Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment & Tint SPF 30

by Cover FX  
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$42 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
11/28/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

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.

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

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. ann s
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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      4 / 4
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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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