Eye Prep FX Anti-Age Smoothing Primer

by Cover FX  
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$43 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeshadow Primers
Last Updated:
8/22/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragrance-free, eye-area primer contains several ingredients that show up in numerous other products claiming to lighten dark circles and reduce puffiness. Unfortunately, none of those ingredients have research proving they work (and given the number of products that contain those ingredients, you'd think no one would be concerned about dark circles or puffiness because they should all work, but alas, none do).

Beyond the dark circle and puffiness-reducing claims, this primer has a light, gel-cream texture that doesn't do much to "prime" skin around the eyes. It's not a special product to add to your routine, and doesn't contain anything that would help concealer or eye makeup last longer. What you're getting is a lightweight moisturizer for the eye area, one that contains enough film-forming agent to make skin look smoother. That's nice but you can get more benefits from countless serums or moisturizers suitable for use around the eyes (you don't need a special eye cream; see More Info for details). If you opt to try this anyway, it’s best for normal to slightly dry skin.

Pros:

  • Fragrance-free with a lightweight, gel-cream texture.
  • Makes skin around the eyes or elsewhere look smoother.

Cons:

  • Won’t do much, if anything, to reduce puffiness or lighten dark circles.
  • Doesn’t have a special ability to make concealer or eye makeup last longer.
  • Most of the intriguing ingredients are present in tiny amounts.

More Info:

We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

This smoothing, silicone-free primer immediately hydrates and reduces undereye puffiness. Formulated to strengthen the skin around the eye, this primer firms and rejuvenates while lightening dark undereye circles. It also doubles as a primer bonding to concealer and eyeshadow for even, color-true, long-lasting wear.

Water, Glycerin, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Squalane, Acrylates Copolymer, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Acrylic Acid/VP Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauryl Alcohol, Lecithin, Myristyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, PVP/Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester, Hydrolyzed Sesame Protein PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol, N-Hydroxysuccinamide, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

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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