December 16, 2010

Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation Review, Swatches, Photos

The Covergirl NatureLuxe Collection should be winging its way to your local drugstore if it isn’t already there (chances it is as I’ve seen displays up everywhere). This is Covergirl’s big launch for the new year featuring Taylor Swift as their spokeswoman.

The NatureLuxe Collection is a higher end product with a more luxurious formula that can found at local drugstores. Honestly, when they said luxury makeup I was a bit wary of the price but turns out the Natureluxe Silk Foundation is merely $11.99 so yes a bit higher than the norm but not by much and still very fitting for the budget beauty shopper.

The collection is not an organic line of product it does however rely on quality ingredients that are inspired by a more green friendly makeup.

What did I think of the new Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation?

Check it out!

A cream foundation that exchanges heavy emoillents for a touch of cucumber water which makes the formula lighter and more luxurious feeling.

For the formula Covergirl combined light ingredients and avoided heavier synthetics to create a lightweight foundation and lightweight it is. If you generally like cream foundations or if you have dry skin and prefer a cream or liquid, Natureluxe Silk Foundation is for you. It’s actually one of the very few foundations at drugstores that I actually deem worthy of a purchase. The formula is gorgeous! It runs a bit thin for a cream foundation but it isn’t dubbed as such anyway, Covergirl calls it a “liquid” which I wouldn’t really say it is. I’d say you’re looking at a cross between a cream and a liquid as the formula runs a bit thinner than the average cream and a bit thicker than a liquid so you’re right smack in the middle with this.

It has a crisp, fresh cucumber scent which is quite pleasant to my nose. Sadly, in terms of coverage I wouldn’t call it full. It perfects more than it covers in my opinion. If you already have good skin that needs foundation as a form of a base, a pick me up, or something to ease dullness, this is ideal as a simple dab or two will create a smooth, flawless finish that perfects and evens out skin tone. It absorbs into the skin rather quickly which is one reason I don’t feel it offers full coverage it does not however oxidize nor does it leave behind a gray, ashy dullness when worn for too long. The coverage remains fairly fresh and beautiful throughout the day with a possible touch up at or around the 5th hour of wear or even longer if you set correctly.

I normally use BB Creams as my foundation of choice because they don’t oxidize on me and I can happily say that this worked just as well!

Sadly, I got a shade that was a bit too light for me but I still managed to make it work (Shade 305). It comes in 14 shades however I haven’t full explored but according to readers most of the shades range in the fairer zone.

It does have SPF 10 but I can’t help but wish for a bit of a higher SPF however I imagine a higher content would cause issues with the lovely formula.

It feels a tiny bit greasy at first application but quickly absorbs and leaves behind a silky, natural feel.

I have dry skin and I’m unsure how well it’ll work for those with oily skin as liquids and creams are sometimes a no for those with such a skin type.

  • Liquid or cream foundation users (if you favor creams, you’ll love this as it really has a brilliantly soft, hydrating finish).
  • Dry skin types (if your skin is dry this absorbs beautifully and leaves behind a very natural, soft focused finish).
  • Those seeking quality at a fraction of the cost (the $11.99 price tag isn’t too bad a splurge when you have this much quality to back it).
  • Anyone seeking to perfect an already good complexion (this evens out skin and eases dullness creating a good working canvas for makeup).
  • Those seeking an oil free, paraben free formula!

  • Oily skin types (you might not find the joy if your skin is oily however the formula feels light enough to not clog pores but don’t quote me).
  • Anyone hoping for a BB Cream dupe found at a US drugstore (I cannot compare this to a bb cream nor will I however it can be liked to a tinted moisturizer with a bit more pigment).
  • Those seeking full coverage (the formula absorbs a tad too quickly for full coverage plus it isn’t quite that pigmented to offer full coverage it does however perfect skin beautifully and creates a flawless finish).

Well, I’d buy it again. Count me impressed. I really like the formula on this and just the overall feel of the product. I felt like it really perfected my face and eased dullness creating a beautiful canvas for my makeup. It has a few quirks but not enough to ruin the overall product. I felt the price tag was perfectly suited and for those that might find it a bit too high for drugstore makeup, you know you’ll always find some sale or another to get it at a lower cost.

Covergirl has a done a major launch with NatureLuxe and I was a bit scared it wouldn’t live up to that hype however it actually does and I’m pretty pleased overall. I don’t like my coverage too heavy and I like something that will make my skin look even, flawless, fresh, and natural and NatureLuxe Silk Foundation does the job and does it well.

Bravo Covergirl, you got it right.

(Covergirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation Shade 305, some cheek stain, and some lipgloss! Natural makeup at its best)

Muse Approved for purchase!

Have you tried Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation?

Please share your experience!

The Natureluxe Collection arrives officially January 2011 but some drugstores already have it available! Find out more at

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Stephanie L.

    I may have to try this, unless the SPF is due to chemicals and not titanium or zinc oxide. Chemical SPF is the one thing that makes me break out something fierce!

  • Beautiful Canvas

    Aww, you’re so lucky you get to try it. I have dry skin and I like natural, lightweight makeup…I have to try this!

    • the Muse

      beautiful canvas DEF try it ;-D I thought it was fab on my dry skin ;-D keep me posted, curious whatcha think!

  • mon

    Have you tried the foundation over a primer? My skin is so oily that my mom jokes that we could use the oil to fry eggs, but I really want a natural formula that won’t break my piggy bank. Also, when you say “a possible touch up at or around the 5th hour” does that mean you needed to touch up the foundation or just pat on some powder? I also majorly sweat a lot even during the winter so I also need something that won’t drip right off… Thanks so much for the review. I’ve been really anticipating reading reviews on the new line.

    • the Muse

      hey mon! just a little touch up with some powder should do the trick! I tried it over Urban Decay’s Brightening Primer but that’s not so much a mattifying primer but more of a brightening/hydrating formula! I really don’t know how it’ll stand up against your super oily skin hun….I’m super dry so I can’t compare to your skin type. Check with me in the Summer when my skin gets a bit on the oily side ;-D

      You can always test, keep your receipt, and return if it fails to work. CVS, Walgreens, etc…have good return programs ;-D

      Personally, if hardcore oily skin you might wanna stick with a more mattifying foundation hun!

      • mon

        *deep sigh* the quest continues. Thanks a bunch Muse! If I can’t resist the urge, maybe I will try it.

        • YC

          Hi there!

          You should try it out, but after you’ve properly moisturized. I have oily skin like you as well, and I’ve always been afraid of moisturizing it properly and avoided a lot of things. Lately I’ve been using this Burt’s Bee’s lotion/creme/mousse thing, and it’s made up of shea butter (or was it cocoa?) and sunflower oil! That’s right oil! I’ve been using it for a while, and my skin doesn’t get as oily as much anymore, and not as fast either.

          Wow, that was an essay. Anyway, try it out after moisturizing. If your skin is oily, most likely it’s because your skins confused and it’s it’s not moisturized enough and produces excess oil– hence really oily skin.

          Please don’t hold it against me though, my case might be different from yours, skin-wise that is.

          I wish you luck on your quest!

    • rachel

      I don’t think this product would be right for you. It can look a little greasy. You should try a pressed powder foundation. Presed powders help hide oilness.

      • Donna J

        I agree. I loved how it looked when I first used it and even a few hours in. Like Muse says, it’s about medium coverage and good for evening out your skin tone, but by the end of the day I was totally greasy. This is not meant for us oily girls at all unless you want to keep an eye on the mirror all day long and be ready with the blotting tissues or powder.

        (Yes I know this is an old review but I hope peeps come back and read new comments anyway. lol)

  • LorraineER

    I have a question..could you tell me how this would compare to Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer just in terms of a level of coverage?

    • the Muse

      oh lorraine way more pigmented dear also a bit less runny than LM. Coverage are def heavier than a LM TM or any TM for that matter ;D!

  • LorraineER

    PS- I’m catching up right now so I don’t know if you’ve beat me to it, but are you planning on reviewing the Nature Luxe Gloss Balms if you haven’t already? I’d love to see a review from you on those.

  • Ally

    I need this! But I haven’t spotted it anywhere yet 🙁 Can’t wait till I do!

    • the Muse

      hi rose I’m a finger girl when it comes to foundation ;-D swipe and blend!

  • GreenTea

    Wow, it looks great! What retailer did you purchase this at? So far, I’ve searched through CVS and Target, but no avail yet.

    Take care, Muse!

    • the Muse

      hi greentea this was a press sample but I’ve seen at CVS and Harmons in New York. Hope this helps!

  • Lei

    Great review! I’m excited to try this out if it’s really a dupe for BB cream! BB cream runs a bit expensive and the shades are quite limited so this seems like a good choice. 😀

  • Jeanne

    When I first saw this I thought it was another Almay foundation, the packaging is strikingly similar! Especially the Pure Blends packaging (which may or may not be a coincidence)

  • Sarah

    What good is working at a drugstore if I don’t get this NOW? I have been drooling over trying this since I first saw it…. and it’s Muse approved? So awesome. I even offered to unload truck at two a.m. last week in the hopes that I’d see it come in in its lovely little (well,ugly outside) box, so sad not to see it. Hopefully this week. Thanks so much for the review!!

    • the Muse

      aw hope your shop gets it soon sarah! ;-D official date is January so hopefully you get it prior to that.

      My pleasure!

      stop back tell me whatcha think?

      • Sarah

        LOVE. I work retail and we’ve been busting butt today, but lemmetell you, this foundation has me looking fabulous! Haha. Best foundation I’ve found for me so far.

  • LIly

    YAY! I tried it on my hands and I immediately fell in love with it! but so expensive 🙁 (Canada)

  • Laura

    Hi Muse ~
    This looks JUST like the MaxFactor Xperience Foundation we have in the UK! Are Covergirl and MaxFactor linked? Because Covergirl Lash Blast and MaxFactor False Lash Experience Mascara are practically the same! Dupes?
    Wonderful and informative review as always ~

    • the Muse

      mmm laura not that I know of hun but alot of brands mimic design, formula, etc ;-D so doesn’t surprise me they are alot alike ;D! aw thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

  • blondie

    Does anyone know if there will be any other products added to this line, like powder, eyeshadows, mascara, etc?

  • Courtney

    Hi Muse!
    I have been wanting to try this foundation, and I was excited to find your extensive and positive review. However, a lot of the ingredients in this foundation are pretty high up on the pore-clogging scale, and it also contains a fragrance. I have pale, sensitive, break-out prone and combo (mostly dry) skin. Did the fragrance seem over-powering or potentially irritating? Do you think I should risk it and try it? Because it sounds great! Haha thanks!

    • the Muse

      I really don’t have sensitive skin Courtney if you feel like the ingredients might do more harm than good I’d skip hun! the fragrance isn’t over powering or irratating but like I said I’m really far far away from being sensitive. My skin is super dry and pretty much bulletproof in this cold weather 🙂

  • sKaKl

    I cannot find it online anywhere! I heard it had it in Walmart stores but I checked online, and it’s not there! I prefer not to shop online so if you can find it in it store like a Target, BB&B, or Walmart, please comment.

  • sarah m

    i swatched this on the back of my wrist at walmart they had tester tubes. i HATED the feel. i couldn’t get a good color match & i could feel this on my skin; this was an epic fail for me as covergirl usually is. i’ll stick with my nars sheer glow & loreal foundations

  • Rachel

    In the last few days I saw this foundation in CVS and Wal-Mart and I was supper excited to see they actually had testers at Wal-Mart! I am usually the lightest color option available with foundations (such as Clinique), but the lightest color with the NatureLuxe (Alabaster, #305) was actually too light for me. Maybe they figure that people looking for a more natural foundation would be more likely to wear sunscreen and therefore may need lighter colors? Anyway, they didn’t have #310 available as a tester, so I tried #315 and it was a perfect match. Ulta has B1G1 50% off right on Cover Girl, so I think I am going to have to buy it since it is Muse Approved!

  • Jasmine

    Hi Muse, how does this compare to the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation? This looks and sounds a little similar (or so I think), and since I’m in the UK I won’t get to return it if I do make a purchase … please help! Thank you love x x x

  • Raelee

    I usually use skin79 VIP gold BB cream as a makeup base/primer when I wear foundation. Do you think it would be redundant to wear it under this to amp up the coverage while getting the right color for me?Or, god forbid, too hydrating?

    • the Muse

      hi raelee you apply bb cream and proceed to follow up with foundation!????????? do you need that much coverage?!

      • Raelee

        Only when I want very full coverage! Also, when I was doing research before purchasing, most sources said it was a makeup base/primer or moisturizer, lacking the coverage to stand alone most times. I use it in place of a moisturizer in the mornings, and am not sure how I would adjust that routine so that I could include the natureluxe as I so desperately want it! haha

        • the Muse

          whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa raelee. Sorry hun I can’t help you. I never use BB Cream plus foundation that’s WAY too much coverage. I’d feel like I was wearing a mask. If I were you I’d use either this OR a bb cream but not both!!!!!!!!!!!!! BB Creams are super pigmented and heavier than your average cream so why you’d want to add another base product on top of that is beyond me….I’d pick one of the two hun.

          • Julia

            Really? I used both bb cream and my MAC studio sculpt for my last 2 terms of high school and never thought of the heavy-ness.

  • Tigress

    It looks like I may have to try this stuff. It sounds comparable to the Maybelline Pure Makeup that I’ve been using for years that I think has gone the way of the Dodo. I do have oily skin, but it’s worth a shot! Thanks for the review 🙂

  • Cj

    Hey Muse, I went foundation shopping for my mom the other day and remembered you gave this one a pretty good review so I picked it up. This really is an amazing foundation! The consistency is unlike any foundation I’ve ever tried before, it blends so dreamily, and what’s really crazy is it smells nice! Like cucumbers and roses lol I’ve never had a foundation that smelled nice, I’m really tempted to pick up one of these for myself! 🙂

    • the Muse

      ha cj! ^5! So glad you’re liking this. I’m pretty impressed and it doesn’t oxidize as quickly as many drugstore bases do on me! Wait for a BOGO and indulgeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Leah

    Hi Muse,

    Do you think this is slightly better than the Almay Pure Blends Foundation?

  • Hai Dao

    Hey Muse!
    What would be the differences between the NatureLuxe Foundation and a BB cream? Thanks for reviewing this; tried this in store and love the feel! Also, tried it over a very red scar – not bad in terms of coverage. Love you and your reviews!

    • the Muse

      hi hai! my pleasure, glad you enjoyed it. It’s completely diff from a bb cream in texture and formula. the two products can’t be compared to each other at all hun. Hope this helps!

  • Kat

    I love this foundation it makes my face look PERFECT and i did get a shade a little darker then mine to make it look like I have a nice even tan and it totes worked! I will defnitly use this for a long time! The Only thing I don’t like is the really small bottle for the huge price.

  • Talia

    Hi can you please tell me if you think this foundation has similarities to the whipped foundation ? ( CG )

    Thanks 🙂

  • Talia

    Hi there, 🙂

    I was wondering if you knew if this foundation has any similarities to the CG trublend whipped foundation that im so in love with.. but yet got discontinued 🙁 lol

    thanks. 🙂

  • Savannah

    I tried this foundation and am currently using it. I think I have combination skin. It works pretty well, I do find it kind of dewy and oily, but leaves my face pretty smooth and nice. It is pretty blendable by it seems like mine is too light of a color. I thought it matched but when I put it on it matches like my neck and doesn’t look overly orange or white. But it just seems like it doesn’t match very well. (sorry if that was confusing, hard to explain (: )It doesn’t seem like you get very much, it seems as if it is running out pretty fast. And I also don’t think it last all day either. Just my opinion =)