Calming Primer from Cover FX is one of the better primers on the market, and it really does have some value for those with sensitive, redness-prone skin. The fragrance-free formula’s silky-sheer texture works best on normal to combination or oily skin, including those prone to breakouts.
Soothing ingredients aren’t present in super-high amounts, but the formula contains quite a few such ingredients, including olive and black currant seed oils and an ingredient known as phytosphingosine, which can help skin make more ceramides (ceramides are critical for a strong barrier, and those with sensitive, reddened skin tend to have compromised barriers).
As you should expect from a primer, this works well under makeup. The soft matte finish doesn’t feel slick or slippery, and makes foundation application easier. You get soft, weightless hydration (those with dry skin will want to apply a moisturizer underneath).
All told, this is an impressive primer with practically nothing to fault. It doesn’t help makeup wear for much longer than it would without this primer, but that’s true for most foundation primers out there—their primary benefit is enhancing application by smoothing uneven skin texture, which this one does beautifully and then some!
- Lightweight, silky-sheer texture works very well under makeup.
- Contains a good mix of soothing ingredients.
- Contains a good mix of barrier-replenishing ingredients.
- Provides soft, weightless hydration.
- Fragrance free.
Specifically formulated for sensitive skin, this double duty primer contains a blend of unique ingredients to calm redness prone skin while also prepping skin for foundation. This gentle formula will improve overall skin tone and leave skin feeling hydrated, smooth, firm, and healthy. Applying this before your foundation will ensure supreme blendability, even application, and extended wear.
Cover FX At-A-Glance
Strengths: Broad range of foundation and concealer shades for those seeking moderate to full coverage; superior mineral powder foundation; good primer; most of the products are fragrance-free (but not all); very good brushes at an attractive price point.
Weaknesses: Lip balm/lipstick contains potential irritants; color range can be a little tricky for some of their products.
Co-founded by makeup artist Lee Graff and M.A.C. Cosmetic alumnis, Cover FX is a Canadian company specializing in camouflage makeup, the area of concentration in which Graff has focused her career as a makeup artist. According to the company Web site, Graffs dream was to help men and women with skin conditions face the world with confidence by offering them makeup products with therapeutic benefits that would perfectly match their skin tone, be affordable, well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin, and achieve a perfectly natural, flawless effect. Lofty goals, certainly! Cover FX manages to accomplish much of these with a line that has grown and been well curated over the years.
Many of the options within Cover FX offer medium to full coverage, but whenever serious camouflage is needed, there is a trade-off to accept that it wont always look totally natural. To their credit, Cover FX's full coverage options look more natural on skin than many (and their expansive color options helps quite a bit).
If you don't need full coverage, there are several other products from Cover FX worth considering, from their Cream Concealer, Priming Serum to their Skin Tint, Custom Cover Drops and makeup brushes. This isn't a comprehensive makeup line (for example, you won't find eyeshadows, pencils, or mascara), but they are a cosmetics line that understands what it does bestand sticks with it.
Cover FX has an admirable goal in wanting to help people who have scars or discolorations face the world with their head held high. Without question, the right makeup can make a huge difference in such a persons self-esteem, and as Cover FX has evolved over the years, theyve launched impressive and unique formulas. There are a few that need work due to their use of potentially irritating ingredientsbut fortunately, these are few and far between.
For more information about Cover FX, call (866) 424-3332 or visit www.coverfx.com.
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