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Cover FX

Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment creates a smooth base for foundation, but doesn't quite live up to the rest of its promises.

First and foremost, we have to address the claim that this an "anti-acne" primer. While it contains the anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid, this primer's pH is slightly too high for it to effectively unclog pores. However, salicylic acid does offer soothing anti-redness properties for breakouts—an extra benefit for acne-prone skin that most primers don't provide.

We also have to note that this primer includes fragrant citrus extracts, which pose a slight risk of irritation. On balance, the formula contains a very helpful mix of repairing and soothing ingredients plus several silicones for their smoothing, texture-enhancing benefits.

Applied to bare skin, this primer blends easily and goes on somewhat thick but quite silky. It sets to a soft matte finish, but this isn't the primer to buy if your main goal is shine control. It does temporarily smooth the appearance of enlarged pores but shine control is fleeting due to the low amount of absorbent ingredients.

While we think your skin can do better (see our Best Foundation Primers list), Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is suitable for normal to slightly oily/combination or breakout-prone skin.

Pros:
  • Temporarily smooths the appearance of enlarged pores.
  • Creates an even canvas for makeup.
  • Salicylic acid provides soothing benefit for breakout-prone skin.
Cons:
  • Fragrant citrus extracts pose a slight risk of skin irritation.
  • Not very adept at holding back oily shine.
  • Not in the ideal pH to work as an "anti-acne treatment."
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless.

Active: Salicylic Acid (1%). Other: Cyclopentasiloxane, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Water, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Squalane, Phenyl Methicone, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Enatia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Phytosphingosine, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Carbomer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Oleanolic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

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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