Pressed Mineral Foundation

by Cover FX  
Price:
$35 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:
12/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Pressed Mineral Foundation has a lot going for it, and easily ranks among the best "mineral" options. Before we go into detail, keep in mind that the minerals in almost all mineral makeup products are the same ones that show up (and have been showing up) in pressed and loose powders for decades. Don't mistake mineral makeup for something special, because for all intents and purposes, it's just a marketing twist, not a new or revolutionary type of makeup.

Marketing hype aside, what makes this fragrance-free, mica-based pressed-powder foundation so remarkable is its polished, natural-looking sheer matte finish. The formula leaves a subtle shine so it doesn't make skin look flat, but in terms of how this feels and how well it keeps shine in check, it's matte.

The texture is on the dry side and a bit difficult to pick up with a brush, but with patience and practice, this is easy to apply, and its finish is simply beautiful, never dull or powdery. Unlike some mineral powders, this doesn't provide heavy coverage; sheer to just-medium coverage is what you can expect.

As impressive as the finish is, the shades go even further! There are two dozen colors, a range made even more extraordinary because there's not a bad one in the bunch! Even the dark shades look great (not ashen), and there are colors for fair skin, too. Well done, Cover FX!

Pressed Mineral Foundation is best for combination to oily skin and is suitable for sensitive skin, too.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free, smooth-textured formula.
  • Gorgeous, extensive, neutral shades.
  • Makes skin look polished and perfected, not dry or powdered.
  • Isn't as heavy-looking as many other mineral powders.
  • Does a good job keeping excess shine (oil) in check.
Cons:
  • None.

Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Kaolin, Lauroyl Lysine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytosphingosine, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Green.

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. briana g.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
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      4 / 4
    Best powder ever
    • I LOVE this powder! It is a foundation but I use it as a regular powder. But you can use as a foundation if you'd like because the coverage is SO good! It doesn't feel gross on the skin like dirty or chalky like other powders. I don't get "cakey" (and I back it on pretty good). I hardly ever repurchase things, but this is a must have. I've recommend this to all my friends and they LOVE it also. It's $35 and worth every penny!

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