Ordinary Colours: Serum & Coverage Foundations

Okay, I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging things…

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I’ve been using The Ordinary Colors for a few weeks now. Both the serum and the coverage foundation are excellent, but for opposite reasons.

The Serum Foundation behaves more like a matte foundation, at least on me. It goes on and sets almost immediately, and has a powdery finish. I found that it took all of the moisture out of my skin, which is fine for my oil slick of a face… but I can see it being problematic for dry skin types.

I don’t know why they call it a serum foundation, honestly. It has all of the properties and the coverage of a matte coverage foundation. Sometimes I think they got my bottles mixed up and I ended up with mislabeled formulas.

In contrast, the Coverage Foundation has the most natural finish that I’ve experienced to date. It is thinner and definitely more ‘serum’ like than the serum foundation. It’s also about a quarter shade darker. Both the colors I got were 3.0Y which are a dead ringer for my skin shade.

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The serum foundation is on the left… the coverage on the right. Now you can see that the serum is a little ‘runny.’ Don’t let that deceive you. When it sets, it goes full coverage and matte.

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What I love about both foundations is that they literally become part of your skin. I’ve been using them in comparison to other foundations and I remain thoroughly impressed. I tested them against the Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation and The Ordinary Coverage Foundation won hands down. Beyond performance, the price point is insane at less than $7 a bottle. There’s no reason to miss your match; if you end up with the wrong shade… you can just trade it out for a more suitable color.

I’m still going through all of the offerings from DECIEM. I am over the moon about the colours (reviews coming on the Photography Foundation) and I’m okay with some of the skin care. I’m partial to NIOD because it’s a little more involved than some of the other lines. I also love the STEMM line (Black Fulvic rocks!) and the Hydration Support from HIF (hair is fabric).

This brand set out to turn the cosmetic industry on its head, and I dare say it’s succeeding. Despite the most hilarious cautious reviews from some bloggers and vloggers who are beholden to other companies (you know who you are), the vast majority of people who try DECIEM offerings have nothing but glowing praise. The products are designed to work. They don’t look fancy and they don’t make claims beyond what the products are specifically designed to do (save for HIF… I don’t know what greasy-haired person they designed that stuff for, because I CANNOT wash and go. I need a separate conditioner). Overall, I really like this brand. I like their mission statement and the price point is beyond agreeable. For me… so far, so very good.

 

PHAME 2017

Hey!

Yeah, I know. And I won’t get into the massive sweep of changes that is my life. But trust and believe it’s taken a moment to get grounded and get back online in a significant way. This weekend was PHAME. I need to know what’s going on because a lot of stuff at this convention you can easily find in your neighborhood ULTA and/or Sephora. Not much more. PLUS, I see that it’s open to the public now. I guess IMATS killed the game with letting in every person on earth with a YouTube channel and PHAME had to get on board. No matter. It was still pretty dead. Maybe the era of the makeup expo is taking a turn. I did manage some curiosity for Moira Cosmetics, which appears to be a Korean brand based in LA. Price point is IMG_2100gorgeous (of note since I’ve been in a serious relationship with DECIEM of late). So we’ll see what’s what. I picked up mostly skin care to check out for AGENDA, and a blush palette for myself and a contour palette for my sister.

This was my PHAME face. There are plenty of pros who will give you guys all kinds of complicated Instagram face. Y’all know I am not the one. On me is Gleam Melanie Mills in Peach Delux and The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 3.0Y (which is my dead on shade… like it was made for me!). Natasha Denona Duo Glow in Alba is on my cheeks and eyes, and Sugarpill Trinket is on my lips… also lined with Louboutin Lip Liner in Safki. That’s some random dark brown liquid eyeliner that came in a random press kit (seriously, there’s no label on it but it works perfectly for me) and Louboutin mascara.

 

As you can see, mostly the usual suspects. I said hi and gave some hugs, and as I’m sitting here typing this and looking at that picture of Dose of Colors, I’m wondering HOW THE HECK I FORGOT TO GET CAMPFIRE LIQUID LIPSTICK FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME????? Ugh. I forget it at Naimies, at PHAME… hell, I forgot it at IMATS. Whatever. Maybe it’s not meant for me to have.

 

I sincerely love Crimes Of Beauty. Ever since I met the owner years ago, I am here for her apparel and makeup bags. Once upon a time, she had a mug that said Wake Up. Slay. And I neglected to get it and regretted it. Now she’s got sweats that say it so you KNOW I had to do it this time!

 

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I picked up a few things… nothing major. Mostly stuff for review and a few goodies for my baby sister…

 

All in all, not too shabby. I HAD to support Miss Melanie Mills of Gleam, because she’s just the most awesome. Same for Crimes Of Beauty. I love those women… always a smile, a funky pose, a hug and genuine love. We need more of that the world over.