Wednesday, 8 June 2016

BEAUTY | OXYGENETIX REVIEW*

Writing posts about foundation, is probably one of my favourite things to do whilst blogging. We are all so aware of the lack of diversity amongst foundations in our everyday high-street stores, so when it comes to looking for a foundation that embodies your true colour you know its a keeper. If you are like me, than many of you probably started your make-up journey in the same stores as every other girl, hitting up MAC was the ''IN'' thing and only then did you start to broaden your search for the perfect foundation. For those who are looking for a foundation reference, I wear MAC NC55 or NC50 Studio fix fluid depending on whether we are in winter or summer.

I was kindly sent over two samples to try from Oxygenetix, by using the same MAC reference you are all familiar with they popped two shades in the post for me, ''Honey'' and ''Coco''. So I was excited to give them a whirl, and see if they was anywhere near providing me a perfect match. I have heard nothing but good reviews about the coverage, longevity and colour match. Another reason I really wanted to give Oxygenetix foundations a try is because of their breathable formula and their wide range of shades, as well as the foundation being suitable for acne sufferers. 
First: Honey | Second: Coco
Oxygenetix foundation is suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin and of course acne prone blemish skin. The brand has two formulas for their foundation, and the one I was particularly interested in was the Acne Control version. This formula by Oxygenetix is infused with 2% salicylic acid which helps to calm acne build up and calm/sooth the skin as well as improve the appearance of the skins complexion. This percentage of salicylic acid was completely what sold it to me and I had never heard of another brand that had this unique selling point. 

The first time I tested out the foundation it was apparent even before doing a proper swatch, or test patch on my face that Coco was going to be way too dark for me. Whilst Honey was a better match (and the swatch blended perfectly on my arm) due to my face being slightly darker than my body, it came across slightly light and needed buffing into the skin. A few times I tried mixing both of the shades with other concealers and foundations I own to try and create the perfect colour. Neither foundation was technically the perfect match for my skin tone, Honey being a little lighter than what I needed (so a shade down close to honey would be perfect) and Coco was completely off being darker and more red toned. 

I have been using the foundation and trying it out in different ways for around three/four weeks now, as I wanted to make sure I could get an accurate representation of the foundation, my expectations and the reality of it. I wanted to ensure I could find the best ways that worked for me. For application I  tried the recommended way of applying the foundation by using my fingertips then by using a blending sponge. But after a while I found that simply using a foundation brush worked very well with application, ensuring I didn't have too much formula and not all the formula was being wasted (by being sucked up by the sponge).
Foundation first attempt blending
Second attempt at blending and set with translucent powder
The foundation itself has amazing longevity, as you are all aware I suffer from really bad oily skin amongst my t-zone. And this causes problems regardless of what foundation I use, and I find I have to blot and powder a couple of times within the day. But I can honestly say that this foundation does not slip or slide or go patchy within a few hours, even in some of the hot weather we have been experiencing in London this little beauty keeps my face looking somewhat put together. The oxygenetix foundation in my opinion is medium coverage that can be build-able, but I do wish it had more of a fuller coverage as that's just personally how I prefer to have my foundations, as I like to cover up my deep acne scars and blemishes. But my gosh it certainly is breathable- I'm not sure if that comes hand in hand with it being medium coverage, and potentially if the coverage was fuller the breathable factor may disappear. But when wearing this foundation through the day, I know its on my face of course but it doesn't feel heavy like some that I have experienced before. And for an added bonus point the acne control science behind the foundation is a godsend, I have not reacted at all from this little product, all I need to do now is find the perfect shade! <3

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