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L.A. Girl PRO Coverage Foundation review and swatches

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. 

L.A. Girl PRO Coverage foundation

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.

L.A. Girl PRO Coverage foundation
source: ulta.com

Claims

  • lightweight
  • full coverage
  • illuminating
  • hydrating
  • long-wearing
  • flawless finish

My thoughts on the LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation

Application

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. 

LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation 05

Coverage

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. 

LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation 05

Staying power

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. 

LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation 05
bottom: after one hour, top: after five minutes

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. 

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LA Girl Pro Coverage foundation 05

8 Comments

  1. December 9, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Great read, girl! I’m on the hunt for a new foundation.

  2. December 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I have this and bought the lightest shade available which is still quite dark for me. I did buy the pure white also and that makes the original shade a lot more suited. I also use the pure white as a mix for a lot of other foundations too. I have complbnation skin and it looks fine on me but does tend to disappear on greesy areas such as my nose.
    Kate x
    http://www.katesbeautyhome.com

    • Kate
      Author
      December 8, 2018 / 12:24 am

      Yeah, I have more greasy areas than you do so it disappears way more. I think it would be great for someone with dry skin though.

  3. December 5, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    ehhh I trust you when it comes to oily skin so I’m gonna pass on this – did you see there is a matte version? we gotta get our hands on that! great read girlfriend

    • Kate
      Author
      December 5, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Found out about the matte one like last night! I’ll give it a try if I can find it on Beauty Bay.
      In the meantime, I’ll be testing the Colourpop stick foundation… Have you tried it?

      • December 5, 2018 / 5:37 pm

        have not tried any colourpop foundation! have you? yes gotta get that LA girl matte – but in the meantime I have several Sephora samples to test (one coming Sunday) 😉

        • Kate
          Author
          December 5, 2018 / 5:52 pm

          Yup, the No Filter liquid foundation. I love it!
          MORE VIDEOS PLEASE.

          • December 5, 2018 / 6:15 pm

            whaaaaaaaaaaat – omg okay now I need to try! is there a blog post?! no bother answering as I’m on my way to your site now to find out

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