Mar 15 2015

Skincare Sunday: Cover Fx Primer Reviews


The trend of testing minis here on Beauty Isles continues with some Cover Fx Primer Reviews. For those of you who don’t know, when I “collect” deluxe samples or minis (GWP’s, Sephora perks, etc), I group them by brand. Since starting the blog, this means storing them in zip lock baggies and when I acquire several products from the same brand, I consider doing a review. Usually I take pictures first and if, after testing, I think they are worth talking about, well, then I talk about them. 🙂


Cover Fx Primer Review


Cover Fx is a brand that is mostly available in Canada and the U.S. It was created and founded as an Ontario Corporation on the philosophy that products should offer therapeutic benefits and environmental protection while being free of all irritants and suitable for even the most sensitive skin. In 2012, the brand got a make over, continuing to offer great products but with a consumer conscience aesthetic.

I’d always hear great things about their base products and was excited to see how I would get on with their primers. I have mentioned the BB Gel before, but I thought I’d include it here with greater detail.


Cover Fx Primer Review – Calming 


According to Cover FX, “this Technologically Advanced formula is gentle enough for use on Ultra-Sensitive skin, including skin with Rosacea, Sunburns and irritation caused by chemical peels and laster treatments”. Vegan and free of the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc. The ingredients are meant to work as follows:

  • ENDOTHELYOL® – visibly reduces skin redness while brightening skin tone.
  • St. John’s Wort  – calms and soothes red, irritated skin.
  • TEGO Pep 4-17 – helps support the natural production of collagen and helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
  • DEFENSIL-PLUS – alleviates stressed and irritable skin, effectively replenishing and protecting the damaged skin barrier.
  • Phytosphingosine & Bisabolol –  powerful anti-inflammatories.


Cover Fx Primer Review Calming Primer


This primer feels so smooth on the skin, like a typical silicone based primer would but much less greasy. I looked at the full ingredient list and noticed the ingredient: Polydiethylsiloxane. This is not to be confused with the more typical Polydimethylsiloxane (Dimethicones), which the calming primer does not contain. Polydiethylsiloxane seems to be a modified silicone. According to this article on Gelest Inc., “Polydiethylsiloxane has a slippery, emollient, yet non-greasy skin feel with more body and cushion than Dimethicones of equal viscosities”.  Furthermore, it is “tasteless, odorless, and essentially non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing”. (This other article basically says the same thing).

Was that a digression or what? Sorry, I just found it so interesting.


Cover Fx Primer Review Calming Primer


Immediately after applying the primer the skin, there is a slight cooling sensation – but not in a minty or menthol way – just soothing. After I wash and moisturize in the morning, my faces gets somewhat red and tends to stay that way for a little while (or until I cover it with makeup).  When I apply this primer, however, within a few seconds I notice the redness begin to fade. Like a good primer, it also helps to extend the wear of my base.

Sensitive skin beauties may want to check this one out (or maybe get a sample). The Calming Primer retails for $38.00 USD (30 mL/1.0 FL OZ)


Cover Fx Primer Review – Mattifying With Anti-Acne Treatment


According to the company, “this lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless.” Vegan and free of the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc. The ingredients are meant to work as follows:

  • Willowbark extract – naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body’s natural cell renewal process.
  • Ancient African Tree Bark Extract – reduces pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne while a natural fruit acid gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores.
  • Vitamins F, C, and E – protect the skin soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging.
  • Vitamin F esters, Squalene, and Hyaluronic Acid  – nourish and moisturize the skin.


Cover Fx Primer Review Mattifying Primer


This primer, on the other hand, does feel more like a typical primer and does contain Dimethicone. Though, I will note that the Dimethicone is the 9th ingredient listed whereas in most silicone-based primers its among the top three ingredients. After talking so much about silcones you may think I’m against them but I’m not.  I use plenty of products that contain silicones as many people do (you might be surprised when you sit down to take a look at the ingredients in your products). Though I have no issue with it,  I know that some people would prefer not to use it for a variety of reasons, so I figure it’s worth talking about.


Cover Fx Primer Review Mattifying Primer


Anyway, this primer works great and is comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish, though a tad less “greasy” feeling. It is moderately mattifying but not in a “dry your skin out” way. I also like the addition of the salicylic acid which I always enjoy in products to help keep breakouts at bay.

A full size retails for $38.00 USD (30 mL/1.0 FL OZ) but if you’re interested in testing it out you can get a mini at Sephora for $16.00.


Cover Fx BB Gel Mattifying Anti-Blemish Treatment


Technically not a primer, but I like to use it underneath my foundation. However, the BB gel is designed to be used as a base and does provide a light to medium coverage. According to the company, “this lightweight formula treats blemishes, mattifies without drying and provides powerful antioxidant protection with buildable coverage and a matte finish.” Vegan and free of the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc. The ingredients are meant to work as follows:

  • Salicylic Acid and Thyme extract – treat blemishes (even hormonal acne).
  • Babchi Seed Extract –  increases cell renewal.
  • EVERMAT ™ – reduces the production of sebum, shrinks pore size and controls shine.
  • Vitamin C –  provides powerful protection from environmental stresses and protect against premature skin aging.
  • Phytosphingosine plus Bisabolol – reduce redness and soothe inflammation.
  • SK-influx V + a synergistic blend of Ceramides – restore the skin’s protective moisture barrier and improve elasticity.


Cover Fx Primer Review BB Gel Mattifing Anti Blemish Treatment


I like that, for a bb cream, there is a pretty decent shade range. The BB Gel is offered in 10 shades ranging from light to deep which are further divided into pink, neutral and golden undertones. Another interesting thing about this product is that it “features a Hydrating Clay that retains 8% of its weight in water. Due to the high water content of this clay, you will notice the color dries one shade lighter when blended.” This is so true! You may be able to see from the swatch below but the outer edge of the swatch, which has dried faster than the center, is lighter!


Cover Fx Primer Review BB Gel Mattifing Anti Blemish Treatment


I really, really like this BB gel as evident by the fact that this is my third sample tube. Yes, I was hoarding them. One day I’m going to have to face up to facts and purchase a full size which retails for $45.00 USD (30 mL/1.0 FL OZ).

Cover Fx is definitely a mid range to high end brand and the prices reflect that. But I’m truly impressed with the products I’ve tried so far. Are you familiar with Cover fx? What’s your favourite primer (if you use one)?


You can find Cover Fx products at Sephora or on the company website.





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  1. They sounds lovely and so well thought, the Calming one sounds so interesting 🙂 xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    1. Thanks, Gyudy. I’m really interested in trying more from Coverfx! xo

    • Jaa on March 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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    I also got that Calming Primer sample from Sephora! I love the texture but sadly, it didn’t do much else for me. I’m curious about the BB Gel, though! Interesting how it lightens up a shade once dry!

    1. I thought it was interesting, especially as most bases tend to darken once on the skin. Too bad the Calming Primer didn’t work for you, but, of course, we all have different needs. And that’s why these Sephora samples are so great! 🙂

  2. Never used a primer before. Yes indeed! I should try the samples too.

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