This review is inspired by my friend Vanesa’s Worth The Hype? reviews over on The Beauty Anecdote. And what better place for me to start my version of the series than with the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops?
They’ve been ubiquitous on social media, and I absolutely adore highlighters, so I had to get my hands on them.
The shade Candlelight – a true, pale gold – seemed like a safe choice, especially considering the fact that I am generally pretty skeptical of liquid highlighters.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I hate non-powder highlighters. I don’t like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. I can’t stand the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl or Sunbeam. The NARS Illuminators frustrate me to no end. Why? Because although the can add a lovely dewiness to the skin, liquid or cream highlights tend to make my foundation and concealer go all patchy.
I’m pleased to report that Cover FX seem to have solved this problem.
I like to place the Custom Enhancer Drops on my face with my finger, but I prefer a synthetic brush to blend it out. My current favourite tools for this task are the Luxie Beauty 522 Tapered Highlighter and the Real Techniques Contour Brush (both pictured). Applied in this way, I find the drops easy to blend. This application method is also super forgiving in that it won’t accentuate pores or blemishes, can give you an airbrushed metallic finish, and gives you a little extra time to work with before they dry down.
The drops themselves are like liquid metal, and can transfer that look to the skin if you wish (although a little layering would be required). One drop is more than enough to cover both cheeks, my nose, and my cupid’s bow.
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight with MAC Blunt to contour and Becca Pamplemousse (from the Jaclyn Hill Palette) as blush.
So, worth the hype?
I’d say the only drawback is the $52-price tag, but given how much you get and how incredibly concentrated they are (ie. how little you’ll use), any good beauty junkie will be able to justify the price. Overall, they’re absolutely worth the hype and a definite must-have if you’re highlighter-obsessed like me!