CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer
On my most recent trip to the drugstore, I had a hard time finding tinted moisturizers, let alone under the $10 mark. I did, however, find the CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers for $7 and some change.
Generally speaking, tinted moisturizer is a product I often reach for in the extreme seasons (summer and winter). In the summer, I don’t like to wear full-coverage foundation because I’m outside or in natural light so often that I want my skin to show and glow, not my makeup. In the winter, it’s for different reasons. If you’ve ever visited Chicago in the winter you have seen the slush, the sleet, and the snow. Well, all climate translates into tips and tricks we need to learn about our skin and our makeup routines. In the case of the Chicago winter, for example, snow gets stuck on your face and melts with your body heat turning into water. Multiply that tiny snowflake by a few hundred and you have quite a messy makeup job on your hands. That combined with the turtlenecks and hooded jackets, a full face of makeup is simply not low maintenance for every day wear in that kind of weather.
Enter tinted moisturizer. On the coverage spectrum, I would place it half a step below sheer coverage. If you have anything major to hide, this is not the tool you want to pick up. It does not offer any coverage, it does not significantly even out skin tone, nor does it claim to do any of the jobs of a foundation. It moisturizes and gives the skin a veil of color — enough to be noticed if it’s the wrong color, but not otherwise.
So how did the CG Aqua Smoothers live up to the expectations of a tinted moisturizer? It did moisturize, and it was tinted, but that wasn’t quite enough for me. Available in three colors, they either have a shade that will work for you or not, no in between. The color that was meant for medium skin tones such as my own was the darkest one available, and it had deep pink undertones. That was a problem for me since I have yellow undertones. The problems didn’t stop there.
When I applied it to my face, I could feel the product sitting on my skin which is a feeling I cannot bare, especially for products that are mediocre. It made my undereyes appear darker than they do without anything on my face, and left my normal skin looking oily by the end of the day.
Other than the feeling it gave my skin, the problems have easy solutions. A little concealer, a little powder, and I would be good to go. But, this one wouldn’t be worth the effort. A good example that you get what you pay for (not always true, but unfortunately so this time). 3 lonely stars.