18 January 2013

Product Review: Catalina Geo Skin Cover

I am always looking for a new and better foundation. I have never previously heard of the bran Catalina Geo, so I was very excited when I was asked to trial the *Catalina Geo Skin Cover. Here are my thoughts;

What They Say:

"Catalina Geo Skin Cover is a solid coverage foundation which lasts all day. It offers UV filters and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised. Use a shade lighter as a concealer. Comes complete with 2 applicator sponges. Available in 7 colours".

RRP: $40.50 – Available from Makeup Australia Online

What I Say:

I have to be honest and admit that I usually use liquid foundations, so using trialling this compact foundation was a whole new experience for me.

According to the box, the foundation is a “moisturising cover that conceals skin blemishes, freckles, broken capillaries and other discolourations while prolonging the life of the makeup”.

The box furthermore advises to “Before applying foundation pat on to cover skin problems as needed” – which to me really is saying that this is actually more of a concealer than an actual foundation, as I certainly would not use another foundation on top.

On the other hand, I did not feel that I needed to use a foundation, - the Skin Cover provided me with great coverage, without feeling like it was being caked on, as you could imagine that a concealer would do if used all over the face.
I tried the colour 23 Beige, which was a perfect match to my skin. The Skin Cover is thick and creamy when applied with the included sponge, and you can easily build it up to a full coverage if you have a lot of pigmentation, scarring of blemishes you wish to cover – and again, this was without it looking heavy or cakey.

Yet The Skin Cover was also easy to blend out, and so you still have the possibly of just having a light and sheer coverage, which I did prefer. And it still provided me with a nice flawless finish easily covering some of my pigmentation and scarring from past acne.

In spite of the Skin Coverage coming with two sponges, I have to admit that I prefer to apply it with a foundation brush. This because I not only feel that it uses a lot more foundation when using the sponge, but also because I feel that using a brush gives a much nicer and more even and seamless sheer coverage.

In spite of the hot Melbourne summer, I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the staying power of the Skin Cover. Having combination skin, it is often difficult to find a foundation that doesn’t slide off my face by early afternoon, and even more so during summer – but the Skin Cover lasted all day without fading of creeping into fine lines, with just a quick dusting of powder at lunchtime.

The Skin Cover foundation comes in a stylish box which looks like brushed silver. Inside is a silver compact, which also has a mirror and two sponges, although the compact only has room for one sponge at a time.

The compact is simple and stylish and of good quality, and I love that it also comes with the mirror. The sponges are also of good quality, and gives a good finish to the skin, although again I prefer using a foundation brush. Regardless, it is still nice that it has room for the sponge as it makes it easier to do touch-ups on the go.

The actual Skin Cover has a quite perfumed floral scent, although quite pleasant as this scent does fade as soon as the foundation has been applied. In saying that, I would have preferred for the foundation to be fragrance free.

All in all, I think this is a great foundation that does tick all the boxes for me, so I will definitely continue to use it, and now that I have discovered the high quality of the Catalina Geo products, I will also explore other products in their product range. And while I still have to admit that I still prefer liquid foundations, I can easily see myself carrying it in my handbag for touch-ups during the day, as it is certainly a lot easier than carrying around a liquid foundation.

*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever tried any of the products from Catalina Geo? What type of foundation do you prefer, and which one is your favourite?



  1. I tried this too and I loved it!

    1. Yeah, I can't believe that I have never heard of the brand before!!

  2. I might need to try this, I always am searching for a good compact foundation, my favorite so far has been elizabeth arden finishing powder.. or something like that lol
    following you back!!

    1. Thanks for following my blog!!

      I also used to use a compact foundation by Elizabeth Arden, and then it was discontinued, so I started using liquid foundation, and havent looked back since. But in saying that, it is great to have in the handbag!

  3. Cant say I have heard of this brand, but it seems promising. I usually use powder because I find it lightweight, but would consider giving this ago. Hopefully they deliver to the UK!

    Mel x

    1. Im not sure if they deliver to the UK, but it's certainly worth a try!

  4. I love cream foundations, my only problem is usually finding the right shade.

    1. I know what you mean, I usually have a problem finding the right shade, regardless of the type of foundation I use!!


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