Cover FX is another one of those brands that I have coveted for so long and heard such good things about (largely from Kandee Johnson who uses the brand heavily in her videos and professional makeup kit) but had never gotten around to trying them out. That is until a couple of weeks ago when I got the chance to pick out a foundation of my choosing to try out... and the foundation turned into 2 thanks to the lovely PR lady :)
I wanted to try the 'Total Cover Cream Foundation' which is as suggested, a full coverage cream compact foundation. There is an impressive number of shades available in the range, 40 to be exact. These are split into 3 tones; pink, neutral and golden. I was deciding between the 2 lightest shades of the neutral tone and was very happily sent both! But when I received them, I noticed that they are VERY neutral... not a bad thing, but I'd say that I am probably slightly closer to the lightest shade of the golden tone, or somewhere in between that and the neutral shade. The N0 shade (lightest neutral shade) is a lovely highlight on my skin, and the N10 (second lightest) is a decent match but doesn't contain quite enough yellow to match my complexion. The range is quite extensive and goes up to a deep dark shade N120.
The coverage of this is brilliant. The formula is somewhat waxy and doesn't feel at all oily or greasy and it is very pigment heavy meaning a little goes a long way! My favourite thing about this though is that it contains a high sun protection factor of 30. Obviously I wouldn't rely on this as my main SPF but it is a nice boost for those days where a lot of sun exposure is a probability or you are going on holidays. It also contains anti-oxidants with anti-ageing properties.
It offers a subtly radiant natural finish when applied lightly and buffed well into the skin, but can be built up to full opaque coverage. Drier skin types could absolutely avoid or go easy on setting powder if not desired but a little powder applied lightly is no harm to control shine and set the cream in place for longevity.
This can be used as a foundation and concealer in one thanks to the high pigment content. I usually avoid heavy cream formulas under my eyes but this waxy, pigmented formula sits really well on my delicate under-eye area without showing up undesired texture.
It's free of Mineral oil, fragrance, talc and parabens and has been tested for sensitive skin types!
A good way of sheering down the formula is to mix a little bit with some foundation primer and apply it like a BB cream.
In Ireland the foundation costs €44 and can be bought from The Beauty Bay online.
The U.S. price is $42 available direct from the website or from Sephora online, and the UK price is £35 available from House of Fraser online (among other web retailers).
I can honestly say these is nothing I dislike about this foundation for what it is. Obviously it wouldn't be the most suitable for flash photography but I just wouldn't use a formula with such a high SPF for that. When I wore this, it lasted really well and look perfectly intact after 6 hours wear which is a feat in of itself! Though this is typical of waxy formulas which tend to wear the most stable on skin.
This gets a 5/5 from me. (Not sponsored in any way to say that!
What do you guys think??