Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Shine Treatment
1 fl. oz. for $38
Last Updated:06.01.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This silky primer with a nearly weightless matte finish is made more intriguing for blemish-prone skin because it contains 1% salicylic acid. The pH of 4 is borderline for exfoliation to occur, but some people will benefit from this product. The ingredient mix is mostly winning for those with oily, blemish-prone skin, but there are some setbacks. The inclusion of citrus extracts and a small amount of fragrant neroli oil aren’t good news for any skin type, but at least there’s a potentially effective amount of the anti-irritant willow bark to counter these unnecessary additions. The texture and finish of this primer facilitates makeup application, and it’s good that Cover FX added some beneficial extras for skin. This would be rated higher if it did not contain the aforementioned fragrant plant ingredients.


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1%; Other Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Squalane, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Phenyl Methicone, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethiconol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Silica, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Benzoic Acid, Carbomer, Sorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Nordihydroguaiarectic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.

Brand Overview

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 alumni’s, 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, Graff’s 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 won’t 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 best—and 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 person’s self-esteem, and as Cover FX has evolved over the years, they’ve launched impressive and unique formulas. There are a few that need work due to their use of potentially irritating ingredients—but 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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Best primer ever

This is the best primer for acne prone skin. Makeup will look flawless. Buy this now! I buy several at a time when I go to Sephora. This is better than any primer on the market if you have oily or acne prone skin. Don't hesitate. One tube will last a few months.

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