February 3, 2014

EX1 Cosmetics InvisiWear Liquid Foundation

A foundation that claims to look like it isn't there, while giving you enough coverage to fake that eau naturel look? Oh yes, count me in. EX1 Cosmetics is a brand specially created for woman of Asian, Middle/Far-Eastern or Mediterranean heritage. I'm at the lighter side of the spectrum, so finding a matching shade has slightly become easier over the years, however I've got friends who are medium toned (and Asian) who have slight difficulties with finding matching shades that make them look not too dark and not too fair. If you're finding yourself in this category, read on. Cause I think I might've got something for you.

The EX1 InvisiWear Liquid Foundation has 5 shades to fit a range of skin tones, from fair to medium. I tried the shade 002, which is slightly a tad too dark for me at the moment, but I think I'd be able to pull this off in the summer when I'm tanned. It comes in a lightweight bottle with a pump and is great for dispensing the product. The texture of the foundation is slightly runny, but not in an annoying way and is really smooth and a bliss to apply and blend into the skin. I prefer to use my hands to apply more runny foundations rather than a brush, but both methods work just fine. The foundation definitely falls into the category medium-full coverage, without the cakey-ness and heavy feeling most foundations have.

I've tested this on one of my longest days at uni, where I had to leave the house at 8 and returned home at 7 (pm, duh). When I looked in the mirror right before heading home, the foundation still stayed on place, like it was in the morning. Major shocker people. Major. Happy as I was that my foundation didn't slide off my face, I hopped in my car and headed north (that is home). After the 40 minute drive, I headed to the bathroom to sanitise my hands - yes I'm quite OCD about washing my hands - and noticed in the mirror that my cheeks were occupied by an army of bumps, which weren't there before and it wasn't due to bad lighting. 

When I removed my make up, I could clearly see that both cheeks were attacked by uncountable under-the-skin-bumps. I asked for a second opinion (my mum) who confirmed what I saw and agreed that my skin looked just fine before leaving the house.

So, all good things aside from this foundation, do keep a heads up if you're acne-prone, like yours truly, and try to get a sample first before you buy. If it [the foundation] doesn't give you any unwanted-nasties on the skin, I'd totally recommend it. The foundation has gorgeous coverage, a natural finish, it's budget-friendly (less than 15 quid) and it's oil free. I'm rather sad that my skin is reacting this way and I'm still not quite sure what caused it, especially since they claim its "not pore clogging". In case you were interested in the ending of my anecdote, after my double cleanse, I immediately had a spoonful of Udo's Oil and slapped on my 3 step mask like nobody's business.

Have you ever tried anything from EX1 cosmetics?



  1. OMG I just love this foundation! I am Asian and use the F300. Its exactly as you say, goes on very smoothly indeed. I have unfortunately been plagued with acne since I was a teen,(26 now) and I i break with literally anything. I have to say this is one of the very few foundations that does not break me out at all. The other ones that don't break me out don't match my skin. Love this brand so much, wish they had more products though,

  2. Love this stuff!!!!! It's really unlikely the foundation gave you spots if you noticed them on the same day, as my derm told me spots take a while to form, infact its usually about 4-6 weeks from pore clogging. Have been using for 3 weeks, so far no spots except time of the month ones. Def best colour match I have found.

  3. I'm so glad to hear it doesn't break you out! And yes, they need more products - their blushes look fab, would love to see more of those.

  4. It didn't give me spots, but it gave me those pesky under the skin bumps. I'm glad that it works for you as I do think it's a lovely product ;-)

  5. ooo i'im down for something formulated fo asian skin. ESP since getting my yellow undertones exactly righit is flippin impossible when it comes to drugstore foundations. better to just BUT....not if the formula gives me underskin bumps :( what a bummer!

    A Beautiful Zen

  6. Oooh, had to jump in with my two cents on this! I've worked with a top dermatologist for the last 10 years, and can confirm weird though it seems, spots do in fact take weeks to form! This is just part of the life cycle from getting clogged with sebum, to whiteheads/blackheads forming to bacteria multiplying, and eventually inflammation. Pore clogging to inflammation stage takes time in any kind of bump. This process just can't happen in a day so I would look at what you were using before?

  7. Hi,
    This is exactly what I was searching for !!! Thanks for the wonderful review. By the way, I live in Germany and cant find it here. Could you please tell me where I can buy it in Amsterdam as I am visiting Amsterdam next week. I really really...wanna buy it. Plz help!

  8. Hi Ann, unfortunately you can't buy the foundation physically. They do have lots of different online retailers, i.e., Look Fantastic (see link). They ship worldwide for free and have a 10% discount code for new orders - LFNEW10 - if I'm not mistaken. Hope this helps!

  9. Great post, definitely going to purchase shades 200 and 300. I hope they work for me!


  10. Fingers crossed, hope they'll do a better job on you!


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