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Cover Girl Skin Milk Review: My Honest Impressions About It

I wasn’t wowed by this product, but I was pleasantly surprised by it at the same time, which is why I decided to write a Cover Girl Skin Milk review. My review is neutral and balanced because I did like this product more than I’ve liked most Cover Girl skin products in the past (I have dry, sensitive, very fair skin, and they just don’t usually work on me).

How I Applied Cover Girl Skin Milk and a Quick Overview of My Experience

Before we get started, I’d like to walk you through how I applied the makeup and what my initial and overall impressions were.

That way, you’ll have context for my Cover Girl Skin Milk review and know whether there’s something in the routine I used that you would do differently that might make this a better or worse fit for you than it was for me.

Again, I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it, either. It’s average, in my mind.


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If I can get away with using my fingers with my face makeup, I do it. That’s how I applied this one. I used about a quarter-sized amount, dotted it onto my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin with my fingers, and then blended it out so my face was covered.

I did moisturize first. I did not use powder after. Even though Cover Girl recommends using the TruBlend Face Primer, primer is another step I love to skip when I can. My skin tends to dislike most of them, so I did not use a primer with this.

Blending and Wear


It blended easily and covered pretty well. I have used it several times. On the days my rosacea isn’t flaring up, its coverage is enough for me to feel like I look polished but not “made up.” When my (now-mild, so there’s just a little redness on my cheeks) rosacea is showing up, I need more coverage than this can provide.

The coverage was light and it did feel moisturizing. At no point did I feel like the product was drying out and breaking apart on my skin. I wouldn’t say it has an especially dewy finish. I’d say it’s more of a satin finish on my skin.

Cover Girl Skin Milk Pros

There are a lot of things to like about Cover Girl Skin Milk; reviewing it is a little painful because I know it’s a good option, but also I need to point out all the negatives in the next section. But first, the good stuff:

  • Because it’s got such sheer coverage and there are 14 shades to choose from, you may be able to find a match in this line, even if Cover Girl’s options haven’t worked for you in the past (I always had trouble, but found a match here).
  • It’s inexpensive, usually less than $15.00, and often much less than that (shop around and look for deals like BOGOs at Ulta, for example).
  • It’s lightweight and goes on like a dream. You know how some foundations like to stick to certain spots on your face if you don’t spread it fast or try to use your fingers instead of a brush? This one doesn’t do that.
  • Coverage is decent if you’re not expecting much. If you want full coverage or even a solid medium-coverage foundation, you may want to look elsewhere, but this is a good everyday product for those days you want a little something but not a full face of makeup, I think. It’s perfect for natural and “no makeup, makeup” looks as far as coverage and finish go. It looks like fresh skin and can perk up a tired complexion.
  • It can be applied with fingers if you’re in a hurry or just prefer that method in general.
  • It did not aggravate my rosacea or dry my skin out.
  • It didn’t emphasize fine lines, wrinkles, or pores (I can see a blurring effect, but it’s subtle).
  • Not patchy
  • It lasted pretty well throughout the day, though I don’t typically have a problem with my foundations melting off anyway.

Cover Girl Skin Milk Cons

  • Odd smell (not bad, but I just couldn’t place it)
  • Felt mildly tacky on my skin for a while after application
  • Some reviewers mentioned bumps and lumps, but I didn’t notice it and suspect it has to do with the primer or moisturizer they used first (just a guess)
  • I could feel it on my skin several hours after application; it was not uncomfortable or dry, but it felt a little heavy, which is probably from the moisturizing ingredients.
  • I could tell it was trying to show some of the texture on my skin, on my cheeks, where my skin is drier. It’s not that noticeable right now (and probably only noticeable to me), but it may be a problem in the winter.

Key Features of Cover Girl Skin Milk

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Before we decide if Cover Girl Skin Milk is a good product or not, we need to see what it’s claiming to do and what its key features are:

  • Lightweight
  • Nourishing
  • No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates
  • Contains coconut and aloe
  • Fresh, dewy finish
  • Provides moisture (but does not claim to be a moisturizer)
  • Even skin tone
  • Blurred imperfections

What Cover Girl Skin Milk Is NOT

When I first heard about Cover Girl Skin Milk, I thought it sounded like it could play the role of a tinted moisturizer. I’m not especially disappointed that it’s not doing that for me because it never claimed to be a tinted moisturizer, but I wanted to throw that out there.

It is lightweight and can be applied with fingers like a tinted moisturizer. However, there is more coverage, less of a dewy finish than I normally get from tinted moisturizers, and less, well, moisture.

My skin is on the drier side anyway, but not especially dehydrated or flaky because it’s still pretty warm where I live (winter will be a different story). I would not be able to wear this without moisturizer.

Other Alternatives to Consider

If Cover Girl Skin Milk isn’t the right fit for you for one reason or another, there are plenty of comparable products on the market, both drugstore and high-end. They may be exactly what you’re looking for.

If your skin is dry…

nyx bare with me

NYX Professional Makeup Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil Lightweight BB Cream or NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30


Both of these offer more moisture and a dewier finish, perfect for dry skin. These are tinted moisturizers with about the same amount of coverage as the Cover Girl Skin Milk. With the NARS option, you get the addition of SPF. With NYX, you’re getting the Skin Milk price point.

If Your Skin is Oily or You Prefer a More Matte Finish…

estee lauder double wear foundation

Esteé Lauder’s Double Wear Sheer Long Wear Makeup could be just right. It’ll last a long time and Double Wear tends to perform well on oily skin (and other skin types, as well).

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation might also be a good fit, and in some stores, it’s even cheaper than the Cover Girl Skin Milk. With this one, you’ll get the same blurred imperfections but with ingredients that are combined with oily skin in mind.

If You Need More Coverage…

Esteé Lauder’s original Double Wear foundation will give you a lot more coverage but won’t feel heavy. It also lasts all day. I’ve found that this one applies best with a sponge, not fingers.

l'oreal paris true match foundation

For a drugstore option, try L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation with SPF and Hyaluronic Acid. There’s an extensive shade range to choose from, it’s inexpensive, and you’ll get glowing, youthful-looking skin.

If You Really Want to Glow…

nars tinted moisturizer

The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, mentioned above, will help.You could also try the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+, mentioned in more detail below (but be sure to get the Illumination one, not the original).

If You Want a Built-In Moisturizer and/or Skin Treatment…

it cosmetics your skin but better

The IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (Original or Illumination) with SPF 50+ definitely covers most of the bases. You’ll get light-medium coverage, high SPF, and a glow (if you want it, as the Illumination option has tiny light-reflecting pigments).

This option provides color correction, so if there’s redness or anything else you’d like to disguise, it can do the trick without looking or feeling cakey.There are anti-aging and hydrating treatments in this CC+ cream, as well, though I’ve personally never found this to be hydrating enough to skip the moisturizer.

You can even buy mini sizes to try without making a huge commitment. The only real downside here is the shade selection. If your skin is very light or dark, you may have trouble finding the right one for you.

neutrogena healthy skin anti-aging perfector

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector with Retinol and Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen is a more budget-friendly option, but the shade range isn’t the best. Retinols could be a pro or a con, depending on your skin’s needs.

How to Know if Cover Girl Skin Milk Is Right for You

Should you try it? Maybe.

Yes, if…

  • You don’t have a lot of redness in your skin that you’d like to cover
  • Your skin is on the dry end of the spectrum
  • You have trouble finding color matches in other products
  • You’re looking for something new to try and want something budget-friendly
  • You’re just looking for an everyday product that will even out your skin tone

No, if…

  • You need more than light coverage
  • Your skin is oily
  • Fragrances tend to bother you (this one isn’t strong, and I didn’t smell it when it was on my face, but it’s there during application)
  • You want an all-in-one product that moisturizes and/or treats skin concerns while providing coverage


Question: Is Cover Girl Skin Milk good for oily skin?

Answer: I don’t think so, based on my experience with dry skin. It is lightweight, so that’s a plus, but it felt heavy on my skin after a while. A primer might help with that, if you have one you love for oily skin, but I don’t normally wear those, so I can’t say.

Question: Is Cover Girl foundation paraben-free?

Answer: Skin Milk is paraben-free.

Question: Is Cover Girl good for sensitive skin?

Answer: I used to think it wasn’t, so I didn’t use any Cover Girl face makeup for a long time. However, using Skin Milk with no adverse reactions (no breakouts, rosacea, drying, or anything like that) has made me think things might’ve changed with them. I would try more Cover Girl foundations at this point, and I will say that I think Skin Milk in particular is good for sensitive skin.

Question: Who makes Skin Milk?

Answer: Cover Girl

Question: Is the Cover Girl foundation good?

Answer: I’m pretty neutral on Cover Girl Skin Milk specifically, but I think it’s slightly more good than bad. It’s not bad, but it didn’t wow me. Though I like a lot of things about it and feel that it mostly lives up to its claims, it’s just not one I’m particularly excited about.

Cover Girl Skin Milk Review: Conclusion

I’m Neutral on This One. I like it, yes, but would I buy it again or shout from the rooftops about it? Probably not. I don’t like how heavy it feels on my skin (applying without moisturizer doesn’t help because then it does feel dry, on me, at least). I like the shade selection and ease of application, and the finish is nice. I love that it’s inexpensive, too.

If I had to be picky about the finish, I’d wish it provided more of a glow since that’s what it claims, but if everything else about it was perfect, I’d still buy it again, even with this finish.

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