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Review | Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation in 857 Golden Tan

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Foundation. I could talk about it for hours, do research on it for hours and experiment with it for hours. Even now that I have found my absolute holy grail* foundation I still find myself hunting for new HG material. I am just aaaalways on the lookout for the new perfect foundation to take over the crown from my current favorite. Always! To me flawless skin is essential to looking good, so I am slightly obsessed with finding the ideal foundation for my skin. Today I’m reviewing the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation. Does it have holy grail potential? Let’s find out!

Review (Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation in Golden Tan) (5)* my holy grail of the moment, that is, because I am kind of fickle when it comes to foundation


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Don’t worry, it looks more orange in the bottle than it does in real life

The new Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation from Covergirl comes in a glass pump bottle. So nothing cheap or plastic, but really a very decent sturdy bottle. The pump is very hygienic and makes it easy to dispense the right amount of product. Yep, definitely two thumbs up for the packaging.


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I have the Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation in Golden Tan, a medium warm shade for those with slightly tanned skin or a little left-over color from summer. Golden Tan is a teeny tiny bit too dark for me, but not in a bad way. It just subtly boosts my color a bit without looking too obvious. I know, I know, the first unwritten commandment in the foundation Bible is “Thou shall not wear foundation that is darker or lighter than your natural skin tone” but sometimes rules are meant to be broken and I think here that’s the case. So Golden Tan isn’t a perfect natural match for me, but it’s close enough and I really like the result of it on my skin.


The ‘3-in-1’ in the name is dead giveaway of course, but just to be clear: the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation is multifunctional. It works as a primer, a concealer and a foundation all in one. So it smoothes the skin, camouflages flaws and irregularities, and provides a long-lasting matte finish. The foundation also contains broad spectrum SPF 20 which is – even in fall and winter –a big plus.

Texture & coverage

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The texture of the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation is light and quite liquid. It’s a lot runnier than my previous foundation, which was more creamy. This makes the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation very easy to apply, either with your fingers, a sponge or a foundation brush. The coverage is medium and buildable yet still quite natural as well. It isn’t a nude foundation of course, so you do kind of see the foundation when you look at the skin from up close, but it definitely doesn’t look fake or cakey. The foundation offers a nice balance between decent coverage and a natural-looking finish.

Finish & wear

The finish of the foundation is matte, and I love that. When I don’t powder my face after applying foundation I usually still see imperfections everywhere – shine emphasizes flaws and draws attention to discolorations and irregularities – but the matte finish of the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1  foundation makes my skin look almost completely even straight away. And with a light touch of powder afterwards the result is just perfect. After that I apply just a little bit of blush to add a bit of color and dimension, sometimes also a bit of highlighter, et voilà, matte yet naturally radiant skin.

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The wear of the foundation is fine. It easily survives a hectic work day or a good party. The coverage does decrease slightly after a while, but the foundation never starts staining, flaking or creasing. And it also never ends up sitting visibly on my skin like some foundations – god knows why – tend to do after a while.


The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation is an affordable long-lasting mattifying foundation that is perfect for oily skin like mine that needs quite a bit of coverage. So is the Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation holy grail material for me? I think so. The packaging, the 3-in-1 formula, the nice matte finish and the wear definitely deserve points, no doubt about that. But because the color isn’t a perfect natural match for me I’m still a bit hesitant to call it a true HG foundation. So right now the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation can’t take over the crown (just yet) from my current favorite foundation, but it definitely deserves a spot in my top three. And who knows, maybe eventually it will take the throne. It sure looks promising so far!

The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation has been available since this month for 17.90 CHF.

Have you found your holy grail foundation yet? Are you tempted to try this Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation?

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  1. Where do you get the CoverGirl make-up, been wanting to try it forever!

  2. Ziet er goed uit. Ik ga eerder voor foundations zonder matte finish. Rimmel is momenteel grote favoriet.

  3. Haha love the beauty commandment. As long as your foundation matches your neck & the rest of your body you’re fine :)

  4. Mooie review, mijn favoriet is Bourjois Health mix :)

  5. Wat jammer dat dg kleur net geen perfecte match is! Mijn favoriete foundation is mijn nieuwe Givenchy Eclat Matissime, echt een perfect product!

  6. Coucou miss
    Ce fond de teint à l’air pas mal du tout ^^

  7. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you!

  8. Deze ziet er echt mooi uit zeg! Jammer alleen dat de kleur niet helemaal goed is :( Hij klinkt wel erg goed! Ik wil snel een keer de make-up van Covergirl proberen, lijkt me een fijn merk!

  9. toch klinkt het wel goed…
    en ik houd van matt….

  10. I like how this is mattifying but it doesn’t look dull and flat! Kinda wonder if there is a MaxFactor equivalent of the formula (there usually is)!

  11. Oh lijkt me heel fijn omdat ik ook een vettere huid heb. Fijn dat hij matterend en long lastig is. Alleen wel jammer da t de kleur niet helemaal matched.

  12. It sounds great and your face skin is so perfect!

  13. Het geeft een mooi en natuurlijk resultaat. Zelf gebruik ik geen foundation alleen hier en daar wat concealer.

  14. Covergirl is een merk waar ik eigenlijk zelden naar kijk, het is bij ons dan ook maar enkel en alleen te verkrijgen bij de Delhaize. Nu heb je me wel serieus benieuwd gemaakt!

  15. Het lijkt me een goed merk, met foundation blijft het toch altijd lastig uitzoeken.

  16. klinkt goed! ik blijf ook altijd verder zoeken naar foundations :D

  17. Nog nooit een Covegirl gebruikt, en gelukkig dat de kleur niet
    oranje is. Maar wel jammer datie niet helemaal jou kleur is. Xx

  18. Ik vind foundation ook echt heel belangrijk. Deze vind ik er heel mooi uit.

  19. You have such great skin! And my HG foundation is this one called RCMA. Have been using it for years, but am tempted to try this CG one. I love the glass packaging.

  20. You’re not gonna like this probably but I bought my first foundation about 2 years ago. I’m 27 now.:) I hate the idea of something on my face, but I got used to using it and I like it now because it evens out my skin. So I can’t compete with you, you foundation freak.:D I checked out your holly grail post too and I can only say one thing – you’re not giving any foundation a hard job with your skin, it looks really radiant and perfect on its own already!

    • WHAT?? ;-) Nah, I understand. I mean, I basically started using foundation as a teen because of my really bad acne. I guess you never had any or much reason to look into it. Also, my skin is deeeefinitely not naturally perfect and radiant, and I mean that! You should see me in the morning :-/

  21. Hij klinkt wel heel goed en hij maakt je huid inderdaad mooi egaal en matte! Misschien hebben ze ook wel een kleur die wel perfect bij je huid matcht?

  22. Hope they sell this in the uk!
    Laura. xx

  23. Ik zie het wel eens voorbij komen op marktplaats, een nederlandse site. Dus het word wel verkocht in Nederland. De foto’s zien er mooi uit, maar ja hoe kan het ook anders;) Klinkt goed deze foundation, ik zou zelf wel een paar tinten lichter nodig zijn. De eerste foundation die ik wil testen binnenkort is de cc cream van max factor;)

  24. Ooooh! It sounds really great and looks lovely on you. Do you think it would work on dry skin?

  25. Jammer dat het net niet de goede kleur is, alhoewel ik de foundation je wel heel mooi vind staan!

  26. That looks good on you. I avoid matte finishes for myself, but I like the fact that it has an SPF of 20 as well

  27. Ik was vorig jaar héél erg onder de indruk van Facefinity van Max Factor. En nog steeds eigenlijk, een zéér goeie prijs/kwaliteitsverhouding.

  28. Wat ziet ie er belachelijk fout uit in de verpakking hahaha


  29. I’m still looking for that special someone foundationwise. It sounds like a delight and that bit darker is easily fixed by a trip to Italy or India.

  30. J’aime tester de nouveaux fonds de teint et je pense que celui-ci finira dans ma salle de bain !

  31. you look beautiful with this foundation on and I love the matte finish as well. I have always used almay foundations (though I rarely use foundationm but concealer is my friend!) but covergirl seems very nice. I like the fact that it doesn’t cake off or stain anything!

  32. Ik vind hem er erg goed uitzien! Ik heb geen holy grail als het om foundation gaat, want ik gebruik het zelf eigenlijk nooit meer. Diegene die ik gebruikt heb vond ik niet mooi staan of voelde niet lekker aan op de huid, dus ik ben er toen mee gestopt. Ik vond het toch elke keer jammer als ik er geld aan uitgaf en het dan vervolgens maar één keer gebruikte en het daarna stond te verstoffen.

  33. I have an obsession with foundations, too, although lately i’ve been skipping it because I’ve been lazy, haha. But having that matte finish is really gorgeous – I love the clean look it gives.

  34. Deze wil ik ook echt graag hebben! Had er al zoveel goede dingen over gehoord & nu jij ook nog.. Moet ik hebben hehe :)

  35. Ohhh this is a great find! I’ll try this one out when I visit covergirl kiosk here :)

  36. De foundation ziet er mooi uit. Ik weet nog niet of ik het zou kopen, omdat ik zelf een donkere huidskleur heb. Het is dan lastig om de juiste tint te vinden!

  37. Looks quite beautiful on your face although it’s not the right shade for you. We don’t have Covergirl over here. Sadly I can’t try it. No I haven’t found my holy grail foundation yet. Hope I will one day. Have a happy Friday!!

    Check out my new JEWELLERY GIVEAWAY!

    xx Mira

  38. i’ve heard great things about it!

  39. Jammer dat hij iets te donker is maar volgende keer gewoon een tintje lichter ! :D Lijkt me namelijk geen slechte foundation, jammer dat hij hier moeilijk te vinden is ! x Jana

  40. Ik heb de perfecte foundation nog niet gevonden, maar deze spreekt me zeker aan.
    Zeker toen je over de matte finish begon!

    x Krizia

  41. It’s cool that it’s a multipurpose product. I’d look into it if I wore foundation.


  42. I think it looks good on you! I never tried covergirl make up but I probably should!

  43. I’ve been looking for some good foundation for ages and I still didn’t find anything :( Maybe I’ll try this Cover Girl one :)

  44. I wanted to love this foundation, but it broke me out bad! It also oxidized on me pretty badly as well. I’m glad it worked for you though! It looks great!

  45. Ik vind ‘m er echt prachtig uitzien. Ik kende het merk al maar had er zelf nog nooit wat van geprobeerd. Duidelijke foto’s ook weer :)

  46. that’s so important and so difficult to pick the right one!

  47. It sounds lovely! Wish covergirl was available here! xo

  48. This looks so dewy on you and healthy love it!

  49. ive never tried any covergirl skin products but i should!

  50. We are very similar when it comes to foundations! I too think flawless skin is EVERYTHANG and am always on the lookout for the next greatest foundation! I tried this, and while I thought it performed pretty well (it did kind of disappear slowly over time?), it broke me out so badly! :/ So this one was not an HG for me, either. I think my foundation Holy Trinity of HG-ness (for now…) is Lancome Teint Miracle, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, and Guerlain Parure Extreme. Those would be my desert island picks, lol! PS: the CoverGirl Clean Whipped Cream foundation is FANTASTIC! Have you tried it? It’s really impressive!

  51. I love the way the result is on your face! Pretty damn good!

  52. Het ziet er zeker goed uit! Jammer dat de kleur toch net niet samengaat met je huidskleur.

  53. Looks great on you! I’m not a huge fan of liquid foundations (I know, I’m weird), but this looks fab. The Revlon Nearly Naked foundation is another one I’d consider trying.

  54. This foundation sounds awesome! I’ll have to give it a try. I always have a hard time finding a color match with drugstore foundations.

  55. It look like great,Beautiful match to you.I love the way the result on your face.
    Very Lovely@@@

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