It’s day 2 of our collaboration and on the blog today I share my thoughts on my very first Cover fx product that I received in one of my boxycharm boxes sometime last year. If you haven’t read yesterday’s post where I’ve shared my thoughts on the Mac Cosmetics Prep and Prime Fix+ matte spray, then please click HERE.
Cover FX Illumination Setting Spray – 120ml – $31- +/- R420
The key to getting a gorgeous, dewy glow is to keep shine in check and not many illuminating sprays can give a stunning healthy glow while still keeping the shine at bay. Does this tick those boxes? Let’s find out
A quick drying setting spray that sets makeup for all-day wear and imparts instant, all-over illumination. It’s alcohol-free, so it’s not drying to the skin.
What it Does:
Ready. Set. Glow! This alcohol-free setting spray provides instant illumination while giving your makeup serious staying power. The ultra-fine mist application delivers an even, luminous finish making this a perfect all-over highlighter for both face and body– and the more you mist, the more intense you glow.
My experience with the Cover FX illuminating spray
This spray has the finest mist you’ll ever find. It’s great because you get a great even layer and it won’t disturb your makeup and leave those horrible large drops on your face. This can also be a bad thing as one can easily get carried away because you can hardly feel it on your skin.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this spray because I read mixed reviews as many said that it made them look like a disco ball. I wonder how much product they sprayed #thinkingface
The key here is to shake the bottle well and I mean you HAVE TO SHAKE IT UNTIL SHAKING GOES OUT OF FASHION LOL! If you don’t then you run the risk of the glitter particles not diffusing well and not spraying as finely as it should. So shake up ladies or else you’ll end up looking like a glitter bomb. Lol!
Disclaimer: I have oily skin and testing this in winter gives the spray a bit of an advantage, so bear in mind these may not perform the same in summer.
For control purposes, I decided to test all the sprays using the exact same face product because the different formulas in primers and foundations can alter the performance of the spray. I used the following products:
- Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50 – Eucerin Sun Gel-Creme Oil Control Dry Touch SPF 50+ is a daily sunscreen with a very high sun protection factor specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone facial skin
- Glamglow volcasmic matte glow moisturizer – Our first-of-its-kind matte glow mega moisturizer that does it all: hydrates, primes, and controls shine. VOLCASMIC™ delivers rich moisture to your skin with its advanced lightweight pressed water balm formula, leaving skin deeply hydrated yet non-shiny, with a sexy velvet finish.
- Cover Fx blurring primer – A lightweight, soft focus primer that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections creating a smooth canvas for a flawless foundation application.
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation – Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this long-wearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on the skin—so you always look like you.
I tested each of the sprays for full days (usually about 8-10hours) and I checked in at the 5-hour and 8-hour mark and if I’ve had it on for longer than 8 hours then I would check in before removing my makeup.
5 hour – At this point, I would expect to see some oils coming through between my eyebrows and little on the sides of my nose but my skin still looked perfect. No sign of any oils which took me by surprise seeing as this is an illuminating spray.
8 hour – I’m not gonna lie, I expected to see an oily t-zone by this time but there was nothing in sight. My makeup did not budge and there was no separation at all.
A few cons of this product that you have to shake it like crazy (longer than a minute), also the nozzle gets clogged so be sure to clean it before spraying or else it won’t spray evenly. Also, because it sprays so finely one can easily get carried away so know that 4-5 spritz is more than enough.
The pros definitely outweigh the cons because not only does this spray give a stunning glow but it’s non-drying, not overly hydrating (where you look overly dewy), it takes away the powderiness as well as locks your makeup in place.
I think it ticks all the boxes in terms of what I look for in an illuminating spray. Have you used it? Do you love it? Let me know?
Simone over at “An Ordinary Gal” is reviewing the Avon Magix Prep and Prime spray on her blog today so be sure to click HERE to read her thoughts.