CoverGirl Clean Professional Loose Powder comes in five translucent shades, ranging from light to dark (fair, light, medium, honey and tawny). I bought “Translucent Light” #110, which is the second colour in the range.
The loose powder comes in a 20g transparent plastic tub with a burgundy coloured screw top lid, with “CG” in gold. Once the lid is removed, there’s a very fluffy powder puff inside (it looks more like a mini body powder puff than a face powder puff) and under that is the sifter with a protective sticker. The sticker needs to be removed and thrown away before the first use.
CoverGirl Clean Professional Loose Powder can be used in two ways; by removing the sticker on the stifter and placing the powder puff on top before reattaching the lid. Then invert the tub and lightly tap the bottom to get powder to flow through the sifter and onto the powder puff. Turn the tub the right way up, remove the lid and apply the powder on the puff. Or, it can be used by tapping a small amount of powder into the lid, and then dipping a large powder brush or the puff into the lid, tapping off any excess powder, before sweeping it lightly over your face.
Personally, I prefer to remove the puff completely (I don’t use a powder puff to apply my powder, unless I’m setting concealer under my eyes or on blemishes), then replace the lid, invert the tub, tap it a few times to get powder through the sifter, turn the tub the right way up, tap it twice to settle the powder away from the lid, open it and use the powder on the sifter with my brush. I find this to be less messy than working out of the lid, especially when the lid needs to be replaced on the tub and it’s full of powder!
I think I may have received a faulty tub, as when I opened mine, I found that I had to turn the lid for a long time before it unscrewed and the same happened when I put the lid back on; I had to turn the lid for a long time before it tightened up and didn’t leak powder everywhere. I’m probably going to end up decanting the powder into an old, empty powder sifter that I have from a different brand, as this loose lid is going to become a leaking nightmare if the lid doesn’t stay on properly.
According to CoverGirl’s splurb on their website “This silky-fine loose powder gives you a smooth and beautiful look, and works to help keep foundation looking just right. For a beautiful finish and a soft, translucent look, this is one powder that’s a real pro.” The packaging reads slightly differently, “Blends beautifully and sets your make-up to help keep you looking fresh and natural. Helps control shine. Can be worn alone or over your CoverGirl foundation. Won’t clog pores. Dermatologically tested.”
So, does it live up to expections? Personally, I found the strong clove-like smell of this powder to be overwhelming. I’m not a fan of the smell of cloves, so I didn’t enjoy using this product. It’s also quite a ‘chalky’ powder but it does leave a nice, matte finish when applied lightly with a powder brush. It can look a little cakey if used with a powder puff, and it does give off a slight white cast when a camera flash is used, so avoid using it for special occasions where there will be lots of flash photography, or use a setting spray after applying the powder to help prevent the flashback.
CoverGirl Clean Professional Loose Powder is apparently suitable for use on sensitive skin and the silky-fine powder formula is dermatologically tested, although it does contain a fragrance or parfum, so if you do have sensitive skin that does react to fragrances, please do a patch test before using. It is not paraben free, as it does contain Methylparaben and Propylparaben.
Would I buy this again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? I’m not sure. It’s not a bad powder if you don’t mind the smell, and possibly having to deal with flimsy packaging.