If you like applying a cream foundation but want a powdery finish, CoverGirl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Foundation is a great option. The formula offers light to moderate coverage that leaves normal to oily skin perfectly matte. It accentuates the appearance of dry skin, however, and doesn't build up well for fuller coverage. There are no dark shades available; CoverGirl's Queen Collection compact foundation offers darker shades, but it's not clear whether performance is comparable.
Light, natural coverage -- as long as it isn't over-applied. Unlike powder foundations, it's easy to overdo your application with CoverGirl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Foundation. Users say that the cream-to-powder foundation can easily look unnatural if built up to more moderate or full coverage. On the other hand, most agree that the formula is long-wearing and convenient -- this type of formula doesn't require a separate setting powder.
Paula Begoun praises the range of shades available, saying they match most skin colors well; however, we found that the 12 options were limited to lighter skin tones. This may be due to the availability of medium to dark hues from the CoverGirl Queen Collection, though Begoun doesn't say as much.
Silky smooth, but can emphasize dry areas. CoverGirl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Foundation, like other cream-to-powder foundations, has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly but dries to a powdery finish. This formula is well liked by reviewers because it is lightweight and has a silky, smooth texture. The formula works for many skin types, but some with very dry skin say that, like a powder, it emphasizes flaky areas and can make skin feel drier. Paula Begoun cautions that fast blending is crucial because the formula dries to a semi-matte finish rather quickly. She notes that it can be a good option for sensitive skin.
Paula Begoun gives Cover Girl AquaSmooth her highest rating, saying that it goes on smoothly and dries to a soft, powdery matte finish. She warns that quick blending is crucial because the formula dries quickly. The formula can make dry skin more noticeable, so it's not recommended for people with dry skin, but it works well for those with normal to oily and sensitive skin. She says the color options are very good but notes a few that are not quite true to life.
Review: CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Makeup SPF 15, Paula Begoun, July 1, 2013
More than 900 users at MakeupAlley.com rate and review Cover Girl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth, giving it an average rating of 3.6 out of 5. Of those reviewers, 65 percent said they would buy this foundation again. Dry skin and oily skin users say they like the product, adding that it gives good coverage at an affordable price. A couple of users, however, say that it magnifies dry skin.
Review: Cover Girl AquaSmooth SPF 15 Make-Up, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
Reviewers at TotalBeauty.com like the light, silky texture of Cover Girl AquaSmooth foundation, and give it a score of 8 out of 10. Several say that the formula is buildable for medium to full coverage, but a couple of users complain that it looks cakey with over-application. Several reviewers say that the formula can look very unnatural for various reasons -- finish, shade, texture, etc.
Review: CoverGirl CG Smoothers AquaSmooth Compact Foundation, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2013
Julyne Derrick names Cover Girl AquaSmooth the best cream foundation in her latest list of recommended foundations. She says that cream formulas are ideal for women with dry, flaky skin because they are loaded with moisturizers and provide full coverage.
Review: Best Foundation: Top Picks for Every Skin Type, Julyne Derrick, Not dated