This or That: Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Vs. Covergirl TruMAGIC Skin Perfector

Hey you! Is this week dragging by for you? I keep thinking it's a day ahead than what it really is. I'm hoping the weekend goes by just as slowly. ;) And we're back for another edition of everyone's favorite game show, This or That! Let's check out Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Vs. Covergirl TruMAGIC Skin Perfector. These are products that work to smooth skin and to stop shine, similar to a powder. And as always, I test these products out thoroughly, in a variety of ways and methods, and for months. I encourage you to try the ones you like! Enjoy.

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender
  • $40
  • Available online, QVC, and ULTA
  • What it says it does:
    • sheer
    • diffuses the look of pores, minimizes fine lines, and helps protect your makeup so it lasts from morning to night
    • flawless matte finish without the dry, ashy look of powder
    • comes with a unique buffed-edge Japanese sponge
    • comes in one size (as of this post)
  • Apply on top of makeup as needed and for touch ups as needed.
  • This has a hard waxy consistency, but doesn't feel that way on the skin once applied with the sponge. It didn't really diffuse my pores or fine lines, but left my skin with a very soft and smooth finish. It was instantly matte. Loved this.

Covergirl TruMAGIC Skin Perfector (I was sent a mini sample)
  • $8.99- $11.99 SRP (depending on where purchased)
  • Available online and in drugstores, box stores
  • What it says it does:
    • perfecting balm for a soft, smooth finish
    • controls shine, non-greasy, won’t clog pores
    • blendable, translucent formula for a matte finish
    • comes in full and mini sizes
    • full size includes sponge
  • Apply before using foundation or before using powder for touch ups.
  • This product is of a soft wax consistency and is to be applied before foundation or powder. However, I used it on top of makeup too. My skin felt soft and smooth, but not all foundations played nicely with it. It did make me matte.
This or That:
I liked how these offered an alternative to powders for mattifying the skin. Powder often looks cakey on my dry skin, so I liked using these. I found it difficult to compare these as they are so different. I liked each for different reasons, but didn't love either. Both came off easily when washed away at night--no waxy residue. I liked how both made my skin very smooth and soft. I would be more likely to purchase the Covergirl because $40 is too much for a product that I only liked. I'd rather spend it on a primer. Try them both!

Have you tried either of these products?

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  1. I want to try the Cover Girl version (the price point just seems more reasonable to me)!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. I had seen the Mally one before and like the idea of what it did, but $40 was just too much. Glad to see there is a cheaper option that is kind of similar.

  3. Thanks for the intro and review. Is this something you'd replace your primer with or apply after primer? I'm interested in trying it out!

  4. Week tended to drag indeed here at my feed

  5. so interesting! thanks for sharing, love that you're so honest in your reviews :)

  6. I agree that $40 is a lot for a product that isn't 100% awesome!

    The Tiny Heart

  7. I've been wondering about the Mally product but it's the price tag that has been throwing me off, too. I think I'll give the Covergirl one a try.. I need something for the summer heat!

  8. Thanks for the review, I have wondered about these and think I will definitely try the Covergirl one. Also, I was at CVS this morning and wanted to pick up Luminoso, they were out of it of, they always are :( I went with Dolce Pink, have you tried it? Looks gorgeous!

  9. Hmm I think I will give the Cover Girl one a try since it's more widely available. Great comparison hun.

  10. I've never tried either so it's really interesting to hear your take!! :)

  11. I've been dying to try that Mally one for awhile. Good to know it does work....but the price...yeah....

  12. Very interesting comparison but it does not sound like I really need this in my life and the Mally one is really expensive! Thanks for this!!! XOXO, Sissi

  13. Once again I am learning so much from you! I didn't know there were alternative options for powders, especially for people with dry skin. Thanks for the review!

  14. I did not get along with the Covergirl option at all - it made a mess of my makeup no matter which way I used it. I'll pull it out for another try based on this review though before I chuck it.


  15. I haven't tried any product like this before! Id probably try the Covergirl one first because of the price!

  16. I haven't tried either but if I was I would stick to the Covergirl version. I don't want to pay a lot just to like it.

  17. I've never tried either, but I think I'd try the Covergirl version if I did.

  18. Really love how thorough & informative ur This & That posts are! If I had to choose, I would go for the Covergirl one!

  19. Thanks for the review girly! I'll have to remember this!


  20. I love your reviews Elle and that is interesting that it changed with different foundations. I'd definitely test it out and haven't tried any with a waxy consistency! Sounds very nice


  21. oh all the products out there to minimize pore, smh! Thanks for the review Elle!

    Cindy's Little Black Book

  22. Do you wear this with only liquid foundation or can you use it with loose powder too? I hate my pores. Would you replace your primer with it?

  23. Havent tried them but they sound great!

  24. these stuff sounds really nice ... i might try the cover girl one because of the price :) xx

  25. The Covergirl did very little for me. I have always been interested in trying the Mally.

  26. Hmm I've never heard of these products before, I'm a little confused are these primers? or you use them after a primer to make your face matte? I have very oily skin so I wonder if this would help with that. But yeah I will look up more details about these products thanks for introducing them because I've never heard of either of them! :)


  27. I keep eyeing these but haven't bought one yet. :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings


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