I am in my late 40s, with oily and acne-prone skin exacerbated by menopausal hormone swings, so I was excited to try the Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38). I am not a huge fan of primers in general, as I think they add an unnecessary layer to my makeup routine. But if a product might possibly help against acne, and also mattify, exfoliate, and “extend foundation wear” (as the packaging stated), that would be terrific.
The Cover FX Mattifying Primer goes on like any other primer, clear and sort of filmy and lightweight. I applied the product in the morning as the first layer on my skin after washing my face. If you have ever used a salicylic acid product, you will recognize the gentle tingly feeling the Cover/FX Mattifying Primer has. The product packaging says that the primer is paraben, sulfate, fragrance, gluten, mineral oil and talc free. The touted ingredient is willow bark extract, which contains a natural form of salicylic acid, a well-known acne fighter. The willow bark extract is also supposed to help exfoliate the skin and reduce sebum buildup.
Does Cover/FX Mattifying Primer actually “mattify” and exfoliate your skin as well as extend the life of your foundation? Well, it didn’t for me! My skin remained shiny as the day progressed, and didn’t have any effect on my foundation. I noticed no difference in breakouts; I still had the occasional acne flare-up while using this primer. Perhaps my hormones are just too strong for the willowbark!
I was disappointed in this product, hoping it would show better results with mattifying and exfoliating my skin and preventing breakouts. It may work for someone who has very mild acne.