Good morning everyone! I wish you a wonderful new week, hopefully, it will be warmer and sunnier here in London, and also not as hectic on public transport 🙏🏼Remember that the whole concept of Monday’s being awful is just in your head, so if you begin your day with a positive mindset, you won’t care what day of the week it is. I am working on a post on how to be more positive/start your day in a positive way, so hopefully, this will be up soon, and you’ll find my tips helpful.
Now, I’m actually writing this post to let you know what I think of this new foundation that I bought last week. I’ve used it a couple of times, so I feel like I can give a first-impression-review. I’m talking about the brand EX1 Cosmetics, which is actually created for olive-skinned women, and those with darker skin tones. I am Bulgarian, and I’ve always been considered more on the darker side, as some Bulgarians are quite light and pale, so I’d say I have olive skin. My skin tone changes a lot tho, I tan a lot and very quickly, so I usually need a foundation that adapts to my skin tone … well, obviously unless I’m so tanned I need to buy a completely different shade, which actually happened to me when I came back from Spain. Another thing that I feel like whenever I go to a store to have someone find my shade is that they almost always end up giving me a foundation that has pink undertones, and I have yellow undertones. It’s really frustrating tbh, and I’ve had to return products before because of this.
The EX1 foundation, I use shade 5.0, matched my skin tone perfectly. I wasn’t sure if I would be 4.0 or 5.0, but eventually, I went for the 5.0 and I’m glad I did because I feel like the 4.0 would’ve been too light on my neck. The coverage is sort of light to medium, I would say. It’s definitely not full-coverage, but you can build it up, which I do, especially when I have spots/scars I want to cover up. The consistency is not very runny, so I think it’s good to have your skin well moisturised underneath, otherwise, you might end up with your skin looking patchy. Make sure you use the right moisturiser/primer for your skin type. And also, as I said the consistency is not very runny, so if you have combination/oily skin and you use heavy moisturiser, your makeup might turn out cakey.
It is paraben, oil and fragrance-free. I feel like it is the fragrance that is the worst for sensitive skin, as it irritates it. The EX1 fdt is also anti-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog your pores, so you shouldn’t be getting blackheads from it.
I used it first with a stippling brush but found out that the foundation was not spreading out evenly on my face, so it took way longer than compared to the day after when I used a beauty blender. I have the Real Techniques one, which I absolutely love with its flat edge that is perfect for around the nose area. The foundation comes with a pump, which is my favourite, as you don’t waste the product. I use about 2 pumps for my face and a half for my neck, and I manage to build up the coverage just fine.
I definitely recommend trying it out, if you want to leave the full-coverage foundations behind for now, as (hopefully) spring is approaching and it gets warmer (Amen!). It is quite affordable, just £12.50 at Boots, so definitely it is a good-quality bargain, I’d say.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are mine and mine only.