Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation: Cruelty Free Cosmetics

While I haven't been posting as much lately about makeup, the reality is that I still love makeup and wear it most days. I'm also in the process of transitioning to using only Cruelty Free makeup, and so I'd like to sometimes share reviews of some of the new products I try, particularly those that are less talked about online...

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation and Real Techniques Sponge
GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation (my shade is porcelain), £7.99 from Superdrug

Finding a cruelty free foundation was one of the things I was most worried about with making the transition to cruelty-free makeup. I have very pale, dry, sensitive skin and I struggle to find drugstore foundations at the best of times - and currently, high-end is just not in my budget, given that I wear a full face of makeup probably five days a week, on average. Other foundations I have previously enjoyed - just to give a frame of reference - are the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation (the one with the white lid), and the L'Oreal True Match Foundation.

I decided to pick up the GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation first. It gets fairly positive reviews on the Superdrug website but other than that I don't think I've ever heard anyone talk about it. To start off, I was pleased with how light their lightest shade, Porcelain, was - it's actually a really good match for me. It's slightly more warm toned than my skin, but not so much that I look like I'm dressing up like a Simpson, which is how Bourjois foundations always look on me. Overall I would say this doesn't so much 'warm up' my skin so much as it cancels out some of the pink and redness present in my skin, and given that I have a lot of it, that's no bad thing.

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation packaging


In terms of packaging it comes in  a firm squeezy tube. While, given the choice, I would choose a bottle with a pump every time, I normally don't mind a squeezy foundation tube, except that this one is made of a very firm plastic - it's like a hard, fixed shape tube rather than the likes of the L'Oreal stay Matte Foundation, which is so flexible you can roll the tube when things start to run out. The downside of the GOSH packaging is that the last couple of weeks of use are kind of a pain, what with having to coax product out each day. Of course if you regularly use makeup on the go, or carry a makeup bag with you, then having slim, non-breakable packaging may be a massive plus for you.

For me, the other big drawback with this foundation is that it doesn't contain any SPF. I always use a moisturiser under foundation anyway, but with my skin type I have yet to find a facial SPF (within my budget) that doesn't break me out, or that isn't so heavy that I can't put makeup over the top of it. What this means is that on days when I'm going to be outside for much time at all, I'm not able to wear this foundation. I'm continuing to try and find a facial cream/SPF that I can use under it, but I'm not having much luck so far (If you have any suggestions, please do leave them in the comments!)

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation sample


In terms of application, I always use a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for this, as I do with every foundation. I feel like it gives a medium coverage when applied this way, and generally I'll go over my whole face like that, and then, maybe apply a small amount more to my cheeks, where I have a real issue with redness peeping through. Spots, marks on the skin and redness/discolouration are definitely still present, which I quite like for a more believable, everyday finish, to be honest, but it's worth keeping in mind that if you're looking for something full coverage: this isn't it.

blog author barefaced
Above: completely bare-faced
GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation on half of face
Above: foundation is on my right (the left hand side of the photo), other side is still completely bare-faced.
GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation fully applied
Above: Foundation fully applied, but nothing else on.

Finish and Wear

Finish-wise, I'd have to call it a sort of 'satin' finish. I definitely don't look powdery, matte or dry, but 'glowy' would definitely be an exaggeration too. I find that for the first 5-10 minutes this is on my skin I look a little, almost waxy, but it seems to settle in and look fine after that. I mostly wear this to work, where I'm a barista: so often long days of wear, lots of steam in my face and changing temps from freezing A/C to opening an oven at face height every 15 minutes or so. Throughout it all I would have to say this foundation wears really, pretty well. I do powder my nose - literally just my nose - but that's it and everything else wears fine on me. I have some fine lines next to my eyebrow and on my forehead and while, yes, if I lean right into a mirror at the end of the night I can see it has sunk into those somewhat, but I don't feel it's noticeable at a 'normal' distance.

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation as part of a now completed makeup look

Overall I really like this foundation and I think I really lucked out with it being the first cruelty free one that I tried. It's not my favourite finish for my skin - I like something a little more glowy and light - but one thing I do appreciate is that this doesn't oxidise or change too much on my skin as time passes. Pretty much what I leave the house looking like in the morning is what I'll come home looking like - barring a little sinking in and wear, which I think is reasonable. I've already used a whole tube of this foundation and I have repurchased it to continue using, obviously, I've been using it through the warmer months just now but I'm intrigued to see how it works with my much drier skin come winter time.

Have you ever tried this foundation? What did you think? Any recommendations for a Cruelty Free foundation that does contain SPF?

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