When it comes to make-up, I’m a creature of habit. I’m all about keeping it minimal. Call it a confidence meets comfort zone, meets not having all da skillz thing. One of those comfort zones I’ve been in for a long time is the mineral foundation zone. Having oily skin, liquid foundations slip and slide all over my face, need constant blotting and requires too much upkeep for my lazy liking. So, let’s say hello to Origins GinZing revitalising mineral make-up.
I’ve been stuck like glue to my trusty Bare Minerals matte foundation for years but with my ever growing Origins obsession, it was only a matter of time before I tiptoed into their make-up line to see what that was all about. I figured foundation was a good place to start, change is a good thing every once in a while. After a chat with the lovely assistant, she matched me to shade 02 light/medium which is a fair bit lighter than my usual ‘fairly light’ Bare Minerals.
Let’s start with the packaging, specifically the sifter. A layered mesh opening on the base unit that makes for an interesting application. I wasn’t sure just swirling my brush over the sifter would get much product out at all but I was really surprised. It takes a little longer to get the coverage I want, but because I’m taking less product on my brush I’m getting a much more even application. I thought this might get a little harder as I used more and more product but shaking the pot seems to catch exactly what I need in the sifter.
Coverage wise, it’s a very very light coverage, enough to minimise pores and give an overall much more even appearance. It’s enriched with caffeine that brightens the skin, as well as micro iridescent pigments that catch the light and give you a perky look who got 8 hours sleep last night look - as long as you can conceal those bags with something a little more heavy duty first! It’s so light I could wear this with a slick of mascara and gloss and nothing else if I just want a tiny skin-pick-me-up.
For such a fine powder, it has some half decent staying powder and requires very little touch up on a normal day, say a day at work. But on warmer days, or when my skin is particularly oily, it needs some help. Being so fine and light, it’s not an evening out foundation but perfect for day to day wear, especially if you're going for the no-make-up-make-up look.
As with most mineral foundations, it does contain bismuth, which is a naturally occurring ingredient, that a surprising amount of people seem to be allergic to. I used to be quite allergic to bismuth, but with the GinZing foundation, I don’t seem to have the same reaction I used to. Usually very tight, itchy, dry patches a few hours after application. I’m wondering if maybe there is much less bismuth in the GinZing foundation than other mineral foundations?
As for re-purchasing, I would. It makes for a great day to day lightweight mineral foundation that does exactly what I need it to do. It’s not ideal for heavy, long wearing, coverage, but some days, you just don’t need that!
Have you ever tried mineral foundation?
Until next time,