I really like Powder FX. The coverage is buildable, and it stays on and keeps me matte all day. And Cover FX has a huge shade selection as well.
i really liked this compact. coverage was good and i didn't have any breakouts. i did find that it takes some work to blend it in. i apply this with a foundation brush and then blend blend blend with a kabuki brush. my one complaint is the color selection. maybe i didn't select the right color in the first place (even though a makeup artist at sephora matched me) but the color i got was too orange/pink on me. i had this problem with laura mercier too. i'm usually nc 25/30.
I have a love hate relationship with this powder. I love... 1. the medium coverage 2. easy to use 3. good oil control 4. inexpensive 5. doesn't clog my pores 6. perfect color match 7. look good in pictures
I hate this powder.... 1. ugly looking case 2. sometimes can be too chalky 3. doesn't cover my pores (no powder does though)
But I just bought my 4th powder after trying BE (too greasy and poor color matching), Laura Mercier press (look awful in the photo) loose (too greasy but good color matching), Pur Mineral (oily), YSL (ok, hate the case and poor color matching plus minimum coverage), Guerlain Gold (the lightest color is too dark, smell bad) Regular (too dry), Dior (second best, #200 is too dark after 1 hour)), Fresh (too shiny and poor coverage), Shiseido (poor coverage and bad color matching), Lise Watier (dry and no coverage), Stila (dry and no coverage, worst) etc. None of them seems better than this Cover FX powder. I guess I have to compromise with the ugly looking case.
My sister use Clarins primer undereath and seems give her a good poreless result. However, since I am highly acne prone, I cannot use this primer. I have also tried with the Cover FX Matt primer, too dry. Will try Clinique pore instant perfector tomorrow and hope it is able to cover my pores.
I use this powder foundation with my CDP concealer, pretty good result.
Pls throw away the useless puff that comes with the powedr. This is not even good for touch up. I have bought a cheap QUO puff instead. But good quality brush do an amazing job when you buff the powder in a circular motion.
Color: M40 and MAC NC 20/ 25. CDP concealer: Ivory
Edit: still consider as one of my favourite, not HG though, because it shows my pores when I getting older.
Not sure about this product. Like the finish, but everytime I use it, I get a massive pimple somewhere and I ordinarily do not break out. Have switched to my Dior Capture Totale & Cover FX setting powder and my skin feels comfortable and breakout free. I think the coverage may just be a little too heavy for my skin. Plus I believe this contains Talc which is culprit for clogged pores...
I know I really shouldn't review this powder now since I just use it twice, but I can't help telling everyone how great it is! As a mineral powder foundation, it gives amazing coverage and also keeps my face shine free. Though I don't have very oily skin, it kept my face TOTALLY MATTE for 5 hours (maybe it will last longer, but I washed it away since I got home from school at that time)! Also, it didn't turn orange/dull at all. I have a lot of acne scares and some tiny bumps(which are really red) but this foundation just like fade them away and I look like I have good skin(not perfect ) when I was wearing this foundation. My friend who has some large pores looked like poreless when she put this on. I use m50 which is a bit darker on me if I use it together with their liquid foundation(e40), but it totally matches my face and my neck if I used it alone. I'm Asian but I don't have very strong yellow under tone. I use Revlon colorstay foundation for oily/combination skin in warm golden(which is a little bit darker on me since I'm somewhere between nc25-nc30, but I prefer darker shade on me).Make sure to moisturize your skin really well before using it. The only thing I'm still concerning about is whether it will break me out or not. I will update it.
Update 01/08/2010: No break out AT ALL! I also feel that it kind of help me to heal my acnes. Since it's winter now it's a little bit drying but I don't care. .
Another update 05/23/2010: I stopped using it a while and I recently went back to it. This time it breaks me out really badly. I can't use it anymore, but it's still a good powder.
I was a faithful BE user for over a year, but was never too happy with the coverage. I had a lot of the same complaints as other BE users Ė gives a mask effect rather than full coverage, often makes face oily, slightly itchy skin Ė but felt like I should sacrifice in order to use a mineral makeup that was better for the skin. Anyhow, after trying other mineral makeups (ie: purminerals), I was finally turned onto Cover FX Powder FX through a recommendation from a friend. I love love LOVE this foundation! I use it every day and havenít had any problems with breakouts or poor coverage. The color matches my skin perfectly (M50) and I find that the result is very natural looking and matte. With this foundation, I get minimal creasing or oiliness throughout the day. Although itís a little pricey, I am typically able to use a compact for about 3 months or so, which isnít too bad. I definitely think that this foundation is my HG. :)
PROS: color matched my skin perfectly; pressed mineral foundation makes for less mess and easy travel; didnít have to buy new brushes/use my BE brushes to apply this makeup
CONS: a little pricey for me (but, in my opinion, worth it for the great coverage and use); packaging is a little cheap-looking; my shade was difficult to find (Iím from LA, and I kid you not, I went to multiple Sephoras in the SF Valley, Hollywood and highland, etc. until I FINALLY found it at the Beverly Center)
TIPS: for best coverage use a good primer (I use Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch); for more coverage and a flawless look use a water-based foundation or tinted moisturizer underneath (I use the CoverFX water based foundation).
I was very impressed with this product!!! I have been using BareMinerals for 2 years and it had decent coverage...however i have very oily skin so an hour after I applied it I would get super oily. I then went to sephora and wanted to try Make up Forever because a friend recommened that to me but when the lady helping me recommended Powder FX I was unsure if I should try it because I never heard of it. I have very oily, and sensitive skin plus acne prone skin so she really recommended this product. I've been using Powder FX for about 2-3 weeks and i really like it. I feel that the make up gives a matte good coverage look. I dont get oily until the end of the day which is good because with other make up I would be oily within a few hours. I also think that powder FX has helped my lil breakouts and keeps them away;-) The only downside I believe is the colors. Like others said in the past one color can be too light and the next color can be too dark. Overall great product for ladies with oily, acne prone skin!!!
When applied with a big kabuki brush over tinted moisturizer, I found that this gives me the look of flawless skin.. At first. After an hour or so, any blemishes on my face look like they are peeling. I really want to love this considering it doesn't make my acne-prone skin break out at all and looks SO good when first applied, but there is no point in wearing make up that makes zits more noticeable! Maybe for someone who only needs to cover mild imperfections, scars or redness, this would be a perfect product.
Application makes a HUGE difference with this product. Using the crappy little sponge that comes with it results in a chalky, fake-looking face. I highly recommend using a kabuki with this
This foundation looks amazing after application and I love how it makes my skin look gorgeously airbrushed!! Smooth and flawless, very lovely. Unfortunately, it oxidizes throughout the day and my face ends up looking somewhat orangey! And I don't think it controls the ollies very well. However, it did make my skin look great for about an hour. I agree with some reviewers below to use a kabuki brush to get the best overall look with this foundation. It's quite a bummer because this foundation had so much potential.
I love the idea of a powder foundation (huge fan of studio fix by MAC) so I'm always looking for another product to compare it to. When I discovered Cover FX - Powder I was excited based on reviews and feedback.
I found it did a great job delivering light to medium coverage that was able to cover the redness and discolourations with not a lot of product. I did find that unless I used a really good moisturizer and/or primer underneath the powder looks dry, chalky, fake, and settles into fine lines. It took a few times to master the application without looking cakey for me. I found applying this product with a good quality makeup brush and lightly buffing it into my skin provided the best results with a natural look. The sponge/puff provided I found useless. Caution to people that a little of the product does go a long way!!
Overall I found this m/u wore well all day for me, I did need to dust my t-zone on occasion during the day, but didn't find that this separated or faded.
I purchased the colour E0 which is a nice compliments to my skin tone (for reference I wear NC15 in MAC), but possibly a little too pale in certain lightening. I plan on repurchasing this in E20 next. I do like that the E colours are very neutral with no obvious too pink or too yellow undertones. Would recommend this product. In addition I picked this up at Shopper Drug Mart, but I know that it can be bought at Sephora too.
Update: I tried a few more colour options, but just couldn't find a match that I liked. Plus I'm starting to notice that a powder foundation may not be a great thing for my aging skin. It looks a little cakey and emphasizes my expression lines.