Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless: Foundation Fail

I’ve been wanting to try out a crème foundation lately, for the mere facts that application is fast and easy and they’re supposed to be hydrating. I didn’t want to run out and spend $50 on one if I wasn’t sure I’d like the formula, so I started browsing the aisles at Target and came across a collaboration between Covergirl and Olay. I picked up the Simply Ageless foundation which is supposed to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and is infused with a skin care serum that is visible in the pan, but not on your face. It can cost anywhere from $11-$13 depending on where you buy it and if you have a coupon. The plastic pan contains 12 grams of product and it is unscented. It’s not exactly travel friendly, as the crème is contained in one side, and the other side twists off to reveal a sponge for application. The sponge isn’t terrible, but it will give you heavy coverage so keep that in mind.

I want to tell you I loved this product. I want to tell you it was everything I was looking for and more. But I won’t. Because I hated it. I still hate it and will forever glare at it as I walk by any Covergirl display ever. It’s really too bad, because in terms of the smoothness of the cream and the color I loved it. It matches my very fair skin perfectly and doesn’t oxidize throughout the day. I got shade 205, the lightest they produce. It’s quite emollient and blends flawlessly into the skin. However, some ingredient, and I don’t know which one, wreaked havoc on my skin. Keep in mind that my skin is pretty sensitive, so if you don’t have that problem this foundation could very well work for you. But after my experience, I will be staying far away from this one.

I wore it for one day, about 8 hours or so, and I thought it wore quite well. The coverage is medium-full depending on how much is applied. It’s easy to get heavy-handed with crème products but try to avoid it because the end result will be a cakey mess. A few hours into the wear time, my skin began to feel itchy. I looked in the mirror and noticed little red marks on my skin accompanied by a blemish. RED FLAG. As someone who prefers flawless skin, I was mortified. And furious.

I went back to my normal liquid foundation and my skin calmed down within a few days, but I won’t be trying that again. I’m assuming it was the Olay anti-aging serum in the product that caused my skin irritation, but I’m not 100% sure. If you have sensitive skin, proceed with caution. Or not at all.

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