Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is a product specifically designed to add customizable coverage to your beauty/skincare product. Basically anything that is liquid or cream, clear or colored, can be transformed into a tinted base and/or foundation with your desired coverage. It's pretty straightforward to use and the idea sounds nice and innovative, but is it practical? Let me share my experience with you.
In a nutshell
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is basically a liquid product of highly concentrated pure pigments. Its primary use is to add or increase the coverage of any liquid or cream product be it serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation, BB/CC cream, tinted moisturizer, or even oil. It is also compatible with anything that is water-, oil-, or silicone-based. The brand recommends adding 1-4 drops to achieve sheer, medium, full, and total coverage, respectively, but since I have pretty severe acne scars, I've gone up to 6 on a few occasions. I don't recommend any more than 6, though, since it is likely to look cakey then. The product is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates but contains alcohol, silica, and silicone. There is no detectable scent as far as I'm aware. The product is NOT to be used alone (and I'll tell you why later) and must be shaken thoroughly prior to use (don't forget to dispense the product from the dropper before shaking to ensure even distribution of pigment).
It sounds great to be able to tint your skincare product with pigment to save time but I honestly can't see myself doing this on a regular basis. The easy explanation is that I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and I think I have my skincare routine down to the point that I don't get breakout often anymore. The last thing I want to do is mess it up! Additionally, I feel safer separating my skincare routine from makeup which is meant to “sit” on rather than “absorb” into the skin.
However, there will always be days when you are absolutely pressed for time, and just for review purposes, I have gone ahead and tested the product by mixing it with my moisturizer, primer, and sunscreen and I found that you really need to be experimental and critical with what to mix and the amount to mix. I find the results are based largely on the nature of the finish and texture of the product you're mixing it with. It certainly does not work on all mediums.
For example, with certain moisturizers and primers, you may experience increased coverage along with the moisturizing texture and glow factor but you may also get a streaky or uneven finish if the mixing base is too thin or slippery. I find the best mixing medium is something liquid-cream that's not too thin or thick, and preferably slightly tinted or colorless. For sunscreens, if they are white or thick, they tend to sheer out the pigment considerably. I honestly don't recommend mixing it with sunscreen at all since the last thing you want to do is dilute the active ingredients in it and therefore lower the level of sun protection.
What have I been using it extensively for?
Tinting my base! My skin color is probably naturally darkened to NC35 now from all the suntan I've been getting unavoidably living in this part of the world. The majority of my old foundations has become too light and useless unless I darken them. I've been using the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops the very same way I have my favorite Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer Bronzer SPF 15 and that is to darken the foundation color to match my current skin tone except the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops has additional benefit of adding extra coverage to my foundation, too!
Pretty much almost every review out there mentioned a thing or two about the packaging so I'm going to follow the trend and confirm that while the glass bottle of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is seemingly nice to look at, with a teardrop-shaped window to let you identify the color inside and a convenient dropper to let you control the amount of product to dispense easily, it actually creates quite a lot of mess in practice. I think the opening of the bottle is just too large. They should have implemented some sort of a stopper or made the opening smaller.
The image below will give you an idea of how the bottle looks once you start “dropping”. As you can see, my bottle has collected quite a bit of product overflow around the rim. I've cleaned it several times, each time wasting more product, but since it happens after every use, I have decided to just let it be!
Shades and performance
There are 24 shades total in the line-up. The shade number is prefixed with either N, G, or P for neutral, golden, and pink undertones, respectively. My closest shade is G40 described as a shade for medium skin with golden undertones.
And here's why I can't and won't use G40 alone — it is simply too yellow. See my arm swatch below.
The product is truly packed with pure pigments and by applying G40 alone, it turns my skin into such a bizarre, overly yellow-looking color. It is also so dry and matte to the touch that it will cling on to any dry spots (I have a lot of those on my cheeks) and emphasize pores and lines. So in this case, trust the brand and never use it as is! :D
Next to the right is one of the foundations I've been mixing it with. The color is way too light and pink for my current skin by itself but once it is mixed with one drop of the Custom Cover Drops, it matches my skin perfectly.
Now for the real test on the face!
On the left is the Custom Cover Drops alone, notice the yellow cast? Yep! Not a good look. My face on the right where I mixed the Custom Cover Drops with the foundation looks much more natural in comparison while still preserving that dewy glowy nature of the foundation. Besides adding tint and coverage to my base, the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops also makes my skin appear smoother and more even overall. It is weightless on the skin and stays put throughout wear. It does not oxidize during the day and has no effect on oil-controlling.
So while the product itself is pretty straightforward to use, how much to use and what to use it with requires experimentation. I like experimenting, I like mixing things, I actually do mix my makeup all the time so I find joy and fun in using it. However, for those who don't, you may be inclined to deem the product unnecessary and are probably better off finding a product that works on its own. Nonetheless, the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops presents a nice option and a ton of possibilities for you to create your own base with desired coverage and tint! :)
Have you tried mixing the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops with your skincare product? How did it work out for you? Share with me your experience and tips!