Budget buys for foundation and primer the Makeup Wars way

If you’ve been following along you know about Makeup Wars. We pick a topic and quite a few of us join in and write our posts about that. This week we’re talking foundation and primer, specifically which ones we’ve found that work well together. I’ve decided to share two favorite budget buys for this week’s Makeup Wars, ones I’ve been using the last few weeks that have been great for me. RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION and MAKEUP REVOLUTION ULTRA ALL DAY PRIME & ANTI-SHINE BALM are my choices. And great ones they are.

REVOLUTION Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm and RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

The only mass market foundation in my not so small collection is the original RIMMEL 25 HR Lasting Finish. There aren’t others that either matched my skin or that had a fragrance I could tolerate. I think it’s a great foundation but it’s a fuller coverage one than I usually wear. To the rescue: RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION.

sample, purchased by me, affiliates

Delightfully the new Breathable foundation is a lighter finish that can be built up, has almost no fragrance, and has a shade that is perfect for me (Fair Ivory). It also has SPF18 and doesn’t clog pores.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

I think the applicator on this new Rimmel foundation is terrific. It’s like an overgrown lip gloss applicator that I can dab on my face so my hands don’t ever have to touch the foundation unless I want them to. I typically use one of my rounded foundation brushes (Real Techniques or PUR) to blend the dots for a beautifully smooth, long lasting finish. I’ll occasionally grab a foundation sponge (Beauty Blender or MelodySusie) when I want the lightest coverage. So far I’ve been so happy with those two methods that my fingers and hands are spotless.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in Fair Ivory

Speaking about the fragrance, I have to just about stick my nose in it to smell it. It could be that I’m used to the original but the aroma is of no concern to my picky nose. The smooth coverage makes up for any doubts I might have originally had.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

At around $6 – $7 depending where you shop, this foundation deserves praise galore. I’m a picky shopper and as much as I love to browse Target and CVS I am cautious when buying foundation there. Not so with RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation, it’s a keeper.

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation plays well with primers too. Mainly though I’ve been using Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm. The main reason is that I wanted something affordable that was similar to Mally’s Poreless Face Defender. Compare $10 for Revolution and $40 for Mally and you can see why I decided to try it (plus the gwp that Ulta had on at the time). While Mally remains my favorite, I’m quite impressed with the Makeup Revolution version.

It’s weightless on my face and helps my blush last without ending up in my pores. I don’t use powder on my face that often since my mirror tells me not to but the silky finish of a primer allows me to wear powder blush without it sticking to my foundation or burrowing into my pores. According to Ulta: “translucent, crystal finish catches and re-emits light, diffusing skin imperfections and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic / Capric / Succinic Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.

I just know that if I apply the Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm either prior to foundation or after that my blush goes on more smoothly and sticks around. This gives me a matte finish since it absorbs oils and eliminates shine. My only complaint is that the sponge that comes with it is very thin and doesn’t apply the balm as well as I’d like it to. I recommend a sturdier sponge to use at home but to keep the sponge it comes with if you put this in your cosmetic case.

All in all I’ve got a $16 face that I’m pleased about. I can use these two together or separately and still have beauty that is totally affordable. Sure I love my highend buys but I just as happy lately with these budget babes.  —  Marcia

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A trio of indie foundations: Bravon, Idun Minerals and EX1. Duds or jewels?

What’s your vice? Do you have certain products that you can’t get enough of? I’ve got double vices – eyeshadows and foundation. Even when I find a foundation that gets a lot of love from me I still want to know what else is out there. Problem is that I end up with some duds among the jewels. Three foundations that I purchased in the last year haven’t gotten any attention on the blog so I’m going to rectify that today.

FOUNDATIONS from IDUN, EX1, and Bravon

All of these are from independent companies and IMO it’s great to support brands like this. They are mostly only found on their own website. The three I want you to know about are from BRAVON, EX1, and IDUN. Have you heard of any of these?

BRAVON Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation

BRAVON is a brand I’ve neglected to write about in spite of the fact that I have quite a bit of the brand. I bought the Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation over a year ago and have used it consistently since then. It’s the fullest coverage of the foundations I’m reviewing today. There are 16 shades to the collection and they do a good juob of helping explain the colors with their descriptions. ($29).

Bravon is the brainchild of Bravon Pascua who’s been in the industry for over 25 years and rose to prominence with Sephora and Bare Escentuals before deciding to create his own company. He’s well known on the west coast and is in a lot of independent stores where he does fabulous events too. Unfortunately for me I can only buy online but it’s worth it.

BRAVON Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation in Alabaster

Bravon Luminous Skin Perfection foundation is considered to be a medium to full coverage. The nice thing is that it’s very light on my skin and doesn’t look heavy. It gives a radiant finish which is much more youthful than a matte finish. Some of the ingredients in this foundation are Indian Jasmine, White Water Lily, Vitamins C and E which all condition skin. There’s also “specially-engineered titanium dioxide diffuses and scatters light to help even skin tone for a glowing complexion.”

  • Alabaster– porcelain to fair skintones with cool undertones
  • Natural Ivory – fair to light skintones with cool to neutral undertones
  • Warm Ivory – fair to light skintones with cool to golden undertones
  • Golden Ivory – fair to light skintones with cool to rich golden undertones
  • Soft Beige – light to medium skintones with neutral undertones
  • Cool Beige – light to medium skintones with cool to neutral undertones
  • Warm Beige – light to medium skintones with neutral to yellow-olive undertones
  • Purely Natural – medium skintones with cool to neutral undertones
  • Cool Natural – medium skintones with neutral undertones
  • Warm Natural – medium skintones with neutral to golden undertones
  • Golden Natural – medium skintones with yellow-olive to golden undertones
  • Natural Tan – tan skintones with neutral to golden-caramel undertones
  • Tan – tan skintones with yellow-olive to caramel undertones
  • Golden Tan – tan skintones with rich golden-caramel undertones
  • Honey Bronze – tan to dark skintones with caramel to rich golden undertones
  • Chestnut – dark to deep skintones with neutral to rich golden undertones

Hypoallergenic. Paraben Free. Talc Free. Cruelty Free. Liquid Mineral Foundation. Made in the USA.

I have the shade Alabaster which is their lightest but I wish it were a little lighter. If I’m particularly pale on any day I have to avoid Bravon or else mix it with a white foundation to lighten it. Other than that I think it’s a wonderful product and one that lasts me well throughout the day. It’s not a fussy foundation – it likes any tool I choose to use.

Water (Aqua/Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Poly(Glycol Adipate)/Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Nymphaea Alba Leaf Cell Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Leaf Cell Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Polyurethane-16, Silica, Silk Powder (Serica Powder/ Poudre de soie), Melanin, Dextran, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Octyldodecanol, Alcohol, Mica, Boron Nitride, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phytantriol, Dextrin Palmitate, Pentylene Glycol, Ferulic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol May Contain/Peut contenir ±: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)

 

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation is said to be a lightweight, luminous foundation. But it isn’t that way on me at all. There are 14 shades without names, just numbers, and no descriptions on the websites that it’s available at. This is my dud. I had read a rave review on Byrdie and even though I knew that the shades ran yellow I felt that the lightest shade would still work for me. It costs $18 and LookFantastic has sales all the time so you can usually get it for less.

According to EX1 Cosmetics the foundation is great to conceal imperfections since it uses ‘true color’ pigments and light diffusers that work in harmony with your skin tone.

#1 is the lightest shade and has a light yellow undertone to it. It’s not the color that makes this a no-go for me. It’s the texture. It just doesn’t apply well on me at all. My fingers are the best tool to use; a brush or beauty blender sponge makes it bunch up so that it looks uneven. I’m not sure what skintype this is best for. I am dry but not overly so and it just looks like a flat matte on me and it doesn’t last well throughout the day. I’ve read that it bunches up on oily skin too. But if you have normal skin and like a matte finish then it might work for you. When I look in the mirror after I’m done applying EX1 I find that I can see the foundation and that it’s not even on my skin. I try to even it out but I don’t feel I’m that successful at it.

Oil and fragrance free. Non-comedogenic. Clinically and dermatologically tested.

  • Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethylhexanoin, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Disodium Edta.[+/- (May Contain) Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides)]

IDUN MINERALS has two formulas but when I bought mine they just had one. If you’ve read Phyrra’s blog then you know that she is crazy about this foundation. As someone who is extremely light she found a great match in the shade Jorun. It’s not easy picking a color online and I was torn between shades. So I emailed the company and told them my dilemma (not as fair as Jorun but definitely fair with cool undertones). They suggested the NORRSKEN formula in SAGA and the shade is just right! They have a great chart though for recommendations to help you decide.

IDUN NORRSKEN Pure Mineral Illuminating Foundation (Saga)

IDUN Minerals Norrsken is a Pure Mineral Illuminating Foundation ($28) and is considered to have light coverage. Their new formula Nordic Veil is a fuller coverage. With Norrsken though I can build up the coverage if I want so I’m content.

Why do I love (yes love) IDUN MINERALS NORRSKEN?

It has a pure water base with purified mineral ingredients. This Swedish brand follows the strict guidelines of their pharmacy authority. They are a vegan, cruelty-free brand with a wide range of shades for all skintones. They are proud to be Scandinavian and they use a touch of concentrated lingonberry oil in their formula to keep skin hydrated and radiant.

IDUN NORRSKEN foundations

In my opinion they’ve done just that, hydrated and radiant. IDUN Norrsken has a dewy finish that looks very natural on. Sometimes I’ll use a finishing powder but I don’t have to at all. I find that I can use any method I want to achieve a smooth visage – a rounded brush, beauty blender sponge, or fingers. The foundation lasts well all day for me and I don’t have to touch up when going out at night. It feels good and it looks good.

Aqua / water, Isononyl isononanoate, Cera microcristallina / microcrystalline wax, glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Tocopheryl acetate, Silica dimethyl silylate, Disteardimonium hectorite, Vaccinium vitis-idaea seed oil, Mica, Peg-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, Octyldodecyl xyloside, Phenethyl alcohol, Magnesium sulphate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylhydroxamic acid, Disodium edta, Helianthus annuus seed oil, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract.
May contain (+/-)?C.I. 77891 (iron oxide), C.I. 77492 (iron oxide), C.I. 77491 (iron oxide), C.I. 77499 (iron oxide).

dried down

Two jewels and one dud. IDUN wins the gold medal with Bravon skating in right behind for the silver. EX1 has been eliminated for this dry skin dame.  —  Marcia

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

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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

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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

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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

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