PRICE DETAILS: $66 for 15ml. or .5oz ($132/oz) (♦♦♦♦♦)
PRESENTATION: Plastic pump bottle
TEXTURE & SCENT: Rich, cream foundation with virtually no detectable scent.
SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types. Works on acne prone, sensititve, rosacea, eczema and post procedure skin.
SHADES REVIEWED: Almond (yellow based medium/tan), Honey (yellow based tan)
SHADES AVAILABLE: 5 yellow based shades (Creme, Beige, Almond, Honey, Tawny) and 5 blue based shades (Pearl, Ivory, Taupe, Walnut, Coco).
KEY FEATURES: Water resistant up to 90 minutes, SPF 25, 10 blendable, color-corrective shades, transfer resistant, hypo allergenic, completely non-irritating, even to acne, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.
QUICK REVIEW: With a per ounce price that rivals the most expensive foundation on the market, this “breathable” alternative offers a healing alternative for post-procedural skin, acne and skin redness.
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation ($66, dermstore.com) has been on my review pad for months – since I’ve been unable to determine how to approach my findings. Do I base my review on what I think of it as a foundation? Or as a skin care product? Ironically, my normally decent skin recently “freaked out” and I suffered my first bout of real acne brought on by hormonal changes – which made for the perfect test canvas for this “healing” and “breathable” foundation.
NOTE: I’ve tried dozens upon dozens of foundations (I’d say a good 80% of all the products on the market) including La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 ($195), Cle de Peau Cream Foundation ($120) and every artist formulated brand from Bobbi to Laura.
At $66 USD for a mere .5oz (think the size of a standard eye cream), Oxygenetix is shockingly expensive. Its been my experience that very few pricey foundations (over $50) live up to the expectations of their price tags. With a relatively inexpensive aloe base, silicone thrown in for texture, titanium dioxide for SPF and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract as the “magic” ingredient – I failed to see what made the price justifiable. Then I came up with a theory: Ingredients are just ingredients. Its the formulation that counts.
Learn about Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract (From Truth in Aging)
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation has a thick, cream texture that spreads easily and dries to a semi-matte finish. There was no itching, stinging, irritation or clogged pores at the end of the day. You supposedly can use this fragrance free foundation overnight and still benefit from the oxygenating, healing factors if you forget to wash your face – but I have yet to test that theory.
The shades I chose were Almond and Honey. Since there are only 10 shades (5 yellow, 5 blue), finding an exact match may be difficult for those “in-between” shades. Almond was a touch too light for my Summer tanned skin and can best be described as a medium/tan yellow beige. The yellow undertone is very dominant and I can imagine it would be too yellow for a lot of skin tones – but its a near perfect match for me now that my skin has paled about 1 full shade. Honey is a strong golden tan shade that I mixed with Almond during the Summer for a hard to find match. Skin did not appear ashy or orange – as it often does with tan foundation shades.
One thing I did not like about Oxygenetix is the airless pump packaging. You have no idea how much is left and its difficult to control the amount that is dispensed. At $132/oz. I want to be sure there isn’t any waste! A clear dispenser with a more pressure sensitive pump would perfect the design.
When used like a traditional foundation, Oxygenetix did not provide immediate full coverage – performing more to a moderate to medium coverage. Heavier layers or application by patting on with a cosmetic wedge allowed more opaque coverage to be achieved (about 80%) – with a surprisingly natural appearance. Pores are gently refined, dry patches covered evenly and fine lines smoothed over.
What surprised me was how comfortable Oxygenetix felt on the skin. I road tested it during a trip to Vegas and it kept my skin looking fresh during the overnight plane ride, in air conditioned casinos and even at a 90°+ sweltering hot pool party (why I was there – I’ll never know). I also felt confident that my skin was protected from toxins and sun plus the coverage would last till my last spin on the Roulette wheel. On a daily basis, I choose to use Oxygenetix more like a concealer under mineral foundation (Jane Iredale PurePressed Base or Christopher Drummond Veludo Velvet Foundation). This combination provides all-day wear and doesn’t irritate or cause breakouts. It has become a staple in my routine.
The BEFORE and AFTER photos are a true testament to how lovely Oxygenetix can make any skin type look with a little application trial and error. I’m not thoroughly convinced about any “healing” properties – but since this breathable, comfortable, all-day wearing foundation covers minor acne scars without caking, alleviates my dry spots without flaking and banishes my under eye circles without getting dry, the “healing” aspect would simply be a bonus. While luxury priced without any bells and whistles, this reliable foundation is worth every penny for those who have particular skin care needs.
OXYGENETIX OXYGENATING FOUNDATION PRODUCT DETAILS
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation helps conceal, minimize and heal breakouts, blemishes, rashes, acne scars, rosacea, wounds and other skin conditions using a unique, super-charged oxygen complex that stimulates skin cell production and speeds the healing process. This SPF 25 foundation blends flawlessly for gorgeous, natural coverage. (Source: Dermstore.com)
OXYGENETIX OXYGENATING FOUNDATION INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Polyglyceryl -4 Isostearate, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Hexyl Laurate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, PEG-8, Dioctyldodecyl Dodecanedioate, Iron Oxides, Methicone, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Glycerine, 0-Cymen-5-OL, Silica, Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium, Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Maris Sal, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer. (Source: Dermstore.com)
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