Cover FX – Matte Foundation Primer & Acne Treatment Gel (Clear Prep FX)

Online Description:

What it is:
A lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer that helps keep skin matte while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores.

What it is formulated to do:
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. This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. 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 assists with minimizing pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne, while a natural fruit acid complex of bilberry, sugar maple, lemon, sugar cane, and orange alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores and allow drainage. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while they support protecting against premature skin aging. Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F, esters, squalene, and hyaluronic acid nourish and moisturize the skin.


-Using clean fingers or a foundation brush, apply a small amount of product onto the face.
-Use alone as a treatment or under desired foundation texture.
-Use as a spot treatment and/or night treatment for occasional breakouts.

My Thoughts:

This review is based on their previous formula because I just checked online and it looks like they repackaged and reformulated it. I’m hoping the newer formula is better than this because this primer is garbage. This not only didn’t mattify my skin, but it wasn’t an acne treatment either! This made me break out more than any other makeup product I’ve ever used. For the longest time, I thought either my foundations or that I wasn’t cleaning my brushes thoroughly, but once I switched my primer, the problem would cease. I deal with very mild adult acne so I almost always have blemishes of some sort, but this made it so much worse all while also causing a light, burning sensation on my skin. Yes, I now know that any kind of burning sensation caused by a makeup product isn’t a good sign, but before I learned that, I always assumed it felt that way because that meant the product was working. Since I lost the receipt, I just had to keep it and use it every now and then to eventually use it up without turning my face into a blemish minefield. The consistency made me want to hurl. It reminded me of when big dogs have a lot of drool and they wipe it on your hand when you try to pet them. Just gross. This is by far one of the worst beauty products I have ever bought on a desperate impulse. Every person who suffers from any skin disorder knows how desperate we become because we just really want clear skin. It’s not just an aesthetic thing, a lot of my breakouts are painful and you get pretty tired of your face hurting. Also, I hate the packaging. I’m never a fan of a product in a tube and I always move it to a jar for easier use. Tubes just aren’t convenient for those of us with hand and wrist pain and can sometimes be a deal breaker. If you’re considering this product, I recommend stopping by your local Sephora and get a sample to try it out before you splurge on the full size, and don’t lose your receipt just in case!

Texture:                                  Cream/gel

Scent:                                      Medicinal and chemical

Recommend?                         No

Repurchase?                           Nope

Retail:                                     $38.00

Size:                                         1 oz.

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