The Ordinary Serum Foundation

For the third installment of foundation week, I wanted to review the Ordinary Serum Foundation. Last year I apparently deemed it one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. I still really like this foundation and of the affordable foundations I have tried, this one is the least irritating and has the coverage I like  – a solid light to medium coverage that just evens the skin tone.

The claims: “Serum Foundations are lightweight medium-coverage formulations available in a comprehensive shade range across 21 shades. These foundations offer moderate coverage that looks natural with a very lightweight serum feel. They are very low in viscosity and are dispensed with the supplied pump or with the optional glass dropper available for purchase separately if preferred.  The pigments used in this format are treated for a rich, highly-saturated effect. These pigments are suspended in our proprietary spreadability system that allows pigments to look natural on the skin, resist collecting within fine lines and stay on for longer. The foundations offer a semi-matte finish and are compatible with most primers and are designed to work exceptionally well with the primers offering from The Ordinary”

After Application

This is definitely a lightweight feel and has solid medium coverage. As with most things, I love a foundation that feels light on the skin and doesn’t irritate my sensitive dry skin. I do find it is a hit or miss foundation for me depending on how dry my skin is. I find with more creamy moisturizers this sits nicely on my skin but if my moisturizer isn’t as hydrating then the foundation does adhere to my dry patches. This foundation wears nicely and lasts throughout my long days! 

Left to right: Sephora Collection matte foundation. The ordinary serum foundation, Sephora Collection Skin tint, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face oil, The Body Shop Fresh Nude not pictured: benefit hello happy because I forgot to swatch it.

Price: $6.70. The price and formulation of this product is unbeatable. This, like many foundations I own, will stick to dry patches, but regardless of the price, this is such a nice formulation. I found in retrying this, it is still a lovely foundation but I find I do need to hydrate well before applying to avoid the product sticking to my dry patches.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars. Again, I dock a star for the way it sometimes sticks to dry patches. 80% of the time this performs without a hitch and does not stick to those pesky dry patches. If you want a lovely, affordable, non-irritating foundation this is the one for you. You can purchase this at well.ca or deciem.com


Kosas Tinted Face Oil Review

For the second installment of our foundation week, I wanted to review the Kosas Tinted Face Oil. When I saw this brand landed at Sephora I knew I had to try this product. I saw Estee Lalonde use it, I saw JaimePaige use it (sadness she did not enjoy it) but I didn’t see too many other people talk about it. I thought this would be the perfect foundation for the cooler months so I decided to try it out.

Let’s start with the claims:  A featherweight, light-coverage foundation and hydrating skin elixir in 10 shades that can be worn across 30 skin tones.

I don’t know how true the 30 skin tones is … but I will say this is a very sheer product and really just gives the skin a filter. 

I think that this foundation is really lovely and dewy. This foundation wears surprisingly long. I found this lasted all day on me and survives the sweat. I do recommend for this hot summer weather but if you are doing to wear it,  I would set it with a powder. Another pro to his product is it is clean at Sephora but this is a clean brand in general and I love that. It doesn’t make my skin itchy and takes a few seconds to apply making it a perfect work base product. 

After application – living on the edge doing my makeup in a while t shirt

Application: This product applies great with fingers and a sponge. I don’t use brushes really at all to apply face products so I cannot speak to that. I use my fingers mostly for this product because I find it really warms up the product and sheers it out for that perfect dewy base that doesn’t make me look too greasy. In terms of how it feels on the skin, it does feel lightweight so much so that I can’t tell it’s on my skin when I’m wearing it. 

Left to right: Sephora Collection matte foundation. The ordinary serum foundation, Sephora Collection Skin tint, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face oil, The Body Shop Fresh Nude not pictured: benefit hello happy because I forgot to swatch it.

Price: $55 CAD 30ml/1oz of product. Again, this is really pricey. I think this is worth it if you can afford it. I don’t like to recommend products that are too expensive, but in the case of this one it feels lovely on the skin and one I can see myself using on a more frequent basis than my more full coverage counterparts. Overall, I’m giving this foundation a 4/5 because it is one of the best “clean” foundations I’ve used and gives me that lovely dewy base I strive for on the daily.


IT Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination: Review

The IT Cosmetics CC Cream is an iconic product. My mom loves it, influencers love it, but I wanted to get the illumination version. I read an article quite a while ago that a beauty editor wrote who said that when she wears this CC Cream and people always comment on how healthy and glowing her skin looks. I was sold. I promptly went to Sephora and purchased this product. I bought this back in March and I’ve worn it on and off since then. I have been able to wear it enough that I know my thoughts. 

The claims: “Infused with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™ for a subtle touch of radiance, Your Skin But Better™ CC+Illumination™ Cream with SPF 50+ delivers full, flawless, perfect coverage and protects your skin with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen. Clinically shown to provide intense hydration, support improved appearance in skin texture, and enhance skin brightness without glitter or shimmer, this breakthrough color-correcting cream never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages imperfections, including dark spots. It’s formulated with an advanced antiaging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants that work in harmony to visually diminish the look of wrinkles and pores for a more luminous, supple, and flawless-looking complexion.

All of the claims of this are pretty accurate – however, the shimmer they claim isn’t in there is totally in there. But I love it. I find it’s not detectable on the skin once blended out and it creates a lovely luminous look. This is a full coverage CC Cream, compared to my beloved Andalou Naturals CC cream that has next to no coverage, the IT Cosmetics has a full coverage. 

Application with a sponge

Application: My preferred method for application is a sponge. The sponge absorbs just enough product that it sheers out the coverage to my preferred light to medium coverage. If you don’t like a sheer coverage, this will definitely deliver that full coverage effect. This feels lightweight on the skin and doesn’t irritate my skin. 

Price: $52 CAD for 32 ML or 1.08 oz. This is a steep price, however, I think if you enjoy a full coverage with all the skincare benefits of a CC cream this is the way to go. If it is in your price range then go for it. 

Left to right: Sephora Collection matte foundation. The ordinary serum foundation, Sephora Collection Skin tint, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face oil, The Body Shop Fresh Nude not pictured: benefit hello happy because I forgot to swatch it.

Overall rating: I want to say a 4/5 stars simply because I don’t always like using a sponge and sometimes prefer to just use my fingers. When this is used with a finger application I find the coverage is a bit too full for me. I would also say a con to this product is the shade range. I do think we are in the era of Fenty but I also think it can be overwhelming for there to be so many shades so really it’s toss up depending on your skin tone. I think it’s great that they have expanded to 12 shades, but there is always room for improvement in terms of undertone!


Project Pan 6 by labour day update 1

This update is a bit later than expected … but nonetheless I thought I would post it because these products are all quite hard pressed so it is difficult to see progress.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bronzer

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Update 1

This bronzer is so hard pressed in the pan that showing progress is difficult. I find that I only need a tap of this so it will take awhile for any progress to be visible.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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Update 2

I really love how glowy and fresh this blush makes my skin look. I really enjoy this formula and am hoping to see a dip in this by the end of the project. Alas, it does end in September but I will continue to use it.

NARS Highlighter

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Update 1

Too Face Sweet Peach

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Update 1

I really love palettes – but I have just not been reaching for this on a daily basis. I have been gravitating towards my liquid shadow from colourpop and my single cream shadows. I am focusing on the shade luscious but its a slow go!

Colourpop Supernova shadow

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Like I said previously. This is a lovely eye shadow that I have been using daily. You can tell there has been some solid progress and I’m so happy with this shadow. I mix it with the Anastasia bronzer and then use this all over the lid.