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.
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.
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.