If you would ask me what I never skip in my makeup routine, I would say it’s base products. Blushes, eyeshadows and eyeliners are fun to play with, but a good foundation or BB cream is what actually makes makeup flawless.
ZAO is an eco-luxury makeup brand from Italy, which has won quite a few awards for its ethical, sustainable and natural products. All of the range has ECOCERT certification and most of it is vegan. ZAO makeup comes in a beautiful bamboo packaging, which, according to ZAO, is long-lasting. What I also like about this brand is that it offers makeup refills. As much as I was tempted to buy that stunning bamboo and glass jar with Silk Foundation, my rationality won and I ended up with a less fancy, less expensive, but still nice and recyclable refill tube.
ZAO SILK FOUNDATION 30ml / $22 – £15
The Silk Foundation is available in 9 shades. The shade I have is 701 Ivory – a light yellow/neutral, which suits well my light skin. Most organic foundations tend to be too dark or too pink for my skin, so I was over the moon when I received this one and it was a perfect match.
It is described as “light textured” foundation with a “slightly powdery finish and coverage for a long lasting” for someone “who wants a natural complexion“. The term slightly powdery should’ve been a warning for me that it might not be suitable for dry skin. But actually, it’s not so bad. I do have to moisturize my skin well before applying this foundation and it sticks to dry patches (especially on my nose), but overall, it settles really well, leaving my skin looking even and natural. I think normal/combination skin types would love this foundation.
Because it’s a cream foundation that dries quickly, it’s easier and much faster to apply it with fingers or a damp sponge. The stippling brush was just not useful at all. I would say the coverage is between light and medium with a semi-matte finish.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Phyllostachys Nigra Extract*, Propanediol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil)*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil)*, Sucrose Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceril Stearate, Olive Glycerides, Tocopherol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter)*, Potassium Palmitoyl, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glyceryl Caprylate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Ci 77820 (Silver), Cellulose, Parfum (Fragrance). May Contain +/- : Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides). * Ingredients From Organic Farming ** Made Using Organic Ingredients. ECOCERT Certified. Vegan.
Have you tried ZAO makeup?