I may not wear foundation on a daily basis but I'm an avid user of makeup primers! Not a day goes by without wearing one (except on weekends). Pore-minimizing primer is a staple, a must, for me but my second favorite is the illuminating kind. There's nothing I love more than a healthy, glowing skin. :)
Cover FX makes a few different types of face primers to suit different skin concerns. Illuminating Primer targets dull/tired complexion and leaves it brighter and more luminous after use. It is packaged in a flattened, squeeze tube with a nozzle that allows for easy dispensing of the amount needed. I tried to concentrate on the scent and while I couldn't detect parfum in the ingredient list, I smelled something slightly natural, slightly synthetic. It's not off-putting by any means and will dissipate upon application.
It is a silicone-free, water-based primer that has all kinds of skin-benefiting ingredients. For starters, it has Vitamin C and E to fight free radicals, Gatuline Radiance Illuminate and Refine to improve the look of dull skin, Hylasome EG10 to hydrate and moisturize, and Panthenol to give skin a smoother appearance. It's also formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, and Talc!
Being water-based, it doesn't play well with oil-based foundations. You'll have to compare ingredients to see if they are compatible. Using the wrong type of foundation, this primer could disintegrate its coverage resulting in shortened wear time. If your favorite foundation is water-based, then you are good to go!
Looking up-close, you'll notice that the formula is packed full with ultra-refined, light-reflecting pearls to give your skin a beautiful, luminous glow. It is beige-tinted in color but applies translucent on the skin. I wouldn't say it turns completely invisible because it does leave a very subtle whitish veil on the skin as seen in my arm swatch below. This veil helps brighten up your complexion leaving it more radiant.
The formula is very smooth and nourishing! I feel that it would be best suited to dry and normal skin. It glides on effortlessly while providing an extra layer of hydration to my face. Not only does it add glow, it also flawlessly preps and provides a good canvas for my foundation application. Anything you put on top will have a better glide and blendability. It does extend the wear of my makeup, too, which still looks very fresh at the end of the day whenever I wear this primer. :)
It doesn't disguise imperfections but it definitely helps smooth out the skin's texture so your skin appears more even. I usually apply it all over my face but decidedly leave my oily T-zone and enlarged pores untouched to avoid shimmery pearls in the formula highlighting them.
I like to wear it alone and top with loose powder on my good skin days but it works great mixed with foundations, too. It can also be used as a spot highlighter on the high points of the face such as brow bones, cheekbones, cupid's bow as well as the bridge of the nose. I like how the glowy effect isn't too subtle that it gets lost or covered up by the makeup I put on top.
Judging from my picture above, you can just tell how flawlessly smooth and moisturizing this primer is. And it really feels like that in person! It leaves skin a luminous and hydrating finish without being excessively oily or shiny, and for this reason, I think anyone with dry or normal skin will love it. This is yet another wonderful product from Cover FX that I wholeheartedly give it a thumbs up! :)
Disclosure: The featured product was provided for review consideration. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own.