SPF 30 Protection Primer

by Cover FX  
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Category:
Makeup > Foundation Primers
Last Updated:
5/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

SPF 30 Protection Primer has an ultra-silky, silicone-enhanced feel that facilitates a smooth base for makeup application. This transparent primer feels weightless as you blend it in, offering a temporary matte finish ideal for normal to oily skin. Short-lived as it may be, pores are also slighted blurred.

The SPF 30 broad spectrum sun protection comes from the inclusion of synthetic sunscreen actives. As a cautionary note, these types of ingredients can pose a risk of irritation, especially around the eyes or if you have sensitive skin. (In contrast, sunscreens whose only active ingredients are titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide rarely, if ever, pose a risk of irritation.) Not everyone will experience irritation from synthetic actives (such as the avobenzone and homosalate this contains); rather, it’s a potential issue to pay attention to when applying sunscreens in general but in particular those with higher SPF ratings.

Adding to the likelihood of irritation is the high concentration of the fragrant grapefruit peel oil that this contains (see More Info). That’s a shame given there’s otherwise a nice mix of repairing and soothing ingredients for skin-enhancing benefits. Check out our Best Foundation Primers list for superior options without the risk of irritation from fragrant citrus oil.

Pros:

Silky texture absorbs weightlessly into skin.

Provides a smooth base for makeup application.

Temporary matte finish blurs pores.

Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.

Cons:

High concentration of grapefruit peel oil likely to cause irritation.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

Active: Octocrylene (11%), Homosalate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3.5%). Other: Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Dimethicone/ Bisisobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosphingosine, Silica, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Squalane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Tribehenin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tris (PPG-3 Benzyl Ether) Citrate.

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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