Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation
Price: £45.00 (RRP)
This high-end foundation is the most breathable foundation on the market, with a combined 160 years of expertise behind its revolutionary formula. It has real skin care benefits, provides flawless coverage and delivers an unparalleled, oxygen-enriched formula that allows skin to breathe more than any other foundation brand. The prime ingredient in the product is pro-healing, patent-pending CeravitaeTM a super charged oxygen complex that promotes collagen cell production and connective tissue growth to promote youthful, firm and smooth skin. It is also natural Aloe Barbadensis gel based (not water-based like most foundations, that often attract bacteria to the skin), which provides anti-bacterial qualities, while astringently removing dead surface cells.
I was intrigued to test out Oxygenetix foundation because it claims to be a ‘breathable revolution’. It was originally created to help heal and protect skin that had recently undergone dermatological procedures. It’s since been picked up by Hollywood makeup artists and used on sets because of its staying power. No, I have neither just had a chemical peel nor am I an actress. But, I do use a harsh acne treatment that, if applied too liberally when in the midst of a bad breakout, or if I skimp on moisturisers/serums, can make my skin very sensitive and angry. I also wear foundation everyday to cover scars, so I need something that I can wear all day without any risk of breaking out. Enter Oxgenetix Oxygenating foundation.
The foundation comes in a small pump action bottle, which gives it a thumbs up from me straight away because I think this is the best design for a foundation. It’s less messy, you never accidentally use too much product, and it’s very hygienic. The bottle is silver and definitely has an air of the medical about it.
On application, it feels more like a light cream than a foundation. After about 5 seconds, it feels slightly tacky to the touch, which is a strange sensation from a foundation, but there is a reason. It is gel based – made with aloe vera. Leaf juice from the aloe vera plant is widely known for its skin calming properties, and it’s listed as the first ingredient on the list so you know you’re getting a beneficial amount. As it’s not oil based, this is a good foundation choice for those with oiler skin types. Despite feeling a bit sticky at first, it rapidly dries and then it really does feel like you’re wearing anything at all. Apparently, the patented Ceravitae Complex promotes ‘new cell growth, collagen production, and connective tissue development’, and the complex also attracts oxygen although how exactly, remains unclear. Its other important credentials include having SPF 25, being free from parabens, hypoallergenic, and cruelty free and vegan. It’s also transfer resistant (something I can attest to!) and water resistant up to 90 minutes, so you could wear it swimming or to the beach. The idea that our foundation can also be part of our skincare is something that has steadily gained popularity over the years, and Oxgenetix seems to take that to the next level. We’ve had foundations with added moisturisers and foundations for acne prone skin, but this is the first time one has been available for very fragile, post procedure skin or just very very sensitive skin, that needs healing AND high coverage at the same time.
My only problem with Oxgenetix is that it does not cater for very fair skin. I chose the lightest shade available, ‘Pearl’, yet it was still too dark with a distinctly orangey tone. This may be because of its origins in Hollywood, but it’s a real shame. If there was a shade light enough, this foundation could have the power to replace my ride or die Vichy Dermablend, which I love for its buildable high coverage without feeling heavy and ability to last all day.
All is not lost, however. I have found that using a very small amount underneath my normal foundation, almost as a primer, works very well. This way my skin can absorb the benefits of Oxgenetix, and it creates a protective barrier.
Practical but doesn’t look very nice
Need to create a paler shade. As the shade was so wrong for me, I could not test out it’s true level of coverage.
Value for money
It is £45.00 for only 15ml, so if you’re wearing it everyday, it’s not going to last that long and 45.00 is definitely at the top end for a foundation.
Buy or Bye
Bye. Simply because they don’t have my shade.
Shop the review
Breathable Foundation, £41.66 OXYGENETIX at beautyisskindeep.com