I’m well aware that the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation was released like two years ago in the US, but we are always late to the party. So here’s my late review.
Ingredients (this is the fascinating bit)
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Isododecane, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polycyclopentadiene, Tribehenin, Polyglyceryl-4Isostearate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum (Fragrance), HexylCinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
So, if you remember my lecture in my Guide to Foundations post, this is a silicone-based foundation.
Price, packaging and shade range
Price: varies depending on where you live. The LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation costs $8.99 on the Ulta website, but here it’s a bit more expensive here in Europe (€11.25 on the Beauty Bay website).
There’s 28ml of product in the bottle. Price per litre: €401.78. In Europe, that would make the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation range somewhere in between the Maybelline Superstay and Colourpop No Filter foundations.
Packaging: pretty straightforward, almost cheap-looking. Plastic bottle with black plastic cap. Works with a pump.
Shade range: 16 shades, one of them is a pure white to lighten your chosen shade. The range tends to lean more on the dark side than most brands.
- full coverage
- flawless finish
My thoughts on the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation
The first thing I noticed when I first applied the foundation was the chemical smell. It’s a bit unpleasant, but it fortunately doesn’t linger for long.
The product isn’t particularly thick or thin and is very easy to apply.
That little drop on the back of my hand in the picture above (in short, one pump) was enough to cover all of my face. A little goes a really, really long way.
As you can see in the picture below, the coverage is very good and the foundation hides most of my redness. It is not, however, the most full coverage foundation I’ve ever seen. And if you know me, you know I don’t believe in second layers.
It never fully settles and feels quite wet for a while. I guess that’s the hydrating part. As someone with oily skin, that tends to make me nervous.
About the illuminating part: oh yes, definitely. Again, there’s a fine line between ‘illuminating’ and ‘greasy’.
I tried settling it with a combination of powder (not much), Mac Fix + and UD All Nighter for my longest wear test.
It doesn’t oxidize very much (see picture below).
Oily skins, don’t rejoice too fast: the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation looks fine for 2-3 hours, will look shiny after 5-6 hours and it’s all downhill after that.
I did a 12-hour wear test yesterday, spent the last 6 hours of said wear test looking greasy and there wasn’t much left on my face when I removed my makeup. I can’t imagine wearing that foundation for any length of time in the summer.
Would I recommend the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation?
Nevermind all the whining above, I still think it’s a good foundation, especially for the price, but I believe it’s much better suited for dry skins.
It does look nice on oily skins if it’s not worn for too long (nor in hot weather) and if you use a good setting spray. You can try re-applying powder throughout the day but it’ll end up looking cakey eventually.