As promised, a more in-depth study of the Custom Cover Drops from Cover FX. There’s been quite a bit of hype surrounding this little bottle of foundation pigment and I will start by saying that the hype is not unfounded: this is a rather revolutionary makeup product that lives up to its claims. And the claims are – mainly – that this is a highly concentrated pigment (tick) that allows you to customise any product in your beauty regime (tick). That means you can turn pretty much any face-finishing product into a foundation or tinted moisturiser and be in total control of the coverage. Add to a day cream, serum, face oil, SPF, even an eye cream to create a concealer – the more drops you add, the more coverage you get.
Let’s take a little look at the way the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops work. My own preference is to mix the drops with my face product (in this case I used my Omorovicza moisturiser), starting with just one drop and adding more if I want to build the coverage. For the purposes of experimentation, I made two different versions in the following photo; a sheer tint (on the right) and a fuller coverage (left side of my face).
You can see that the resulting face bases are very different – imagine how many versions of the same shade you could make if you got your different creams and potions involved? Rich, hydrating bases; light, fluid, sheer bases and tinted suncreams that are precisely the right tone for your skin. The possibilities are endless! In the next photo I’ve blended in the fuller coverage version all over:
A nice, even finish with excellent coverage. Though – for once – it’s hard to review, because the mix itself is of my own making! In a way, it’s tricky because if the base looks weird, you kind of only have yourself to blame. The drops need to be mixed properly, with a product that’s suitable (regular moisturisers work very well) and you need to make sure you’ve chosen the right shade. Here, I’m wearing N20, but I could probably go a shade in each direction and just about be OK… I do think that it’s the kind of product you might want to try at a counter before you buy – and make sure that you don’t just test the neat pigment, but ask for a bit of primer to mix it in with, and then a bit of moisturiser. Experiment. They’ll be used to it!