CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector Review

Today, let’s chat about a product I’ve been really wanting to try. Thankfully, I managed to get my hands on this. It’s the CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector. I picked mine up at Target for about $7. It will be more if you purchase it at a drugstore, but drugstores often do offers on cosmetics. I’d recommend waiting for a deal if you can’t get to Target or Walmart.

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So what does this claim to be? Well, it’s a balm that is supposed to mattify the skin. It isn’t colored in any way. It is just a balm-like textured product that you are supposed to apply over foundation. I think the package said you could put it under your foundation if you wanted to, but I can’t remember. I would double check the packaging before assuming I’m right, but I’m 90% sure it said that. I, however, have been using it in place of a setting powder.

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The thing I was most nervous about was the sponge. I don’t know why, but I feel like sponges are more unsanitary. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I clean my brushes all the time. Therefore, I’m sure they are about the same in terms of cleanliness. I do believe that this is the best way to apply the product. If you are worried about the sponge, drugstores, Walmart and Target sell disposable makeup sponges that I’m sure would work in a similar manner. I will probably pick up a pack the next time I’m at the store.

Now let’s talk about what it does. Does it actually mattify? The answer is yes! I actually adore the finish this gives my skin. Because I have skin that can be oily and dry at the same time (sigh), I want to be completely matte but not have flakey-looking skin. I have noticed that this delivers exactly what I wanted. I love that it takes away all the shine from my skin and that it doesn’t cling to any dry patches.

Let’s talk about something that I’m sure many of you are wondering about. What does this even feel like? Well, in the package, it feels like a thick lip balm. You could run your finger across it and pick up a significant amount of product. In fact, I’ve done this a few times so that I could apply a concentrated swatch on my hand. As you rub it into the skin (this applies to the face as well), the finish becomes almost powder-feeling. There is something smooth and dry about it. Not bad dry… just not like the moist texture of the balm. It feels exceptionally smooth. I have noticed that this feeling lasts. You can touch your skin hours after application and it will have that same smooth feeling. If I didn’t describe this well, please leave me a comment and I’ll try again. 🙂

Does it keep me matte? Well, yeah. I have compared it to my Physician’s Formula Super BB Powder, and the CoverGirl kept me more matte. The powder tends to wear off but the texture of the balm keeps it on my face. That’s not to say that my skin looked exactly the same. Some oil still broke through, but not so much that I looked terrible. The finish didn’t change either as the oil started to break through. The product didn’t end up looking cakey or scaley or patchy.

Needless to say, I really like this product. Why not love? Well, I was dumb and didn’t read the ingredients. This product has paraben in it. I’ve mentioned it before, but I try to stay away from parabens in my beauty products. However, since I have it, and have used, and don’t use very much of it per application, I’m going to keep it. I just like the product too much to let it go to waste (I also spent seven hard-earned dollars on it!). 🙂

Have you tried this product? Would you be willing to try something so novel?

I bought this with my own money. All opinions are my own. I’m not getting paid for this post.

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14 Responses to CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector Review

  1. Jules says:

    I have 5 different setting powder to prevent shine.. they work for like an hour then im bacl to shineville.. I’m gonna pick this up today and hopefully of solves my problem!!

    Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. YES! Thank you for trying & reviewing this one! I eye it every time I’m in the drugstore.I regret not getting it when there was a crazy-cheap sale/coupon/discount combo happening in December for CG.

    • Sara says:

      Ahhh man! I wish I bought it with a super awesome deal. Oh well, I think it was worth the full price, though. 🙂

      • I worked in a drugstore for 3 1/2 years up until mid-December so I could figure out the best deals, don’t’ worry about it!

        Sort of Retail-y Secret: most drug stores will “activate” their ad for Sunday sometime on Saturday since they have to put up new sale tags. They need the sale tags to match the price that rings up at the register so they “activate” the ad early to match it so there is no price mishaps. I worked at Walgreens and our ad was almost always activated by afternoon. Sooo what I’m saying is shop for stuff especially cosmetics there on Saturday nights. You’ll have the best chance of getting both sales-the one that ends Saturday at midnight and the one that begins for the new week on Sunday.
        So if CG is buy 1 get 1 50% off until Saturday but is also 20% off starting Sunday you’ll get those deals combined automatically and sometimes that results in b1 get free. Hope that makes sense!

      • Sara says:

        Woah! That is a fantastic thing to know! Thank you so much for sharing with me! I’m so excited to try this now. 😀

      • Okay I’m glad I didn’t sound insane! I try to do my shopping at those types of places on Saturday evening/night when possible. Another thing you can do is either sign up for their email thingy so you can get the “sneak peak” at the ad, that way you can write down or print out which items you’d be interested in & take it with you so you can see what’s already on sale in the ad & combine them. Then just grab one and innocently ask for a price check & you’ll know before you buy if the sales been activated! 😉

        sounds like work but it’s easy!

      • Sara says:

        That sounds great! I can definitely do this! And I definitely will! I’m so excited! 😀 Thank you SO much for sharing!!!!!!

      • Most manufacturer coupons work for anything w/in that brand as well. So if the coupon is $4 off a box of LOreal hairdye it’ll ususally work on a bottle of shampoo or nail polish. For example I just bought Almay makeup remover wipes. They were $5.99 at Walgreens so I used a $3 off Almay manu coupon(for face items which means makeup not remover) & their $2 off store coupon so they came down to .99. Usually the cashiers don’t check or don’t care so it’s always worth trying. You can get CHEAP Nivea lip stuff that way too-just use the coupons for Nivea body washes, lotions and shave stuff on the lip pots & chapsticks.

      • Sara says:

        Seriously, you are blowing my mind. I knew you could combine manufacturer and store coupons but had no idea that the cashiers don’t really check. My only problem would be that my CVS only has self-checkouts so it might not work out. I’ll try it though when I get home and have more access to stores.

      • Ohhhhh I see well do you scan your own coupon at the self check out? b/c then you really don’t have to worry about somebody saying “oh this coupon says it’s for jergen’s lotion not jergen’s spray lotion” blablabla. Try it out! When the LOreal Advanced tubs of hair conditioner(the deep mask stuff) is on sale for $5.99 or less I use LOreal coupons for everything but that and it works! Good Luck and lemme know if you have any success.

      • Sara says:

        Okay! I’ll have to give it a go!

  3. I’m really glad you liked this! I think you read my review of the bronzer version of this, which was less than stellar unfortunately. I actually passed it on to my friend.

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