Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation & Applicator ($16.99) is a new medium coverage foundation with an innovative applicator that hides facial hair. Yeah, you read that right, Covergirl’s Ultra Smooth Foundation was formulated to hide peach fuzz on your face rather than highlighting it.
I’m half Portuguese, half Italian, no shame in my game, that translates to a lot of hairy situations. Some folks are lucky enough to go through life never having to wax their upper lip, I am not one of those lucky few.
But I have to admit a foundation formulated to minimize the appearance of hair sounds so incredibly gimmicky!
Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation comes with a tube of foundation and a rubber applicator to apply the foundation. The applicator is a thin rubber “sponge” which seems innovative enough but actually proves useless. To use the applicator you simply squirt a small amount of the foundation on it and proceed to smooth it across your face. This method didn’t really work for me as the foundation didn’t blend out well and applied a little patchy and uneven. After using the applicator I went back with my fingers and smoothed away the unevenness and messy application from the applicator. It theory it sounds interesting enough but I find the application messy.
The foundation has a rich, creamy texture that sets to a semi matte finish that looks very natural and brightening on my complexion. I liked it a lot and felt it was much like Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation but with a little longer of a wear, a different finish, and a hint more coverage.
Apparently the formula contains glycerin which acts to soften facial hairs so they lie flat on your face. The foundation acts to “glue” hairs down and forms a thin film between the hair and the skin so they are less apparent. The resin-like ingredient adheres pigment to the skin while silicone particles catch light a certain way and deflect it away from stray hairs so they aren’t as noticeable. I have no idea what anything of this means and it sounds extremely technical.
I had to wax my upper lip last week and before I did I decided I’d apply Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation and see how it “deflected” the appearance of hair. I patted some of the foundation gently into place and proceeded to blend out. Ah yeah, hair still there, mission not accomplished! But in the formula’s defense I will say they likely marketed this for fair skin who might be prone to peach fuzz on their cheeks or lower jaw etc and not a brunette with coarser facial hair issues. So unfortunately, I don’t have the peach fuzz they market this for and can’t say whether or not it works but I am curious what experiences others might have using it so do share if you tried it.
The foundation wears for around 6 hours for me which is fairly good for a drugstore base product. It did not adhere to drier areas on my face and had a smooth, even appearance. I tried it in the shade Creamy Natural which was a touch orange-y but blended out well enough.
Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation Swatches
All in all Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation is a nice formula however, I think the hair minimizing claims and the silicone disc applicator are a bit gimmicky. If you already own Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation it is worth trying Ultra Smooth since it does offer more coverage and longer wear! It’s a bit expensive though for .84 oz at $17. Ouch!
Covergirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation is available now at drugstores.
Ingredient List: Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Talc, Stearoyl Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-5 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone, Bht, 1,2-Hexanediol, Magnesium Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Hexamidine Diisethionate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methicone, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides