Review: Cover FX's Water Cloud Primer Is Anti-Pollution | Clozette


What are the things you typically expect of a good primer? A smooth canvas to put your makeup on? Longevity? Pore-blurring qualities? Cover FX recently launched a primer that promises all that, with a major bonus: pollution defence. This year, there’s been a growing trend among skincare brands when it comes to adding environmental stress-fighting properties in their products. With more people choosing to live in the city, constant exposure to smoke and free radicals is inevitable, resulting in rapid signs of ageing. Cover FX’s Water Cloud Primer adds to the roster of anti-pollution products that help strengthen your skin barrier against environmental aggressors and skin damage. Seems promising? I decided to try it for myself to see how well it holds up against other primers in the market.



cover fx water cloud primer


Packaging and Texture


The Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is neatly packaged in a minimalist white squeeze tube. Cover FX’s products are known for their functional, no-frills approach to makeup though in terms of design, this primer seems to err on the side of simplicity. Functionality, however, is excellent as the squeeze tube is perfect for delivering a controlled amount of product and minimising contamination.


cover fx water cloud primer swatch


In terms of texture, the primer is really something of a dream. It comes out mousse-like in a light shade of blue which appears transparent once blended. It’s lightweight and there’s a noticeable cooling sensation once it touches your skin—one which is quite similar to after-sun gels. I think this would really appeal to those who live in a hot, humid climate as it feels incredibly soothing.


Application and Wearability


The primer is spreadable though it sinks into the skin rather quickly so it felt as if I needed to put more on to cover all areas of my face. Its pore-blurring qualities are minimal; I don’t really struggle with large pores though there are a few on the sides of my nose and the primer didn’t really make much of a difference in that area. At the time, I was struggling with a bit of redness from the heat and the primer only managed to tone it down slightly. Prior to application, I also used a sunscreen which gives the skin a bit of shine though the primer managed to mattify the finish fairly well.


cover fx water cloud primer makeup test


As a base, it smoothed out my skin enough to make light work of makeup application. That being said, I don’t particularly have any dramatically uneven skin texture so I can’t say for certain how this will work for those who do. I appreciate how it minimised shine even hours later and there were fewer touch ups with this on when it came to oil control. Longevity is average though--it made my makeup stay on a bit longer than normal, but I could already see traces of wear after a little over four hours.




Overall Thoughts


I think the biggest selling point of the Cover FX Water Cloud Primer is in how it claimed to protect against pollution and blue light. The formulation is also skin-friendly in that it’s free from parabens, fragrance, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates, and phthalates. The fact that it’s vegan and cruelty-free is also a huge plus. As a primer however, I don’t think it does extremely well. At SGD58 for 30ml, it’s pretty steep in comparison with other available primers on the market, though not all of them have the same anti-pollution qualities as this one. I’m still on the lookout for a primer which can cover all bases when it comes to colour-correction, smoothing, priming, and getting my makeup to last but Cover FX’s Water Cloud primer has also led me to consider looking for alternative pollution-defence products to add to my skincare.


The Cover FX primer is available at the Sephora SG store and site.

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Gone are the days when a new cellphone model would excite me. These days, tech in beauty is more my jam. My first foray into the beauty gadget world was through the Foreo Luna Mini 2, which left quite a good impression on me, creating hope for more fun finds in the tech-beauty dimension. When first presented with the prospect of trying out the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri Light ++, however, my old sceptical self shone through. I may have lucked out in my first gadget, but did this one surprise me in a good way as well?


What's the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri Light ++?


The Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light usually comes in a white, but the one I tried was in a beautiful rose gold.


The device is said to combine the power of NASA-inspired LED Chromotherapy to activate the light receptors in the skin and Low Frequency Stimulation to address different skin concerns like brightening, anti-ageing, blemish control and more. The original version of the teardrop-shaped device has three lights while the limited-edition one in sleek Rose Gold, which I got to try, has five.

Turning the device on (and off) and choosing your light based on your concern is pretty straightforward with just pressing the power button. Red is for repairing damaged skin cells, yellow is for brightening the complexion, blue is for soothing sensitive and acne-prone skin, orange is for a combination of repair and brightening, and purple is for a mix of soothing and anti-ageing. A couple of other benefits the device promise are boosting the absorption of skincare products and V-sculpt, which helps give you a lifted V-shape and reduces water retention.


How the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light works


How to use it


Using it is pretty straightforward, too. Just pick the light according to your skin concern, glide the circular applicator on with the help of a water-based product (a serum or a mask) using circular, upward motions for 10 minutes, et voila! — facial in a flash.


The different lights of the device


I have quite a few skin concerns but I wanted to test the device on those where I can see a quantifiable result a day or so after use. So I alternated the yellow and blue lights (with some days using the other lights so I can test them all out). I used it with the Deoproce Aloe Vera Gel after putting on my toner. It does give off a bit of warmth but nothing I was uncomfortable with.


How was my experience?


The day after using it for the first time, I was surprised to see my skin glowing; I almost squealed. Using it for 10 minutes for a couple of days was bearable, but I'd have to admit that using it for that long a time every single day would prove to be cumbersome. After a few more days, I felt like I was already accustomed to how my skin looked so I wasn't wowed by the results anymore. But I saw a friend sometime during my first week of testing it and she commented that my skin looked better than when we last saw each other. Two weeks into using the device, another friend shared how “fresh” she thought I look.



Overall thoughts


I'll admit that there were qualms when I first started using it, with questions such as “How would I know if it really works or if it's my mask that's carrying the weight?”, “Can I do this by using just any LED light in a similar colour?”, “Will I get similar results with my cocktail of acids?” and “Is it worthy of its price?” swirling in my head.


Now that I've arrived at the end of my testing voyage (pun intended), I'd say it really does work (my skin looks calmer now and has a nice glow to it) — just don't expect it to be a miracle-worker that will grant all your skin-related wishes overnight. It's more an investment that grows over time than a straight-up purchase to fill an urgent need. So if you can commit to its price of SGD398/USD295, I say go right ahead. Or maybe wait until they release a version that's rechargeable; the latest one's powered by three AAA batteries — that would make the purchase even more worth it.



Get the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light here.


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