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.


A/W 2016: Chanel Sublimage Foundation

I decided to take my time and try out the new Chanel Sublimage Foundation. It’s allegedly suited to dry mature skins, with a sheerer coverage. My skin is decidedly NOT dry, and this foundation really worked to bind itself, and totally stayed put with no real help. I tried a primer a few times, but honestly the foundation works fine by itself. The initial coverage is sheer, but you can easily build it with fingers or a Beauty Blender.

This foundation comes in a lovely gold box. The jar (so unsanitary) is glass, and it comes with a brush, which I believe is an attempt to justify the $100+ price tag. It doesn’t. The brush doesn’t work and sheds all to be damned. You’re better off with fingers or a blender honestly. I prefer this with fingers. The jar is awful for sanitation reasons. It comes with a raggedy piece of plastic masquerading as a dispensing tool, that does more to frustrate you than anything else.

I ended up with the shade 50, which is the darkest shade in this formula. It looks a hideous flat brown in the jar, but actually applies with a distinct yellow undertone.

You see it applies light, then merges to cover and brighten without going ashy. I found that depending on what colors I used, it did the same to my overall complexion. When I wore cool colors, everything brightened. When I wore earth tones, everything kind of merged together. While this is interesting, it does take some getting used to.

One thing is for sure: the finish is definitely radiant. Even with a light dusting of powder, my skin glowed. People kept asking me what was up, so kudos for truth in advertising. The foundation holds better with a primer on me (6-8 hours), and minimal blotting.

Is it worth the hefty price tag? No. But it’s nice if you’re into that sort of thing.

Flawless Finish: Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet (Foundation)

Foundation Type: Liquid
Skin Type: Combination
Coverage: Medium

If ever there was the perfect hot weather matte foundation, this is it.

Foundation Type: Liquid
Skin Type: Normal to Dry
Coverage: Medium
Finish: Demi Matte

Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet is completely weightless, but it blends very quickly and dries down to a beautiful matte finish. It reminds me of Armani Maestro Fusion (although not as thin), with a better color/undertone selection. While my color in Maestro Fusion (#10) is a bit too dark and flat ‘brown’ — this foundation accounts for my yellow undertones without going ashy on my warm skintone.

I’m shade #204.5 (Amber Beige)

This color ‘just’ matches my skin tone. If I get any darker this summer, I’ll  need a color boost from a bronzing gel or a foundation that is traditionally too dark for me. For the moment, it’s perfect. I have put it on completely oily skin, and it’s dried down to a lovely matte. It performs even better when the skin is perfectly primed for application (cleaned, then moisturized with an oil-free moisturizer).

The reason I call it a perfect Summer foundation is because it survived the 100+ degree temperatures that we’ve been sporting of late. I was surprised at how well it held up on my oily skin without curdling (yes, matte makeup tends to ‘curdle’ on my skin in hot weather), creasing, or just plain sliding off my face. I did need to blot a total of two times during 10 hours of wear, but otherwise it performed beautifully.

You can find out more about Kanebo Sensai Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet HERE.

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Flawless Finish: By Terry Cover Expert

Foundation Type: Liquid/Cream
Skin Type: Combination
Coverage: Medium to Full

It’s about that time of year, when I start scouting the brands for formulations to survive the colder months. Cooler temperatures mean heavier finishes and more ‘matte’ formulations. It looks like By Terry got the memo.

The new Cover Expert Foundation (not to be confused with Sheer Expert) is a less expensive alternative to the (now discontinued?) Touche Veloutee. It comes in a much more convenient tube (instead of the heavy glass bottle with the pump), and in a lot more shades. That’s the good news. The bad news is… my medium skin tone is a match for the DARKEST shade. By Terry literally found 11 shades lighter than me… and offered that selection. But anything darker than MAC NC-44 will have to shop elsewhere.

I’m a huge fan of the packaging. The less cumbersome the container, the better. Plus, I feel like you can get out every single drop (well nearly, anyway) of foundation from a tube. Love this.

There is a fabulous yellow undertone to this foundation color (Warm Copper). This is noteworthy because By Terry is such a huge fan of the color pink. This is typically evidenced even in the warmest shade of the company’s foundation selection. So I was very happy to see this nice warm color. The formula is absolutely weightless. It builds easily to a medium-full coverage… and wears like you don’t have anything on your skin. The finish is demi-matte, I believe. Definitely not a full matte. It’s a VERY nice formulation. Reminds me a lot of Vita Lumiere Aqua (Chanel), and Invisible Fluid Makeup (Estee Lauder).

I’m wearing just the foundation. No powder (or anything else for that matter).
I like it. You can find out more about By Terry Cover Expert Foundation HERE.

Professional Grade: Perfect Foundation Application

Okay, this is probably the simplest video I’ve ever found on applying foundation. I was browsing Bella Sugar (love that site), and found it. In addition to Lisa Eldridge (who emphasizes ‘thin’ layers, no matter what kind of skin you have), I find Fiona Stiles’ technique practical and cost effective. No million and a half products/tools required, and no complicated techniques strictly reserved for professionals.


 Here’s to a Flawless Finish!

Product Review: Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve been on the hunt for a new tinted moisturizer with a little more coverage… and no gross smell (Laura Mercier, I’m looking at you). I’m waiting for the NARS versions to hit a store so I can try them in person. Meanwhile, I found this little gem while poking around Target:

Since there are no testers, I guessed that this might be my color, and plunked down $13 for it.

I was a little worried about the color… see how it swatches sort of light? But when I  blended it out, it completely merged in with my skin:

This is a really good tinted moisturizer. It has a sheer to medium coverage, and the smell is almost non-existent. The tube does dispense a LOT of product, so be aware of that. I squeezed out too much the first time I used it. But other than that… it’s excellent. It wears very well, and doesn’t break down or separate on my oily skin. Definite keeper in my book.

You can get Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer from Target.

Poll Results: Favorite Foundations

Sorry for the delay guys. Time got away from me… I looked up… and I was a week late with this! My question to you all was ‘What is your Favorite Foundation?’ Here’s what you said:
31%  love Chanel (18 responses)
 16%  love Guerlain (9 responses)
9%  love MAC (5 responses)
 7%  love Estee Lauder (4 responses)
 5% love Lancome (3 responses) 
2% love Bobbi Brown (1 response)
 2% love Armani (1 response)
…and 28% chose OTHER
Among the ‘other’ brands, you guys love:
 Revlon Color Stay
Make Up For Ever HD
Fashion Fair

Looks like there is a LOT of love for Chanel in the foundation department! Thank you guys so much for participating. I really appreciate it!