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.
EDIT: Still using this. I even strayed for a couple of days to MUFE Duo Mat and Full Coverage concealer. Big mistake! I broke out and did nothing for my oily skin. I am still using Cover Fx and have been fully satisfied. My skin has never been healthier and clear. Not the best coverage, but it evens out the tone and does not cause acne.
This powder... no, this whole line saved my skin!! I was using Bare Escentuals for years and came to realize it was the cause of my cystic acne.. BE ruined my skin. I have so much scarring and hyperpigmentation from the acne. It was on this site that I read that BE can be damaging to sensitive skin. The second I found this out I washed my face and searched this website for a foundation that is good for acne-prone skin. CoverFx! I went to Sephora the next day and tried the Powder Fx. The coverage wasn't that great but I did not care at the time. I just wanted my skin to be healthy again. After only two days of using this powder my acne started to diminish. Now my skin is so smooth and balanced. I went back several days later and asked the SA for a good concealer. She recommended CoverFx cream foundation. Works like a charm! I am now using the powder, cream foundation (as a concealer), matte fx (i have oily skin) and setting powder. I may have went a little overboard, but what can I say... I love this line. My only gripe is that it is pricey. Other than that I am fully pleased with the results!
My favourite powder. Getting a perfect match is essential, so take your time doing that - I buy my CoverFX at either The Bay or Shopper's Drug Mart in Canada, and the ladies there are generally quite patient and very capable of helping you find a good match.
Works wonderfully applied after CoverFX's SkinPrep or ClearPrep plus MattFX. The Prep products assist in blending and ensure that PowderFX does not settle into fine lines or accentuate flakiness/dry patches. MatteFX takes away shine and oil (plus, you can use it for touch-ups if you get shiny during the day... but that's another review!).
This is best applied with a brush, and not the powder-puffy-spongey-thing it comes with (but that will "do" for on-the-go touch ups).
This product doesn't look like a layer of powder sitting on your skin, as so many mineral/powder foundations do on me! It provides for a natural, matte finish, and when used with the appropriate brush and/or layered, can act as a terrific concealer too... and again, without that powder-sitting-on-your-face look!
I just got into make up again and decided to go to my local Sephora. The MA asked what I was looking for and I advised him I needed a powder. I have sensative skin and since I didn't take care of my skin how I have sun spots that I am working on having removed. So he took me to Powder Fx and OMG!! it's amazing... It has awesome coverage and the best part it's pressed mineral powder with mica. It doesn't irritate my skin and doesn't break me out. It has awesome coverage for my sun spots. Best of all it feels like it lets my skin breath... It is a little expensive but so worth the money..... I love MAC but I am so keeping Cover FX for my powder...
It's good for specific use: as a "secondary layer" or "touch-up." This goes over whatever other foundation I'm using to be the "camoflauge" to mask skin issues. It does a wonderful job of evening out skintone: I have Rosacea, subtypes 2 (moderate) & 4 (mild). Unfortunately, I'm so oily that it separates and doesn't wear long-term well.
My skin is normally oily in the T-zone but in flareup, goes to the extreme in dryness, including flaking in the T-zone -- even on eyelids. I do not use this product on a daily basis. I feel a bit squeamish about the talc in it.
I wear E0 (I'm a very pale yellow-peach tone -- not counting papules) and it looks okay when first applied but separates and turns shimmery.
I've had good luck blotting with a damp paper towel and following with a dry one, then reapplying but if repeated more than once, it builds and looks cakey. I don't suggest oily folks to use this since it separates or builds up with reapplication. If you're not oily, it does a nice job of evening tone. continued >>