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Deciem NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% Review

is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Redness, Sun Spots, Uneven Skin
Deciem Photography Fluid Opacity 12%
June 27, 2016 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment
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A "your skin but better" alternative to foundation


Diminishes redness, freckles and light sun spots



As someone who wears little makeup (grudging exceptions are made for video shoots) and when I do I fear that it ages me, I am intrigued by the concept of what Perricone MD has dubbed “no foundation, foundation.” And, since just about everything Deciem NIOD does is interesting, I pounced with great excitement on Deciem NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% ($30 in the shop).

Of course, this being Deciem NIOD (and I say this with love and affection), the product comes with some eccentric marketing baggage. For instance, a key “techonology” is “nano-prismatic blurring technology”. I take this to refer to light refracting ingredients, but I’ll come back to what is in Photography Fluid Opacity 12% after describing what it does.

To sum up: it is a magical, invisible concealer that somehow imparts a dewy non-shiny sheen.

The off-white liquid has a texture that is more akin to serum than makeup. It is much more liquid than a liquid and I initially applied it with some hesitation in a thin and even-as-I-could manage layer. I then started at myself in the mirror. My skin looked a little whiter (as though I was wearing a mineral sunscreen), but all my flaws, ruddy cheeks, uneven skin tone were there in all their glory. Within less than a minute though, it all began to change. The white-ish caste was gone, but so too had any redness, freckles and light sunspots. Under the florescent light of a public bathroom, my wrinkles had lessened.

To be clear, this is not a foundation and it does not camouflage, let alone cover. I found that a dab of concealer on the apple of my cheeks and on the leopard spot at the outer top right cheek was necessary. But I was very happy to go foundation free and enjoy the look of my skin, but a dewier, better version of it. After a couple of weeks, I began to prefer it to foundation.

As you might expect, nano-prismatic blurring technology harnesses a goodly amount of film formers and silicone. One of them, hexamethyldisiloxane, is actually pretty interesting as it is used for liquid bandages. Titanium dioxide is a dominant ingredient here (it is most commonly used as a mineral — but nonetheless, controversial — sunscreen) and is almost certainly responsible for that initial chalky look. A look that, to repeat, completely disappears in under a minute.

Make no mistake, this is no way a product for those who go in search of all-natural formulas, but there is more than a nod to botanical extracts. I was particularly pleased to see dragon fruit, exotically beautiful and highly antioxidant. There is the root of a fern that can help to prevent sun damage, Iceland moss (a lichen with anti-cancer activity) and another antioxidant moss from Chile.

For those that don’t like wearing makeup and/or increasingly find that it ages them then I can heartily recommend Deciem NIOD’s clever little disappearing act. And for the selfie-obsessed, note that those plant extracts are supposed to reduce redness under a flash.

  • December 13, 2016

    by Gloria Gerber

    Marta I ordered this product and have to say I am truly liking it. I normally do not use a full coverage foundation. I find no matter what I try it is difficult to find a foundation that doesn't magnify problems or since I am very light skinned a color match. I have been using just about a month. I use a small amount of concealer on a few capillaries and red marks but I have to say this product does do what it says it will. I have used Osmotics Inner Light for some time and I still continue to use it but I see you are no longer carrying it in the shop. To me it is better to find a product that enhances my features and just use a bit of cover to camouflage what I don't like. Foundations just don't work for me or at least I have not found one yet that delivers that airbrush look that they promise.

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