Hey everyone! A couple of weeks ago I received my first ever VoxBox from Influenster. Don’t know what Influenster is? Influenster is an online community where you can review different products, ranging from beauty, family and home to food products. Because of this, Influenster is a great resource that can help you make smart purchasing decisions, which I am all about. In addition to this, Influenster is constantly publishing really helpful articles that revolve around the release of new products and products that will help you with certain things. The major draw of this website is that, depending on your social media influence, you may even be sent complimentary items to test in exchange for your honest review of these products. These products come to you in a package called a “VoxBox”. The VoxBox that I have received is the COVERGIRL Vitalist VoxBox. If you want to hear more about my first VoxBox experience, please keep reading 🙂
COVERGIRL Vitalist VoxBox
I first joined Influenster about 2 and a half months ago, and I just received this VoxBox about two weeks ago. Included in the VoxBox was the Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation in the shade 610 Classic Ivory, and the Covergirl Melting Pout Gel Liquid Lipstick in the shade 105 Gel-Ful, as well as a press sheet about both items.
If you were following along with my 31 Days of Reviews challenge for the month of August, you will know that I have already reviewed the Covergirl Melting Pout Gel Liquid Lipstick on Day 25 of that challenge. Therefore, I won’t be reviewing it here in this post again. However, I will include my quick take of that product, and if that intrigues you, you should head over to check out my full review.
The Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation, however, I have not yet reviewed. So here are my opinions on it.
Packaging and First Impressions
The packaging of this foundation is a real win. This foundation comes in a glass bottle that has a pump with a clear plastic lid. The pump itself can be turned into a locked position which is great for travelling. Very often affordable foundations do not have a pump, so I love it when they do. I also love that this foundation comes in a glass bottle. It definitely makes the packaging appear more upscale and the weight makes it feel luxurious.
This foundation comes in 14 shades that seems like it could suit a good range of skin tones. The only shades that may be lacking are from the deeper side of the spectrum, however, I can’t accurately speak to this. There seem to be shades that cater to different undertones as well. The consistency of this foundation is very much like a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. It’s not runny or too liquidy; It’s on the creamier side. One aspect of this foundation that people should be aware of is that it is very scented. It has a very perfume-y scent that some people might be sensitive to. However, this scent quickly dissipates after initial application, so for me it is not a problem.
This is what one pump of the foundation looks like.
Price and Quantity
The price of this foundation varies by retailer. Luckily the Covergirl website displays what all these prices are, at least in the US. It looks like the price varies from $10-$13 US. Here in Canada, this foundation is most typically priced between $12-$16 CAD.
In terms of price, this foundation seems to rank sort of mid-range for a drugstore item. Some drugstore foundations are priced as high as $20 CAD, whereas they can go as low as around $10 CAD.
Here are the claims from the Covergirl website:
“Finally a hydrating, vitamin-infused formula for beautiful, buildable coverage that glides on smoothly for a flawless look. A special antioxidant and vitamin complex plus SPF 20 work together to make your skin look healthy all day. Give your skin a luminous glow. Available in multiple shades from light to deep.”
Additional information that was not on the website, but came on the press sheet was:
- “All-day hydration with 7% glycerin
- Shine control with an oil-free formula and advanced powder system
- Lightweight, hydrating, full-coverage to even skin tone, cover redness, and hide imperfections.
- Premium scent”
The how to apply instructions are as follows:
- “Using a disposable sponge wedge or clean fingertips, dab a small amount of foundation on the center of your cheeks.
- Blend outward toward the edges of the face, concentrating on uneven areas, and decreasing intensity toward the hairline.”
Pigmentation and Performance
Colour. The colour that I received was the shade 610 Classic Ivory. The undertone of this shade seems to be neutral with a little bit of yellow. That is perfect for my own undertone. The shade was a little light for me because I currently have a summer tan, but I can see the shade being perfect for the winter and spring months. Even though the shade is too light for me right now, I was able to bronze up my face so that it would better match my body.
Consistency. Like I said earlier, the consistency of this foundation is very much like a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. It’s not runny or too liquidy; It’s on the creamier side. That being said, I’m not sure that I would classify it as light-weight, but it’s not heavy either.
Application. To apply this foundation so that I got my desired amount of coverage (which is medium to full), I used about 3 pumps of product. I used a flat foundation brush to apply the foundation on my cheeks and forehead, then I blended the foundation with a dampened makeup sponge all over my face and down my neck to give myself an even coverage. After that first layer, I decided to blend a bit more foundation on the places where I felt I needed a bit more coverage, like the tops of my cheeks and any places where I had blemishes or acne scarring. I would say that the final coverage was medium buildable. I would not say that this foundation is full coverage from the get-go, even though it claims to be full coverage. The initial appearance after application is that the foundation appears quite greasy. However, it does set down a little bit to look more luminous and natural.
From the amount of product I just listed, it may sound like I used a lot. However, I did use a makeup sponge which will absorb some of the product. If you applied the foundation with your hands or a brush you would not need to use as much. However, I always get the best looking results with a dampened makeup sponge for any foundation that I use.
After application, and even after waiting 10 minutes, the foundation was quite tacky to the touch, therefore it needed to be set. From my experience with using this foundation, I would suggest that you let it dry down a bit before you set it with a translucent powder. Also, when you are setting it, make sure that if you use a powder brush, use tapping/pressing motions instead of running the brush over your skin. This will prevent the foundation from moving around. My preferred method of setting foundation is dipping a dampened beauty blender into loose or pressed translucent setting powder and pressing that sponge with the powder into your skin. After setting the foundation with translucent powder, wait another 5 minutes before going on to other powder face products. When I didn’t wait a little bit of time after setting with powder, and went right into bronzing, I think the brush made the foundation move around a bit. This foundation just seems to take a while to set down, so patience is key. However, after it is set, it feels very smooth and soft, with no tackiness. After setting, this foundation played well with other powder products. I used bronzer, blush and highlighter over this foundation, and all blended well on top of it.
Wear and Lasting Power. When I first applied and set the foundation, the resulting look was semi-matte. This foundation is claimed to control shine, however I was the normal amount of shiny after 2 hours. I usually get quite oily on my nose after 1-2 hours, and this certainly occurred. After about 4 hours, all of my skin looked quite luminous. I wouldn’t call it shiny, but my skin definitely appeared more dewy than normal after such a short amount of time. However, I really liked the way it looked. It was very glowy and healthy looking.
One important thing to note about the wear is that this foundation definitely oxidizes by quite a bit. What started out as a pretty pale shade, turned more and more orange over the first hour of wear. It was not really noticeable on my face, and I still thought my makeup looked fine, however the swatch that I did on my hand was alarming. I guess my face makeup still looked fine, because the shade oxidized to actually look like my proper shade for summer, although maybe a bit more orange.
The longest I have worn this foundation for is around 8 hours. Over those 8 hours, this foundation fares really well. I didn’t get any breaking up, just got oilier and oilier throughout the day. Blotting papers and re-powdering solved this easily. I think the story would be entirely different if I hadn’t set the foundation. The foundation swatch that I did on my hand was still tacky HOURS later, and the product could be moved around easily. So do make sure that you set it.
Overall, my first VoxBox experience has been really positive. I received two really solid items. The foundation gives pretty good coverage and wears well. The liquid lipstick is very comfortable to wear and a pretty colour. I can only hope that this isn’t my last VoxBox!
Are you signed up with Influenster? What VoxBoxes have you received? Have you tried these products? What do you think of them?
Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, however all opinions are entirely my own.