Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review -- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

Surprisingly, I'm a big fan of the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.

I say surprisingly because it's designed to be a long-lasting foundation and those are usually have a matte finish and are meant for oily skin. My skin is normal to dry, so those kinds of foundations tend to cling to dry patches and just look cakey on me.

The Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation doesn't do that -- and it's got seriously good coverage and lasts a long time so what's not to love?

(Now, admittedly, I usually wear it in the warmer weather when my skin is a little bit more on the oily side but I can get away with wearing it in fall and winter if I moisturize well and use a hydrating primer under it.)

Still, when I heard that CoverGirl was coming out with a new version of the foundation, the Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, I was seriously excited.

If they could take everything I love about the Stay Fabulous formula and add a luminous finish, it would be pretty much perfect.

And they've definitely hit a home run with this foundation, though it isn't really Stay Fabulous with a luminous finish.

Like the original, the Stay Luminous comes in a glass bottle with a pump, so it's easy to dispense just the amount you need.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation's pump dispenser
However, unlike the original, this formula has a thinner consistency so it spreads and blends more easily. It definitely feels more hydrating that the original, and CoverGirl does advertise it that way -- but it's oil-free, so I think it would work well on combination and mildly oily skins just as well as it does on normal to dry skin.

Because the foundation is thinner than the original Stay Fabulous and more hydrating, it doesn't seem to offer as full coverage as the original. I would call it medium, though it is thin enough to allow you to build up the coverage.

The finish isn't anywhere near as matte as the original either, but it's not especially glow-y either. I would call it natural or satin. It looks like real skin, which is pretty good in my book.

The Stay Luminous doesn't last as long as the original either, but that's probably because of the less than matte finish. If I powder it, though, it lasts all day so I can't really complain.

I purchased the Stay Luminous in the lightest shade, Classic Ivory 810, and it's a pretty good match for my very pale skin.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation in Classic Ivory 810
All in all, I really like this foundation. It's a nice natural, every day foundation for me, and it's only about $12 at drugstores and anywhere else you can purchase CoverGirl products, so it's a definitely good value.

Have you tried the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation? Are you a fan?


  1. It looks a lot darker in the bottle. At first I was really surprised you´d pick this up knowing that you are pale but the product itself does look like a pretty good match. Personally I like the medium coverage. :)

    1. Yeah, it does look a little dark in the bottle -- in fact, I was kind of expecting to have to return it, but it's worked out pretty well. I agree about medium coverage -- it's my favorite because it means I don't need to add too much concealer but it still looks natural on the skin. And in summer, we can really stand having a full coverage foundation on all the time? :P


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