Recently, there have been a bunch of innovations in foundation. One of the most recent is pigment/color droplets that you can add to other products to customize the color:
- to create a foundation-like skin cover from your skincare products
- to add to a foundation or other makeup products to make the color a better fit with your skin.
CoverFX, I think, was the first to introduce this concept with their CoverFX Custom Cover Drops. I read a number of reviews on the new product, and I was very curious to try it. When I visited my local Sephora in early April, they didn’t have CoverFX Drops in stock yet, but fortunately, they came in for the Sephora VIB Sale event in mid-April.
I purchased a shade that seemed like a good match for my fair/light, cool/pink-toned skin: P20.
You can’t use CoverFX Drops on their own. They must be mixed with something else such as moisturizer, serum (the creamy kind, not the oily or liquid kind), concealer, or another foundation.
The rule of thumb is:
- fewer drops, i.e. 1-2, gives a sheerer tint
- more drops, i.e. 3-4, gives more color and fuller coverage.
When I originally bought the Drops, I had in mind mixing the CoverFX Drops with facial sunscreen. Unfortunately, I have since learned that mixing other ingredients with sunscreen can dilute sunscreen’s effectiveness. I guess the skincare industry figured out how to get around that when they created moisturizer with SPF, but since I’m not a chemist, so much for my plan!
So far, I have tried CoverFX Drops two ways:
- mixed with daytime moisturizer
- mixed with DiorSkin BB Creme that’s a shade too light for me.
I put some Rodan + Fields Redefine AM Moisturizer in an empty small jar. I started by adding in 2 drops of CoverFX Drops via the dropper that comes with the bottle of Drops. It was too sheer, so I added another drop or two to create a more color saturated mixture.
I applied it in various ways: with my fingers, Beauty Blender and with a kabuki brush. The drops mixed with moisturizer created a tinted moisturizer. For me, it was fairly sheer coverage like what I typically get with a tinted moisturizer, but I think it’s a good idea for summer or if I’m just running out to do errands.
One thing I noticed is that it doesn’t wear nearly as long as a regular foundation or BB/CC cream. After about 6 hours, it sort of “broke”. I have small, mostly unnoticeable pores, but after several hours, the color appeared to be sitting on top of my face and all my pores showed. I really didn’t like that. I am going to try mixing it with a moisturizer without SPF to see if that makes a difference in longevity, and if that doesn’t help, I’ll use it as a tinted moisturizer for those times when I plan to wash my face and start over again after a few hours.
Several months ago, my friend Sybille gave me an almost brand new and completely full tube of DiorSkin Nude BB Creme in shade, Fair. It’s a little bit too light for me, so I decided to add some Drops to it to darken the shade just a bit. Since I couldn’t find an empty container this time, I mixed up just a little bit on the back of my hand. The Drops are liquidy and runny so using an empty container is definitely better. The Drops did darken the BB Creme, and I may have added one drop too many. But in general, the Drops gave me a better match. I’ll call it a success!
One thing that disturbs me about the CoverFX Drops is how messy it is. The liquid inside the glass bottle sort of clumps up and adheres to the glass dropper. The clumpy and liquidy consistency makes it a bit of a challenge to drop just a few drops into whatever I’m mixing. Also, the rim of the bottle gets a bit messy after a few uses. I would prefer it to be in some kind of squeeze bottle that didn’t have to be opened in order to dispense the drops.
I plan to continue to play around with it, mixing it with different bases. When I tried it at Sephora, the MUA mixed the Drops with Bobbie Brown Vitamin Enriched Moisturizing Base and also with Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, and both worked amazingly well. I love the idea that my concealer will match my foundation. Next, I’m going to see if the Drops can lighten up the Make Up For Ever Velvet Mat Foundation that I bought in the summer when my skin was a bit darker. I’m also going to add some drops to the Amazing Concealer that is way too light for me. I’ll keep you posted. By and large, I’m glad I bought the drops!
CoverFX Custom Cover Drops is available in 24 shades split into three categories: pink, neutral and golden shades. It comes in a glass container and contains 0.5 oz/15 ml. It’s available at Sephora and at the CoverFX website. It’s priced at $44. And it’s cruelty-free.
Have you tried CoverFX Custom Cover Drops yet? If so, what did you mix them with, and what do you think?