Mattifying Setting Spray
Cover FX's Mattifying Setting Spray promises to help makeup last longer by reducing oily shine, so we put it to the test to see if it could live up to the claims. Spoiler alert: It did not.
With absorbent kaolin as the third ingredient, we had hopes that this spray might actually work to mattify an oily complexion, but several split face test comparisons on our shine-prone staffers revealed little to no difference. Simply put, it didn't noticeably help makeup last longer, nor did it cancel out oily shine.
It does contain a small amount of an interesting plant extract called enantia chlorantha that has some anti-bacterial qualities, but as used in this product over makeup, the benefit doesn't get through to skin.
Had it worked, we would have loved to recommend this alcohol-free and fragrance-free setting spray. As is, you're better off checking out our top recommendations for oil-absorbing products instead.
- Fragrance-free, alcohol-free formula.
- Did not help makeup last longer or cancel out oily shine.
Ready. Set. Matte! This alcohol-free setting spray provides instant mattification while giving your makeup serious staying power. The ultra-fine mist application delivers a weightless, long-wearing matte finish while absorbing surface shine and minimizing the appearance of pores.
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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