This is just going to be a quick mini review instead of a normal indepth review. The main reason for that is because I honestly haven't made my mind up about how exactly I feel about this foundation, but I wanted to let you guys know about EX1 regardless.
I stumbled across this brand (I think someone mentioned something about it on YouTube) and I was really curious about trying it. EX1 is a brand that is designed specifically for olive/yellow toned skin. The products that are available from this brand are liquid foundation, concealer, pressed powder, mineral powder and blush.
|Taken from http://www.ex1cosmetics.com|
If you have yellow undertones to your skin and struggle finding base products, then you might want to check out this brand. The liquid foundations come in 5 shades ranging from F100 (similar to NC25) to F500 (similar to NC45). The shade I bought was F100 and I must admit that this shade is pretty dark and definitely wouldn't work for me in the cooler months. This won't work on fair skin tones, but I do know that a lot of people struggle finding darker/tanned coloured base products and this range is targeted to those people. The concealer comes in three shades (D100, D200 and D300).
Even though I was really interested to try this out for the concept (and the good reviews that I watched/read) but the main incentive to get it was that it was actually really affordable! I bought this from Lookfantastic.com (which has free shipping) and the foundation cost AUD$23.50 and the concealer cost AUD$16.92 (I also used a discount code to get 10% off - are always discount codes available for Lookfantastic).
Onto the packaging...
The packaging is clear plastic with metallic orange finishes. There are two things that I love about the foundation packaging - firstly that it has a pump, and secondly that the product is pushed up from the bottom so when you finish the bottle you don't need to worry about wastage. The concealer is pot set, which doesn't bother me so much but I know it could bother some people.
The products themselves are pretty good. They are 100% oil and fragrance free and are designed to not clog pores. You can see from the photo above that the lightest shades (F100 for the foundation and D100 for the concealer) are probably what most foundations would call "beige" or "light medium". The foundation isn't extremely yellow based, it is more neutral leaning towards yellow, and the concealer is a lot more yellow toned than the foundation.
The foundation provides a light-medium but buildable coverage with a normal to slightly dewy finish. This is a pretty middle of the road foundation - it doesn't last a super long period of time, and the finish is too "dewy" for my combination oily skin (ie after 4-6 hours of wear I have significant oil break through), but it's probably not dewy enough for people with very dry skin... it's just a normal finish *shrugs*. I was under the impression that this was going to be a foundation that was more targeted to oilier skinned people (possible because of the oil free and anti-spot claims with the concealer etc), but in my opinion it isn't. Ironically this would work better for me in the cooler months, but the shade won't match me.
The concealer is a strange concealer. It is very hydrating (and contains Vitamin E) so it is perfect for under the eyes, but it doesn't provide as much coverage as I am used to. Since this is quite hydrating then it doesn't really set, so the coverage doesn't build. With the yellow tones this could work as a colour corrector under your foundation/concealer if you have dark circles, but if you are after coverage then this doesn't cut it on it's own. This designed to be both a dark circle corrector and an anti-blemish concealer, but I can't imagine that this would cover blemishes all that effectively.
In conclusion, I really wanted to share this brand with you guys in case you are one of those people who are looking for an affordable range that is targeted to yellow based/olive/tanned skin tones. I personally haven't been reaching for these product too often as they don't quite work for my oily combo skin (well, not in the current humid and hot weather anyway), but I though they were worth a mention!