Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation Review

Shade 802

About a month ago I used up my NYX BB Cream and I wanted to find something similar. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a BB Cream but I just wanted something that would be effortless to apply and look healthy on my skin. I decided to try the new Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation. This foundation is available in 18 shades which isn’t great but it’s a big step up for Covergirl. I bought mine in the shade 802, the second to lightest shade. There is no shade description online but I would say this one is best for fair skin with yellow undertones. It does match me perfectly. This foundation is not currently available at Ulta so I purchased mine from WalMart for around $9.00. I’ve noticed the price seems to vary between WalMart, CVS, etc. Let’s get into all the pros and cons!

*My skin type is combination that tends to be more dry with acne, acne scarring, redness, fine lines and large pores.


  • This foundation claims to be sweat-proof, transfer-proof and humidity-proof for up to 24 hours and doesn’t clog pores. I didn’t test this out for 24 hours because I need sleep but I agree with everything else. I have NEVER had a foundation transfer so little in my life. It barely gets on my phone or my glasses. You’ll see in a picture below how even after a workout there was no sweat breaking through. This foundation will be a lifesaver in the summer.
  • While I didn’t test this foundation for 24 hours, I did test it for multiple full days. I had very little break down or change except in a few areas that I will mention in the cons section. I do always powder my foundation and use setting spray so I’m sure that helped some with the lasting power.
  • It contains a sunscreen of SPF 20.
  • It claims to be suitable for all skin types and I would mostly agree with that. The finish is satin matte, very similar to the e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation. This is my favorite type of finish BUT if you have very dry skin this will cling to any patches and might make your skin look drier.
  • This foundation looks beautiful on fine lines and decent on pores. I prefer the Covergirl Clean Foundation for my large pores because it makes them absolutely disappear but this foundation does help and definitely doesn’t draw attention to them.
  • My skin does tend to be more dry but I do get oily in my T-Zone and no oils ever broke through this foundation.
  • There is a very light foundation type scent but it dissipates quickly.
  • This feels very light and comfortable on the skin.


  • Primer is a MUST with this foundation. I don’t always use a primer but when I didn’t with this it looked terrible on my chin and around my nose. I used a few different primers and they all seemed to work basically the same with it. My favorite was combining the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer with the Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer (review coming for this Friday).
  • This looked awful around and on my nose. It caked up around my nostrils and disappeared from the crevices around my nostrils immediately after application. It also sunk into the pores on my nose, which is so odd because it didn’t do this to the pores on my cheeks. Primer did help around my nose but didn’t totally fix it. It also looked bad near my hairline and I’m not sure why. I do have a picture of this below.
  • The coverage is low-medium. This might not be a con for you but it is for me because I need coverage. This foundation actually has less coverage than the NYX BB Cream I mentioned above.
  • This needs to be blended very well and evenly or it’s going to look cakey/patchy.
  • This foundation does not build up. The coverage you get in the first layer is basically what you’re going to have.

The top picture in the left column was taken after I had been wearing my glasses for around two hours. Usually by then the foundation would already have rubbed off but it’s very much still there. You can also see how nicely this is sitting on the fine lines between my eyes and how terrible it looks around my nose. The picture directly under that is showing the weird patchiness around my hairline. I have no dry skin there but this foundation did this every time I wore it. The last picture on the right side was taken right after my workout. The shine on my nose is from my highlighter, not sweat breaking through.

The top two pictures are of my bare face and the bottom two pictures are with one layer of foundation. You can very clearly still see all of my acne.

These three pictures are of my finished makeup. Keep in mind I am wearing concealer with the foundation but even then it’s not totally full coverage. It photographs and looks beautiful unless you really get up close.

Guys, I’m just really not sure about this one. I think for some people it’s going to be a holy grail while for others it’s going to be terrible. I feel like I fall somewhere in the middle. If I could fix how this looks around/on my nose and around my hairline I would be in love with it, minus the terrible coverage. I’m going to keep working with it because it’s definitely wearable and hopefully I can find a way to fix the issues I’m having with it. I’ll be sure to update if I do. Have you tried this one or think it would work for you? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

One thought on “Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation Review

  1. Candy M Nelson

    I’m in the Esthetics field. Try using something to get rid of the oils around your nose before using the active Foundation and also don’t put the foundation all the way up to your hairline stop short of it and then blend into your hairline. That should solve some of your problems.

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