Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Sep 23, 2008

Covergirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation Review

When it comes to recommending drugstore cosmetics I'm the last person in the world you want to take advice from. If you're read my past posts you know most of my drugstore cosmetic purchases end up trashed, ripped into, and tossed aside rather quickly!


I do have a rather surprising, holy cow it can't be true review about Covergirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation. I must be high because I'm about to rave about this stuff.

Now it deserves to be mentioned I haven't used drugstore foundation (NOR do I recommend using it!) in years. I mean, YEARS! The last time I actually used anything by Covergirl was when I was possibly 14 or so. Needless to say my taste in makeup developed into the posh, expensive, and quality items you see posted here today on my blog and they rarely stray.

I'm particularly adamant when it comes to foundation and concealer and these two items are definately splurge material however for quite a while now I thought it was my business, as your Muse, to get out there and locate a particularly good drugstore foundation and bring it back here to review for you.

I've yet to find that perfect, holy grail foundation prior to this. I've run across bad, I've run across ok, and I've run across somewhat good however great was never located nor did I believe "great" was anywhere to be found in the drugstore foundation world.

Until now.

I discovered Covergirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation recently for a mere $8.54 USD (I actually heard someone on a forum ranting this was too much for a foundation to which I proceeded to think to myself, "are they nuts?"). Now I truly didn't expect much but I was very impressed with the array, I mean ARRAY, of shades the foundation came in. If you can't find your color in this selection something is seriously off with your tone! The shades range from uber light to super dark and everything in between so you're guaranteed to locate at least one shade that's entirely suitable and flattering to your skin tone, the Muse promises it's true!

One of the main things that got me pumped about this particular product was the fact that Drew Barrymore is pretty much splashed all over every magazine I pick up looking seriously flawless. Granted, maybe it's her or maybe it's Covergirl (or was that maybe it's Maybelline? The Muse forgets!) or maybe it's that awesome geek guy (who could be cute ala Chuck!) that photoshopped the bejesus outta her face! Who really knows but the point is I was roped into the allure of perfect skin when I seen her promo images and decided I too, must try out TRUblend for my very self.

Thankfully my gut instincts paid off and in the end Covergirl TRUblend happens to be all that and a bag of chips (and a sandwich too!).

There are two available options for Covergirl TRUblend. You have the Whipped Foundation and you have the traditional pump style foundation. I purchased both but today I'm concentrating on reviewing the Whipped version, later this week I'll bring you the pump version.

I know, I know, everyone is moaning about dipping their hands into a big old pot of foundation. I'm sorry and I feel your pain but get over the promise of bacteria and germs and listen to my rave before you rant!

The shade I choose for myself was 410 Classic Ivory. I choose this shade for a number of reasons but mainly because if my memory serves me correctly this was the shade I used to purchase in the Covergirl Powder compact about 100 years before when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the Muse was a mere girl of 14.

I'll get all kinds of grief if I tried convincing a makeup artist that this was the shade I want as it's rather light however, thankfully, no MA's are to be found in drugstores thankfully and I safely scored the shade without hearing a big lecture about how this is SO NOT my shade! I felt semi-guilty I went so light but no one was around to witness my shame so I firgured what the hell!

Turns out 410 works a treat so nanner nanner!


The foundation is creamy, moisturizing, and blends like a dream while offering light, medium, or heavy coverage depending on what you deem suitable. I use a very tiny bit as the formula is extremely pigmented so this is obviously great to build color up as you see fit. I don't recommend trying this if you're skin is oily or you have clogged pores or pores that clog easy as the foundation is heavy in some aspects even when used sparsely.

Sporting 410 and looking wide awake!

As for me, my skin tends to be quite dry around this time of the year so it feels beautiful on and moisturizing. It blends in easily, leaving behind a dewy finish that's flawless and natural. The lightweight texture of the foundation is particularly delightful as it feels like you have little to nothing on your face. The foundation has a darn good wear time of at least 7 hour maybe...maybe...8 if you're lucky and set correctly with powder.

I heard a few rants about the foundation, mainly one of which was about it's horrifying smell. Either my nose is not working correctly or everyone else is nuts because I didn't notice a terrible smell. It actually kinda sorta smells like cherries or Jergens Almond Body Lotion.

It brightens up my dull spots, created a flawless finish for my makeup, and does a mighty find job of even concealing dark circles if I want it to act double duty as a concealer.

Fact of the matter is that Covergirl TRUBlend Whipped Foundation is pretty much as close as you're going to get to holy grail foundation coverage in a drugstore.

I highly recommend trying it out for yourself! It's well worth your $8 bucks and does a fine job of prepping your face for makeup!

The Muse loves it and recommends it big time!

Muse Approved for this bad boy!

Likey, likey, like!

Tried this?

Love it?

Got an HG drugstore foundation you love?

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Blogger Tammy said...

L'oreal True Match is my HG. Covergirl always makes me break out..damn you sensitive

September 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw nos :(

Sorry to hear it tammy! That sucks. I was shocked this was good!


September 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Ooo I am deffinetly gonna check this out. :)

September 23, 2008 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger jkim said...

that's so funny and great that you loved this cg foundation. i went out and bought their aquasmooth cream foundation (the one in the compact) out of curiosity last night and was sorely disappointed. don't know if you tried it yet, but the thing is supposed to dry to a powdery finish. unfortunately, it also seems to shift colors a bit when it dries. boo!

anyway, if i'm ever feeling adventurous again with my foundation, i'll give the trublend a shot. seems a lot of drugstore brands are coming out with lines that are meant to blend "naturally" or fit with the majority of skin tones (but does that mean they're acknowledging that their makeup didn't do this previously???). thanks for the review!!!

September 23, 2008 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kayvid: Dude I literally said "Wow!" out loud when I saw your 2nd pic...this is perfect! Thanks for reviewing.

September 23, 2008 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya Lydia!

Well worth your time! I liked this one alot ;)

September 23, 2008 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey there mizz jkim :)

How are you?

I was curious about the aquasmooth but you've put my lemmings to rest now :P

LOL indeed adventurous is how I always feel in the drugstore realm as nothing every works so great :P it's an adventure locating a product that's actually any good!

I've wondered the exact same thing myself. Weren't the shades prior to this supposed to offer good coverage and an "ideal match for our skin"...hmmmm false advertising!?


September 23, 2008 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey there Kayvid

How are you today lovie?

Hehe thanks! Definitely worth looking at..I was shocked it worked!

September 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

My friend A and I were just looking at this today, as she was thinking of trying it. Unfortunately, she's got very oily skin, so I'm kinda glad she didn't buy it, but it sounds like a great product regardless. I did like their whipped mousse blush stuff that I tried in this brand, too.

I <3 your reviews :)

September 23, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Glossy said...

Thanks for the great review! You look gorgeous in the pictures! I like the creamy look of it in the jar. I'm going to give it a try when the weather gets a bit cooler (I've got combination skin).

My HG drugstore foundation is Revlon Colorstay with Soft Flex. It covers everything that needs covering and stays put and fresh-looking :)

September 23, 2008 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Dao said...

CG does improve dramatically for the last year or two. I'm really impressed with their mascaras but for foundations, I don't know. Maybe my mom with her dry skin would love this :)

September 23, 2008 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY said...


Once I tried my mum's [she's the darkest shade], and I fell in love. I was dark but I looked good! I bought it in my shade, and fell in love.

This was 2 or 3 years ago!

I would have continued using it, but eventually it was just past its prime. I'm in need of a new foundation for winter [and beloved MSFN is almost gone!], and if I can't get my hands on Revlon's Soft Flex, then I'll try TB again. :]

And to jkim:

Yes, that foundation is horrible, and I wouldn't touch that shit with a ten foot pole. I bought, I'll say 2 years ago. And Oh my flipping god, I hated it. It didn't match, it didn't blend, and it just felt horrible on my skin. I could have bought mascara with that money.

September 23, 2008 at 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Critty said...

Cover Girl??? Oh, I must have stumbled onto the wrong blog. Wait, huh, your picture is here, I think I am in the right place. I think the Muse has been abducted by aliens!!! It is the only thing that makes sense!! Lol. I must admit, I have been eyeing the pump version, but I am loving my HG foundation, MUFE HD Foundation. I want to marry it and love it forever. If they every discontinue it, I will have to buy a case!! Interested to hear your review on the liquid version.

Big hugs,
Critty :)

September 23, 2008 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Askmewhats said...

I have tried this tester, but I didn't purchase're right, THE SMELL!!! I don't like too much scented face products...thanks for the review! it's something worth looking again

September 23, 2008 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Actually, I prefer Aquasmooth to Trublend mousse. Trublend mousse was the first foundation I ever used and I really liked it for awhile. I got a nice finish by applying with a foundation brush. Unfortunately, I am developing rosacea and I needed more coverage.

I love Aquasmooth! It has much better coverage than Trublend mousse and is very buildable. It does have a more powdery finish, but I like that since I only need to apply a dusting of powder. It is not at all drying.

One strange thing, I had to go one shade lighter in Aquasmooth than in trublend. I would think that the same name would be the same color in both foundations but I foun them to be slightly off.

Love your blog!

September 23, 2008 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Muse raving CG?! What has this world come down to! I'm all for beauty on a budget, but my oily/acne prone skin could definitely not handle this baby. Power to ya, though!

September 23, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Anonymous helly said...

awwwww, a gooooold muse approved sign!! hahha

everyday minerals have been making me dull and a bit ashy after 5 hours :( booo. perhaps it is time i get new foundation XD haha..buttt i'm still craving paul and joe. how much no sites seem to have it, retailish prices anyway lol.

and ahhhhh MUSE!! you've sparked my cravings for chips againnnnnnn!!

September 24, 2008 at 2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm absolutely pissed off that you guys get to see all the shades in the states while i have to settle for nothing here.

What's even more annoying is that i cant get it online :( And yes, i'm jealous of how you've applied it and it looks fab on you :)

any tricks and tips of the trade for me *winks*

September 24, 2008 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello dd!

I dunno. Oily skin and this might be a bit too much so I'm kinda glad she avoided it too ;)

You should check it out as they have some very light shades! :)

I didn't try the blush but maybe I'll check that out!

Aw thanks dd :) MWAH!

September 24, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya gloss!

Thanks so much *hugs*

I have combo skin too and now that the weather is getting cooler my dryness is definately popping out :P

I've never tried the revlon one but sounds interesting...soft flex..hmm sounds important hehe ;)

Thanks for the comment!

September 24, 2008 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya dao!

This definately proves your point :)

Believe me it's difficult to impress me with ds foundations but this was special ;)

September 24, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey sarah!

Awesome :) That's next to try out!

I didn't even realize this was out that long ago damn I've been missing out!

You're the 2nd person that mentioned soft flex..not I need to try this out lol!

Missed you around here lovie!

September 24, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL Critty! I've gone off the deep end I fear LOL!

I have to say that MUFE HD Foundation has my heart too. It's rather fab stuff, expensive but well worth the dime!

I'll do a review shortly as I've been using it for over a month and love it too!

bigger hugs back love!

September 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi there nikki! didn't bug me too much but I can totally understand how you feel about the scent :P

It is indeed worth a look at but if you're sensitive to smell you may wish to avoid :(

September 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello there Andrea!

I haven't yet tried this Aquasmooth. I'm surprised that this didn't cover the redness right up as I thought it was quite pigmented as all hells :P

Aquasmooth sounds interesting but since it dries to a powder I may have to avoid till summer :( considering my skin is so dry and even a little bit of a powder finish def dries me out yak!

It's funny you mentioned this about Aquasmooth as someone mentioned that the color was off after dry down! Interesting :)

Thanks for the rec and the comment!

I'm so glad you enjoy reading my little blog!

Looking forward to talking to you again soon!


September 24, 2008 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi nicole!

LOL I know I must be off. Has hell frozen over yet!? ;)

Ya sadly I totally do not rec for acne/oily skin..too heavy! yak! Wish you could try it b/c it's definately good stuff ;)

Missed you!

September 24, 2008 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello miss helly :)

lol! I never really liked paul and joe foundation for some odd reason :P have you tried facial shop? She sometimes has good deals :)

Also All minerals by prescriptives was mighty good at staying all day! I liked it alot!

Hehe you're too cute helly!

September 24, 2008 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey alyssia :)

aww :( I'm sorry honey! Did you try ebay at all??

Aw thanks *hugs*

gosh let's see...mostly I use very little foundation and I apply on the sides of my nose and blend downward :) That's about it really. Nothing crazy ;-)

A little, goes a LONGGGG way for me :)

September 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi muse

Love reading your blog on this rainy day!! Looks like I am going to have a go on ebay for some of this wooooo


September 24, 2008 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello miss vicky :)

how are you today?

Aw thanks for visiting me today ;) Sorry about the rain :P It's rather nice here today thankfully! Cool Fall day!

Cheers lovie!
Good luck on E-bay ;)

September 24, 2008 at 11:37 AM  

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