Pressed Mineral Foundation
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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 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.

  • 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.
  • None.

Mica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica, Kaolin, Lauroyl Lysine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytosphingosine, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

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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Impressed so far

Let me start off by saying, I just got this powder so time will tell. BUT! Here are a list of powders I have tried: laura mercier smooth finish (my 2nd favorite), Cargo, MAC, jane iredale, Bare minerals, estee lauder double wear, benefit, urban decay naked, tarte Amazonian clay. This is the first powder I've actually been impressed with! It covers very well (you can layer it without looking Camry) and the shades are perfect. I am a weird mutt, Irish from the neck up and Indian from the neck up!

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My holy grail powder

I have tried so many mineral foundation powders, but this is the best one I've ever used -- I'm on my third compact of it, which is the most I've bought other than the Physicians Formula mineral powder (my previous go-to, budget-friendly option). This has never irritated my acne-prone, sensitive, combination skin. I use it alone when my acne is in remission and I don't need as much coverage, or a light sweep as a finishing powder over the Cover FX BB cream and concealer if I'm breaking out.

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Amanda S.
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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briana g.
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