Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Review + Demo!
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are having a moment on YouTube! Everyone’s asking about them, reviewing them, and generally singing their praises. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is a brand new “game changing” product that’s basically liquid pure color pigment that can be added to any face product to add a custom amount of color and coverage.
What’s revolutionary about it is that it can mix with any kind of base. So it can mix with oils, creams, lotions or serums whether they’re made with water, silicone, or oil. One to two drops can be added to your favorite moisturizer to make it into a tinted moisturizer, or 3-4 drops can be added to make it into a full coverage foundation. It can also be used to color correct a not-so-perfect-match foundation.
All the younger reviewers LOVE it but I haven’t seen how it performs on more mature skin so I decided to give it a try to see if it’s as great on skin that’s over 50 with lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and discolorations (yay!).
The Drops retail for $44 for half an ounce and comes in 24 shades. The colors are available in G for golden undertones, N for neutral, and P for pink with numbers ranging from 10 (lightest) to 110 (darkest). I bought mine at Sephora where they were sold out except for 2 that were in the back room so I didn’t really get to select the perfect shade but the one they had was N30 which was close enough to do this review.
The Drops are packaged in a dark glass bottle with a pipette dropper so you can measure out the precise number of drops each time it’s used. The product is not supposed to be used on it’s own as a foundation as it’s made mainly of pigment, silicones, and wax and needs a vehicle to dilute it and make it blendable. I have seen other reviewers use it alone as a concealer but it didn’t blend well and was visible.
I’ve tried mixing it with 3 products that I photographed for the review and then tried it with another 2 just out of curiosity later on. I did not try mixing it with my anti-aging serums and lotions or my sunscreen because I didn’t want to dilute any of those. At my age, my skincare and sunscreen are VERY important in my fight against wrinkles and are not to be messed with or made less effective. I can’t recommend using the Cover FX drops with sunscreen because you won’t be getting the full SPF rating listed on the label if it’s diluted.
For today’s review I’m mixing the drops with Laura Mercier Tinter Moisturizer. The LMTM is a great product but doesn’t offer much in the way of coverage so I’m adding 3 Cover FX Drops to it to try to get more of a medium to full coverage out of it.
After mixing it in the palm of my hand, I applied the mixture with a Beauty Junkees Flat Top Kabuki brush.
The amount I mixed up wasn’t enough to do my whole face or blend down my neck so I had to mix up more and re-apply.
The 3 drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops definitely increased the coverage of the tinted moisturizer quite a bit, but did not bring it up to full coverage.
It evened out my overall skin tone but my freckles and discolorations are still showing through.
Overall it looks good from a conversational distance, but up close it looks waxy and isn’t covering evenly. It breaks up on the surface and looks a little cakey in some areas. My pores and surface texture are accentuated making my skin look worse than it does.
So far, I’m not impressed, but as always, I’ll fix it up with some blush and bronzer and wear it all day to see how it performs over time. Makeup goes on over it nicely and the finish (provided by the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer) is very nice and skin-like.
After 7 hours of wear, it became shiny on my forehead and nose and I needed to powder over it. It looked pretty much the same throughout the day as it did when I first applied it (so not good up close, but fine from a distance).
By 12 hours it was sliding around a bit and was gathering up in my pores and looking splotchy on my forehead.
Of the 5 products that I mixed Cover FX Custom Cover Drops into, the Laura Mercier offered the best experience, and the rest were total disasters…
Using 2 drops with Smashbox Photofinish Light Primer resulted in very little coverage, smeary application and polka-dot pores with the added bonus of settling into wrinkles including running down my vertical lip line into my lipstick (that was a new one for me)!!
I added 4 drops to Garnier 5-Second Blur and applied to my neck. The Garnier product is so slippery that it shifted around and immediately gathered into my big neck wrinkle and got all over the white top I was wearing.
With 2 drops in CeraVE moisturizer it offered little coverage and settled into pores giving a polka-dot appearance. I let it set up for 20 minutes and when I applied sunscreen over it, it smeared around and looked streaky and awful. I added 3 drops to Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation (one of my favorites) to bring up the coverage and it turned a lovely foundation into a thick, cakey, unwearable mess (sorry, no pics for those).
So it’ll come as no surprise that I don’t love it and don’t really see what all the hype is about. I have other foundations that look better than this for way less money. What I did discover is that how the Drops look and perform is greatly influenced by what it’s mixed with but that after 5 tries, I’m not interested in using my palm as a mixing bowl any more.
The Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are probably best for younger people or those with very little surface texture to their skin. Based on my uses I’d say it could be used by all skin types since it didn’t cause any drying and except for some afternoon shininess it didn’t cause much oiliness. The finish will be dictated by the product it’s mixed with and it was long lasting.
The cons outweigh the pros on this product so I can’t recommend it for mature skin. It’s an okay product that looks fine if you don’t look too close.
For me there’s too much experimenting, mixing, and effort to make it worth the purchase price and I would not buy it again.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre*
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in “N30”*
IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Blush in “Je ne Sais Quois”*
IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer*
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer*
Mac Matte Eye Shadow in “Malt”*
Becca Eye Color Powder in “Tweed”*
Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer Eye Pencil in Silver*
Sephora 12 Hr. Contour Eyeliner Pencil in “Flirting Game”*
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara*
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in “Naked 2”*
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick in “Bare It All”*
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