Last year, Revlon saw fit to discontinue my drugstore stalwart foundation, Nearly Naked (Nude 150), which was a wonderful formula for my dry skin. The shade match was pretty good, too, though it sort of landed in-between my winter and summer shades, making it a tad too dark or a tad too light for most of the year. But hey—it was cheap and it was certainly good enough for everyday use!
I didn’t discover Revlon’s treachery until earlier this year, and then I went about buying up several bottles of Nearly Naked foundation. Finally, I came to my senses and realized what I really needed to do was to find a new Holy Grail drugstore-priced foundation.
I’ve accumulated quite a few new ones, and I’ll be testing and reviewing them this spring and summer.
The first one in my rotation is a new formula from CoverGirl called Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation. I’ll be straight with you: I mainly bought it because it was on sale for CA$5.99, which is like, dirt cheap. (L’Oréal and Revlon foundations regularly go for upwards of $15 here, for reference. Even CoverGirl’s newest foundation, Vitalist Elixir, is retailing at Shoppers Drug Mart for around $17! Eeep!)
I also found that CoverGirl have stepped up their shades since I last used any of their foundations—probably in high school when I had few options and wore a way-too-Calamine-lotion-pink shade of Clean Liquid Foundation—which they still make! I gotta try it again just for kicks! Apparently it was introduced in 1961.
But lo and behold, I found a relatively good shade match in the new line.
And so CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) came into my possession.
Get insta-gorgeous with Ready Set Gorgeous! This liquid foundation’s oil-free formula provides medium coverage to even skin tone and cover imperfections. The result is a flawless, natural look that lasts all day.
The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation. Pair with the entire instaGLAM collection for a glam look on the go.
It’s not actually a very good match for my skin in terms of depth: it’s a little bit too tan at the moment, and I’ll save the rest of it for summer. But the undertone is pretty yellow! Still a touch too beige, but Medium Beige (210) was the closest match to my skin. Buff Beige (115) was too light, and Nude Beige (120) actually seemed a little darker. Ideally, I’d probably need to mix Medium Beige and Buff Beige together, but I often seem to be in between shades.
I have swatched it alongside another of my drugstore staples, L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup in W3 Nude Beige, which is a hair too dark and too beige for me, but it blends out well enough in the summertime. I really like its coverage and finish, so I always have a bottle of it around.
You can see that the CoverGirl in Medium Beige (210) is more yellow-toned, but once both are blended out, it’s tough to tell the difference. The L’Oréal W3 just looks a little bit peachier. The swatches are on the back of my hand, which is fairly close to my jawline color at the moment. I think my face is a little less yellow-toned, so a beige-ier tone in my foundation works out all right.
Now, I also do not have the targeted skin type for this foundation, as I have dry skin and this is an oil-free foundation. I did make sure to test this foundation on days I was out and about for at least a couple of hours, so I could work up a little sweat and grease, ha!
This foundation comes in a flat plastic squeeze tube with a small dispensing hole, and I find this to be very convenient, even though it does look and feel a little cheap (and well, it really was!). So yay for the packaging.
The product is nice and creamy: not too liquid-y and not too thick. I found it fairly easy to spread over my skin using my fingertips, though I had to work in smaller areas because this foundation tends to set pretty quickly. Overall, I preferred using this with a dampened makeup sponge (I use a beautyblender) since it allowed me a little more time to work.
As a dry-skinned gal, I also enjoyed adding a little face oil to the foundation (or just on top of my moisturizer, before applying foundation), to help it apply more smoothly. All of tarte Maracuja Oil, fresh Seaberry Oil, and The Ordinary Squalane worked nicely.
Ready Set Gorgeous sets to a matte, powdery finish. It was honestly a little too drying for my skin, so I greatly prefer using it with a little face oil, which makes it feel much more comfortable on my skin. I always add a touch of loose powder over it, but I don’t use much since it already dries matte.
Coverage is buildable to about medium-full, which is pretty nice. I wasn’t a huge fan of how it covers larger pores, though. My pores are generally quite small, apart from the ones in the nose area (aaaaargh), but perhaps I should be using a foundation primer, first.
I did really like that this foundation doesn’t particularly accentuate flaky skin, considering its oil-free, quick-setting nature. On the negative side, it did accentuate fine lines on my face that I didn’t quite realize I had! When it’s used oil-less on my skin, it gets a bit tight on my face and makes my skin look more wrinkly.
The lasting power is not bad for me, about 6 hours before it starts to look a little patchy. I didn’t particularly notice much oxidation and darkening (orange-ing?) of the color. Again, I do have dry skin, so I don’t know how well this would last on oilier skin.
Overall, this is a foundation that is best for combination to oily skin. However, as someone with dry-skin, I was still able to get it to work reasonably well for me with the addition of a little face oil underneath, or mixed into, the foundation.
For the price, it’s definitely worth giving this foundation a spin just to see if it works well for you. I won’t repurchase it for myself, but I would certainly recommend it to those with oilier skin.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Pvp, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene.
May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation contains 30 mL and retails for US$7.90 / CA$8.99.
CoverGirl was a brand that was originally founded by Maryland-based Noxzema Chemical Co. (now Noxell Corp.) in the 1950s. Noxzema was acquired by Procter & Gamble in 1989. In 2016, P&G’s beauty brands were acquired by Coty Inc.