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Skinprep FX Treatment and Priming Serum
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $45
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:11.28.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This silicone-based primer contains some intriguing ingredients, including emollient squalane, vitamin-based antioxidants, and a couple cell-communicating ingredients. Just like all silicone-laden primers or serums, it makes skin feel very silky, it isn’t heavy, and it facilitates a smooth makeup application. The company’s claim that this serum is fragrance-free is inaccurate because it contains fragrant neroli oil. As such, it is not recommended for sensitive skin. In addition, neroli oil also can cause photosensitivity in those with fair skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Beyond the faulty fragrance-free claim, this is a good, though pricey, serum for normal to dry skin. Overall, there are better serums to consider that also work well under makeup. For more information click on “Best Products” from this Web site and then check out the list of Best Sensitive Serums.

Claims

Skinprep FX perfects the skin's texture for optimal foundation coverage. Skinprep FX will reduce skin inflammation and is tolerated by the most sensitive skin. It is oil-free, fragrance free, and will not clog pores.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Methicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Ubiquinone, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicyclic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Retinyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzethonium Chloride, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

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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