Last week I posted about my Josie Maran foundation that I loved, but the color was off, and it oxidized on my face. I tried everything I could to make it work and sadly, I had to return it. That left me with one problem, I had no foundation to match my skin. But my 30 days were about to be up for my return so I had to return it when I did. I quickly ran to Sephora to grab a foundation.
Truth be told, I don't really care for Sephora. Their house brand isn't cruelty free, which makes me want to not spend any of my money there. But, they have that fancy tool that can tell you which foundations match your face. That's my biggest issue with foundation shopping is that my face is the weirdest color and nothing ever matches. So I totally needed some help, and I needed foundation fast. I know what brands I can and can't use (the girl didn't, of course), so I just needed a color match and I was good. Time was of the essence!
I had wanted to try Kat Von D, but according to the shade matcher, she had no powder foundation that matched me. However, CoverFX did. They're a well known cruelty free and vegan company, and I haven't tried their makeup in years. I remember last time I tried it, the girl A) gave me the wrong shade and B) I didn't like it much. So I returned it and never looked back. But at this point I didn't care, I just wanted something to match until I found the foundation I really wanted and I could return it.
A word of the wise, even though Sephora has that fancy shade matcher tool, and it helps guide you to where your shade is, it's not always right. It is a good place to start though if you have no idea what shades to look at, or if you're like me, you have to the most difficult skin to match. The tool chose G40 which the girl said was too dark even before using it on me. So she also brought G30 and G20. I'll be honest, I was surprised it wasn't an N color. I don't have golden undertones, I have neutral undertones. I tried to verify that with her and she just kind of looked at me a little weird. She put G30 on one side and G20 on the other, and the lights there suck, so I couldn't even tell the difference. I asked her, and she was essentially useless. Who helped? My husband, of all people. He told me which cheek looked better. I try to go a shade lighter because my face is naturally darker than my neck. Between that and my husband's help, I got G20, which is for fair to light skin with golden undertones. I have light to medium skin with neutral undertones. But, I gave it the benefit of the doubt considering I didn't actually apply it yet.
When I applied it, the shade matched better than I thought, but I don't think I'm sold. Don't get me wrong, it's 100% better than the Josie Maran shade, but I'm not convinced. I need to see N20 or N30 on me, so I can compare.
Enough about Sephora and colors, let's talk about the foundation itself:
-There's not a lot of product fall out from my brush so it's not super messy and there's less waste, which I appreciate.
-They do offer a ton of shades with golden, neutral, and pink undertones. So you're bound to find one that matches you.
-The coverage is nice, but it's not full coverage. It covers my redness well, but my acne discoloration doesn't get covered. If I use concealer it does help. The coverage is build able and I think it builds nicely without being cakey.
-If you have any dry skin, be mindful as this does cling to those patches.
-It's has oil absorbing microspheres to help with excess oil. I can say that my cheeks look great, but t-zone gets oily even still. I recommend blotting and reapplying if you can. I use a finishing powder and that helps to keep it fresh for most of my work day.
-It does leave a matte finish, and I use Modern Mineral's Tea Rose Glow which adds just a bit of shimmer to make my face soft. It's a good mix.
-This foundation is free of: gluten, parabens, fragrance, talc, and mineral oil. There isn't a ton of ingredients, but it's still not a super green makeup product.
-The price is $36, which isn't terrible. I've seen higher and lower prices, but I think that's a little higher than average.
-If you do choose to use this foundation and go to Sephora to find your shade, try it in the store, and if you like it, order it on the Cover FX website. Sephora isn't my favorite company and had I not needed foundation that day, I would've order it online. Like I said, I'm going to try this to see if it's my shade and if I like it, and if I do, I'm going to order it on the Cover FX website and return it back to Sephora when I get mine in the mail. Sephora has a 30 day return policy. Please spend your money at stores and companies that have a cruelty free value system. Always choose compassion!
Overall, I enjoyed this foundation more than when I tried last time. It worked when I needed it to. I have some Jane Iredale foundations that came in that I'm super excited to try. My search for the perfection foundation continues..