NEW Cover FX Power Play Foundation REVIEW

I have been a long time fan of Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops and their Cover Click, so when I saw they were launching a new complexion product - Power Play Foundation* - I knew I had to try it.

The claims are:
"A modern-matte foundation with weightless full coverage that provides a sweat proof all-day wear, powerful shine control, and environmental protection. This liquid foundation has buildable, medium to full coverage... Loaded with a trio of ultra-fine powers that control shine and visibly blur imperfections, it stays on skin all day without dulling or drying complexion. Power Play Foundation is sweat proof, waterproof, transfer-proof and provides all day wear" 
First of all, here's what I don't like about this foundation. First of all, the packaging: whilst I like the shape of the bottle, its plastic and I'd much prefer glass, plastic just feels kind of cheap to me. Secondly it doesn't have a pump, it has a thin squeezy neck which is just awkward and kind of stiff to to squeeze. Secondly, it's on the dry side. Perhaps that's what is meant by "modern-matte"? Although, to be fair to Cover FX, my skin is on the drier side as a general rule. It applies beautifully as long as I've made sure to prep my skin with a good moisturiser and a hydrating primer (think along the lines of Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base/Pixi Rose Flash Balm*/Nivea Express Hydration Primer for Dry Skin), but when I don't, I really didn't get on with this. I found it broke up around the drier areas of my face (namely my mouth and nose area) and was just generally picking up on texture. It also felt pretty uncomfortable after a couple of hours.

However, assuming I've prepped by Sahara-like skin appropriately, I love it! The coverage is phenomenal, I need such a thin layer to cover my pigmentation. And it's so light weight. It feels like a sheer foundation - a beautiful water-like consistency and silky texture - but the coverage is something I'd expect from a thick cream. It sits on the face like a second skin, it doesn't look heavy or cake-y, or grab onto pores. It dries down really quickly to a soft matte finish. It's not too matte (you know, if I've prepped), it's more like a soft focus camera effect. It smooths over everything with no shine but doesn't look like it's suffocating your skin.

 I find other product layers really well over the top of it, too. Because it dries to such a thin layer, everything on top just seems to melt into it rather than looking layered and heavy.  The wear time is really fantastic too. It doesn't go anywhere once it's on. And, it lives up to the claim that it's transfer proof. I scratched my nose whilst forgetting I was wearing make up and to my surprise the make up hadn't budged. There was no foundation smeared on my hand and it still looked pristine on my face. I was surprised (and relieved).

Overall, I do like this product, although it isn't the foundation I'd reach for everyday because my skin is a little too dry for it. However, when I know I will want something completely budge proof and/or weightless full coverage, I know this will be the one to go for (so long as I make the extra effort to prime with hydration!)

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*PR sample  


  1. Sounds like this would have been perfect for me when my skin was oily. My skin is much drier now so I'm leaning towards the dewier formulas.

    Angela | Blush & Pearls

  2. My skin is super dry so I don't think this would be great for me. I love the brush, though!
    Thank you for sharing :)

    Miriam |