I picked this GOSH X-Ceptional Wear foundation up on a whim. I was feeling the need to try something new, the foundations I had were just not working for me and I was getting a bit fed up. So, while pottering in Superdrug, I decided this was going in my basket. I am so pleased I did.
OK let’s get the boring stuff out of the way first. This retails at £7.99 in Superdrug* and you get 35ml. From the brand
“X-Ceptional Wear Foundation with Vitamin E is light and smooth to apply. It is a moisturizing and long-lasting foundation, which gives medium coverage and a beautiful matt finish. X-Ceptional Wear Foundation is without perfume and paraben.”
This is definitely a medium coverage foundation and my favourite way of applying it? With my hands! I also prefer to apply this without any kind of primer, straight onto my freshly moisturised face. I dot it all over my face and then use my fingers to warm it up and blend it out. I just love the nice, even finish I get with my fingers. You can use a brush or a beauty sponge, it does work with both too.
Although it’s a liquid foundation, it feels quite thick, you can see in the photo below that it will run down your hand – but at a slow pace. So by warming it up with my fingers, I’m able to spread it easily and get medium coverage. If I have any blemishes, I’ll add an extra dot of foundation on top and leave it for a minute while I add extra coverage around my nose or any other redness that just needs a wee touch more. Once I’ve left it to sit – almost setting, I’ll just use my finger to dab and blend out the edges. You can see in the before picture that I have a few spots, I’ve used only the foundation to cover them. I think it does a great job of knocking out the redness.
This doesn’t cause any sort of irritation, so thankfully I won’t end up with new red blotches from this foundation. I do have quite sensitive skin, but I don’t have every ailment, so I can say 100% that it won’t irritate you, but it shouldn’t.
There are 8 shades available, which isn’t too great but not the worst. There are 4 darker shades for people of colour and 4 lighter shades for women like me. I’m delighted that their lightest shade 11 Porcelain is actually a good match for me. You can see it does a great job at covering my pigmentation (which now covers almost all of my forehead!). It also doesn’t lean too yellow – something that a lot of high street foundation tend to do. It has more of a demi matt finish, it’s not completely super matt, but it’s not really glowy.
So what about wear time I hear you cry? Calm down…seriously. OK, if you have a nice oil slick down the centre of your face like me, you will need to set this, also anywhere you add extra layers – also set. Without setting it only lasts about 4 hours max. With setting it lasts between 8-10 hours on me. It doesn’t sink into the fine lines too much – just a wee bit, which I dabbed out. I was also able to top it up with concealer when I needed to – sometimes with matt foundations they can dry down and are painful to top up – they end up separating and looking like a hot mess.
If you have dry patches, this will highlight them a tad – I had a dry patch of skin from a healing spot and this foundation definitely clung to the dry patches – but then what foundation doesn’t cling to patchy skin? Just make sure you’ve moisturised and if you have very dry skin, this might not be the right foundation for you.
Would I recommend it? YES. Go buy it now. I am obviously a fan and I’m delighted I tested this out! If you fancy seeing the foundation apply, as well my finished face – it looks a bit odd without all the rest of my face on – you can check out the video below. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel too if you fancy, I’d be dead chuffed to have you along.