Thursday, 18 October 2018

Are the Cover FX drops worth it? | Rose Gold & Moonlight

I'm really annoyed because I had this post written up for months, with tonnes of detail, and somehow yesterday I managed to save another post I was working on over this. I don't even know how I did it! So I'm going to try to replicate this as best as I can.

Also, I was considering changing my comments to Disqus as Google ended up closing open ID which made it harder for people to comment (although I've opened the anonymous bit for people who want to comment using their name and email without having to log in). However, when I was looking at Disqus there were quite a few articles about people having trouble signing in and using it, and on an instagram poll I did it was literally split 50/50 for Disqus and Blogger. So I'm going to leave it for now but do let me know if you really prefer one over the other.

Cover FX enhancer drops - Rose Gold & Moonlight
I was longing after the Cover FX enhancer drops for ages because I'm very much one of those who prefers a nice liquid/cream highlighter sheen. I'm afraid that blinding highlights aren't my thing, plus I think cream or liquid formulas just go so much better on my dry skin. I had heard that these gave a really nice, almost wet look sheen, but at £34 a bottle they don't come cheap! I did see that they had a set of 4 minis in the Christmas shop for £20, however I was busy with work and by the time I checked they were all sold out. In comes Depop! I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but I've been addicted to it (you have Charlotte from Charlotte's Picks to blame for this!). I managed to pick them up from there. Rose Gold was the first one I purchased but I felt like trying a more universal shade too, so I got Moonlight later on.

Cover FX enhancer drops - Rose Gold & Moonlight
Rose Gold (the larger bottle at the front in the above picture) is a coppery bronzey pink (which makes no sense, I know). Basically, think of your classic rose gold jewellery and imagine something slightly deeper and with more of a copper undertone. I was afraid that this shade wouldn't suit me as it is targeted towards deeper skintones due to the copper undertone, but I think I can just about get away with it and infact it actually looks much more natural on me compared to Moonlight. I think if you have a medium (with peachy tones) to deep skintone it would work best for you. However, I don't think this would work for fair skin as a highlighter.

Fun story: I didn't want to trek to Selfridges to try out the rose gold shade before I brought it, and I had heard MUR Bronze Gold was a dupe so I went to Superdrug to swatch that instead. I think in terms of a dupe it does work pretty well and I was quite impressed. As per formula, yes it might be slightly shimmery but as I'll explain below so are these to be honest.

Moonlight on the other hand looks like your classic champagne shade in the tube and when swatched, however it is a slightly different story when I apply it as I'll explain. I don't think this is as universally flattering as I expected, so I would say it would work best for light to medium (at a push) skintones. I also find this shade to actually be a bit more shimmery than Rose Gold.

Cover FX enhancer drops - Rose Gold & Moonlight swatches
My first impressions of the Cover FX enhancer drops weren't actually positive. I honestly thought, and going by the swatches I had seen online, that they would leave a natural looking sheen. In actual fact however, I do find them very shimmery and I think the glitter particles can look quite noticeable if you don't try to tone it down. Again, this is from my viewpoint as I prefer a natural looking highlight, so that's not to say someone else wouldn't enjoy them.

I also don't wear foundation on a daily basis so that's not really an everyday option for me in order to tone them down. I did try them out in various ways though to let you know what I thought.

On their own: Rose Gold I can just about get away with on it's own if I apply a light layer and blend the edges with a beauty blender, it can look flattering this way. However, Moonlight comes up as too shimmery and it actually translates with quite a silver tone on my skin which can look a bit jarring.

With moisturiser mixed in: This definitely helps tone them down, and kind of prevents you from going over the top. However, the perils of having dry skin is that my skin will soak up the moisturiser and leave the glitter particles on the top looking noticeable, so this didn't work for me.

With foundation over the top/mixed in: This again helped tone them down to an extent but the foundation almost covered the 'sheen', and again like the moisturiser, made the glitter particles look noticeable.

With concealer on the top: I use a full coverage concealer most days so I sort of patted it over the top of the highlighters. This did give the most natural looking sheen, but it then kind of defeats the whole point of wearing highlighter, strobe cream would basically do that.

Cover FX enhancer drops - Rose Gold & Moonlight
Overall, I haven't been hugely impressed by them, infact I find that it takes too much time to get them to look like how I want them to appear on the skin that I actually haven't used them since I was trying them out for this (atleast they'll look pretty in my Muji-esque storage haha). Especially since I've been a bit spoilt since I got some Becca minis. Infact, Becca Opal gives more of that wet sheen look than these highlighters even though I have the pressed powder versions.

I personally wouldn't recommend them, infact I still use the Topshop Glow highlighter (reviewed here) quite often when I'm not using the Becca ones, so for the price point it's not something I would say you have to go out and get. Also, if you prefer a natural highlighter look like me, then you might actually like MAC Strobe Cream. I have loved this since I got it, and honestly it's like HG status. If you did want to try these, I would suggest the minis as a little goes a long way (a word of warning as well, I have found that the formula can congeal a bit at the top of the tube - but it doesn't really affect the usage). I also think the MUR dupes are actually a pretty good alternative, especially at the price, so that is always an option.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you tried the Cover FX Enhancer Drops or any of the dupes?

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  1. Ah it's sad these did not work out for you!

    Lotte | www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Those shades look very amazing! I love all metallic hues, they're so fabulous.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  3. Loved your honest review! Pity they were difficult to work with, I do like the look of the rose gold one though!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  4. I'll always prefer powder highlighters over liquid - I just seem to gravitate towards them more but there's a few liquid highlighters I don't mind. These cover fx ones look far too intense and unwearable which is why I've always avoided them. x

  5. That's the worst when it happens, I remember I did something quite similar before as well, was mad for a while! They are soo pretty but I definitely wouldnt go out my way to buy them, especially like you said there are some great dupes and better highlighters out there.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

  6. Oh my, I love how they look on the skin, especially the Moonlight. There is something mystical about this shade. Thank you so much for the swatches!

    Lots of love ♥ Janury Girl

  7. Having very oily skin I prefer powder highlighters and that too very subtle. I have not tried anything from Cover fx yet. these look very pretty but scare me that I will look like a disco ball hahah. Loved the way you tried using it in so many ways. The rosegold one looks more natural to the moonlight. :-)

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

  8. Lovely shades dear, so luxuriously beautiful. I need to try this myself, especially Rosegold. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  9. Nice review though i don't use much highlighter on my face anymore. :)


  10. What a shame they didn't wow you :( they're so pricey but I'm pleased there are a lot of budget alternatives too xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

  11. I've saved a post over something I'd previously written before as well. It's not a great feeling. It's great that you were able to recreate it though. Great review.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  12. I haven't tried these yet. I've been curious about them though. Moonlight looks so pretty.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  13. I can't see myself splurging for a product like this because I used a KIKO one that was amazing and compared to the Algenist one was better. I could only use them under my matte foundations xx

  14. Seems like these take some time to perfect/get right! That being said I have heard really good things about them, but I probably still wouldnt purchase them. Ain't got time for that! Haha. ;)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

  15. I'm sorry to hear that these didn't wow you =( I feel like CoverFX is so hit or miss. Its a shame you really had to work with these drops. Have you tried Buxom's illuminator?

    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

  16. You know I have heard a lot about this product but I don't know why I never tried it. Maybe things happen for a reason. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

    Samara // The Marshall Wardrobe

  17. I am not a fan of these drops either, takes too much work for me to make them look 'natural'. They are just too intense and I much prefer Algenist drops.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  18. These do look great, it's rather sad it didn't work for you. I'm sure you'll come across one that does sooner than later.

    Funmi xo

  19. I was given these drops and for some reason I thought I'd love them because the colours are so pretty, sadly they didn't work for me. I ended up giving both to my sister.

  20. These picks from Cover FX are gorgeous, a brand I haven't tried before but both of these are charming.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Laura xo

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