The Ordinary Colours foundations – see what $6.70 can get you

The Ordinary Colours foundation

The Ordinary Colours foundation

If you haven’t heard of THE ORDINARY then you just aren’t part of the “in” crowd. LOL. In actuality, it’s one of the hottest companies out there right now and the two big reasons for that is the quality and prices of their products. Their parent company Deceim calls themselves The Abnormal Beauty Company. When you receive what you’ve purchased that’s what you’ll see on the box. It prepares you for what you are about to experience. As Deceim says “The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity”. ”

I’ve purchased both skincare and foundation from The Ordinary. The foundation is the beginning of their Colour line and has taken off like wildfire. The orders are coming in rapidly, so fast that it’s difficult for them to keep up. It may take weeks (I think I waited almost 4 weeks) but patience is a virtue when you enjoy what you’ve bought.

The Ordinary Colours foundations

The Ordinary Colours foundations

Today it’s all about their two foundations: Serum and High Coverage. Both are available in a large range of shades and undertones. In my experience there’s a minor different in shade between the two coverages but it’s so small that it’s negligible.

Each foundation format is available in 21 shades. The shades are divided into three categories: 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones; and 3 for darker tones. Each category is then classified further by a second digit from 0 to 3 to indicate depth within each category. Finally, a letter is added to the shade code to identify the undertone: P (Pink) and R (Red) indicate cool undertones for lighter and darker shades respectively; N indicates a Neutral tone; Y indicates a Yellow undertone.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Not being sure what to order I chose 1.0 N and 1.1 N. I really didn’t need to do that since the colors turned out to be so close to each other that either works on my pale skin. 1.0 N is Very Fair Neutral while 1.1 N is Fair Neutral.

The Serum foundation is said to be a lightweight medium-coverage formula but I disagree and consider it a light formula. The coverage possibly can be built to medium but with the amount I’m comfortable using I find the coverage to be quite light.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N

1.0N and 1.1N are practically identical on my skin with 1.1N being just a little more yellow. This is a very natural looking foundation that is low in viscosity. I prefer using my fingers with this rather than a brush or sponge. The Serum Foundation is a semi-matte finish. It doesn’t cover my freckles and some of my redness shows through but it’s a natural look which works for me most days.

The Ordinary Serum foundation in both 1.0N and 1.1N

The Ordinary Serum foundation in both 1.0N and 1.1N

Deceim says that their ‘proprietary spreadablilty system’ allows pigments to look natural on skin (yes), resist collecting within fine lines (not so sure about this), and stay on for longer. Marcia says that at the end of the day I notice this makes my pores, especially on my nose, look more pronounced. That’s my only grievance with this.

THE ORDINARY COVERAGE FOUNDATION

The Ordinary calls this their High-Spreadability Pigment Suspension System with High Coverage. There is a big difference between the coverage of the Serum and Coverage foundation. I like this High Coverage formula a little better since it’s dewier and has a fuller look to it. There’s more pigment than in the Serum foundation but it never looks cakey on me. I like that this isn’t an oily cream and that it spreads with ease. I find just about any tool helps me with application: fingers, a makeup sponge, a brush like Artis.

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.0N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.1 N

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation 1.1 N

I’ve been using this with my PUR No Filter Primer to give it an even smoother and longer lasting finish but it works almost as well on its own. The Ordinary, of course, recommends their primer but I haven’t read raves about it.

The Ordinary top Full Coverage, below Serum Foundation in 1.0 N and 1.1 N

The Ordinary top Full Coverage, below Serum Foundation in 1.0 N and 1.1 N

There are several reasons to try this foundation.

  1. Price! You can’t beat $6.70 for a full 30 mL bottle of foundation
  2. No fragrance
  3. Wide variety of shades but mostly in the light and medium ranges
  4. Cruelty free
  5. Oil free
  6. Vegan
  7. nut free and gluten free
  8. free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.
  9. pH 6.0 – 7.5
The Ordinary Colours foundation

The Ordinary Colours foundation

It’s important too to know about SPF with with The Ordinary Coverage.  “Coverage Foundations sold in the European Union offer an SPF 15 claim. This protection is achieved without the use of chemical sunscreens and only through physical protection from Titanium Dioxide. Additionally, no nano-particles are used to achieve this sun protection. These attributes are unique in foundations because it is exceptionally difficult to create a natural, lightweight look and consistent shades when using only non-nano forms of Titanium Dioxide for sun protection without any chemical sunscreen agents.”

Do I recommend these products? Of course I do. There are so many positives and very few negatives. I don’t have reactive skin but I think one or the other would work for any skin type. The Serum Foundation especially would work for those with oily skin. While these aren’t my holy grail of foundations I’m not sorry that I bought them and I’m using them almost every day. As I’m typing this I have Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Coverage Foundation on the left side of my face and The Ordinary Serum Foundation on the right side of my face. I see no difference in the coverage. At $43 vs $6.70 which would you choose? —  Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Pamper yourself with this flawless sponge and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundaton

Sponge? Brush? Fingers? What do you use to apply your foundation? If your answer is a sponge I’ve been sent a great one that you need to check out yourself. Not all sponges are created equal. I’ve tried some really lousy ones that either ended up in the kids toybox or in the garbageman’s box. But PAMPER THERAPY FLAWLESS FINISH SPONGE isn’t going anywhere other than my vanity.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

If often surprises me when I find people reluctant to try out sponge like this. They are not your mother’s sponge. This new generation of sponges are unique and they keep getting better. What I like most about Pamper is the unusual shape. The flat side of the elliptical sponge is what attracted me to this initially and now that I’m using it, that was a great first impression.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

You know the drill with a sponge – wet it, squeeze out excess water leaving just a tad of moisture, then pump out your foundation and dab it on your skin. With the Pamper Therapy Flawless Finish Sponge it’s great to rock it back and forth to blend. I’d never done that before and I think it’s a great method for application.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Here’s how you can use this latex-free sponge to fully take advantage of its versatility:

ROUNDED SIDE: This is great for covering large area. It blends your foundation with an even finish.

FLAT SIDE: If you want fuller coverage this is the side to use. Put on one coat and rock the sponge. Then top with another coat using this side.

POINTED TIP: This is how you can use the Pamper for concealer since using the tip is best for smaller areas like eyes and nose.

Flawless Finish Sponge from Pamper and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

Flawless Finish Sponge from Pamper and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

The foundation I first used with the Flawless Finish Sponge by Pamper is Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation. I had received this a while ago but set it aside in error. This was the perfect opportunity to try out the foundation. This lovely foundation is available in 9 shades. While it’s not the biggest range I love that they classify the colors by depth and (w)(c). I was sent the lightest shade, Pebble, which is a cool shade even though it first felt a little yellow when swatching it.

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation shades

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation shades

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation is called Deep Sea Hydrating Complex. It infuses the hydrating complex and reduced salt deep-sea water, which is rich in ocean minerals and nutrients, into the formula. It’s a very hydrating foundation which will be better for me in the cooler months. Using the dampened Pamper sponge gives me a sheer application for summer.

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

The interesting thing about this is that I notice a fragrance when it’s on my hand but when I apply it, it’s gone in a minute. Look at these ingredients and what they do for you!

  • Rich in Minerals & Nutrients – Beautiful, radiant, well hydrated appearance
  • Calendula Extract – Healing and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Allantoin Extract – Promotes growth of healthy skin cells
  • Cucumber Extract – Imparts a cooling and soothing action
  • Green Tea Extract – Anti-aging ingredient to protect skin from free radical damage
  • Cactus Grandiflorus Extract – A healing agent to help retain moisture on the surface of the skin
    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    • Rich in Ocean Minerals & Nutrients – No Mineral Oil-  Superior Hydrating
    • Radiant, Healthy Look – Lightweight, Silky, Liquid Minerals
    • Perfect for Normal to Dry Skin

Two great products to add to your fall shopping list. PAMPER THERAPY is available on Amazon for only $10 which is half the price of the other pink sponge while YOUNGBLOOD is found on their website for $49 and on LovelySkin.com for 25% off right now. This is my kind of back to school list. —  Marcia

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Osmosis +Color Long Wear Liquid Foundation and Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Beauty Info Zone has been lucky enough to have tried several Osmosis +Colour cosmetics and each time we become more obsessed with the brand. The latest product that has been sent to us is their Long Wear Liquid Foundation. After wearing this for several weeks we have grown to admire Osmosis +Colour even more. There’s a big difference between Lisa and Marcia when it comes to skin tone. Lisa has a more golden skin tone plus she faux tans; Marcia is a pale person and she embraces that paleness. Lisa’s skin is on the oily sign with an active tee zone while Marcia has dry skin. That means you’ll get two views in our latest Side by Side.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

LISA WEARS NATURAL MEDIUM

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is a great liquid foundation that comes in 8 shades on Osmosis’ site and 5 at Dermstore. This is a medium coverage foundation that is definitely buildable. It covers everything I want covered but it has a terrific finish and doesn’t look fake.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

I tend toward shiny/oily in my t-zone, so I prefer matte foundations even though they can aging, especially around the eye area. The Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is different because it’s almost matte, yet it’s still a little glowy so it doesn’t look dry. The effect is natural, which goes along with their tag line:  Be You. Be Beautiful.  

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Natural Medium is the shade for me – I am typically MAC NW25, although I have some faux tan so I am probably at about an NW30 right now. I am loving the foundation and I hope you try it for yourself!

MARCIA WEARS FAIR

While Lisa has done the main review of Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation I have to put my two cents in of course. And speaking of cents – this foundation has no scent. I love that it’s fragrance free. But that’s not all I love about it. Since I wear this in Fair, the lightest shade, I want it to be very fair but not ghostly pale. The foundation fits that bill. It gives me life while blending in with my neck and forehead.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

The weather has been extremely hot and usually sunny and I’m finding that this really is a long wear foundation. It’s not slipping away and it’s not melting off. It’s a winner for me.

The main product I want to talk about though is Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer.  One of my very favorite blushes is the Osmosis Colour Pink Pearl blush. I find I can wear it with just about any eye/lip combo I choose. Well, being a klutz, I dropped it and most of it shattered. I really missed it so within a few days I ordered it from Dermstore. To my delight the concealer was a gift with purchase with any $25 Osmosis order.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

I don’t think I could have picked a better gwp. While the Age Defying Treatment Concealer comes in 4 shades (Fair, Silk, Light, Medium) the full size gift comes in Silk only. This is slightly darker and more yellow than the foundation but once it’s blended in, it still works well for me.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

What’s unusual about this concealer is that it’s two-sided. One side is the concealer with a wand for application while the opposite side is a balm. I wasn’t quite sure what the balm would do but I’ve worked it into my routine some days now that I’m used to it. It’s a hydrating balm that plumps skin to ensure subsequent makeup doesn’t settle into any lines or wrinkles.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer - balm side

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer – balm side

The balm is the reason this is called a Treatment Concealer. “Formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants and argan, apricot and coconut oils, this twist-up stick softens signs of age while preventing new ones from forming.”

After the balm has settled into your skin then follow through with the liquid concealer. It does a great job on dark circles for me plus it’s not just an undereye concealer like so many others. It’s great for your face and for any blemishes you might have. The way I use the balm is mostly in the evening before going out. My eyes often look like it’s the end of the day so I sweep the balm under them and pat it on. Then I’ll use the concealer wand to dab just a little product and blend that in. My face looks refreshed and I’m ready to roll. Ingredients are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Antioxidants, Vitamin C.

Purchasing the wonderful Osmosis Long Wear Liquid Foundation will also bring you the Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk. You can’t get better than that. While we don’t know how long the GWP is in effect, we do recommend that you take advantage of the savings while you can.

*foundations were provided for editorial consideration, concealer was a gwp with another Osmosis purchase

Learn about Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

osygenetix logo

Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation is a unique formula of foundation that was created for people who are recovering from surgery as well as for people who have skin issues like rosacea, acne scars, wounds, rashes and other skin conditions. Oxygenetix has assured patients that this breathable foundation is safe to use as it camouflages any evidence of surgery. This is not a product that you’re going to walk into a department store to purchase. Instead where you’ll find this is in medical spas and plastic surgeons offices.

Beauty Info Zone was sent Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation to test out to show you what it’s like on skin without these severe problems.

Here are some things we learned:

1.  Not only does Oxygenetix allow your skin to breathe, it actually drives oxygen into your skin’s cells using a breakthrough oxygen complex known as Ceravitae – which helps to heal, minimize and eliminate procedural scars.  It’s almost like getting an oxygen facial all day long! “Ceravitae”, the super charged oxygen complex in Breathable foundation, proliferates collagen cell and connective tissue growth in aging or wounded skin.

2.  Minimizing downtime and scarring following surgery was the principle of importance when Oxygenetix developed Breathable Foundation.

3.  Oxygenetix’ FDA licensed laboratories, genetics and formulary scientists teamed up with cosmeceutical designer Barry Knapp in formulating and testing this revolutionary foundation. There has never been a makeup developed that gives compromised or aging skin so many benefits.

Oxygenetix shades

Oxygenetix shades

There are 14 shades of this foundation available. The company divided those into blue based and yellow based colors. Both of us chose shades in the blue based family. Marcia’s is Pearl and Lisa’s is Taupe. Let’s see what these two think of Oxygenetix.

MARCIA’S review of Pearl Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

Oxygenetix - Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix – Oxygenating Foundation

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Oxygenetix is how important a product like this is to people with problems, it actually solves two problems not just one: the outer one that the world can see and the inner one that only the wearer can feel. If a foundation can boost your self-esteem that’s a step in the right direction. While I just have sun spots and redness from veins, I still feel I need to cover up those problems with a foundation. I’m not the type of person that walks out without something on my skin to even it out. Oxygenetix does a great job of just that on my skin.

Oxygenetix

Oxygenetix in Pearl

If you notice I have even more splotchiness on my hand than I do on my face since my hands are more exposed to the sun. Pearl, the lightest in the blue family, is still a little dark and yellow when shown on my hand. Once blended in though there’s a seamless finish that does a good job of covering those unwanted spots.

Oxygenetix in Pearl

Oxygenetix in Pearl

From reading about the foundation you’d probably think that this is thick and hard to apply. Surprisingly it’s very lightweight and applies like a breeze. I first started using my fingers but I prefer using a very lightly dampened Beauty Blender sponge. My skin ends up with a light covering of a non-cakey foundation that helps mask all the imperfections that drive me crazy. The icing on the cake for me is that this is fragrance free!

LISA’S review of Taupe

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

This foundation is the BOMB. All the amazing benefits for skin are listed above, so I am just going to tell you how it works for me. I tend to gravitate towards full coverage foundations anyway – I have hyperpigmentation and red areas, not to mention dark undereye circles that need some major cover up. So I was super excited to try this out, and I wasn’t disappointed.

It covers EVERYTHING, which can be good or bad – no one wants a foundation that looks like a mask. We all want skin that is as close to perfect looking as possible, but still looks like skin. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation delivers! It covers and evens my skin, and I don’t even need concealer. It also lasts and lasts. I went for an hour long bike ride and was totally wrung out, but my skin still looked perfect. What an awesome find!

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

Oxygenating Foundation in Taupe

I don’t have a preferred application technique because it looks great applied any way, even in 15 seconds with my fingers because I am late late late. My shade is Taupe which is perfect for my NW23 skin. This is the color for those of you who are between light and medium with neutral tones. If you are looking for a full coverage foundation that looks natural and has great staying power, this is your dream foundation. Now get busy and get some for yourself!!

Where to buy

Online at Beauty Store Depot for $66

*sent for editorial consideration

Cooler weather needs Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation

The weather is bouncing around which can create havoc on your skin. One day it’s beautiful, sunny and warm and then boom you wake up to winds, cold and gloom. If you haven’t already, it’s time to change things up from skincare to makeup. As you know the summer shades you wore just don’t seem to work with the autumn weather, but does your foundation work?

SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN 15 Hour Wear Foundation is one for you to consider switching to. What makes this unique is that it’s a long wearing and hydrating foundation that is oil free. Most oil free foundations don’t have the hydration that Studio Skin has.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

I was given the opportunity to try Studio Skin and it’s all I’ve been wearing lately. It reminds me of a serum foundation in the way it applies and the way it looks on my face. But it’s easier to use than a serum foundation and is much more hydrating than the ones I’ve tried.

Smashbox Studio Skin shades

Smashbox Studio Skin shades

SMASHBOX STUDIO SKIN is available in 12 shades. I was sent 1.2 which appears very yellow on my hand and face when I first dab it on. But magically the shade matches once applied. It’s recommended to use a flat foundation brush like the Smashbox Foundation Brush 13. I’ve used this but I’ve also used other brushes with it and have been very happy with the outcome.

Smashbox Foundation Brush 13

Smashbox Foundation Brush 13

The secret to the foundation is best stated by Smashbox themselves: “This long-wearing, hydrating formula blurs imperfections using light-diffusing, encapsulated pigment spheres, and delivers natural-looking, buildable medium-to-full coverage. Its sweat-free, transfer-proof, humidity-resistant formula keeps skin hydrated and shine-free all day.”

Smashbox Studio Skin swacthed in 1.2  (warm fair)

Smashbox Studio Skin in 1.2 (warm fair)

Smashbox Studio Skin blended in 1.2  (warm fair)

Smashbox Studio Skin blended in 1.2 (warm fair)

Since the foundation is so thin I really didn’t expect the coverage to be so smooth and skin enhancing. If I apply it to one side and look at the difference, it’s pretty amazing. It’s not that my imperfections are totally covered but my skin looks so polished after that you’d never know the foundation is such a thin formula.

Smashbox Studio Skin

Smashbox Studio Skin

As far as 15 hour wear, it really does seem to last that long. Many nights we go out for a quick dinner and then I am on the computer all night. I don’t seem to wash up until after 11 p.m. and my foundation is still there. I haven’t had to touch up the Smashbox Studio Skin when going out though I will fix up the area under my eyes since I have perennial dark circles. But that’s it. Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear is a long lasting formula without being drying at all.

If you are looking for a new winter foundation that can offer you so many benefits try out Smashbox Studio Skin. Just going into a Sephora or Ulta store and testing it on your hand won’t give you enough of a clue to see how great your skin can look with this on. Get a sample or ask for an application to show off how much more even and illuminated your face can be. — Marcia

 

ingredient list for Smashbox Studio Skin

ingredient list for Smashbox Studio Skin

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), ILN37941. PARABEN FREE

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr foundation – does it do what it says?

Not long ago a reader accused us of only writing positive reviews. I’m not sure what the problem is with that but we prefer to be upbeat and tell you what we like about a product while also pointing out what didn’t work for us. There is nothing in the world of cosmetics that’s going to make 100% of us happy. That’s why we read more than one review to decide if something would work for our skin or not.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

An item that was recommended to me was Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum. I’ve been on a cosmetic board with this woman for years so I knew what her taste was like. She compared this to my beloved IT Cosmetics CC+ so I just had to test it and see if anything could match up to that. The first thing to note is that this is a new foundation with an old name. It’s been reformulated according to Rimmel London.

The next time I was at CVS I picked it up (love their beauty coupons and beauty club!!) in the lightest shade they carried, 091 Light Ivory. On the Rimmel London website they show this is available in 11 shades from 010 Light Porcelain to 400 Natural Beige but at CVS I only noticed about 7 shades. This is not a foundation that is meant for women of color obviously.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Does this compare to IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Yes and no. It’s a much fuller coverage even though Rimmel calls it a medium coverage. It covers very well and hides most of the redness on my face. The only concealing I have to do is under my eyes. It has an SPF of 20 while IT has an SPF of 50.

Does it last all day? I have no intention of testing this for 25 hours to find that out but I have worn it on days that last 14-15 hours and haven’t had to touch it up at all.

swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

blended swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

blended swatch of Rimmel Lasting Finish in 091 Light Ivory

As you can see on my hand it’s a great match. I was wavering between 091 Light Ivory and 100 Ivory in the store. It’s a pain not being able to swatch there! I went with Light Ivory since it was less yellow. When I held the bottles up to compare I felt that Light Ivory might be too pink but luckily it’s not.

When I got home and decided to do some photography that’s when I went to make sure I had my receipt. I was absolutely certain that I’d be returning this because of the fragrance I noticed as soon as I opened the jar. The smell lingered on my hand so I was concerned. But I wore it anyway figuring I could wash it off – but I barely noticed the fragrance once on my skin. I was (and am) thrilled about that. I’ve worn it a dozen times since I bought it and it’s never been a problem. Most days I switch between this Rimmel foundation and the IT CC+ Cream.

Rimmel says that this is sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours. I think they make a good point here. I haven’t had any problems no matter the temperature. I feel that I’m going to enjoy this more though when autumn actually arrives and it’s not as hot and humid. For $6.99 or less this is a great beauty buy for me. While I’m sorry to disappoint that one reader, I’m happy that this is another positive review. As Sally Field would say “I like it, I really like it.” — Marcia

(SPF ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.8%; Octinoxide 2.5)

Makeup Wars – a favorite foundation of 2014

makeup wars logo

This week the Makeup Wars team is doing a series of articles. We are supposed to pick a favorite foundation for Monday, a favorite lipstick for Tuesday and a favorite blush for Thursday. Picking only one is a chore and it makes me feel like I’m slighting all the others that I call favorites. I’m sort of playing by the rules but maybe not exactly.

IT Cosmetic IT-O2  foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

IT Cosmetic IT-O2 foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

I’ve chosen two of my 2014 acquisitions that I haven’t reviewed before. To pretend I’m not cheating only one is a foundation and the other is a CC Cream, which is a form of foundation but who’s counting?

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT COSMETICS O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION was a gift to me from a wonderful blogger. She knew I wanted to try it and she had it in Fair which was too light for her. When she offered it, I jumped at the chance to try this out.  Like all IT Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging skincare built in, “It’s infused with Anti-Aging ingredients and the proprietary IT Cosmetics® Drops of Light Technology® reflecting pigments to optically blur away the appearance of imperfections.

The foundation starts off sheer but you can build it up to a full coverage if you want. I wore it a lot this summer since I liked that it was lightweight yet gave me good coverage. The formula is dewy and it allows skin to breathe. Ingredients include Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E. The foundation is Paraben-free, Talc-free and Sulfate-free and Fragrance-free.

CoverFX CC Cream

CoverFX CC Cream

COVER FX CC CREAM, TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT is my newest CC Cream. While I love the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, I needed to try the Cover FX after all the raves from my friend Phyrra. Since there are 10 shades that this is available in, I went to Sephora to buy mine. I decided that the closest match was N Light which is for fair to light skin with neutral undertones. I actually have a very adaptable skintone since I’m freckled. My swatch makes it look yellower than it actually is.

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

My favorite way to apply the Cover FX CC Cream is with the Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush (which deserves an award for best brush!), although it goes on just as smoothly with my fingers or a Beauty Blender Sponge. It has beautiful coverage for a CC Cream and the bonus is it has SPF 30 plus it’s fragrance free. It’s oil free, contains no parabens, sulfates or phtalates. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. I have used this so many times that I don’t bother putting it away. I know several times a week I’ll want it.

Both of these deserve to be in my top foundations of the year. They both give a great finish and didn’t melt away in the heat of the summer. They last well throughout the day and contain ingredients that are good for my skin.

I can’t wait to see what the others pick since there’s always room for another foundation in my life! What would you choose if given only one choice? — Marcia