It’s hot, and I’m all about matte. There are few foundations that I can stand wearing in the summer heat, but I’ve been trying out the new CoverGirl Clean Matte Liquid Foundation. I still want some coverage and to even out my skin tone, but I’m not into feeling like I have a thick layer of makeup on. Most of my dewy foundations are looking a hot mess around this time of year, so I was hoping the new Clean Matte foundation would be a new go-to for hot weather.
This foundation was made for oily skin, or during situations and weather the may leave you shinier than you want. It’s oil-free and unscented, and great for sensitive skin since it won’t clog your pores. There are twelve shade choices, though not many neutral or yellow toned… the closest match for me was 535 Medium Light.
The first thing I like about the formula of this foundation is the consistency. It’s got some substance to it, not runny at all, but blends out easily with a sponge. It has medium coverage, and you can either layer on top of itself or concealer to get a more full coverage look.
To get it out of the way, I’ll tell you my main complaint: there’s no pump for easy dispensing of the product. You do have to turn the bottle completely upside down and wait a few moments for the foundation to make it’s way to the spout. While on the upside, this lets you use more of the product when you get down to the last drops, it can be difficult to get just the right amount out for application.
The foundation has a soft matte finish as there’s definitely no dewiness, but your skin doesn’t look dry or dull— definitely a plus when you want a healthy looking complexion while still combatting shine. The other day it was over 100 degrees out and my apartment was sweltering inside from the oven being on, and when I checked the mirror to see the damage, I was surprised to see only a little bit of shine around my nose.
Around hour 6, I can see some of my discoloration and blemishes poke through the foundation if I haven’t powdered or set it in any way. Paired with the Clean Matte Pressed Powder for touch ups throughout the day, it holds up a little bit longer.
Overall, this is a great every day foundation if you’re worried about oil and shine, and just need a bit of coverage to create a canvas for your look of the day. You can find the Covergirl Clean Matte Liquid Foundation popping up in drugstores for $5-$6.
What are you using to keep your face from getting shiny this summer?