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Foundation is my least favorite thing to shop for. As someone with light-medium skin with very yellow undertones, it’s extremely difficult and frustrating to find a “warm” foundation shade that doesn’t pull too orange or peachy. My current go-to is the MUFE Ultra HD in Y255 (which is a pretty good match), but I’m currently on the hunt for a foundation that has fuller coverage and better staying power at a more affordable price!
Whenever I go to the drugstore, I rarely look at the foundations because the brands rarely cater to those with yellow undertones. Last week, however, I decided to have a look around and see if maybe these brands had any new options or options that I had missed.
The first one to catch my eye was the CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. CoverGirl claims that it is a blend of primer, foundation, and concealer that promises a long and flawless wear. It also has an SPF 20! (Beware of flashback!) This seemed like the perfect choice for those lazier days when I don’t want to or have time to go through several steps. I was very curious to see how it would hold up against my combination-type skin!
Shades: The foundation comes in 13 shades, most of which are suited for light to medium skin and very few for darker skin tones. I picked up two shades: 832 Nude Beige (around NC 20, too light for my skin) and 842 Medium Beige (around NC 30, too dark for my skin). Unfortunately, neither of them have even the slightest yellow undertone and it seems all of the shades pull very pink so to make it work, I just sheered the foundation with a makeup sponge; it wasn’t a terrible match, but it wasn’t great either.
Price: Ulta sells this foundation for $10.99 for 1 oz of product, which is a fair price for a drugstore foundation, especially one whose coverage is decent. (Ulta always has Buy One Get One 50% sales so if you wait for that, you can save a decent amount of money!)
Packaging: The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a clear plastic cap and a blue pump. I love a good weight to foundation bottles, and this one definitely has it! The pump dispenses a good amount of product. No complaints!
Texture: The consistency is definitely thicker, more creamy than watery without feeling heavy, thick, or greasy. It feels more moisturizing so it’s a good pick for the winter!
Application: Disregarding color, this foundation applies like a goddamn dream with or without an additional primer. It really does blur your pores and uneven tone and texture so it looks nearly flawless. I like to use a makeup sponge when applying any type of foundation and I can get solid medium coverage but a brush will definitely give you full coverage because the foundation is very pigmented. I didn’t notice any patchiness or uneven application, and it doesn’t cling to dry patches. The foundation feels lightweight on the skin and the finish is definitely a natural satin, which I love. My powder highlight layered over it nicely, even without powdering beforehand.
Wear-Time: I’ve worn this both with and without a primer to test the claims that it’s infused with a primer. When I didn’t wear primer, the foundation settled into my pores and fine lines within a few hours, but still looked pretty good after six hours. With another primer (the First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie, my current holy grail primer), I wore this for 12 glorious transfer-proof, shine-free hours! I was honestly shocked by how great the foundation looked before I finally removed it. My pores were blurred, my T-zone was barely shiny, and none of the foundation transferred!
Regarding my color match, it’s far from perfect. The shade did oxidize and while it wasn’t orange, it definitely didn’t have the most natural look in broad daylight. However, I can probably get away with it in the winter because I exclusively wear turtlenecks and the days are pretty short.
I’m honestly shocked by how much I like this foundation! It’s everything I want in a foundation (affordable, good coverage, long-wearing, transfer-resistant) and it could easily have been my holy grail, but the shade range is dismal. I’ll definitely keep it because I enjoy the formula, but I’ll have to mix it with some other foundations to achieve a more workable shade. I’ll probably only repurchase this if they release more shades.
What’s your favorite drugstore foundation??