Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Shine Treatment

by Cover FX  
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$38 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
6/1/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

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.

Cover FX is a small line of makeup products described as being "cosmetic cosmeceuticals." While we appreciate the alliteration, this description is the first of many blunders Cover FX makes, some of which are mere wordplay and easily overlooked while others are more serious and should make you question the credibility of the people behind this brand.

Co-founded by makeup artist Lee Graff and some former M.A.C. employees, 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. The products are marketed as being ideal for sensitive skin, and are labeled with all of the buzz words that are designed to entice yet also mislead consumers, such as non-comedogenic, oil-free, and talc-free. 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, but setting goals doesn't always mean you achieve them.

There is no doubt that the full-coverage foundation from Cover FX can hide a multitude of facial flaws, but describing the effect as natural makes about as much sense as planting a palm tree in Alaska and expecting it to flourish! Whenever serious camouflage is needed, consumers must accept the trade-off that the makeup that's needed to do the job isn't going to look seamlessly natural on skin. To their credit, Cover FX's camouflage makeup looks better on skin than many other full-coverage options, but it's still not a look we recommend unless it is absolutely necessary—and that's a personal decision only you can make. If you don't need full coverage, there are several other products from Cover FX worth considering, from their Priming Serum to their Skin Tint and makeup brushes. This isn't a comprehensive makeup line (for example, you won't find eyeshadows, pencils, or mascara), but they do some key items quite well.

There is no doubt that the full-coverage foundation from Cover FX can hide a multitude of facial flaws, but describing the effect as natural makes about as much sense as planting a palm tree in Alaska and expecting it to flourish! Whenever serious camouflage is needed, consumers must accept the trade-off that the makeup that's needed to do the job isn't going to look seamlessly natural on skin. To their credit, Cover FX’s camouflage makeup looks better on skin than many other full-coverage options, but it's still not a look we recommend unless it is absolutely necessary—and that's a personal decision only you can make. If you don't need full coverage, there are several other products from Cover FX worth considering, from their Priming Serum to their Skin Tint and makeup brushes. This isn't a comprehensive makeup line (for example, you won't find eyeshadows, pencils, or mascara), but they do some key items quite well.

There is nothing about these products that make them preferred for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. For example, they use synthetic sunscreen actives, which are far more prone to aggravate sensitive skin than are the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The continual non-comedogenic claim that appears on several products, including those containing heavy waxes and other thickening agents, should be avoided by those with blackheads or blemish-prone skin. Plus, a fragrance-free line shouldn’t be scenting their products with neroli and lavender oils, two fragrant plants that lack even a minor benefit for skin (though your nose will appreciate them).

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, but Cover FX needs better products to achieve this. As is, at least for their Total Coverage Cream Foundation (which is what most of my readers interested in this line ask about), we find it hard to believe that this product was the best Graff and her team could do. It's actually one of the weaker links in the line, but that doesn't mean Cover FX doesn’t have some pleasant surprises in store.

For more information about Cover FX, call (866) 424-3332 or visit www.coverfx.com.

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  1. Laura W
    Reviewed on Monday, March 17, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    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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