Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment & Tint SPF 30
1 fl. oz. for $42
Last Updated:04.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

In a line whose foundations are built largely around providing significant coverage, this sheer tint is a welcome change of pace. The sunscreen includes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide among other active ingredients (though for sensitive skin the synthetic ingredients should have been left out; you can easily achieve great SPF protection with only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which present no risk of irritation), and the formula contains some state-of-the-art ingredients.

The very light, fluid texture can be tricky to dispense from the pump (it tends to squirt out forcefully) and it has lots of slip during blending. You must shake the bottle well before each use to keep the ingredients blended and to provide the intended soft powder finish, which is ideal for normal to slightly oily skin. True to its tint name, this provides sheer coverage.

Among the small selection of shades are some good neutral tones for fair to slightly tan skin tones. M Light is slightly peach but still worth considering, while C Deep is noticeably peach and best avoided. Overall this could have been better; there are less expensive options from Neutrogena and Olay that are better formulated and blend easier but this still deserves consideration.

With all this praise, why just a two-star rating? Unforuntately, this contains lavender oil. Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it’s fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is best to avoid it in leave-on skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Note: Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.


Actives: Octinoxate 5.25%, Octisalicylate 3.5%, Oxybenzone 2.1%, Titanium Dioxide 5.5%, Zinc Oxide 5.5%. Other Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polysilicone-11, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Nylon-12, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Mica, Silica, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tribehenin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Bisabolol, Glycerin, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Isododecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Ceramide II, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-10 Rapeseed Steol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Benzethonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Dimethiconol, Isobutylmethacrylate/Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Salicyclic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens

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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amazing product - especially for sensitive skin

this is the most outstanding product for a smooth cover that is not thick and does not bother my sensitive skin. Paula's review kinda puts it down for using ingredients that would affect sensitive skin, but this is the first product that doesn't bother mine! absolutely amazing!

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