it just felt dirty and tacky, almost like I had dust all over my fingers.
I always try to find something positive about a product, but with this, I honestly couldn’t. It could just have been my skintype, and I know products work differently for different people, but really, I don’t see how anyone could use this. The only thing magical about this Tru Magic skin perfector is how quickly it made me hate it.

Review: Simple Skincare

My kitty is checking them out...
My kitty is checking them out…

Okay, so I just tried the new Simple Skincare Nourishing 24-hour Day/Night Cream, the Moisturizing Face Wash, and the Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. The Day/Night Cream is a thick white cream, with virtually no scent, and the Gel Moisturizer is clear and feels/performs a lot like E.L.F.’s Mineral Primer–very silicone-y, not too hydrating.



Now, I’ve used Simple in the past with great success, and I assumed these products would be just as good for my skin. Boy was I wrong. I don’t know if they have changed the formula or what, but all three products have really irritated my skin. Like, REALLY irritated it. I look like I just had an unsuccessful face peel, and it was so red today that even my teacher noticed—she asked me if I was about to pass out, because “my face looked like it was on fire.” Nope, just my new products.

I have been using them for four days, and I noticed that my skin was somewhat red the first day, but I attributed it to lingering sensitivity from my La Roche Posay trial run. But then, the second day, when I put on the gel moisturizer, it made my face tingle and sting. The redness it induced did subside, but I noticed my skin felt extra dry, despite my not using any acne products. On the third day, after wearing the 24-hour cream all night, I woke up to a face that was red all over, and foolishly I thought putting on more of the gel moisturizer would help. Nope. Not at all. It burned really badly. Finally, today, on day four, I realized that what was messing up my face so much was Simple. It wasn’t the La Roche Posay, which I hadn’t touched in five days. I was irritated in places the La Roche Posay hadn’t even been, like under my eyes, around my mouth, and under my chin. I accidentally got some of the gel moisturizer on my lips, and immediately my lips got all hot and red! I had only used the Simple products, nothing else, and hadn’t made any other changes, so there was nothing else it could have been. I’ve used the face wash before and liked it, but this time it made my skin blotchy and dry. I looked at the ingredients on all three packages, and nothing jumped out at me as being an irritant or anything I was sensitive to, so this is perplexing to me. What the heck, Simple!

I got these products because I thought they’d be calming and more natural for my skin, but my skin hasn’t looked this bad in a long time. Not only do the moisturizers burn and cause irritation, but they aren’t hydrating either. My face felt just as dry, maybe even drier, after using them, and to make things worse, my skin is so irritated that it’s started peeling off in flakes. Not a good look for my upcoming spring break. This marks the first time that just a basic moisturizer has bothered my skin so much. I expect it from acne products, but not something that’s marketed as being “kind to skin.” Definitely pass on this one.

Also…sneak peek of my Forever 21 Premium Beauty Haul! Needless to say, I’m very excited about this. Expect a review soon!