Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation Review, Photos, Swatches Creamy Natural

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Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Creamy Natural

Covergirl really takes me back.  This was the first makeup brand I used as a teenager – I can still remember the poignant scent of the single blushes, the eyeshadow singles (of course I was restricted to the “boring” colors!) and the Covergirl Clean Makeup I wore on my acne-prone skin.  Covergirl is a classic in my mind, and brings back fond memories of my first makeup experience, which I think for many young girls is always exciting, am I right?!  Fast-forward to this day, when at 36 years old with oily (and still acne prone) skin and I am excited to share with you a Covergirl product I am just as wild about.  The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation SPF20 has been out for several months, and I’ve heard it raved about all over the beauty community, and so now I’m chiming in as well: “Love it!”.

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I like that Covergirl put in the extra effort with this foundation and included a pump-top. High points for this!

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Covergirl says this All-in-one foundation combines primer, concealer and foundation in one easy step, with long-lasting results.

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Before I found 820 Creamy Natural I tried 810 Classic Ivory, which was too pink-toned and pale for my warm skintone.


Creamy Natural Swatched.  While not fully a yellow-tone, I find it more of a peachy tone that works well with my skintone.


Before and After: Wearing Creamy Natural

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Formula  |  Pigmentation

The consistency of Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation is a perfect consistency – thinner than a whipped makeup, but thicker than a liquid, I find it very easy to work with.  The pigmentation is excellent, giving the skin a flawless satin finish coverage with a surprisingly light feeling on the face.  I still feel the need to use a concealer or brightener under my eyes, because this product tends to dry that area under my eyes out, but it can be built up enough in areas of the face to cover blemishes if you need to, which is handy.  The one downside of this foundation, is although it is offered in fourteen shades, it is very hard to choose the correct shade from the bottle itself.  I would advise you purchase this product at a store with a generous exchange policy, or of course consult numerous blog swatches beforehand.  Below is a photo capturing what I experienced while at the store trying to decide which shade to purchase (after previously purchasing one shade that was too light and pink for my skin).


Crappy grocery store lighting and poor iPhone quality aside, can you tell the difference between these shades by looking at them in the bottle?  Both the shade depth, and the undertone of the foundations are a bottled-up mystery!

 Application | Longevity

In application, I experimented with using my BeautyBlender, Sigma F80 and Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  Using a damp BeautyBlender gave a more natural light coverage finish, and the F80 gave more of a medium coverage finish.  I did not prefer using the Real Techniques Buffing brush for this foundation simply because of the consistency of the foundation I feel the buffing brush works best with thinner foundations.  This foundation provides medium to build-able full coverage, so it is very versatile.  Keep in mind if you are dealing with lines or wrinkles I noticed that as I built up the product more toward full coverage, my lines were more noticeable, so I prefer to keep the overall look medium and then apply extra only where needed, rather than all over.  When first applying this foundation I felt the shade was a little too light for my skintone, however within a few minutes the foundation really melds into the skin and becomes the perfect match for me.

The lasting power of this foundation, and the fact that it keeps my oily skin under control was the most impressive with this foundation.  I am always skeptical about foundations that claim to control oil, because at my age (wrinkles, large pores) I do not want something that is going to zap the life out of my face and cause me to look cracked (cracked is seriously not a good look people!) but with this one I am amazed.  It does not accent my wrinkles and pores (unless over-applied).  It lasts on my oily skin all day long, and I only have a very small (negligible!) amount of oil peeking through after wearing it for 7 hours, which is very amazing, and totally workable for me.  It looks just as fresh as when I first applied it all day long – it just stays put!  When wearing this during higher heat and humidity levels I do get a dewy look a little sooner, but again it is very workable for the finish and lasting power I get from this foundation.


 Overall, to be honest I am still in shock that I am loving it this so much!  It is definitely one of the top budget-friendly foundations I have tried to date – since I can get a natural coverage, beautiful satin finish, with outlasting wear and oil control that I need from a foundation – all without looking cakey or overdone.  If you can find a shade that works for you, it is definitely something I would recommend trying out!

RougeRating 94%, A

      • Product – 10/10
      • Formula – 8/10
      • Pigmentation – 10/10
      • Longevity – 10/10
      • Application – 9/10

Price and Availability

$7-$12 (USD), 30 ml / 1 fl. oz.

Have you tried the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation?  I’d love to hear what you think!

I plan on picking up the newest Covergirl Whipped Cream Foundation to see how that performs. I can’t wait to try it out!

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  1. The shade match and finish are beautiful on you, Angie! I picked this up in shade 805, I guess that’s what can be easy for me on shade matching – I just grab whatever’s the lightest shade and hope it’s not too dark, hah. I was surprised that it’s a decent match on me, I seem to recall most CoverGirl foundations leaning dark. If my skin goes back to normal, aka being super oily in the t-zone – I am curious how it will hold up. Now that it’s more in the slightly oily-normal range, this stuff sticks like glue. I find it can look kind of cakey and settles into my pores (but lately everything does) – but using a damp sponge gives a nice finish for me. Okay, mini-partial-review over! I’m glad to see you’re liking it and found such a great shade! That photo of the different shades is crazy, if only we could get testers at the drugstore.

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      Haha, well you had it easy then to just choose the lightest shade – lucky you! 😀 I am very curious when I pick up more fake tan if the next shade up will work for me. This one is the perfect shade like immediately right now, but it is teetering on the edge that is for sure. 😉 Good tip about the damp sponge! I am actually not quite sure which way I prefer applying it – with the sponge or brush – but lately it has just been whatever I grab for and then if I feel it looks like too much I just spray my BeautyBlender with makeup setting spray and tap it in the areas that need lightening up and it works great! 🙂 Oh and I totally agree about getting testers at the drugstore – I guess until they think of that they will just have to keep getting returned products from consumers trying to match themselves! (Since it has gone on for so many years I imagine it doesn’t justify the extra effort though, lol!) I’m glad you like this foundation too! 🙂

      1. What’s so weird is that they have drugstore testers in the UK – why not here?! Wahh. Haha. It just feels so wasteful to return products but you have no choice! Ah well. Also agree it’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Regarding the finish, I have a feeling if I used it a year ago I wouldn’t have any application difficulties as something along the way has changed for me recently. Not going to fault the foundation here, I’m having trouble with tinted moisturizers too. 🙂

  2. So glad you like this Angie! I have heard nothing but amazing things about it since it has been released. I have been wearing the lightest shade for about three two weeks not and I am so in love with it. I get amazing compliments on my skin when I wear this to work. 🙂

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      Hi Ashley! I am so glad you are loving it as well. I am so impressed that it works so well especially for being so affordable, and I’ve been hearing that it works on a variety of skin types as well! What skin type are you? I’d be curious for you to reply so others can see in the comments below – or if you have a review up of this product feel free to link it! 🙂 Have a great weekend Ashley!

  3. I agree with your whole assessment of this. I thought it was incredibly difficult to pick the right shade. Luckily, I nailed it. I was surprised, too, how well this performed. It’s pretty close to Estée Lauder double wear IMO.

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      Hi Arielle! I’m certainly glad I am not the only one who found choosing a shade confusing. 🙂 Such good luck to nail it though! I am hoping that I am a similar shade in their new whipped foundation so I can just look for the same one vs. trying to guess again (especially since those shades are not in glass jars). I have never tried Estée Lauder Double Wear so thank you for sharing that they are similar! That is so helpful!! 🙂 I hope you are having a great weekend girly! 🙂

  4. I have to say, I agree with the trouble selecting a shade! I got 3 different shades and none are right lol!! I think the shade you have is the one I need. I originally purchased this in winter, and it was too oil controlling on my dry winter skin. I tried it again yesterday and LOVED it! It was great coverage, and lasted for ages. It does seem to darken a shade or so on me though. I’ll have to do some more experimenting with this, but I think it’s a great summer foundation. 🙂

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      Oh wow! Three different shades is quite an experience! I am glad I got lucky with only having to try two. 🙂 I too find it darkens a bit, since this one does go on a little light and then sinks into my skin and seems to meld with it a bit it ends up darkening to the right shade. I totally agree that it is a great summer foundation! I am so glad I gave it a try. 🙂 I’m glad you like it too!

  5. If you have tried Revlon Colorstay (either regular foundation or the whipped one), what shade are you in? I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what shade I’m in and I’m wondering if the shade you used here will suit me. Thanks 🙂

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