Covergirl TruMagic Skin Perfector Review

 Covergirl says their TruMagic Skin Perfector has a "innovative clear formula" that "gives your skin instant matte perfection. Use under, over, or instead of makeup. Oil free, non-greasy, works with all skin types." This solid face primer contains 7.7 grams (.27 oz) and sells for around $11. Covergirl is not cruelty free. This primer was made in the USA.

 Covergirl's TruMagic Skin Perfector comes in an unnecessarily bulky compact. The round pan is set into a brown plastic palette with a raised clear flip top. A sponge was included, which I promptly tossed out - this is not the kind of product to sponge on. The Covergirl and TruMagic logos are printed on the front of the compact in silver lettering. I'd like to see the packaging redesigned - there's no reason for it to be so bulky, this compact takes up a huge chunk of my primer drawer. This product's packaging doesn't seem to be recyclable, making it's bulkiness even more unfortunate.
 I know a couple high end brands have solid pore masking primers - Benefit Dr. Feelgood and Mally Poreless Face Defender are the first that come to mind. On the drugstore level, primers are far less common, making Covergirl's TruMagic Skin Perfector a pretty unique product. Honestly, I'm not loving this primer. The consistency of the TruMagic Skin Perfector is thick, tacky, and difficult to spread evenly over the skin. The Perfector seems to like to stick to it's self, it balls up as I try to apply it. This thick, clear primer does even out the texture of skin - smoothing over pores and other small imperfection. Unlike most face primers, which help foundation apply more smoothly, Covergirl's primer causes foundation to ball up and apply unevenly. The TruMagic Skin Perfector does indeed control oil, which helps foundation last longer. I do not recommend applying this pore masking product over your makeup. The TruMagic Skin Perfector feels slightly waxy on the skin, but it isn't too heavy. Unlike a lot of primers, this one does not break me out.
There's not much I like about Covergirl's TruMagic Skin Perfector. Packaging is chunky and unattractive. This face primer is waxy, thick, and difficult to apply in a smooth, even layer. On top of that, The Skin Perfector makes foundation a chore to apply. The good news is once you do get your foundation to look decent, this primer will improve longevity. Also, this seems like one of those products that gets finished quite quickly - I've already hit significant pan. I don't recommend Covergirl's TruMagic Skin Perfector. If you're thinking of picking up one of the new drugstore face primers you're much better of buying Maybelline's Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4.

This product was gifted to me. 


  1. You don't need this because you are perfect n.n

  2. I was pretty impressed when this came out because it appears so similar to the Mally Poreless Face Defender. However, I didn't try it because I heard it wasn't as great as the Mally one. Another thing is that Mally didn't work out for me. I completely forgot that Benefit had one, so I may try that one out.

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

    1. Benefit offers a trial size of their Dr. Feelgood primer for $9 at Sephora and their boutiques/online shop if you're not sure about throwing $31 at a full sized version.