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Cover FX Holiday 2017 Custom Enhancer Drops Set

01/03

Cover FX Holiday 2017 Custom Enhancer Drops Set

Cover FX Holiday 2017 Custom Enhancer Drops Set

Cover FX Holiday 2017 Custom Enhancer Drops Set

Holiday 2017

Cover FX Holiday 2017 Custom Enhancer Drops Set ($42.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains four, miniature-sized liquid highlighters. All four shades are available individually, but the set is an excellent way to enjoy the liquid highlighter formula without committing to the higher price tag for a single shade. Plus, as a liquid-based formula, they just won’t last as long as a powder one, so the smaller sizes means finishing them has a higher possibility!

I have reviewed these shades previously, when they were originally released as individual shades, and I did not find any inconsistencies in color, finish, or texture when swatching and applying these shades to my cheeks, so I did not re-test for wear time. For each shade, I’ve included a link to my original, more in-depth review, and you can also click on the tab “Formula Overview,” which provides an in-depth overview of the formula in general.

Value

Each full-sized Custom Enhancer Drops retails for $42.00 and contains 0.50 fl. oz. or $84.00/fl. oz. The set is priced at $42.00 and contains 0.45 fl. oz. or $93.33/oz. You’re getting just about as much product as you would buying a single shade but the upside is trying four shades for the price of one.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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B

Halo

Permanent
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A+
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Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access | Cheek/Face Sets

Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access
Sephora Holiday 2017 | Early Access

The Details

Sephora has early access to over 35 holiday releases for VIB Rouges today.

Editor’s Note: I expect these to be available to everyone else sooner rather than later. I’ve split the posts across categories, so this post focuses on cheek/face sets!

Now avaialble for VIB Rouge

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CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops Set, $42.00 ($50.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Highlight, Strobe and customize your glow with these four bestselling shades of Custom Enhancer Drops. Formulated with a high concentration of ultra-refined pearls, these cult-favorite highlighters produce a high-impact liquid metal finish that can be applied alone to strobe and highlight or added to your favorite liquid foundation or skincare product for an all-over glow. Availability at Sephora.

4 x 0.15 oz/ 4.5 mL Custom Cover Drops in Celestial, Halo, Rose Gold, Moonlight

Milk Makeup Holographic Powder Quad, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Put some outer space on your face with these holographic highlighters, packed with meteorite powder and twilight pearls for intense payoff in a single swipe. The talc-free formula features avocado oil, coconut oil, and mango butter to smoothly glide onto eyes as eyeshadow, cheekbones as a highlighter, or lips and body for a hydrating and prismatic sheen. Available at Sephora.

Tarte Goddess Glow Highlighter, $35.00 (Limited Edition)

This highlighter builds a natural radiance or blinding strobe with concentrated gold flecks to luxe up your look. The silky, weightless powder features coconut and tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex to smooth skin so pigment builds effortlessly. Inspired by Moroccan mosaics, the custom lattice press and bright packaging add some global-glam to your glow. Available at Sephora.

Laura Mercier L'Amour Exotique Face Illuminator Collection, $58.00 (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s Exotique Face Illuminator highlights the skin with pure light-reflecting pigments for a color-true, multidimensional, and luminous finish that complements all skin tones. Its non-dusting texture allows for excellent color payoff and applies smoothly and evenly onto skin without dragging. The unique formula brings natural-looking radiance to the complexion for an instant glow. Available at Sephora.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette, $58.00 (Limited Edition)

Mix and match shades in this palette to create endless layers of light and color. Each is infused with light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin, creating radiant luminosity. Available at Sephora.

  • Neo-Setting Powder
  • Neo-Limelight highlighter in Ibiza
  • Neo-Bronzer in Capri

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

01/07

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Medium-Deep

CoverFX Medium-Deep The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.38 oz.) includes two powder highlighters and two cream highlighters housed in a cardboard palette. The cream formula is supposed to have a “dewy, radiant glow,” while the powder highlighters have a “silky, luminous finish.” The tones are definitely warm and run slightly redder overall, as three of the four shades have more of a brown/red mix of undertones than yellow. The cream highlighters could have worn longer, but if you like a dewy, subtle sheen, the formula might be up your alley. Both of the powder highlighters can be purchased individually, but should you prefer them in a palette, the colors are consistent but the quality is better in the individual versions for me.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Sunlight

Limited Edition
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B+

Candlelight

Limited Edition
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B+

Sunlight

Permanent
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Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

01/07

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Cover FX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette

Light-Medium

CoverFX Light-Medium The Perfect Light Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.38 oz.) includes two powder highlighters and two cream highlighters housed in a cardboard palette. The cream formula is supposed to have a “dewy, radiant glow,” while the powder highlighters have a “silky, luminous finish.” Overall, the four shades included have more of a subtle to light sheen, so the palette would be best for someone who liked lighter, golden hues and subtle highlighters.

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Also In This Review

B+

Celestial

Limited Edition
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A-

Moonlight

Limited Edition
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B-

Celestial

Limited Edition
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B+

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/06

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Rose Gold

Cover FX Rose Gold Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is medium-dark golden copper with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. The finish was more metallic on this shade compared to the other two recently added shades but more in line with the original, core set of shades.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

The texture of the product was light-medium in thickness–not really thin nor was it thick–and it felt more like the core range (and not like the other recently added shades). It was smooth, lightweight on the skin, and easily spread across the skin, whether over base products (including powder) or mixed in with another cream or liquid product. When I tried it as a highlighter on my cheeks, it gave my skin a luminous glow that was shiny but not sparkly or glittery. It had medium, buildable coverage, though it was very easy to sheer it out or build it up, depending on what I used to apply it. On my skin, the highlighter lasted for ten hours.

Formula Overview

$42.00/0.50 oz. - $84.00 Per Ounce

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!).

These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out.

They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer.

They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin.

The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Browse all of our Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) swatches.

Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Rose Gold
Rose Gold
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

01/06

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating)

Blossom

Cover FX Blossom Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light-medium rose gold with warm, coppery undertones and a pearly sheen. The shimmer seemed slightly finer than the original shades launched in the formula, though when applied more heavily, it yielded a more metallic sheen on the skin–it just didn’t emphasize pores at all.

The Custom Enhancer Drops formula is supposed to a “buildable highlight” that can be used alone (“even on top of powder”) or mixed in with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizer). For a more extensive overview of how I’ve used the formula in different ways, check out my original reviews here. The formula tends to be buildable but plenty pigmented, and I find that so much of how it applies and whether it looks intense or subdued is in the application (more so than the average product).

The consistency was lightweight, thin without being watery (though thinner than past shades), and spread well across the skin without disturbing base products (as well as worked just fine over my bare skin or mixed with base products). The pigmentation varied from semi-sheer to opaque, depending on application method and how much product one used. I didn’t feel like I had to apply a ton to use it as a standalone highlighter nor did I have to be really careful about how much I mixed in with a base product. As a cheek highlighter, it wore well for almost nine hours on me.

Formula Overview

$42.00/0.50 oz. - $84.00 Per Ounce

Custom Enhancer Drops are a liquid formula that can add a “highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect” to your favorite liquid products or used alone on top of (or underneath) your other products (including powder); two of the six shades are bronzing and four are more shimmery/metallic for highlighting. It is a buildable coverage product, so that you can use as many or as few drops as desired for the effect (and it will depend on how you use it; mixing with a moisturizer for all-over may require less product than spot application on cheeks after other makeup is applied!).

These are similar to formulas like Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer (runs a bit sheerer overall, less buildable), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Liquid) (much sheerer), and NARS Illuminators (sheerer, usually contains larger shimmer/glitter particles). The major difference is the intensity of the pearl and buildability in coverage (easier to get to full coverage but still easy to retain sheer coverage).

What’s neat about these is that they are versatile as you want them to be; they really do perform well mixed with various liquid and cream products (moisturizer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, primer) while also working under and over makeup, and they really are buildable from sheer to opaque coverage. Initially, the formula might seem incredibly pigmented, but the thin, liquid consistency makes it very easy to sheer out.

They are actually sheerer than they seem upon initial swatching or application, as the consistency naturally creates a sheerer layer as soon as you work it across the skin. That being said, unless you’re mixing with a base product, one drop is likely overkill for spot application. These have a strong sheen but very fine shimmer, so it produces more of a pearly, glowing effect on the skin–lightly dewy with moderate shine and some noticeable shimmer.

They dry down within 10-15 seconds of blending out the product and feel like a powder but with better hold (I get almost no transfer, and it doesn’t noticeably lift or move), so the sheen you see is from a damp or wet product, it’s the reflective quality of the pearl. You can, however, build these up to opaque coverage, and at that level, some of the shimmery shades can emphasize the texture of the skin.

The formula also wore well on me, ranging from eight to ten hours with minimal signs of fading. I’d expect that this formula will work for someone who likes moderate highlighters with luminous, shiny, pearly finishes or likes all-over warmth (in the case of the bronzing shades) with a satin-to-matte finish.

Alone: I’ve patted them over bare skin, liquid foundation, and liquid foundation with setting powder on top. For best results, I like to tap my brush against the applicator (not even using the droplet applicator to get a drop out) and then stipple the product onto the skin. I tend to apply both my bronzers and highlighters more along the cheek areas, so I would stipple a few times along my cheeks or cheekbones and then lightly buff in small circles. It worked equally well just dabbing my fingertips against my skin and using the side of my fingertip to sweep and blend the product out. I was particularly impressed by how well it applied over powder, as the sheerer, smooth texture didn’t disrupt base products and move foundation or turn the area patchy. When testing for wear, I used its longevity on bare skin as my major measure for the rating, but I did wear the shades mixed in and layered with a multitude of products to ensure that the formula wasn’t prone to shortening the wear of other products.

Mixed with Primer: I tried it with both water and silicone-based primers, and I had no preference for one over the other with respect to these drops. I used one to two drops for all-over luminosity; I preferred one drop myself, as it gave me a dewier finish that wasn’t over-the-top for my preference. If you wear a lighter-coverage base on top of primer, mixing with primer could work for all-over glow/warmth, but if you wear light-medium or heavier coverage, I would suggest mixing with your foundation or applying on top of your foundation as it gets lost under heavier coverage.

Mixed with Foundation: I tried it with tinted moisturizer, sheer coverage foundation, medium coverage foundation, and full coverage foundation. In general, heavier coverage foundations are a bit thicker than the ultra sheer formulas. I found one to drops was sufficient with tinted to medium coverage formulas, while full coverage was less receptive–it made the foundation dewier but wasn’t as luminous as with lighter coverage foundations. If I wore full coverage foundation, I preferred this patted on top at the end, rather than mixed.

Mixed with Moisturizer: Like primer, this method works well when you skip foundation or wear lighter coverage foundation. I can imagine this combination working well for those with flatter or more matte skin naturally, as it gives noticeable luminosity and dewiness. While I didn’t personally like the level of sheen it gave my face when mixed with moisturizer, I loved it for body–particularly on shoulders and decolletage. It is also gorgeous on legs. I really liked mixing one of the highlighting shades with a bronzing shade for a little color, warmth, and sheen on legs.

Browse all of our Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (Illuminating) swatches.

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Silica,Polybutene, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/DimethiconolCrosspolymer, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate, PentaerythritylTetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain:Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Blossom
Blossom
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total