I was agnostic about Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, to be honest. I thought they couldn’t possibly work, and thought the hype about them “mixing with everything” was just that.
I was wrong, and happy to be proved so to be, because Cover FX Custom Cover drops are ace, and I love them an impossible amount. And, even though I have found something they won’t mix happily with (because I’m nice like that, I am), I still think they’re brilliant.
The idea behind them is one of those which sounds simple in theory, but that I suspect cost a fortune in R&D to actually make happen. Essentially, these are bottles of pure pigment and you select the amount to add to the moisturiser, primer, oil or serum of your choosing to get the coverage you need. One drop for a sheer veil of colour, two for medium, three for medium-full, and four for full-on opaque coverage. And believe me, they’re not lying about it being a drop, or two or three!
The shades are divided into Pink, “Golden” and Neutral undertones, and the sensible numbering system is easy to figure out. As I’m rather cool-toned, I was matched at Harvey Nichols to P40. I was actually matching myself to P30, but I do think that would have been just a little too pale for me. Altogether there are 24 shades to be matched to, and they really do range from the lightest to the darkest, which is great.
P40 is great match to my skintone, and I’ve tried mixing Custom Cover Drops with oils, moisturisers, serums and primers with great results all-round. I like two drops (not being a sheer kind of girl, as discussed previously) and this gives me more than enough coverage mixed in with my normal amount of moisturiser or oil that I use for an application regardless, but I find the best results are when you mix it with a primer, as this just gives it a bit of bounce that you don’t get from a moisturiser or oil, and allows it not to settle into pores as much as it might.
What Cover FX Custom Cover Drops don’t like being mixed with is “hydrating” serums, or anything that is designed to stay “wet” on the skin. I found mixing this with Pixi H2O Skindrink left this dripping off my skin, and felt very odd, but it’s an easy enough mistake not to make again. Oils give you a gorgeous dewy glow, moisturisers most resemble a traditional foundation “satin” finish, and using a primer (I really like this with Sunday Riley’s primer, btw) will give you whichever finish the primer is designed to give you.
Lasting time is great, I haven’t noticed any fading, but you will need a larger than average application of moisturiser or oil if you’re thinking of using four drops of this for daily wear, as the powder pigments will make a small application look rather cakey and artificial.
It’s official. I love these. They’ve more or less made my (rather extensive) foundation redundant. Bravo Cover FX! They cost £33, and my bottle came from Harvey Nichols.
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