Review: GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 Porcelain

I’m not a big foundation wearer – in fact, I’m barely a foundation wearer at all. I wear it occasionally on nights out and for special occasions (e.g. weddings) but as a general rule it doesn’t enter in to my beauty routine. You may gasp in horror, but I spend too long on my skincare routine to then cover up my hard work – that’s not to say I judge people who do wear it though. Most of them look great!

I do own a foundation (that I’ve bought myself; I’m often sent them to review) which is the GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 Porcelain.

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 Porcelain

I had been really put off buying foundations as I could never, ever spot one light enough for my skin tone. I am super, super fair (we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s down to my Irish heritage!) and was always stuck for the right shade. Luckily, after some research, I read about the GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in Porcelain – surely porcelain would be light enough for even me??

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 Porcelain

The good news is that yes, it is light enough! I had been given tips on mixing white foundation with a regular shade to get the best colour match for me, but was always a bit dubious about messing it up. Here is a photo of me wearing the foundation (I was eating candy floss in a Chinese restaurant…don’t ask)

GOSH X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11 Porcelain

I didn’t set it with powder (as I really love the dewy look that this foundation gives you) but it came across a little shiny with the camera flash. Never mind though!

In terms of application, it dries quite quickly which makes using a stippling brush a little tricky. I’ve powered through though, and apply is in sections at a time (rather than dotting the product all over my face and buffing in). I love the finish, and I always contour with bronzer so that I don’t look too washed out.

It’s a great base for highlighting too, and use a liquid highlighter on my cheekbones to really add to the dewy look. One little drawback about the foundation is the price; it retails for £7.60, which is a little pricey for a drugstore foundation. Nevertheless, you get a fantastic product for your money, so it is worth the investment.

Finally, does it live up to its name – ‘exceptional wear’? I think so! Although I only ever wear it for a night at a time, those nights can go on for a long time, and it looks almost as good at the end of a night as it did when applied. Winner!

Which foundation is perfect for your skin tone? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Sofie
    September 16, 2011 / 11:12 am

    Ahw, cute picture!

    I never really wear foundation, because I have this tiny freckles, which I like actually (:

  2. Kathleen
    September 16, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    I might get this when I run out of the foundation I have. I have very very pale skin too, so I usually look at every shade of every brand of foundation in a store and get the lightest one I can find, and it is usually still about one or two shades darker than my skin tone. :/

  3. September 16, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    i love the revlon colourstay foundation…my dream foundation! The only thing i dont like about it is that is pricey… £12.99 for a drugstore foundation!

  4. September 16, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    I like this foundation but I find it to be quite heavy!

  5. Georgina Rose
    September 16, 2011 / 7:16 pm

    I can’t believe you think thats expensive! To me thats an excellent price however i’m not sure if it would give me enough coverage and if it would be good for oily skin? Great review though, I really enjoy reading yours! x

  6. Vicki
    September 16, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    To be honest, I don’t think it is too pricey, I love this foundation but sometimes I find it a little too heavy (but that is because I wear foundation most days) I have tried many foundations but I think this is one that I will always go back to because it was the first one I ever found in my shade (I too have to use Porcelain)
    My main problem with it is the packaging because you end up with quite a lot of product left over and you think you have run out, you just need to have empty pots at hand to de-pot it 😀

  7. Shannon
    September 16, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Maybelline Fit me in porcelain but that made my skin wicked oily so now i use netrogena healthy skin in classic ivory and a covergirl oil controlling powder i could probably use the powder with the maybeliine one

  8. Lori
    September 22, 2011 / 4:18 am

    I tried the Mabelline Fit Me in Porcelain but it was too dark for me but then i found one from Rimmell London and it was the perfect shade.

  9. cazzy xx
    September 29, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    Hi chyaz
    I have really pale skin and i’ve never wore foundation only ever simple moisturiser and i’ve asked my mum about me wearing foundation and she just says it hides spots and i’m to young to wear it. because i’ve only now started comp and im only now starting to wear make-up i feel like i should wear foundation. In my town were i live theres a superdrug there and on the weekends i’ll sometimes go down with my friend to have a look around and now that i’ve seen this post next time i go to town with my mum or friend i’ll have a look how much it is and if the price is good i’ll get it xx 😀

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