REVIEW: CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation

by - July 11, 2018

Admittedly, I haven't been much for matte foundations recently and I've skipped a lot of the more matte or high coverage options that have been released in the drugstore in the past year. However, CoverGirl foundations have worked out so well for me over the past 5 years or so that when they released the CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation, I couldn't resist picking it up and giving it a try. Of course, it also didn't hurt that by current drugstore standards, this is actually a really, really affordable foundation either. I've been testing this out for a few weeks now, because I really wanted to be able to give a comprehensive review, and I'm ready to give you guys my thoughts!

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Something that is really, really impressive to me about this launch is that they came straight out of the gate with a really comprehensive 40 shade selection. While there are a few other foundations that do have a shade selection this wide, none of them launched with that many shades. Because a launch that huge is not an easy feat I have to say I'm really, really impressed that CoverGirl listened to the calls for more diverse representation in the beauty space and went for it. I hope this does become the standard soon.

I went with the shade L40, which looked closest to other foundations I've worn from CoverGirl, and it's actually more my winter shade than matching me right now, but I've been able to warm it up with bronzer and make it work. I suspect, based on the fact that the fifth lightest shade in this line is my winter shade, I definitely think the very fair skinned makeup wearers out there who struggle to find a light enough shade could likely find their shade in this line.

I have to say, you guys, even though matte foundations haven't been my thing recently, I'm really happy with how this one has performed for me. I will say that this is definitely a foundation that works best when applied with a damp sponge and really pressed into the skin. When I used a brush to blend this out, it did end up looking a little bit heavier, not quite as flawlessly blended, and sort of sat on the skin. However, when I switched to using a beautyblender, this blended and sat really beautifully on the skin. It's really these kinds of things that, for me, is the reason that I feel like I have to test a foundation for longer than some other makeup products - a first impression review really wouldn't have painted the whole picture of this foundation.

The claims around this foundation is that it's a matte finish that isn't dry or cakey, and I definitely agree - again, as long as you apply it with a sponge. I would say that it's a solid medium coverage and the finish definitely lives up to the Comfort Matte label. Because I've been reaching for a lot of foundations that are very skin-like in their finish, this one was a little bit jarring to me because it is genuinely matte, but it isn't heavy and it doesn't look overly makeupy. Instead, it just gives a really smooth, perfected matte finish. The wear time is also really solid for me. I'm more of a normal skin type, but obviously we all get a little bit shiny in the summer, and for me this really maintains the coverage and finish throughout the day so even when I get a little bit dewy, I don't feel like I look overly shiny or greasy.

Overall, I have to say I'm surprised at just how much I enjoy this foundation. I think it's a fantastic summer foundation because it really holds up, but doesn't feel overly heavy or cakey on the skin. I love that the came straight out of the gate with a really wide shade selection as well, so I think that you're very likely to be able to find your shade in this line. Two thumbs way up!

The CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is available now at your local drugstores - look for stand alone displays out there still - and retails for around $10.

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