This review is for the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N20 which retail for $44 USD.
What Cover FX say about these drops:
“Custom Cover Drops contain concentrated pigments that allow you to customize any product and adjust the level of coverage you desire. What it does: Custom Cover Drops can be mixed with anything liquid to add coverage – moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations and tinted moisturizers that are water, oil or silicone-based. These revolutionary drops feature our Flash Fusion Technology™ formula, so as soon as you drop, the solution flashes off leaving behind the pigment that weightlessly transforms your favorite beauty product into the sheerest tint all the way to a total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops you add. The pigments are coated with Lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, to ensure ease of blending and the smoothest application. With unprecedented control, you are free to customize coverage like never before.”
As a makeup artist, products that blend with other products well and that are customisable by nature are my very best friend. I will definitely be getting a selection of these for my kit.
The drops come in a wide range of shades with different undertones, and they can be mixed with basically anything to achieve the desired coverage and finish for any skin type. Brilliant!
This innovative product is worth the hype, and I have nothing but good things to say it. Unfortunately not all of the Cover FX range is vegan though. Their MintTint FX and MintGlaze FX lip products are not vegan.
The Extended Review:
The Cover FX Custom Cover Drops come in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. I like the size and the design of the bottle, and it doesn’t take up too much room in my makeup bag.
The dropper is easy to use, and it’s simple to squeeze out the exact number of drops that you need. The bottle gets a little messy around the top (where the dropper goes into the bottle) but I haven’t had any problems with it leaking.
As stated on the Cover FX website, this product is not designed to be used alone. Of course I had to test that theory, and it really doesn’t work without a carrier of some kind. I have tried the drops in N20 with a few different products to see how they work best, and my favourite product to mix them with is the Adorn Hydration+ Plumping Skin Primer. See below for the combinations I tried and how well they performed together:
Mixed with the Adorn Hydration+ Plumping Skin Primer – As I mentioned above this is my favourite product to mix with the drops. The Adorn primer is actually one of my favourite primers, and I look forward to reviewing it very soon. They mix together smoothly and the soft coverage I get with just a few drops lasts all day. The Cover FX drops mixed with this primer give the most natural finish of all the variations I tried.
Mixed with the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer – This was my least favourite combination. I found that the drops did not mix into this silicone based primer very well, and I found the mixture to be somewhat drying in appearance – accentuating any dryness in the skin. This combination might be good however, for anyone with particularly oily skin.
Mixed with the Arbonne Makeup Primer – This is another silicone based primer and while the result of this combination wasn’t as bad as with the Too Faced primer – the drops mixed in more evenly – I feel that the drops don’t play so well with silicone based primers.
Mixed with the Juice Beauty CC Cream – The drops mixed with this CC cream gave a dewy, illuminated finish that looked quite lovely for the first few hours, however it didn’t have the staying power that I would have liked.
Mixed with the Wet N Wild Cover All Cream Foundation – This combination had the most coverage and staying power, great for when you want total coverage that lasts all day and night. The Wet N Wild foundation in Fair/Light is too dark for me and just a few of the drops in N20 lightened it up quite a bit.
According to the Cover FX website this is how many drops are required for different amounts of coverage:
1 Drop = Sheer Coverage
2 Drops = Medium Coverage
3 Drops = Full Coverage
4 Drops = Total Coverage
With approximately 300 drops in each bottle, that’s a lot of applications!
Makeup Artist Tip:
Shake the bottle well before use, every time. Try mixing the drops with a variety of products, you will be surprised at the results! If you have drier skin be sure to moisturise well, and mix the drops with richer carriers like hydrating primers, creams and oils. If you have oily skin use lighter carriers or those that have mattifying properties, and set with a powder. The drops are easy to mix, either on a palette or in the palm of your hand. Apply as you would normally apply foundation, using a sponge, brush, or clean fingers.
As for choosing a shade I always recommend testing in person, however if you can’t do this the next best option is to look online for swatches. You can also choose shades specifically to alter products that you already have. I have quite pale skin with neutral to yellow undertones, which is uncommon in lighter shades of makeup. I purchased the Cover FX drops in N20 which is the perfect shade for me, and even a small amount of the product lightens other foundations superbly.
The Cover FX range is available worldwide from their website.
Thank you for choosing truly cruelty free products!
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Ingredients: Ethyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Mica, Jojoba Esters, Triethylhexanoin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Water (Aqua, Eau), Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
~ This range was purchased for review purposes. All opinions within this review are my own, and true to my experience. I will always be honest about how a product performs regardless of whether the product was supplied or purchased.