12.23.2014
7
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Total Coverage Cream Foundation SPF 30
Rating
$42
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Cream Foundation w/ Suncreen
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is the Cover FX foundation that put this company on the map, so to speak—but is it worth your attention? Definitely not if you want sun protection from your foundation because this does not contain sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. This is also a bad choice if you have blemish-prone skin; the waxes and emollients it contains can contribute to clogged pores (labeling this foundation non-comedogenic is an extreme example of how misused this term has become).

More akin to grease paint than traditional foundation, this thick cream compact foundation drags if you apply it over bare skin. Application improves when you moisturize your skin beforehand, and this has a moist finish that absolutely must be set with powder (which adds to its already-thick appearance). The only reason to consider this heavy-duty foundation is if you need major coverage, such as for birthmarks, melasma, persistent redness, or flat facial scars. Although it looks more natural on skin than some other full-coverage foundations (such as original Dermablend), it still is not natural by anyone’s definition—you will absolutely look like you’re wearing foundation.

Part of what keeps this foundation from looking better on skin is the shocking number of poor shades. There are more than 40 shades available, which is certainly a lot of options, but the number of workable shades is considerably less. The following shades are not recommended because they are overtly peach, orange, copper, pink, or rose: B15 Honey Ginger, B25 Warm Walnut, B45 Burnished Mahogany (may be OK for some Native American or Polynesian skin tones), C20 Pink Cream, C40 Rose Wheat, C50 Rose Sand, C60 Pink Almond, C80 Rosewood, E50 Warm Taupe, E60 Desert Peach, E80 Rich Tan, and M80 Deep Mocha. There are some excellent shades for very fair skin, including E0 Porcelain and M10 Bone, and some impressive colors for dark to very dark skin, including B65 Warm Espresso and M70 Mocha. The E and M range of shades tend to be the safest bets in terms of neutral to warm beige tones.

When all is said and done, although this is a tenacious makeup in terms of wear (and washing this off requires an oil, cold cream, or silicone-based makeup remover) and provides ample coverage, it isn’t the best look for full face makeup unless you have something glaring or significant to hide. Otherwise, consider this best as a cream concealer that requires careful blending and, again, it must be set with powder to avoid creasing and to prolong wear.

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Ingredients

Actives: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 2%. Other Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Silicate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Tricontanyl PVP, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Triethoxycaprylyl Silane, Dehydroacetic Acid, BHT 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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03.03.2015
Cover FX ROCKS!!!

I love this product. I just bought it last week from Shopper's Drug Mart. From the Cover FX website it looked like I needed P20-30, but when in the store I bought P10. They seem a bit on the darkside. You can mix it with a face cream if you did not want such full coverage! I am going back to a get a darker shade for the summer.

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Pauline Gray
01.24.2015
I agree with Paula

I went to Sephora tonight and they did that color match machine on me. Because I have acne scarring the sales rep grabbed Cover FX and really seemed to think this was the only foundation for me as far as getting coverage. The color the machine recommended was way off. She changed it something else, and well heavy cake not satiety or smooth. She gave me a sample and I just tried it with my beauty blender and A.the color is dirt brown no undertones at all and the coverage sinks in pores.

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Cheryl Z.
01.01.2015
The ONLY foundation that works for me

I have dry, aging skin and I live in desert. This is the ONLY foundation that works for me. I absolutely hate any makeup that has worn off after a few hours, and this stays on all day and looks amazing. I buff a very small amount onto my skin and it is sheer and perfect. I certainly don't think this will work for everyone, but I would encourage you to add to your review that 1) it can be totally sheered out 2) it is amazing for those with dry, aging skin. :)

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Alesia
05.06.2014
Reconsider

I definitely do not agree with your review. This product is amazing (at least for me) especially for people with hyperpigmentation. It is worth the money to me. It does need to be set with a powder, but so do most foundations. I think this provides great coverage and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. Has not caused any breakouts for me.

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Justine, S.
04.14.2014
I love Cover FX!

I've spent a lot of money in my search for a foundation that covers my rosacea and brown spots. This DOES! It looks natural AND stays on all day, no touch ups required. Many shades to choose from. It easily washes off with Paula's Rosacea Cleanser. I disagree with the review on this product 100%.

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Sharon S.
06.11.2013
I adore Cover FX

I've serious hyper pigmentation b/c of prescription strength hydroquinone, thanks horrid dermatologist. Cover FX is the ONLY foundation that covers it. I blend & use mascara/blush/liptint at minimum with this, otherwise it does look like I'm wearing somlething. Otherwise countless people exclaim how I've perfect skin & they're flabbergasted when I say it's b/c of CoverFX. Cover FX is THE ONLY makeup which matches my skin colour & tone - ie. B15. Thus, I disagree to a good extent your review.

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Rachel
12.04.2012
Please Update

Please update this review they just reformulated this foundation and it now has avobenzone in it so I think it provides sufficient sun protection and they changed the ingredients so please try it and let us know if it is any better now!

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Liz
12.05.2012
Beautypedia Team Response

Thank you for letting us know. We'll check out the new formula and update the review accordingly.

—Paula's Choice Research Team Response
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