Monday, September 17, 2012

Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation and Cover Girl & Olay Pressed Powder

Ad from Covergirl Olay Bzz Agent Campaign
Ad from Covergirl Olay Bzz Agent Campaign

Well, I have really neglected my blog, but being a Bzz Agent keeps me in line sometimes. I have been participating in the Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation and Cover Girl & Olay Pressed Powder campaign for a few weeks, and I would like to share my review of these wonderful products. I had been wanting to try out the foundation for a while, but I kept balking at buying it. Bzz rescued me by providing free products to review, and I now regret not trying them sooner! I am posting my initial and followup comments below:

First Day- posted BF Aug 22 2012
Modified 17 September 2012

Yesterday I tried the CG & Olay Tone Rehab foundation and CG & Olay Pressed Powder as part of a Bzz Campaign. I received free products to try in exchange for my honest reviews of their performance. This is a brief review since it reflects only my first impressions, but those are very positive so far.

CG & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation: Just as advertised, the formula applies beautifully- only one pump is necessary, and it is easy to blend. I like the coverage- blends most of my blotchy spots together and it does not look or feel like a heavy mask.

CG & Olay Pressed Powder: I tried the powder first on clean, bare skin, and I liked the way it looked and felt by itself. I think it could be a good "quick fix" for days I need to make a quick trip to the store and don't feel like putting on foundation. The powder also works well to set the foundation and for touchups later in the day. It is not dry or chalky, and it did not turn orange on me.

I have combination skin that is oily in the T-zone in the summer. I wore the foundation and powder for five hours this first day, and there was no oxidation or sliding. I will certainly update the review as I test the products out for longer periods, but I have to say that five hours in mid-August North Carolina weather is pretty impressive!

Update 17 Sep 2012: I have been using the CG products for a few weeks now, and I stand by my original statements. I had an all-day outing with my daughter in the September heat and humidity, and I only had to touch up the powder on my oily spots once. Furthermore, I have worn the CG & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation with the CG & Olay Pressed Powder regularly for at least 8 hours a day, and I am impressed with the performance of both products. I have had no breakouts, and my skin looks quite fresh!

Improvements? I have to say that my skin does look a little smoother than it did before I started using the CG products. It would be a tall order to ask for the Tone Rehab to even out my skin tone because I have pigment issues that are common to women with my ethnic background as well as some small scars. I don't think I look younger than before, but I don't have many signs of aging yet besides uneven coloring, anyway.

Bottom line: This is great makeup. Not only does the foundation make my skin look more even in tone, but it does so without a heavy cover-up, and I don't feel the makeup on my skin all day. I have discovered that the foundation also makes an excellent eye shadow base and keeps my eye makeup in place all day- probably due to the built-in primer. I will buy lighter shades for the winter, and I have passed on some of those coupons to friends and family members.

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