Okay, so I may be a little late to the party. CoverFX released their Sephora-exclusive Custom Enhancer Drops in early June to rave reviews, and although I had been meaning to pick some up for a long time, they were always out of stock when I got around to it. I didn’t even know if I was going to use them, honestly, as they seemed complicated, messy, and finicky. For someone like me, whose daily beauty routine is based on how much I can get done in a short amount of a time, they seemed like an unnecessary hassle. I already own a bunch of highlighters in similar shades too, so did I really need another one?
But, as I was browsing Sephora’s app on my phone a couple weeks ago, I noticed that Celestial—the pearly white shade that seemed best for my ultra-pale skin—was back in stock. So, being the beauty junkie that I am, I placed my order right away, because who knew when that shade would sell out again?
When I finally got around to trying the product, it was the middle of fashion week. I got out of bed to do my quick beauty routine and, on impulse, decided to try out the drops, quickly smudging them with my fingers on my cheekbones to see if they would add a little oomph to my moisturized face.
And that was it; that was my face routine for the rest of fashion week. Walking around SoHo, seeing dewy-faced models at every corner was not only an inspiration but an invitation. I didn’t have to do a full, or even partial, contour. I didn’t have to use foundation. I could just dab a few (incredibly small, as this stuff is seriously pigmented) drops of the Custom Enhancer formula on my cheekbones, nose, and forehead, and I had a natural-looking, healthy glow. Not just for a few hours, but all day. With skin that absorbs everything, finding a liquid highlighter that stays shining from the morning into the night without fading, but also without smudging or transferring, is a near miracle. This was the solution I had been waiting for.
Dewy skin was the trend on nearly every runway at NYFW, and this was the only way I had ever been able to genuinely achieve it. Presumably, there are a ton of other girls out there, like me, who have tried different BB and CC creams, tinted moisturizers, skin-care regimens, and “luminous” foundations, all to find their skin falls back to matte after a few hours.
Before telling the world of my experience, though, I wanted to try out the entire line. The full CoverFX collection is comprised of four illuminators and two bronzers in a shade range that suits all skin tones, so I got my hands on all of them. Check out my impressions of each, below.