Saturday, 26 May 2018

Cover FX: Natural Finish Foundation

30ml | £36 from here 

When you think of natural beauty, mainstream brands don't often come to mind. However, Cover FX is free from mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, parabens, and talc making it great for those seeking cosmetics which don't just look good but are good for the skin.

The Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation is as the name states, oil free. This water-based liquid foundation has buildable coverage and leaves a soft, luminous finish which I adore. I'm all about that dew so I love a bit of shine which is why I also skip setting my foundation with powder. However, I have noticed that powder products like bronzer and blush don't cling or skip when applied on top of this foundation - they glide on beautifully.

This foundation is recommended for those with normal, dry and/or sensitive skin so if you have oily skin, stay away as I don't think that you will like this very much. Even though it's oil-free, it adds moisture and nourishment to the skin which may make you look a little on the greasy side. Plus, the radiant finish will have you running for the hills. I know you girls like it super matte.

How I apply the foundation
In terms of application, I give the tube a good shake and dot the product all over my face directly from the tube. I first blend out the product with my fingers and then use a damp beauty sponge (normally the Flawless Blender from My Kit Co). Thin layers are always better than piling a load on as it makes it easier to blend. Also, I find that thin layers give the foundation time to warm up and melt into the skin. This makes it easier to apply another layer and achieve a seamless, even finish. One time I accidentally squeezed out too much and I could see the foundation sitting on top of my face. Plus, it felt really tacky to touch which left fingerprint marks. Not pretty. 

Throwing shade
There are currently 40 shades available for the Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. The shades not only consider the range of skin colour (light, medium, medium deep and deep) but also the undertone (pink, neutral, golden and golden plus). Pink (P) is suited for those with a rosy, cool hue to the skin. Neutral (N) is for those who have equal parts of pink and gold to their skin. Golden (G) is for those with a warm, yellow hue to their skin. Finally, Golden Plus (G+) are for those who are even warmer and more olive than the standard G range.

It is suggested for those who don't know what their undertone is to try out the N range first. If you find that it is too yellow, then you should try the P range however if the shade is too pink on your skin, you should try the G range.

My current shade is G50+ which is perfect for my medium to tan skin as it has a golden undertone which doesn't make me look ashy or muddy. I was using G50 previously and didn't mind it however, in the side-by-side swatch comparison above you can see that G50 leans towards the peachy side whereas G50+ is more yellow which is what I prefer.

As of late...
Recently, I have been mixing a small amount with some moisturizer to create a tinted moisturiser because I've become extremely lazy when getting ready for work in the mornings. I find that although it loses some of its coverage, it feels really light weight on and gives a natural skin-like finish. It's also a lot quicker to blend out and if you're using your hands, you don't have to be very precise.

The good
  • Excellent colour selection
  • Practical packaging 
  • Makes skin appear healthy, fresh and dewy 
  • Buildable coverage - from sheer to full
  • Doesn't emphasise dryness, enlarged pores or fine lines

The bad
  • Can feel a little heavy on the skin due to the thick consistency unless blended out well with a damp sponge
  • Not suitable for those with oily/combination skin
  • Begins to fade after 6-7 hours unless set with powder

Ingredients: Aqua, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric, Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Erythritol, Dimethicone, Squalane, Tribehenin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Triacontanyl PVP, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethyl Oleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Stearoyl Stearate, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Homarine HCl, Tetrapeptide-21, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288)

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