This product is too hard to work with. I've returned it.
I've used liquid foundations in the past, and the switch to a cream that took extra work to blend was not appealing. The coverage is very buildable, from medium to full. The finish is OILY.
Make sure you get matched by someone knowledgeable. I was given the lightest shade in neutral, but after putting it on my entire face, I felt like I had a floating white face in the daylight. Not attractive. I also brought a magnifying mirror outside with me to see how the product sat on my skin, and it literally just sat on top of it and bunched in all my creases. I'm young. I don't HAVE creases. I don't want a product to make me look like I have them.
You need a special brush to work with it. A damp sponge works, too - but again, it takes work to blend it evenly.
On a side note - This product is supposed to be very healthy for the skin. It's by the same creator of Mac studio fix liquid, so the coverage is comparable, but it's supposed to be the healthier version. It was designed to help cover burn victims' scars. With that in mind, maybe this product would work better as a concealer than as an all over foundation, but I'm still not impressed enough to keep it.
NC25 Chinese, light to med eye circles to cover.
ACCIDENTAL HG EYE CONCEALER! No more dinking with pens in my stash (Givenchy, Burberry, YSL, Clinique)... or the correctors (Bobbi Brown, Skinfood Salmon #2)... and the std concealers (more Bobbi Brown, Maybelline Dark Circle)... and all the other stuff in between no longer in my stash.
Quite accidental, purchased this foundation, during last week's Sephora VIB sale, and mixing G30 & G40 for NC25. Checking color match in the mirror an hour later, and woah... where did my eye circles go??? I'm putting a little Clinique Airflash Concealer Neutral Fair 04, but more out of habit than probably out of necessity.
Have you read my previous eye concealer battle experiments? END GAME.
This is my holy grail foundation. I tried it at House of Fraser on Oxford street in London and learned what a foundation should look like. I used to only wear BB creams and tinted moisturizers and I hesitated trying a cream foundation, but nothing has ever looked this natural on me. It's the perfect combination of coverage and natural looking complexion. It has an amazing staying power (provided you use it together with a powder), and it has beautifying ingredients that actually cleared up my skin so the more you use it the less you need. I even fell asleep wearing it and it has never caused me to break out. I absolutely love and recommend it.
I used this as a concealer for my hyper pigmentations and it works great.
-doesn't look cakey
-offers different shades/ tone
- feels heavy on the skin if I use it as a full face foundation
- it slides and transfer ( make sure you set it with powder)
I bought this a little while ago after buying the powder FX and primer (which I didn't like either) Its got great coverage I'll give it that, but for a makeup line that makes cosmetics for sensitive skin, this stuff was seriously irritating! It broke me out bad... Its also not great for people with dry skin as it makes dry patches and blemishes stand out. I tried using it after a concealer after that, but it tends to crease ALOT under my eyes
All I can say is YES, YES, YES! If you love cream foundation for the buildable and full coverage it provides without the hassle of blending together liquid and powder than this is the 1 step foundation for you! I used to use Clinique City Base for YEARS and then they discontinued it... I (thought I) loved that product and was sad since the replacement Even Better Clinque cream foundation has 3 acnegenic ingredients in it and totally broke me out from day one. It also has a greasy texture and sheen to it. I have THE MOST sensitive skin in the world. I'm 30 and just got off accutane (bummer, I know). Everything breaks me out and I've been left with some scarring and texture changes since my last bout with acne. This is the first makeup I've EVER used since being a teenager that has not given me a single zit, blackhead, anything! Even my City Base gave me the small cosmetic acne spots or blackheads from time to time, but not this. I did a lot of research and this appears to be the only cream without multiple acne causing ingredients in it. Its a great product choice for me. Its a little harder to blend with hands but it gives a much more natural look and I love how the tones are available with this brand of makeup in addition to different shades, it is much more accurate to match. The product is a bit more expensive than what I'm used to (by $10-$15), but its so good as a concealer that I have completely replaced that product. I have no problems with oiliness like some others have described though I have naturally oily skin.This product actually keeps me on the dry side and has a beautiful matte and porcelain like finish. It also stays on well, even when water is splashed on the face, but is very easy to remove once soap is applied. I am sold and will continue to use this for years and years to come. Haven't purchased the cream brush recommended for this, as I can get the desired finish with just my fingers and the sponge applicator included inside the compact, but I might try it in the future. I will continue to buy this product, I just wish it was a little easier to find (only sold online and in the Sephora stores within JCP). This stuff is truly worth a try if you want great coverage for problematic skin and is returnable to Sephora if you are displeased. I also saw were it has an ingredient to help with aging/fine lines so its an overall win-win in my book! And the spf 30 is much better than the spf 15 in my old foundation. Very satisfied with this product overall and will continue to buy! Please NEVER discontinue this!!!!!
Edit: 11/14/13: I am re-reviewing this product. I didn't continue with the Accutane because the side effects were just too much for me to bear at my age. My skin is still a bit dehydrated so mineral makeup, which had been my go-to, is just out of the question. I have tried the CoverFx twice now by dampening the sponge that comes with and it and it's gone on very nicely. I am using N110 and I am NW50 in MAC. The color brightens me just a bit and you need very little to cover the darkest hyperpigmentation. I am leaving the review at 2 lippies so far and will update once I see how my skin reacts after several weeks of wear.
I am on Accutane and have been searching for a foundation that is both emollient and silicone-free AND without pore-clogging ingredients. No small feat.
The Cover FX Cover Cream seemed to meet all three criteria. On paper. This was one of those purchases where I knew in the store that I wasn't going to like but I allowed my Sephora buddies to talk me into it.
Coverage: This is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation. Very easily buildable. I used a dense fiber brush to buff it into my skin. Initial results were pretty flawless though definitely, definitely heavy and cakey looking. No two ways about that.
Color: Here's the real issue. For darker skin tones, Cover FX only offers a neutral undertone. My undertone is in no way neutral (I'm NW50) but if I wanted something dark enough for my skin, going with the foundation in the N range was my only option. I ended up with N110 and it was ... off ... pasty and grayish. In the store, I couldn't really tell that much but at home that evening and in the days that followed, it was very obvious.
Packaging: You get diddly squat for the price but that seems to be the way the cosmetics industry is moving anyway. (Have you seen Bobbi Brown's BB cream? It's like a tube of hand cream for $50!)
Overall, I was extremely disappointed with this product. It didn't wear for more than a few hours, even with powder and primer and as for the moisturizing property? It was pretty much nil. I'm back to the drawing board.
This is the new formula, with a new colour system N,P,G. (neutral, pink, gold)
If it is not for the free sample from Sephora, I would miss out this fantastic product.
I choose N40, at the moment, I can use N or G (yellow). Both sides of my face is dry with slightly oily T zone. I barely touch the product with the Sedona Lace #480 and it covers my melasma completely, and those patches are big. This compact is going to last for ever, lol. It looks natural with very little oxidation, setting with powder is a necessity.
The SPF rating in foundation means little or nothing, do not depend on fdn. for UV protection, UNLESS you use at least half to 3/4 teaspoonful of product for the entire face, in such case, one will look like a clown.