After finally getting my hands on these and testing them out, I am ready to give the girls what they came here for: a review. When I received the email that these had launched and gone live on the site, you already know I was there in a heartbeat. I put 3.2N for the Coverage foundation and 3.2R for the Serum foundation in my cart and as soon as I went to checkout the site crashed. And I subsequently threw my slipper across the room like the perpetually angry grandmother I am. My stupid ass was sitting there refreshing the page nonstop for 10 minutes knowing damn well it wasn't gonna help, but I was determined to get those foundations.
A few hours and $18.59 later, the deal had been sealed. Now I knew that there was a long waitlist, and I thought that they were prepared for that but apparently not. I placed my order on April 29th and received it on May 26th. Messy bitches! I think that's the longest I've ever waited for a package. I ordered skincare products from South Korea and they came in a week so yeah, that's a whole mess on Deciem's part. The foundations are sold out yet again and I pray they learned their lesson the first time because there are definitely even more people waiting to buy them this time around, including my mother who tries to steal my serum foundation.
When I was browsing the shade selection I was obviously disappointed because there's literally about 10 shades for pale white skin, 4 shades for the Jennifer Lopez's of the world, 4 shades for the caramel girls, and 3 for the coco puffs. I personally feel like with any shade range, everything should be equal. If you're going to have 10 white shades, you need to have 10 dark shades as well. It's only fair. But I guess I can't even stay mad because the shades I bought, 3.2N and 3.2R, match me just fine. I ended up buying both because I wasn't sure which one to go for but they're only like $6 each so you really don't have much to lose.
My skin is around the NW45-47 range depending on the season and my face has red undertones while my body is more yellow/golden. My face is also naturally darker than my body which is a pain in the ass because I would love to match my face with my body, but if I use a lighter foundation I'm guaranteed to look ashy. So I just rock a slightly darker face and hope for the best. It's actually really hard to find foundations that are dark with a golden undertone that isn't too yellow? Like it's actually a crime. I tend to play it safe and go with a red undertone because at least I won't be ashy or anything. I'd rather look darker than ashy okay.
I don't typically buy neutral anything when it comes to makeup because they definitely have the tendency to be ashy on darker skin, but the Coverage foundation doesn't come off that way on me. At least not now, it definitely will once I get darker this summer though, which is why I'll probably save that for fall/winter when I'm a little lighter and less oily.
This foundation is the one where everyone would tell those with oily skin to stay away from. But if you're like me and don't give a fuck about people's recommendations cause half the time they don't know what the fuck they're talking about, you'll get it anyway. I've been looking for a very lightweight foundation to cover up the fading dark spots on my left cheek and forehead, and to just even out my skin tone overall to make it more uniform. The Glossier skin tint is nice, but some days I want something a tad heavier and this foundation is it. It's like a skin tint with a bit more coverage basically.
The consistency is very runny and fluid, which I like. I tend to stay away from creamy and thick foundations not even because I have oily skin, but because I just don't like the way they feel on my face. As a disclaimer, I will state that my skin doesn't need much coverage to begin with, so before and afters may not be so dramatic or whatever, so don't expect too much from me.
But when I use this I don't even use a full pump. I slowly pump out 3 small dots for each cheek and my forehead. Since it's so liquidy, it spreads pretty easy so you don't need a lot.
This is definitely a medium coverage foundation, as stated on their website. It completely covers any leftover dark spots I have without feeling heavy or looking obvious. The finish on this is definitely semi-matte which I looove, it reminds me of the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I've tested this during the day with and without powder and I've come to the conclusion that powder really doesn't help keep sebum at bay. Or maybe I'm not using the right powder I've been using the Nars Light Reflecting Powder, pressed, cause it's honestly the best translucent powder I've ever used. I love the look of dewy skin and this let's your makeup look dewy without it actually being dewy, it's like magic. I will test this one more time with the Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder and let you guys know how it holds up with that one. If nothing changes, then that just means your oily skin may not stand a chance with this foundation.
The wear time on this is so-so. I have very oily skin that I don't ever feel like maintaining and touching up throughout the day, like I know my skin's gonna get oily eventually so I don't really care at this point. Like pretty much every other foundation and tinted moisturizer I've used in my life, this stayed semi-matte for an hour before my oil started to peak through. Then after 3 hours I was looking like a glazed donut.
Three hours later:
Since this has a red undertone and is lightweight, I will definitely be making this my everyday summer foundation. If you like to keep your skin matte, then this foundation isn't for you, especially if you have oily skin. I on the other hand am an oily skinned heathen who can't get enough of being a disco ball queen so it doesn't matter to me. Not to mention the red undertone on this makes me glow a little more. So if you're like me and don't care about being oily/dewy, then go forth.
This foundation does have the tendency to transfer so just keep that in mind throughout the day while you're wearing it. Transfer bothers me but at the same time it doesn't, cause honestly nothing should ever be touching my face outside of cleansing, touch-ups, and makeup application anyway so it's like eh. Just keep everything away from your face in general and you'll be fine. It also has the tendency to settle into fine lines but it doesn't settle in the same way a fuller coverage foundation would. You'd only see it settling if you were all up in someone's face examining their pores and shit.
I really appreciate the fact that these foundations come with a pump because most of them don't, even high end. I'm looking at you Nars, wanna be charging $6 for a separate pump when the foundation is already $40 something dollars. The best part about these pumps is that you can open and lock it, so when you're traveling it won't spill all over the place in your luggage. What I zon't appreciate is them only formulating these with SPF 15 in the European Union. It's rude and antiblack. They'll be hearing from my lawyers soon.
I don't even know why I bought this foundation. I think I tend to overestimate how much coverage I need. Or maybe I thought the serum foundation wouldn't be enough. I dunno. But I'm gonna be honest and say that I don't see myself using this often. She's a lovely girl, don't get me wrong. But the serum foundation is the perfect shade, consistency, and gives me the coverage I need. I now realize that I don't ever need to go above medium coverage with base products.
The Coverage foundation is full coverage so for those of you who like to be glam and shit or just have more to cover, you should get this instead. The finish on this on is slightly more matte than the Serum foundation as well as the consistency being slightly thicker. This covered any dark spots on my skin just as good as the Serum Foundation because again, I don't really have much to cover up. Despite the fact that this is a full coverage foundation, the finish is still quite natural. Even though there's more pigment in this one, it's not noticeable since it doesn't look cakey at all.
I started to get oily after around two hours of wear, even with setting powder. I was deliciously dewy by the fourth hour of wear but I would still say that this wears a tad better than the serum foundation. The main thing I don't like about this though is that it settles into fine lines a bit more than the serum foundation and they're more noticeable. Probably because the consistency of this one is slightly thicker so it settles and sits on the skin a bit easier. I have laugh lines so makeup settling into fine lines is a huge pet peeve of mine.
All in all, Deciem did a damn good job with these especially for the price. If you want an everyday foundation with a satin finish, go with the Serum. If you want more coverage on the slightly matter side, go for the Coverage foundation. You can purchase the Serum Foundation here and the Coverage Foundation here.