As we all know, shopping for a base product can be quite frustrating. With so many things to take into consideration such as coverage, shade selection, undertone, staying power, and finish, it’s easy for a product to miss the mark and land in our rarely-used or return pile.
Cover FX, however, offers an interesting and innovative take on finding the right base product with their line of Custom Cover Drops. Rather than presenting another take-it-or-leave-it kind of product that may or may not suit your skin type or coverage needs, it offers the often-missing element you need to create your own perfect foundation, tinted moisturizer or BB cream: liquid pigments.
But these aren’t just any pigments.
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are coated in lecithin, a lipid that’s biochemically similar to our skin, so blending should be a breeze, whether you use water-, silicone- or oil-based products.
The pigments are housed in a dark glass bottle with an dropper applicator. Just one drop was enough to almost fully cover the mole on my hand, so I was already impressed right off the bat. Consistency-wise, the drops are very thin, so I knew mixing with other products wouldn’t be a problem.
The line features 24 shades, which are divided into golden, pink and neutral undertones. Shade N40—a medium on the lighter end of the spectrum with neutral undertones—ended up being the perfect match for me.
The brand recommends mixing the drops with the product of your choice—such as a moisturizer, primer or foundation—on your palm, and adding one drop for sheer coverage, two drops for medium coverage, three drops for full coverage, and four drops for total coverage.
To fully explore its uses, I tested out the Custom Cover Drops five different ways.
Now, for the experiment...
Regular Moisturizer with SPF + 1 Drop of Custom Cover Drops = Sheer Tinted Moisturizer
One drop mixed with my Caudalie Polyphenol SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid gave my skin a lovely glow. My skin was still peeking out from underneath, but I noticed that my skin looked more even and less red.
Since the coverage was so light, it faded a bit by the end of the day, but that’s typically my experience with tinted moisturizer regardless of whether I bought the product or mixed it myself.
Primer + 1 to 3 Drops of Custom Cover Drops (Depending on How Much Coverage You Want) = Long-Lasting Foundation
I wanted to see how well the drops would blend with a silicone-based product, so I mixed two drops of the pigments with the amount of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer I usually use to cover my face.
The first time I tried this concoction, I applied it with my hands and ended up with a streaky mess. But when I applied it with a brush, and was careful not to over-apply the mixture, I had the loveliest matte finish ever. Also, the coverage lasted all day and my pores were pleasantly filled.
Facial Oil + 3 Drops of Custom Cover Drops = Dewy Foundation
When I mixed two to three pigment drops with Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, I got a fresh, dewy finish plus medium-to-full coverage.
Since the mixture was oil-based and I was testing it out on a very hot day, I was careful not to rub my face at all. The staying power was good, but I ended up rubbing my face accidentally anyway.
Foundation + 1 Drop of Custom Cover Drops = More Accurate Foundation Shade or Concealer
My CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Medium Beige is a bit too pale for me now that I’m tan, so I added a drop of Custom Cover Drops to make it a better match. The drops didn’t change the consistency, and the coverage, which was full, lasted all day. The finish of the foundation, which is normally matte, remained the same.
Sunscreen Moisturizer + Primer + 1-3 Drops of Custom Cover Drops = BB Cream
I was initially worried about mixing so many products, but the drops blended in so effortlessly. The mixture had good staying power on all parts of my face except for my nose, which always gets oily. Still, I thought my custom mixture performed well and lasted me most of the day.
Overall, I like this product. At $42, it is pricey, but I plan to use it help correct the many foundations I bought that were the wrong color for me so I can stop the cycle of buying more foundation. I also plan to use this with primer for events and with moisturizing sunscreen at the beach.
As you can see in my experiments, creating a mixture that would last all day was a bit of struggle, so I would be very careful about the products I combine it with in the future. Since they’re just pigments, staying power really depends on the mixing product, so if you have oily skin, it’s best to stick to a mixing product that is known to last long on your skin type (such as a long-lasting foundation) or control shine (such as primer). And don’t forget to set with powder!
If you don’t have shiny skin, and you’re still wondering, do I really need this product?, the answer is... it depends. If you’re fine with your makeup routine as it is and you already have products that work for you and match your coloring, then you could probably do without it. However, if you prefer a more natural look and only wear full foundation occasionally, you’ll probably love this since you can mix it with your existing skincare products and adjust it according to the coverage you want. If you also have a ton of products in the wrong shade, you would also probably like this product since it lets you adjust the shade.
- Do these sound like a good fit for you?
- What’s the best multi-use product you own?
- Do you ever mix your foundations with skincare products to create a custom blend?