Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cover FX Blotting Powder in Light Review

Cover FX Blotting Powder in Light
Bought for: P523 | SRP: P1,307
Bought from: Sephora Philippines

Recently, I had a major haul from Sephora which I was very excited to share with you. One of the items I impulsively purchased is this Cover FX Blotting Powder which I didn't really know anything about prior to buying. I haven't taken the time to read reviews online either for I was afraid it will get sold out before I even put it in my cart. The only thing that really convinced me is the name itself, a "blotting powder" which I initially thought would be a perfect match for my super oily skin. Is it? Spoiler alert: I am having love and hate relationship with this product but I already hit the pan!

Claims and Ingredients

Claims (as per Sephora)

This pressed blotting powder is formulated with vitamins and good-for-your skin ingredients. Shine control and oil absorption agents minimize shine and absorb excess oil while key vitamins soothe and moisturize the skin. Formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. Clinically tested and vegan. Free of gluten, mineral oil, and talc.


The compact powder comes in a box that has all necessary information like claims and ingredients. Inside, you'll see a slim, sleek and silver compact powder with shimmers on it. I like how it feels on my hand, very travel-friendly and won't require much space in my makeup pouch. One thing I was disappointed about upon receiving this product is the fact that a part of the name displayed on the compact was sort of erased. I don't have any idea if I was sent an old batch because of this, nonetheless, it is something I can easily forgive.

The compact can be opened by pushing the button below and there you'll find a puff which wasn't very useful either. Since I don't like bringing big stuff like makeup brushes whenever I'm out (I'd like keeping my bag lightweight and small), I just had to make the puff work. Just make sure to clean it every use and I'm using my Naked Glory Makeup Brush Cleaner  for a hassle-free brushes and puffs bathing. 

Texture, Consistency, and Ease of Application

This powder comes in three shades--Light, Medium and Deep. I got the light one 'cause Medium looks too dark on the pan. Thankfully, Light matches my skin tone. I don't think it would do anything different though as this product provides completely sheer finish. I tried running my point fingers onto the pan just to check how the powder feels on the skin and it felt so smooth. I already know that it's very lightweight on the skin and won't provide additional color or texture which is what I prefer. If you are after additional coverage though, I don't suggest that you get this.

With the accompanying puff, it is quite easy to apply product onto your face and notice how it instantly makes your skin look matte without emphasizing dry patches on your skin. It also does not smell anything awful.


This product mainly claims to blot out excess oil on the skin which I don't have any issues on. It provides instant oil control without dryness but it does not lasts quite decently on the skin. I find myself oiling up after 2 hours from the moment I retouch which I don't think a good sign for something you bought so pricey. I like how my skin look so fresh and pores so fine but this product does not do much other than that.

In fact, I tried Cover FX Blotting Powder with my liquid foundations and it just made them look cakey after I diffuse the powder. I ended up cleansing my makeup away that very moment. I gave it multiple times until I got hopeless. I tried to put it alone on top of my sunscreen and there I realize that this is how it's supposed to work. Because I rarely use makeup now whenever I'm off to work, I just shrugged it off and make it my everyday powder instead of using talc-based ones. Thankfully, this product is vegan and didn't cause me any breakouts.

Overall Thoughts

I've always known Cover FX as one of the high end brands that exists in the world of beauty but this is my first time trying out a product from their makeup line. Although I bought quite a few stuff from the same brand, I just felt like I had to use this one first and I'm glad that I got it for 60% off as I wouldn't afford its original price. To be honest, I think this product is quite expensive for what it does on the skin and a lot of drugstore powders do just the same job. I liked this product, don't get me wrong, but if you can find something much more affordable than this, I suggest you go with them instead. I like Maybelline and Loreal Pressed Powders.


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