Sunday, November 16, 2014

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Review + Tutorial

If you have oily and/or problematic skin, stop everything you're doing right now! Seriously. Just stop and read this. Because if you haven't heard about this stuff yet, I'm about to change your life. Dramatic? Yeah, but NOT DRAMATIC ENOUGH! Maybe I should do this whole post in caps? Would you get annoyed and stop reading? FINE. I suppose I would too. But I'll just say it - I will NEVER go back to using another foundation again. If I'm going for a true foundation, this is it right here. I don't need to try any others anymore. The search is over. It's the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation.

Tiffany started talking about how amazing this stuff was and then did a video on it too, which I absolutely recommend. She titled it "The BEST foundation EVER?!" Hey, her caps not mine. =) And I was just like, sure sure. But I'm always willing to try and was looking for something new. See I had planned on doing a foundation routine post with what I had been using, since it was going really well with my crazy skin lately. (I've been having the most absolute worst hormonal acne. It's like I'm a teenager again except worse. Seriously. And my skin has been double oily too. It gets super oily in like an hour or two. So yeah, it's been a fun 6+ months.) I was using the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream as a primer and then Rimmel's Stay Matte Foundation applied with the Sephora Pro-Flawless Airbrush #56, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and finished with Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. It was darn good. I love the coverage of the bb cream, the concealer is amazing, and the Sephora #56 does give you airbrushed quality. The look really was flawless. BUT. Nothing can beat the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous. Here's why...

The second I put this stuff on, I knew it was different. They talk about how makeup shouldn't sit on top of your skin but blend in. I've always been like "uh huh, yeah" but never really experienced that. It always seems like the "good stuff" still slightly sits on top of my skin. I mean, don't get me wrong, I've tried stuff that truly sits on top and doesn't blend in at all too. Ready Set Gorgeous blends INto my skin. When I put it on, it still feel like my skin. At the end of the day, it still feels like it's blended into my skin and not sitting on top with the oil slick that developed at lunch time. Which brings me to my next point: NO OIL. I have NEVER seen my skin behave like this. I wore it all day yesterday and I didn't feel or look oily at all at lunch time. I exposed it to the elements and to situations where I should have been really oily, but wasn't. By dinner, there was a slight dewy-ness to it. Kind of like how other "luminous" foundations make you look right after applying it. I blotted with powder because I kept thinking something was going to happen soon. And the powder barely made any difference to my skin. By the time I got home at the end of the night, my skin was the same. oil. Seriously. It has NEVER been like this. I can't even tell you how shocked I am. They obviously found a magical formula. Oh and did I mention that it still looked flawless? Because it did. Every bit that I applied in the morning was still on my face. Truly insane. It lasts forever.

The other thing that is very different about the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation is its coverage. Now Tiffany talked about how great of coverage it has, but I'm not sure I totally agree with that. I would more-so say it's got great buildable coverage. One layer is not enough for me. And maybe it's because I do have such problematic skin right now. And maybe it's also because this shade is a tad too dark for me. But I need a second layer. Once the second layer was on though, a crazy thought popped into my mind - what if I used this as my concealer. So I did. Now, I'm not totally sure I would recommend this on a daily basis, but it's amazing to try. Think about it - a foundation and concealer in one? A little weird but intriguing. So if you like to experiment with makeup - try it. It's kind of amazing. And that's what I did for this tutorial. I used the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation as my foundation and concealer. Anyways, enough talk...let's just get into it.

Step 1 (above): Take a picture of yourself with no makeup. haha. (Btw, that there is darn good skin for me for the past 6-9 months. Seriously. AND, I'll be totally honest with you guys...I'm not wearing any makeup, BUT blogger totally does alter the photos somehow when I upload them. Skin tends to look slightly airbrushed. I'm not sure why/how the upload does this, but it does. So in all honesty, the above does look better than my skin in real life. I'd dig into why it alters the pictures, but I mean, come on...who couldn't use a little airbrushing. Haha!)

Step 2: Apply 1 layer with your fingers. I'm using shade 210 Medium Beige, and I only applied it to my face, not my neck. (You can see the color is a little too dark for me. It's also a little too orange - not enough yellow base, but then again most drugstore makeup is like that.)

Step 3: Apply layer 2 with your fingers. I concentrated this in the areas that I needed more coverage. So the first layer was just all over evenly, but the second was more "only where I need it," which if I'm honest was most places. I also applied a layer to my neck. If the color of your neck matches your skin, just blend the foundation into your neck. My neck though is way lighter than my face, so I have to apply foundation to it so that it matches no matter what.

Step 4: Use the foundation as a concealer. Basically I used it the same way I would my Nars Creamy Concealer, just applying to red areas with my finger. And since you already applied 2 layers of foundation, it should blend in perfectly. It will be a little "wet" when you first apply it like a concealer, but then will mattify as it sits there. A little weird, but kind of awesome at the same time.

And just finish off your makeup! I did apply a powder after the foundation, but I agree with Tiffany in that I really don't think it's necessary. Have any of you used this and got the same amazing results? I can't imagine that it's a coincidence that both myself and Tiffany had the same results. And btw, I would definitely use the Nars Creamy Concealer with this, and will eventually. I just really wanted to give you guys a different spin on it. So, what did you guys think of this foundation?

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 210 Medium Beige for foundation and concealer; YSL Touche Eclate in #2 Luminous Ivory as under eye concealer; YSL Matte & Radiant Pressed Powder in #2 Light Sand; Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Blushing Bride; Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash in Clear as brow gel; Dior 5 Color Palette in Rosy Tan; YSL Babydoll Mascara; YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #6 Pink In Devotion