It’s beauty happy hour, and I’m whipping up a makeup cocktail. My tonic of choice is Cover FX’s Custom Cover Drops. The Drops can be blended with moisturizers, oils, serums, foundations and more to transform the coverage brew into just the right shade for you. The first step in the recipe is pinning down that shade. The Drops are available in a whopping 24 shades. Cover FX has a handy five-question shade finder on its website to help weed through the shade thicket to determine the best option. The only question that stumped me asked whether my skin’s undertone is pink, neutral or golden. I guessed pink, and I think that is accurate because the shade I was recommended – P20 – fits my white as Casper pallor. The shade works across Cover FX’s repertoire of foundations, concealers, powders and primers.
The second step in the recipe is selecting the products that will be paired with the Drops. I experiment by injecting Drops into three products in my regular beauty stable: the very light Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion, the medium-weighted Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15, and the heavier Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45. Cover FX advises beauty mixologists add one to four drops depending on their preference for sheer to full coverage. I decide on two drops for each product. Immediately upon combining the drops with the products, the products turn into P20. Once I swipe the concoctions onto my face, I notice the coverage is pretty thin. I can barely detect the color. Wondering if, in fact, color has been deposited, I smear the excess Drops-infused formula onto my arm, and the color does appear, dimming my freckles and abhorred age spots.
No matter the texture of the product, the final cocktail does its job. As advertised, Custom Cover Drops are suitable supplements to most beauty elixirs. I chose a relatively weak cocktail, leading to a fine veil of coverage. Based on my experience, I believe the Drops are ideal for women leaning toward lighter coverage. Women with strong coverage needs should probably stick to their daily foundation and perhaps use Custom Cover Drops for spot assistance or as an extra layer. For Cover FX foundation customers across the coverage spectrum, Custom Cover Drops have the benefit of acting as an error corrector similar to nail polish after a mani-pedi done in the same shade. The greatest attribute of the Custom Cover Drops, though, is the ability to easily make your favorite sunscreen or moisturizer into tinted versions of those favorites. By forming the tinted solutions, Custom Cover Drops cuts out steps in beauty routines for those who typically rely on both tinted moisturizers and sunscreens, or serums coupled with a tinted makeup item. Cheers to that!
In case you are in the mood for a flight of beauty cocktails, here are two others for your consideration:
The Oil Well
Facial oils are crowding beauty bars, but not every beauty bar patron is an oil fan. Lauren Wolk, vice president of sales at Goldfaden, the skin care brand behind botanical oil product Fleuressence, suggests oil avoiders shouldn’t rule out oil. Instead, they can sprinkle it into their existing top product picks. “You can mix it with your moisturizer, and you can even mix it into your foundation. It adds benefits to your regime without having to take away things you may be using,” says Wolk.
Scent libations have arrived at Sephora. Earlier this year, the beauty retail chain rolled out mix bars featuring fragrances from niche brand Commodity. At the bars, Sephora shoppers can craft scents from several of Commodity’s offerings. For example, a Vesper is equal parts Gin, Gold and Book, which are three different Commodity scents; an Old Fashioned is made up of Mimosa and Whiskey, also Commodity scents; and a Sunrise is a drop of Commodity’s Rain fragrance mingled with a dash of its Moss scent. Ash Huzenlaub, chief executive officer of Commodity, told trade publication Women’s Wear Daily that the mix bars allow shoppers to create their own unique scents. “Traditionally, products in fragrance are marketed by highly paid personalities. We wanted this to be about you, the consumer, and not about any famous actress or actor,” he said.