November 25, 2013

Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier Review

covergirl tru magic skin perfector mattifier

Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier ($7.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond) is a new soft touch balm facial primer much like products you maybe have seen before like Mally Face Defender and Young Blood Anti-Shine Mattifier.

Let’s take a look at this very exciting new primer.

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The concept of a solid facial primer isn’t exactly new however, in the drugstore world it is indeed a brand new unique concept. Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier isn’t the first budget primer like this as Avon MagiX Essential Face Mattifier popped up in 2011 and if you’re looking for high end Dior even had something like this the launched a while ago as well.

However, as I said, this is the first solid primer available in drugstores and at such a great price. I located mine for $7.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond but once it hits more mass retail drugstores like CVS and Walgreens you’ll likely see the price range at around $12.99-$14.99 I imagine. There are actually three different Skin Perfector’s that Covergirl launched one of which is a bronzer and another a gold highlighter but this one I have here is simply a clear balm to be used before or after makeup or with no makeup at all to perfect, smooth, blur pores and wrinkles.

Covergirl Tru Magic Skin Perfector Mattifier is .27 oz in size and comes housed in a clear square compact with a sponge applicator. The sponge actually fits on top of the balm if you wish to travel with it however, it does not have a secondary compartment built into the compact to store it. I’ve likened products like this to a melted down solidified version of Smashbox Primer. It feels like they simply melted down a silicone primer, solidified it, and stuck it in a compact. It has a powdery velvet finish that does an incredible job perfecting skin. It really softens the overall appearance of your completed makeup look. I don’t have larger visible pores however, the pores on my nose are visible and this makes them disappear easily. It perfects my entire face and gives a softer focused and smoother finish. I use it over my complete makeup just like I would a finishing powder. So I simply apply my concealer, foundation, eye makeup, blush, etc and I smooth some of this on over my completed look. You can also use it prior to makeup to prep with or on bare skin without any makeup at all.

cover girl tru magic skin perfector mattifier

covergirl tru magic skin perfector  mattifier primer

It does a fairly good job blurring the visible pores on my nose and will likely do the same for pores on your face as well as finer lines. I do prefer the texture of Mally’s Face Defender in comparison though as True Magic Skin Perfector feels a bit slippery to me. It’ll mattify slightly but it can go a bit dewy and slick if you use too much. The velvety matte finish feels quite nice but I find Mally’s version feels a bit more natural and less heavy on my skin.

Needless to say it’s an interesting and unique product and well worth trying out especially if you have larger pores, less than smooth skin, and finer lines as this does a nice job of giving your skin a softly focused, airbrushed finish.

Check your local Christmas Tree Stores, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Harmons for it and I’m sure it’ll launch later this month at other drugstores.

Tried it?

Do share!

I purchased this item.

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  • Cindy Ramirez

    Oh oh! This is exciting! Do you know how this compares to the Stila Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm (what a mouthful)? Very interesting product to see on a drugstore beauty level, I excite!

    • Danielle Lindsay

      I just got it after passing on it the first time I had a CVS coupon for 10$ off so no harm no foul. I’m stoked to try it:) Just curious to see how it is under makeup like a super primer well I’ll try and see.

      • Isabella Muse

        you’ll have to update me and tell us all how what you think when you tried Danielle!

  • Lacy

    Wow I didnt know this existed or was going to debut. Im def interested and will try it for 7.99. Ill have to hit up my local christmas tree shop to see if the have it. Thanks for a great suggest on a drugstore alternative. In case i dont post again this week have a great Thanksgiving!

  • jessica

    This product totally intrigues me! I haven’t tried anything like it before! I wonder how this would work for dry skin… mine is normal to dry this time of year, bit a tad more oily in the summer. Perhaps I should wait until then to try it out. Obviously, I am interested in any makeup product that perfects the appearance of my skin!! 😉 Thanks for your review!

  • Christina

    Nice! I like the Stila Stay All Day Prime, but not the price! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this one!

  • Abryda

    I had to get a backup for this I’m really pleased with this product & the price is just amazing. I have used the face defender before & enjoyed it but the price just steered me away from repurchasing it so when I discovered this product I didn’t hesitate buying. Very happy!!!

  • Dee

    Have wanted to try Mally’s but may try this first. Do you apply the same way by just blotting on? Thanks!

    • the Muse

      yup with the sponge, just smooth it across your face. you can even use your fingers for more control if you want!

  • Caroline

    Thanks for this review! I’m super excited about this product. I love Mally’s version, but I find it to be overpriced for what it is. I’ll definitely give this one a shot for just $8! 🙂

  • Lacy

    So I got my hands on this and I think it’s great. I’m prone to breakouts with certain things but this stuff hasn’t made my skin flare up at all. I mainly apply it to my T zone, especially my cheeks where my pores are the largest and I feel like this really helps blur them out once I put foundation on top! Keeps it from settling in. I am very happy with this purchase and will have to grab another one for a back up. Unfortunately I found a small display and there was only 1 left!

    • the Muse

      that’s great news happy to hear it 🙂 it JUST launched at and if you want another but it’s likely perm so no reason to back up!

  • Crystal Gao

    Got it lately and I like the way it works, but I keep getting flecks of dust or sweater fuzz stuck in it because of the balm’s sticky texture. Any tips?

  • Lalaru

    I spotted this today and I snagged it before even reading any reviews. I had wanted to try the Mally version, but never got around to ordering it. Just tried this after a good amount of running around to see how it would touch up my foundation, and it did an OK job… It is a bit sticky, imo, and it did lift some of the product already on my face (the applicator sponge has some foundation on it). Can’t wait to try it again, maybe there is a better way to apply it other than using the sponge. Maybe it’ll make a better primer?

  • Jennifer Borkowski

    I was surprised at how much I liked this. It’s velvety soft. I have rosacea, dry red cheeks and shiny nose, etc. this acts as am excellent pre foundation primer! My cheeks get dry and flaky without proper prepping. I’ve used this for a week so far and really like it! Additionally, it works great for “powdering my nose”, although, I’ve had to do that FAR less than prior to using it. Hate the package though. Annoyingly big and cheap feeling. If this stays as good as it’s first impression, it would be smart to make cute, super slim, chic compacts.

  • Aija

    I have used Benefit’s Dr. Feelgood mattifying balm but didn’t like the smell. I’m going to try this one for sure!

  • trina

    I am going to have to try this. I have Skinn cosmetics one but it is super pricey and it does work very well. Makes my skin look airbrushed. The best way I found to apply for the best look is lightly wipe the sponge across the product, then pat it on your face, don’t apply like you would a pressed powder, pat, stipple or bounce it off of your face. Pretty neat products. I use mine over my powder and my makeup and oil are in check for hours.

  • Alina Yi

    I noticed that when I used this it dried my skin out really really bad after I would take my makeup off. Did you notice this too?