Cover FX • COVER FX • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||65%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I'm on the fence about this product. Some days it sits well on my dry skin and looks amazing, and other days I just want to bury my head in the sand and cry. I always exfoliate, moisturize well and apply the Cover FX primer before I apply this foundation, but the end result is always hit or miss with me. If I apply too much, this sticks to every flake and if I apply too little my acne scars are still very apparent. The line between "too much" and "too little" is a very fine one. I also find that applying this with clean fingers is better than a brush (for my skin type). If I can learn how to apply this well on a consistent basis, it's a repurchase but for now, it's not.
I like that this has an SPF (though not necessary because I always apply SPF beforehand), the color M20 matches my yellow undertones very well (MUFE HD 117), doesn't irritate my skin, and best of all it has no parabens. However, this stuff smears off unless it's set with powder!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight Eyes: Blue
This is an excellent foundation -- the coverage is a bit heavy for everyday wear (for me), but it can be decently sheered out with a sponge, or used as concealer or for touch ups. It leaves an amazingly flawless, porcelain finish -- nearly airbrushed. My main incentive for trying it was not that I need heavy coverage, but the fact that Cover FX is one of the few lines that carries a shade light enough for my skin tone; E0 matches my neck perfectly (this foundation runs lighter than the Natural FX Water-Based version, but I can wear both in E0). For reference, my skin is approximately NW5-10 -- NARS Siberia is a good match. It also doesn't oxidize, so it stays the same color, and even though it's a heavier formula, it didn't break my skin out at all; I never have an issue with Cover FX products. If you have oily skin, definitely use a setting powder -- and I would recommend a setting powder regardless, because it adds a nice finishing touch, particularly to a cream-based foundation.
The one caveat is that it can be slightly difficult to blend -- I normally dab it on with my fingers or a brush, then blend with a dampened sponge. Since it does have a dry(ish), oil-free consistency, it's best if your skin is adequately moisturized, too -- my skin tends to be dry, and if it happens to have dry patches, they can be highlighted by this formula. I find it best when I apply it in the morning (when my skin is freshly moisturized), and it works really well with a primer.
Overall, it is a great investment -- particularly because a tiny amount goes a long way, and it can double as concealer!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
Like previous reviewers have said, this product can be difficult to use/blend but once you master the application, IT IS WORTH IT! I use it as a concealer, not a foundation, as I imagine it would look extremely heavy if you wore it as a foundation. As a concealer, it works wonderfully! I use E20 and it matches my NC20 skin tone pretty well .. it's a little light, but is okay for now I first tried this product in the winter months, when my skin was very dry, and wasn't completely sold on this product (accentuated the dry spots). Now that winter is over and my skin isn't as dry, I am SOLD on it! I vary between applying it with my fingertips and using a triangle sponge. The advantage of using your fingers is that it warms up easier and is easier to blend. However, it is easy to apply too much product this way and can thus look cakey. This product comes with a round sponge, but I prefer to use a triangle sponge and just dab it onto my problem areas. Works best if you set it with a powder (I currently like MAC Studio Careblend). Will repurchase, especially because it does NOT irritate my sensitive, acne-prone skin!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
First the good things about this product: Coverage is light but decent for a powder/compact foundation, and it does not clog pores at all, and the colors are pretty good. The biggest negative for me was that it was very, very hard to spread and blend. I think this speaks to the oil-free nature of this foundation, which is great, and I'm sure this will work much better if you have oily skin. For me (combination skin), it was difficult to use and showed any bit of flakiness I had. I'm holding on to this to see if it works better for me during the humid summertime - will update the review if I get better results.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Doubles as a concealer
My Shade - M60
I personally get a great application using the EcoTools Bronzer brush. Using this brush I am able to buff the product into my skin. I find that like with their Natural FX foundation, if you have flaky skin this foundation will accentuate the problem. I would say if you have dry skin make sure you moisturize well as it will help the foundation to spread.
Because the foundation is so pigmented I can see how some people may get cakey results if they layer too much on. With this makeup less is more. I literally use a small pea size amount and it covers my entire face.
Because the foundation comes in a compact, for hygienic reasons I use a spatula to scrape out a small pea size amount. I place this on the back of my hand so the product warms up and I lightly tap my brush into the product. You should barely be able to see the foundation on the tip of the bristles, if you can see the makeup on your brush you picked up too much product. I then apply the foundation to my face using circular motions, buffing it into the skin. I finish it off by setting it with a loose powder.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I was kind of desperate to buy a full coverage foundation because of my acne. I read a lot of reviews on this and thought I'd give it a try. Price wise, it is pretty expensive.
It took me a few tries to put on the foundation. It is kinda hard... I tried many different methods from sponges ( I wet it and put it on but I noticed that I wasted a lot of products when I did), brush, and fingers. For me, I was able to get a good coverage using my fingers probably because the warmth helps the make up melt onto my face.
The coverage was very good. However, after a couple hours my face is super oily, and cakey-looking/blotchy. So, this wasn't the right foundation for me :( and I liked the coverage. OH! and it will smear off if you touch it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really like this product. I have acne prone and oily skin and it does a great job in coverage. I only wear it as a concealer because as a foundation it can be too much and a little cakey. It is a bit tricky because if not applied correctly can look like its too much.The only reason why I have stopped using it is because I got the wrong color and it is just way too expensive to buy another. But with the money, I would totally buy it again.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is an amazing foundation / concealer, though I can understand why people are having difficulty with it and giving it poor reviews.
The coverage is wonderful, natural-looking, and flawless if you can get the hang of it. However, it does take some practice.
As a dab-on concealer, it's great. It will cover any flaw or redness you can imagine on your skin.
But as a foundation, it can be challenging. Moisturizer or primer underneath is a MUST. A tip that I was given by the S/A who matched the shade for me: add a few drops of your favourite primer to the surface of the CoverFX (right in the compact), stir the surface *very* gently with a stippling brush (to give it a thinner consistency), then apply to face using a light stippling method.
This will give you fabulous coverage and you need very little product to get a nice, soft, powdery finish. This compact will last me 6 months, for sure.
Love this product.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This foundation is my HG as well. I have allergies to several cosmetic ingredients that have taken many years of trial and error and allergist visits. There are still other stuff I know I can't tolerate but I haven't been able to identify it just yet. My worst offender is MICA which is an a form of aluminum. Other aluminum ingredients are hectorite, alumina, and aluminum starch. Kaolin or cosmetic clay and bentonite also contain aluminum. Anyway, this foundation does not contain these ingredients and it covers so well. I use M50 as my foundation and M40 as concealer. I either use the recommended foundation brush or a cosmetic sponge to apply. The application is not difficult but it is a little stiff. Using the recommended foundation brush makes a big difference and the effect is beautiful. A sponge takes a little more blending work but is not difficult. I purposely apply a light layer of foundation just because it's my preference. After, I either use Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation Powder for every day and Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Powder for night. I brush on the foundation powder as my setting powder. This gives me good coverage without any kind of mask look. Natural yet elegant. I have normal to oily skin so I do have to blot my face after a few hours but it's usually only my T-Zone. I am Asian with light to medium skin tone. I don't have a MAC equivalent that many reviewers use, I've never been able to use MAC powders.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I'm so in the middle with this product.
-- the coverage is INSANE, so beautiful and flawless
-- can double as a concealer
-- blends beautifully
-- looks natural
-- transfers, transfers, transfers
-- makes my skin oily (and I have dry skin)
-- the product is kind of hard so you have to sort of dig to get it out
I love this product so much. Not drying, looks natural, insane coverage, beautiful finish, but DAMN IT the transferring is ridiculous. I can't even THINK of touching my face without ending up with a ton of it all over my hands. I was filming a review of some makeup brushes and touched a fan brush to me face and what happened? My foundation was all over the tips of my brush. I didn't even press hard. I always use a primer and set it with a powder, but nothing seems to actually keep it in place. If this could actually stay put it'd be my HG foundation, but unfortunately with such a steep price I just can't justify paying for something I'm not 100% happy with
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Brown
The price is just unreasonable. The makeup gets everywhere when applying (flakes everywhere) and it caused me loads of breakouts (then again, all mineral makeup does:()
No thanks. Especially not for this price
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I have oily skin and I've heard that I should go for a foundation with no oil, and then I found this. Most people love this product obviously. Put I can't say I do, because it makes my skin look extremely oily, and I do put a finishing powder on top put that wouldn't help. I wonder if there is something I do wrong when I put in on or something. And when I touch my face and have the foundation on it slips away just like that, so annoying. But the product is very blendable which I like. I got the color M10 which was a bit too light for me, but other than that not too wrong of a color. And they say the product is full coverage, but I don't feel like it is. It's some coverage yes, and it covers my redness but not too good coverage for my acne and scars.
I just bought this product and I was so excited but I think I have to stick with only powder because of my extremely oily skin. Even though I need GOOD coverage to look good, I don't want my face to shine as much as it does with liquid or cream foundation.
Tips on mineral powder that has good coverage?
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This is my HG winter foundation...I have extrememly pale skin in the winter time and the E0 shade is the best match I have ever found! It does give great coverage, and I use it as a concealer as well. I doubt I will use this in the summer because it is very full coverage, but I will try something different in the Cover FX line because of how pleased I am with this product.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Great high coverage foundation for acne scarring or other skin problems. Goes on smooth, covers exactly what you need it to, without looking cakey. Blends into the skin well, letting your skin glow through. Pricey, but worth the money.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This stuff is mediocre. To use it as a foundation you need to have some sort of primer underneath because it's difficult to blend. My skin is on the oiler side and this stuff is too emollient for my taste. My skin gets too oily with it on, no matter what setting powder I use. The coverage is pretty good but if you have moderate-severe acne, hyper-pigmentation or redness this will not cut it. Another thing I dislike about this product is that it attracts dirt. I always wash my hands before use but for some reason there's a bunch of crap attached to the cream. I don't know if its because of the sponge that comes with it but it's very annoying. I do like the wide range of shades and the fact it didn't break me out, but the price is outrageous for what it delivers. I would only recommend this if you have normal-dry skin and have light-moderate flaws, this WILL NOT help with more severe flaws.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I've tried numerous times with both the cream and the liquid foundation in this line, but no matter what I do, I end up breaking out. Might take a week, might be a few days. Using either consistently with oily skin does not work for me.
I liked the powder for a long time, but as my skin ages, it just makes me look dead. Powder is a better choice for oily skin, but not aging, oily skin.
Hoping to try Laura Mercier oil free liquid.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I am writing because this product gets such mixed reviews and yet it is the only foundation I've found that helps me. I have severe acne which does not respond to anything - well only accutane, and I can't take that continuously - and nothing else covers it. There is Estee Lauder camouflage makeup but even the Light shade is orangey. If you have very fair skin, Cover FX is great, much fairer than other max coverage foundations. I can see the problem with application though. You need to get the Primer and use a foundation brush and then it's ok. I have never succumbed to primers and brushes before as I always thought them a complete waste of money, but with this foundation you do need them. I tried a l'Oreal primer too but that wasn't any good, so I think you need the Cover FX one for the foundation to take. This costs a ridiculous amount of money, so I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. BUT if you have severe acne, you don't need me to tell you that anything, and I mean anything, that helps is worth the money. This helped me keep my sanity.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
At first I didn't like this product but it is slowly becoming my HG foundation for the main reason that it actually helps soothe redness for my very dry eczema prone skin. As far as foundations go, it is not the very best I have seen in my life, but since it has zero irritancy factor for my skin, that is worth A LOT in my book.The coverage is amazing. I've used it on my very irritated red skin and no one even knew! I will also say that this foundation takes practice to use. I would not recommend it for someone who is inexperienced with makeup. I think it goes on way too thick if used with a sponge or fingers. I've found the best results using the 160 cream foundation brush and very little product. I think that if you take the time to lightly buff out the product, then it looks very natural and it covers redness like nobody's business. Also, I can't imagine it doing well with any type of oily skin. Since my skin is so dry, it stays put and it hydrates my skin. I would imagine that this would just slide off of oily skin and feel uncomfortable. It also doubles as a great concealer. Just apply with fingers on areas that need more coverage. I will definitely repurchase this product for myself but don't think someone with normal to oily skin would like it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Once again I wish I could give something zero stars. Wow, this stuff amazes me in regards to it's super poor quality. Tons of D/S better than this! Though I have yet to find my HG.
Somehow they think if they make it expensive and sell it at Sephora, that people are ignorant enough to not see this is junk? I am on a search to find the receipt for this, and I better find it becasue this is not worth $4 let alone $40+ something!
As people have said, it's a pain to put on due to being so hard and thick, not soft and creamy. But that would be okay if it stayed nice like when you first put it on. But no, within a couple hours you can see it oxidizing on your face. Not sure if that's the word or not but my face looks patchier than before I put it on. A foundation that makes your skin look worse, nice. Oh and if you touch your face the crap will get on your hands, so clearly not something that can last all day.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Because I heard so many great things about this product, I bought it because I have adult acne. It was a disappointment. The foundation was hard as a rock! No I'm sure this is so that it covers things like burns and birth marks, but I couldn't move the product with my brush. Ok fine, so I took a spatula and scooped the product up and meshed it around so it became more creamy. Even with this, the product was so shiny on my face and I am oily. It was also too thick for me, at the end of the day I wanted to peel my face off. Not only that, in the spots where my foundation tends to fade away, it faded away all blotchy. The product was also very slippery. I tried setting it with different powders, with NO powders, and using setting sprays, and still it would slip and slide on my face. As soon as I would touch my nose, foundation would come off and be on my fingers. This foundation was not a good match for me. Not saying it's horrible as everyone's skin handles certain products different, it may not do these things for other people. But for me, I will never purchase it again.