Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review | Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation

[pr sample]

Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation ($66.00) is a very special kind of makeup. It is designed for doctors to cover up imperfections and heal the skin; "skin injuries, wounds, rashes, cracked, dry skin, acne scars, rosacea and other skin conditions. On post-surgical scars, patients are re-assured and impressed that after care includes safely camouflaging any evidence of surgery. 'Ceravitae', the super charged oxygen complex in Breathable foundation, proliferates collagen cell and connective tissue growth in aging or wounded skin.". That's just the beginning of the laundry list of benefits and pros this foundation has:
  • Non-Comedogenic (it won't clog pores)
  • Oil-Free
  • Fragrance -Free
  • Organically certified ingredients
  • Contains SPF 25 (for UVA/UVB sun protection)
  • Not drying - allows retention of natural fluids - even following aggressive resurfacing.
  • Hypoallergenic (less allergic reactions than with other cosmetics)
  • Non-irritating to sensitive skin (safe to use it after most cosmetic procedures)

(L) Post CO2 fractional laser demo
(R) Oxygenetix foundation coverage
When I first received an email from PR pitching about this foundation, she had included a photo of someone who just had a laser treatment, and had the Oxygenetix Foundation on half of her face, while the other half was still reddened from the procedure. That's what truthfully grabbed my attention because as I've mentioned before, my chin is ultra sensitive and any little thing will set it off and make it very red and hard to conceal when I do my makeup. I don't enjoy full coverage makeup since the majority of my skin has minimal issues to conceal. So, when I read the word "Breathable" in the foundation name, I knew I had to try this out! (My Skincare Journey)

The day it arrived I quickly tried it out and then I regretted not taking a before photo because the foundation looked amazing and felt amazing! I wore it all day and soon forgot I even put makeup on and almost went to bed without washing off my makeup - that's how lightweight it is. It literally looks like skin, you can hardly tell you are wearing a foundation at all. It blends in so seamlessly. I'm in amazement! The next day, I kid you not, my skin looked so fresh and healthy! I distinctly remember saying to myself, "wow, my skin looks so good!" and I rarely say that when looking into my 10x mirror.

I received the shade Creme, which is a nice match for me - although I think I would need the next shade up for a truer match. They have a variety of shades to suit many different skin tones - you can check them out here.

One pump of Oxygenetix Foundation

Close up of Oxygenetix Foundation on the skin

The foundation doesn't really have a scent, just smells like makeup. The consistency is a creamy liquid, it is not runny or sheer, but it is also not heavy or thick. It is easy to apply with fingers, a dense synthetic brush, or a damp beauty sponge. It is a buildable foundation, you can layer and layer as much as you need - I actually don't use concealer when I wear the Oxygenetix Foundation. The finish is kinda tacky, and it will stay tacky unless you powder it - a translucent powder works just fine. It wears for hours, from early morning to late night, all without breaking apart, fading, smudging, smearing, it also doesn't make my skin shiny or oily. Every night I remove this foundation from a full day's wear, I always find myself admiring my great skin - I truly believe this foundation has some amazing ingredients that you can actually see a difference in the health of your skin.

Before: No makeup

Left: with Oxygenetix Foundation, Right: no makeup

One light layer of Oxygenetix Foundation, applied with fingers

Close up of Oxygenetix Foundation on the skin

Overall, the Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation really does look like skin, it really does cover up redness, it really does feel weightless, it really does improve your skin with use. I've been using it for a little over a month now, and my skin is looking so good in it's naked state that I find myself totally okay with going out and about bare faced.
I also must point out that although this foundation has SPF 25, it did not irritate or burn my sensitive skin at all!

This photo I took on Sunday when I went for a little hike on Mt. Tamalpais with some friends, I was not wearing any makeup (other than a smidgen of under eye concealer because I haven't been sleeping well, and some mascara that I honestly just wore to keep my lashes up and out of my vision). Given, my phone's camera has a beauty filter thing that I can't figure out how to turn off - but the even skin tone and no redness - I woke up like that! :)