I’m beginning to wonder if if there was ever a time when my skin could manage with just one set of face products and look the same every day. Not that I mind having options, but from week to week I now find myself needing a mattifying primer, then an illuminating one, and the same with powders! The depth of my undereye circles changes from day to day (genetics + a lack of sleep = no chance at all) meaning it’s helpful to have two shades of concealer handy and as for spot coverage…don’t get me started on my eating habits of late!
Cover FX offers every version of face product you can imagine. I’ve covered a couple of their foundation options already (here and here) and spent the past few months testing all combinations I could think of to give you a proper review of primers, concealers, and powders.
I didn’t find my skin stayed totally matte all day long with the Mattifying Primer. However. For those of you who’ve kept up with my skin nuances as of late, foundation occasionally won’t “grip” to my nose. No matter my application method, it swirls, slides and doesn’t settle. My solution is to get the foundation placed as well as possible, then go back over the top with my finger and a tiny amount of the Mattifying Primer. My foundation smooths right out and I’m good to go.
The Illuminating Primer on the other hand is magical. I’m learning my skin prefers silicone free products so if you’re in the same boat, do not miss this one. The finished look isn’t glittery or over the top by any means. This one in particular is the stand out of this post!
Admission (and total junkie alert): I really want to try the Calming Primer. I’ve been giving sensitive skin care products a whirl since last fall so now I’m curious about calming ingredients in a primer. This one claims to calm redness and irritation, support collagen production, minimize the appearance of wrinkles (<—– yyyessssssss), and brighten.
You can’t go wrong with either Cover FX concealer formula. I wear foundation shade G40 right now and mix two shades of Cream Concealer for my undereyes. All the shades are a little bit pink/peach based to help brighten while covering. I get amazing coverage and don’t need to use a brightening pen (though that doesn’t stop me…) For spot concealing I use G Medium Blemish Treatment Concealer and don’t need to lighten it at all. I am hooked on the Blemish Treatment Concealer for the stray spots I get monthly and combined with the BB Gel, I’m period proof! Now if only Cover FX could get rid of cramps too….
Of the two, my preference is again for Illuminating. You’ll see why below, but for now suffice it to say the finish is again unbeatable. No frills. No need. The Matte Setting Powder is particularly nice in the t-zone. I’ve used mattifying powders in the past and they keep oil away longer. But because my skin is relatively balanced, I’m happy with just a matte finish. As for the shade, I find both powders very sheer. Using Light instead of Medium doesn’t alter my skin tone in any way.
So why did I spend months on something that seemingly could have been reviewed in a matter of days? Because there is so much to consider! I tried Illuminating Primer with Matte Powder, Matte Primer with Illuminating Powder, Matte Primer and Matte Powder, Illuminating Primer and Powder, and every finish of foundation I have with every combination of primer and powder. Why? Because if a brand is going to be highly specialized, I want to make sure they are really something special. Cover FX wears well on my skin whether it’s dry or combination.
To demonstrate, I wanted to show off the only combination you can detect on camera: Illuminating Primer and Illuminating Powder.
Looking for a custom blend of face products? Fist stop, Cover FX!