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COVER FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment


4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.24 / 5 based on 1,111 Reviews


What it is:
A lightweight, water-resistant gel-primer that helps keep skin matte while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores.

What it is formulated to do:
This lightweight, mattifying gel-primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores. It also facilitates blending and extends your foundation while preventing and healing acne blemishes, all the while providing an instant mattifying effect, leaving skin texture looking flawless. This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of parabens, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil, and talc.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The secret to Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment is its ingredients. Willowbark extract, naturally containing salicylic acid, provides gentle exfoliation to clarify the skin and reduce sebum buildup and support the body’s natural cell renewal process. Ancient African tree bark extract assists with minimizing pore size, shine, sebum, and inflammatory acne, while a natural fruit acid complex of bilberry, sugar maple, lemon, sugar cane, and orange alpha-hydroxy acids gently exfoliates and supports the body’s natural cell renewal process to unclog pores and allow drainage. Vitamins F, C, and E protect the skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce redness while they support protecting against premature skin aging. Ancient African tree bark extract derived from the chamomile plant reduces redness and inflammation. Vitamin F, esters, squalene, and hyaluronic acid nourish and moisturize the skin.

Please note that this product was formerly known as ClearPrep FX.

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COVER FX  Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment
COVER FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment
Reviews (1111)
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  • "awesome primer for underneath your foundation if your looking for a product that is mattifying! and this product also helps to reduce the size of your pores and very easy to work into the skin i would consider buying this again" in 365 reviews
  • "while this stuff feels thick, you don't need a lot and your face ends up feeling like a smooth canvas for makeup. foundation definitely stays on longer when i use it and i don't feel like it spurs breakouts. " in 306 reviews
Taylor V.
50 reviews
If there weren’t drugstore options that are on par (and even better than) with this primer I could feel better about giving it another star but even then this is a mediocre primer at best. It works like any other silicone based primer and has the same texture you’d expect. It does work at keeping my skin smooth but I’ve noticed in the past couple weeks as our humidity is getting back up to 100% that it doesn’t keep my foundation from separating after the 5/6 hour mark. I’m also pretty sure this is causing minor breakouts along my forehead but I’m determined to use this up so I won’t know for sure until I have and am able to stop using it. I will say the tube lasts for awhile as you only need a tiny amount. I use it 3-5 days a week and have been for at least two months. I still have at least half of it left. Due to the price and the fact that what’s supposed to set this apart from other silicone, smoothing primers possibly not holding true (the anti-acne treatment) I’ll have to stick with my low rating. I was so excited to try this out after I received it in my Lucky Bag this year so it’s such a bummer it didn’t work out!
Ksenia T.
Weehawken, NJ
19 reviews
I live by this primer. This in conjunction with the natural finish foundation have kept my skin healthy and alive through some tough times. This primer smooths out your skin and makes it very silky so that your foundation goes on super smoothly and is easily blendable, I took this summer off from using primer/foundation and switched to a tinted moisturizer, and let me tell you-- the SECOND fall came around and the temperatures started going nuts, my skin freaked out, and switching back to this primer and the coverx natural finish foundation completely resolved my issues. I'm still working on healing from september/october, but the progress is astounding. Definitely would recommend and have already turned many people onto it who didn't even know that primer was a thing.
Melanie D.
158 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This was pretty great. I got this as a sephora point perk and debated buying the full size, but didnt because i have commitment issues. It is smooth and doesnt ball up or have a weird color. I applied this only to my t zone as thats where i get oily, then applied a smoothing primer all over the face. This kept my shine at bay, as opposed to smoothing primer alone. I didnt notice any changes in my t zone acne while using this, which isnt what i use a primer for anyway but i took a star off since it claims to fight acne.
Shante A.
Los Angeles, CA
179 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I used a deluxe sized sample of the COVER FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment for about 1 month and I really enjoyed it. This primer reminds me of Smashbox’s primer, which NYX has a more afforable dupe for. Anyways, this primer went on smooth and did not pill up and worked well with the foundation I was using (Tarte Rainforest of the Sea).
It did not help smooth over pores, which is why I deducted 1 star.
I was overall happy with this product, but I could easily buy something similar for a cheaper price.
Amy S.
204 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is an oily skin girls dream right here. I had not really tried a whole lot of cover fix problems products and when the Sephora consultant recommended this one I wasn’t super excited but picked it up anyways. I am glad that I did. It’s a clear primer. Feels like most primers. Kinda silicone ish. But it does not make me break out, holds on to my makeup all day and my makeup still looks amazing at the end of the day. Give this one a try if you are oily and prone to breakouts. It does have a small amount of salicylic acid which for me my skin loved!
Mo K.
Nyack, NY
116 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Overall, this isn't a bad primer, but it's not a great one either. It does keep me matte for 6-8 hours, which is great. However, it just doesn't really do anything for my foundation. It doesn't help my foundation look better or nicer. I find that when I use this primer, with all of my foundations and setting powders, my makeup always looks flat. It may make the foundation a little too matte. This is especially the case when I use a mattifying foundation to start with. 

The formula of this primer is a little strange. It looks like a typical silicone primer, but when you rub it in it doesn't have that slippery feel. It's also thicker than a regular silicone primer. Instead of having that slippery feel, it feels moisturizing. It does create a nice smooth canvas for your foundation. 

I don't recommend this primer, especially for the price. There are drugstore options that work much better than this one. 
Dani M.
bellingham, WA
267 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I was actually really surprised with this product. I had a sample size i took with me on my trip to europe because i couldnt use my full size primer anyways, i broke out from the long plane ride and literally after one, i repeat ONE use I saw significant reduction in my breakout of redness and size of pimples it was shocking. I am going to buy the full size once I run out!! 
Jennifer G.
Miami, FL
77 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
One of my FAVORITE primers. This is your guilty free wearing primer when you want to do your makeup but do not want to clog your pores or damage your skin from any zits lurking in your face. This primer is inexpensive and gentle on those red areas on the face. It will help sooth the zit while you look flawless with your makeup all at the same time.
Huda F.
Daly City, CA
42 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Cover FX is one of the best brands out on the market they are 1 of those brands where you can totally rely and depend on the product and know that it will work This matifying primer is awesome if you are oily just put a little bit in your T zone apply your foundation and you are good to go love this product and totally recommend!
Sydney A.
44 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This primer works really well for keeping oil at bay. I have not noticed anything for blemishes but it feels nice on the skin and preps the skin well for makeup application. It is pretty expensive though which is a drawback.
denise r.
181 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Where can i find one of these ?
Justine E.
Bethesda, MD
37 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Does this primer actually work and clear acne at the same time? If it does, sign me up that's exactly what I need! Please let me know your personal experiences with this product.
Kelsey G.
Elkridge, MD
60 reviews
Does this really help with acne?
Diana  G.
6 reviews
Is this a good primer for oily skin?
Christine T.
Coconut Creek , FL
103 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
So I’m looking for a new primer to try. I’m currently using cover fx mattifying primer, but I would like something new to try to mix it up a bit. Any recommendations for a good primer? 🤗💁

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