How are you doing today? I am here to share a review on a product that’s a part of my skin care as well as makeup kit. We all know about primers and their significance in makeup by now, thanks to IMBB which helped us a lot to understand the basics of skin care & makeup. I am blessed with extremely oily skin which is prone to breakouts. It tends to become more oily in summers and slightly sensitive-combination by winters. Hence, primers are my necessity, especially now that I know their importance in makeup.
Recently, I came across this brand called Cover FX while searching for an effective mattifying primer and ended up buying this primer that claims to have anti-acne properties. However, after several usages, I could not find any such benefits from this primer on my skin; it just looks like any decent gel based product. So, let’s read more about it!
Banish blemishes, pores and shine with this lightweight gel primer.
A lightweight gel primer that imparts an instant matte finish as well as extended shine control while minimizing the appearance of pores and preventing & healing acne blemishes.
What it does:
1% Willowbark Derived Salicylic Acid prevents and heals blemishes by providing gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin, Ancient African Tree Bark visibly reduces pore size and helps control shine, and a Natural Fruit AHA Complex supports natural cell renewal, gently exfoliates, and leaves skin appearing fresher and smoother.
This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc.
$38 for 1.0 Oz and $16 for 0.5 Oz, I bought the travel pack
My Experience with Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment:
The primer comes in an opaque plastic, hygienic tube packaging with a safety cap. It has a spout nozzle to squeeze out the product, like any ordinary tube packaging. It does have a subtle fragrance which is way mild to bother, or even consider. Overall, I find it pretty user friendly & travel friendly. Firstly, when I saw the teeny tube for the price I had paid, I was a little shocked. 😛 I thought I will finish it off the very next day, but looks can be deceptive.
The primer is lightweight and transparent gel product. It is easily spreadable on my skin. I only require a pearl sized product for face and it gets absorbed nicely on my moisturized skin. However, I didn’t get it why we would like to use it as a topical acne treatment (as suggested to use 3 times a day on our affected area) when it is being marketed as a primer? Aren’t primers and acne creams two different things, even if they target same issues? And, even if, for a while, I assume that technology is advancing and we get all-in-one products, I am still clueless that why would anyone replace much cost effective tea tree oil or other medications for this nearly teeny tube that costs 38 bucks?
I wonder when and how can one apply a primer thrice a day when we use a primer to make our makeup stay put all day long! 😛 Honestly, I was so confused upon reading their usage instructions because I was expecting to get a decent primer to keep my makeup in place and to keep oil at bay. Anyway, I don’t use it as a topical treatment because I rely on other medications, but I was still intrigued to use it as a primer which I did but of no use. I mean, I have been using it as a face primer and it works fine that way, like any ordinary primer; nothing unique or worth raving about though.
I do feel a slightly tingling sensation at first, considering it has salicylic acid. But, it subsides soon without causing any redness or bumps on my weird sensitive skin which is impressive, but then it didn’t treat my acne or existing zits. I also noticed that at first my pores appear as usual while I notice a slightly blurred effect with matte skin after few minutes. I know, it is strange, but my skin type is such that my pores seem to be bulging if subjected to any new product. And, after a while they start shrinking and blurring significantly. So is the case with this primer, initially the primer seems ineffective and after few minutes, I can see my skin look much refined with blurred pores for decent hours, not completely though.
But, I won’t alone give credit to the primer as I do suffer from clogged pores, hence often few mattifying products seem ineffective for me unless my pores are cleaned from within. But then, any decent primer can give me matte skin along with increased wear time of face makeup. I noticed decent 4-5 hours of matte skin with this primer on my skin. Even if I skip the primer and simply go on over my moisturized skin, I will get same results. I have no idea what difference this will make so far!
I think even if we consider it for problem-free, oily, normal or combination skin, then also it is anyway not going to increase the longevity of makeup. So, it won’t make any sense layering just another product on skin. I am still thinking and trying to search for reasons that make this primer worth trying or selling. 😛 Even if it is not irritating or accentuating my skin type, paying 38 bucks for a simple gel does not seem normal at all; I don’t think I will recommend it or get it again.
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment:
• A lightweight, transparent gel primer which also doubles up as an acne treatment
• A teeny drop spreads nicely on my skin, getting absorbed easily with no silky residue behind
• It does give me oil free skin for decent hours
• It did blur my pores up to some extent, not exactly in the way I had expected though
• It does not irritate my sensitive, acne prone skin nor does it aggravate my oily skin issues
• I did not experience any stinging or redness post using this salicylic acid infused product on my skin
• Quite user friendly & travel friendly
Cons of Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment:
• Now, it almost works like a simple gel moisturizer
• It does not treat my acne and zits on its own
• It did not increase the wear time of my makeup nor did I see any mattifying effects
• I feel no difference before and after using this primer
• It does nothing to keep oil at bay as I see an emergence of shine after 5-6 hours
• I have no idea why a primer is supposed to be used as a topical treatment 3 times a day
• It is so pricey for almost average benefits and look at the teeny tube
Well, I am still not impressed with this primer and its anti-acne properties, honestly. 😛 I have no idea if anyone really expects this from a primer. I need high end results if I pay 38 bucks for this dual concept which is merely an illusion.
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