summer skin savers from cover fx

cover fx

the temperatures are rising which means it’s time for me to settle on a whole new face routine for the heat and humidity. i have historically turned to a powder foundation to keep my face matte and shine-free but in truthfulness, i love the fresh, natural finish of a liquid (i’m feeling that powders are starting to age me and look heavy). these two products from cover fx are running in strong contention to be the set that gets me through the summer.

cover fx mattifying primer with anti-acne treatment is a god-send for my problem skin! it has the same slip and shine-cancelling effects that i’ve loved in this primer and this one, but it has salicylic acid to actually treat and heal my acne while it locks down my makeup and keeps my oil glands in check. it’s completely non-irritating and it doesn’t clog my pores, but i just know it’s going to prevent the dreaded makeup slide come summer.

cover fx natural finish oil-free foundation is light and creamy, with a slight hydrating effect. i love it because it feels like a tinted moisturizer, but it’s heavy enough to cover my angriest acne spots without the need for concealer. the formula includes vitamins c and e so it actually soothes inflammation and reduces redness as you wear it and i’m left feeling like my skin is better off at the end of the day than if i wore no makeup at all. you can use your favorite foundation brush to apply and a little goes a long way, providing even, natural coverage with really long wear. i should also note that the color range in this line continues to impress me – with 24 shades, there is something for everyone.

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cover fx total cover cream foundation

cover fx total cover cream foundation

when testing a new foundation, i almost always look for the same combination of features. in short, i love a finish that flawlessly covers all of my hyperpigmentation and redness without looking like stage makeup. it has to go on quickly, easily (i’m not one for a lot of effort) and stay all day in a semi-matte finish that won’t get shiny or greasy. color matching is also key! it can be tough to find the right shade in a lot of foundation lines and i often end up with something that’s just a touch to pink or too yellow.

the generous team at cover fx offered to send me their latest release and they even color-matched my skin tone from a recent photo.┬áthe formula is a true cream (almost a hybrid between a concealer and foundation) and comes in a compact. i’ve been starting light and building coverage using this brush with fantastic results. the coverage is not too cakey or heavy and it sits really nicely on my skin without irritating it in the least. acne scars and redness are fully covered and it stays matte all day. (although, the true test will be in summer’s wicked humidity. dc winters don’t really challenge my oily skin too much.)

the shade range on total cover is seriously impressive, with 28 shades for ladies who are the fairest porcelain to the deepest rich ebony, with neutral, pink, or golden undertones.

if you’re in the market for a foundation that gives medium-to-full, buildable coverage, this is definitely my new favorite. you can visit sephora for an expert color match or buy online for $42.