Hi Sunshines! Today a review on the popular Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder, but before that, I wanted to talk a bit about Cover FX the brand.
I personally only heard of the brand when the custom enhancer drops were highly talked about a few years back now, but I have never been eager to try anything from them nor research them. Until. . . their Perfect Setting Powder came along, which is talc-free and I will discuss more about this particular ingredient later in this post.
Victor Casale, co-founder of Cover FX is also the co-founder of MAC. After MAC was sold to Estee Lauder, he went on to help Lee Graff, also co-founder of Cover FX, at the clinic in Canada she worked in. They were creating custom formulations for those looking to cover up any type of skin conditions anywhere from burns to rosacea. Eventually in 2000, the company Cover FX was created by several dermatologists with the mission to focus on complexion.
As they started out in a clinic to help those with skin conditions, their formulas to date, are tested in the clinic and are safe to use for any type of skin tone, condition and type. All their foundations have a range of 40 shades with different undertones (P-Pink, N-Neutral, G-Golden undertones) and they claim that if you’re a particular shade in one of their foundation products, you’re that shade in all of their foundation products (unlike MAC). They currently have a variety of products but claim their main focus is still complexion.
“COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder - Light”
» Size / Price :
10 g / 0.35 oz – US$ 35 at Cover FX Online store or Sephora / GB£ 29 at Selfridges / HK$ 290 at Sephora
» Shade Range
Light and Deep Translucent Setting Powder
» SIZE AND PRICE
The powder itself is by a few bucks cheaper than the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, so I honestly had no problem spending the money as it’s hard to find good powders for me. However, (and this is a big however) in relation to the amount of product that you get, the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder is a lot more expensive than the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. While the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder retails for US$ 38, you do get 29 grams (thus US$ 1.31 / gram), while the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder retails for US$ 35 for 10 grams (thus a whooping US$ 3.50 / gram). So with the amount of product you get in mind, this powder is nearing the price range of the La Mer Powder.
The packaging is made out of a solid light weight plastic, with a screw on, smooth silver coated cap. The packaging has a built-in sifter with an attached lid that opens and closes, I’m guessing with the intention to keep the mess of a loose powder to a minimum.
While I do appreciate and don’t hate the concept of a sifter like this, I could easily do without the additional lid. If I dispense too much product on the cap, it becomes a nuisance for me to put the powder back into the cap and eventually, just like with the Laura Mercier Powder, I will take the sifter out when the product is reaching to a low. But on the other side, it does make for a consistent hygienic application. I’m about half way through and haven’t had a problem with dispensing the product as of yet. Also, if you’re one that likes to bake, taking out the sifter in the beginning is probably going to be more convenient for you.
All Cover FX products are free of, as they call it, the inflammatory five – Free of parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, talc and gluten. None of their products are tested on animals and are PETA approved. With the exception of MintTint FX and MintGlaze FX, their products are also vegan.
This product has a shelf life of 3 years and once opened, is to be used within 12 months.
The powder is extremely finely mild… dare I say even more so than the Laura Mercier Powder and does feel very smooth and lightweight.
It’s talc – free.
So if you’ve seen Cover FX talk about this product or even influencers, they highly emphasis that it is talc – free. But why is it so important to mention this and what is it? Well, talc is the softest natural (clay) mineral that can be found in almost everything and helps to dilute pigments in cosmetics and has absorbent properties amongst other benefits. While talc isn’t officially labelled as a harmful ingredient, last year there was a big controversy regarding the ingredient being in Johnson & Johnson baby powder resulting in ovarian cancer.
Despite this, the reason why Cover FX opted all their products to be talc – free was mainly because talc was too chalky and never truly disappears on the skin along with the toxicity level being too high.
Talc is replaced in the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder with Mica, a finely mild reflective mineral that does disappear into the skin, which still can pose a threat to workers who are exposed to inhaling it for a long time. Mica is reflective thus you could see specs of shimmer in your powder, however, as it powder can completely "melt" into your skin, the powder won’t cause any flash back and the shimmer particles can't be seen.
Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Boron Nitride, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phytosphingosine, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate May Contain/Peut Contenir: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
» APPLICATION and finish
With any loose powder, there will always be a little bit of a mess when dispensing the product, making it also not as travel friendly and good for on the go. However, the sifter and lid that closes it, allows the powder to not spill everywhere when dropped.
I’ve tried this powder out in several ways, but found that the best way to apply it, for underneath the eyes, is with a small amount on a Nars 43 brush lightly patting it in until the concealer is fully set. For all over the face I press it in with different brushes and all worked perfectly. This powder doesn’t sit on top of the skin and emphasises any fine lines or dryness. While the Laura Mercier Powder is an extremely good powder, it did leave me at times with a heavy powdered look underneath the eyes. I’m not a “baker” but I have tried this powder out to bake. If you have dry skin and/or fine lines underneath the eyes and you do like to bake, this powder is probably the better option for you in comparison to the Laura Mercier Powder as it doesn’t emphasis that dryness and cakiness as much.
There isn’t any flash back but again, if you do like to bake or use a powder as a shadow shield, make sure to really work in the powder.
The finish doesn’t leave me completely matte and dry looking, it has almost a satin-like finish that does mattify, set and brighten, which as someone with dry skin, is a definite win. Also, I only use a little bit daily and don’t need to touch up throughout the day. So with this, I can vouch that the product lives up to its claims and give you a soft airbrushed finish.
Because the powder does have mica in it, which is reflective and almost shimmery I would say, you do have to work it into the skin so that the particles can dissolve. If you’re one that likes to pack on the powder and simply dust it off, the mica might show. Also, you won't get a truly "mattified" look from this.
» SUITABLE FOR ...
Those with normal to dry skin, those that like to bake, and those that are willing to spend on a powder.
» THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Not for “all skin types” as claimed especially Oily Skin
- Needs to be buffed in properly
- Soft Airbrushed Finish, no cakiness / dryness
- No Flashback
- Free of “Inflammatory Five” – Free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Talc and Gluten
» OVERALL THOUGHTS
I absolutely love this powder, it is everything that I was missing from the Laura Mercier powder. With a light handed patting underneath my eyes, it didn’t crease or emphasised all that dryness I have there or settle into the fine lines. It kept the rest of my makeup set with a really nice finish that doesn’t cling onto any dry patches nor leave me chalky so this powder was pretty much a godsend to me. But again, I do have dry skin and this might not be for everyone. They do have an illuminating and mattifying powder for those looking for a different type of finish. But I haven’t tried these out.
If you have similar issues like me, then I do highly recommend this product. I will repurchase this powder again and again until something better comes along. Yes this powder comes with a heavy price tag, but as I don’t bake, only need a little amount and it gives me what no powder I’ve tried so far can give, I can justify spending the money on this. If you’re curious but don’t want to spend as much, they do have a smaller size available at 4 g / 0.14 oz retailing at US$14, GB£10 and HK$ 120.
Have you guys tried this powder out? Love it or hate it? Or do you a powder that you find works better?