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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%
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June 27, 2016 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment
TRU Rating
A "your skin but better" alternative to foundation

Pros

Diminishes redness, freckles and light sun spots

Cons

None

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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