Finding the base that has just the right coverage, color, and tone can make a gal feel like the Goldilocks of the makeup counter. Too matte, too opaque, too sheer, too yellow… the toos about. Recently (during consecutive Sephora sales) I’ve collected two products that are designed to contend with just this conundrum, allowing you to customize the amount of coverage you are getting from your base products.
The Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops and the Ardency Inn Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate. I bought them because I wanted to try out ramping up the coverage of one of my fave summer products. The Yes to Grapefruit Correct and Repair CC Cream. I love the scent, the feel, and the finish, but as they tell us right on the label, it is ‘lightly tinted’, so unless I’m in a really good skin phase (rarer than said Sephora sales) it’s not quite sufficient on the coverage front.
Since I had two of these types of products, I thought I’d feature them together. That said, I did not optimize the amount of product I used to balance the coverage levels between the two, so please do not take this as a compare and contrast between the two products. In fact, I’d say these products perform quite similarly and have similar benefits and points to keep in mind.
First off, here’s a preview of the consistency of each product.
As I’d mentioned in my Sephora minihaul a while back, the concentrated Cover Fx drop appeared deceptively dark/orangey, but sheered out this definitely turned out to be a good match for me.
Here’s the Ardency Inn droplet, it appeared to be a good match and sheering it out confirmed that guess.
Now for the before and afters. In each trio, the first shot is bare, the second is with just the Yes to CC Cream, and the third is the Yes to + the customizer. I’m still working out the amount of each that I need. Both products were mixed with ~ 1/2 a pump of the CC Cream, as I’d already used 1 whole pump for both just CC Cream shots. I like the luminization of the CC Cream by itself, and it does do a bit of skin tone evening, but the coverage is quite light.
With the Cover Fx, I used two baby droplets as dispensed by the dropper that comes in the product. Next time, I might try three droplets….
With the Ardency Inn, I used a full pump and I think that was a bit much. Next time, I’ll try half a pump…
So, I’ve got to say I’m pleased with both purchases and am looking forward to figuring out what the best recipe is with each one!
1. Endless possibilities to extend any base products to which one would like to add a bit (or a bunch) of coverage
2. Available in a wide range of colors for even easier customization
- Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops- 24 shades across 3 tones (pink, neutral, golden)
- Ardency Inn Custom Coverage Concentrate – 10 shades
2. A little goes a very long way, so the investment will last
3. Applied nicely, even with just fingers
Points to keep in mind
1. I do not believe either product contains sunscreen, so be sure to mix with one that does, or else use a sunscreen beforehand.
2. I thought both were quite mattifying on me. I was thrilled from the perspective of oil control for my combo-to-oily skin. My experience was that it was good to be well moisturized and exfoliated prior to application. Of course, isn’t that always the case!
I hope this has been helpful and please fill me in on your favorite ways to customize!
*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer. I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional. There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.
**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free