Most of my loyal readers know by now that I love cruelty free brands! If they are vegan and organic, even better! So I was delighted when Gabriel Organics reached out to see if I wanted to test a few products including a new lipstick for fall! I was even more excited because they are local business to boot! Go Washington! I’ve been using their skincare products for a full month now so I can give a full report. I’ve also worn the lipstick and powder foundation regularly both alone, together, and mixed with a BUNCH of my existing products. Let’s talk about the makeup first!
One pass of Meritage and a built up swatch of the powder foundation applied with an eyeshadow brush to pack it on.
This is a new color for fall and honestly it’s a pretty perfect vampy but not too-vampy shade. The packaging is a great matte black tube that’s sturdy and chic. The formula goes on well unless your lips are dry. It’s not so emollient you can just slap it on. It’s got a very high tech lightweight feel that is more like a film on the lips than a true cream lipstick feel. The lipstick is semi opaque with one pass and can be blotted for a perfect stain. You can build it up a few layers for intensity’s sake. In sunlight, it’s a bit more raspberry looking than with indoor lighting where it’s closer to a cross between MAC Rebel and MAC Cyber. I was really impressed with the formula for the price, it’s got great lasting power! I’d say on average I get four hours of semi-matte perfection, then it fades into a stain that carries on another four. I’ve had it last through a sushi meal. With a meal of greasier things it faded a bit faster than four hours but the stain persisted evenly as it faded. It’s fairly moisturizing and smoothing even though there isn’t much slip to it. It easily holds it’s own against other mid-tier lipsticks without all the chemicals or scents! I’d rate it an A-.
Full sunlight wearing one pass of Meritage, Dual Powder Foundation, L’Oreal Iced Latte and one coat of L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition. No blush or concealer.
The packaging on this foundation is nice and sturdy. It’s got the Gabriel Organics name emblazoned on the top in gold. The sponge is a nice quality sponge but I only use it where I need the most coverage. This is a very matte powder foundation. It doesn’t look dry even on my combo skin where my nose is oily but my cheeks and chin are desert-level dry. I prefer a satin finish to my base products for everyday wear so in this sense it doesn’t suit me. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good powder foundation. It covers well and it’s lightweight in feel. It doesn’t cover everything when used with just the sponge so I came up with my own method of applying. I apply everything with a large fluffy powder brush first. I then use an eyeshadow brush to place the powder in those hard to reach places like the corners of my nose and around the nasal bridge and eye socket. I wait for a few minutes for the product to begin melding with my skin, usually applying my eye makeup while waiting. I will use the sponge to press in some additional powder if there is any other major redness. I find it doesn’t cling to dry patches or settle into lines or pores. I’ve also used it as a finishing powder for overly glowy foundations when I need a bit more of a matte look. One of my other favorite uses is to use the foundation as a base shadow. Even without primer it helps keep things in place. With an eye primer I’ve gone as much as 18 hours wearing eye shadow that still looked completely fresh. I like that the compact is refillable. This is a great foundation if you are pale and need something very matte. I have the shade extra light beige and it’s almost too light for me with my hint of summer tan still present. I’d place it at NW/NC 5 and I’m about a 10 -15 at the moment. The shade blends so well with my skin it’s not very noticeable. It also doesn’t oxidize at all! After a few hours it has a more skin-like finish that I enjoy and it lasts until I wash it off. With how oil-absorbing it is I have never had to touch it up at all. If you want a medium coverage matte powder foundation that doesn’t have all those additives or fragrance, you should consider this. Besides the finish being too matte for my taste I can only fault the color selection as it’s a little limited. Other than that the formula itself is great and I can comfortably rate it a B+.
L-R: close up of coverage/texture, another close up, 4 hours after application in restaurant lighting, and used as a setting powder over some glowy Chanel.
This mist is supposed to be moisturizing and calming. I don’t find it moisturizing at all. For me, I’d go so far as to say it’s drying. The amount of redness it can reduce, however, is quite staggering. I’ve used it on my Rosacea flare-ups and it almost negated the need for makeup entirely. The bad news is I’d get re-irritated if I tried to put stuff on top of it. In a way it’s a home run product for oily, acne, or Rosacea prone skin but if you are also dry-skinned you have to choose between dryness or anti-irritation. It smells nice too! I’m rating this a B- just because it doesn’t live up to all it’s claims. I still use it and enjoy it but for very targeted and specific use.
This is a great little kit with everything you need for a basic routine!
1. White Seaweed Calming Cleanser: I LOVE THIS STUFF! This is the 3rd cleanser in my rotation I’ve mentioned in previous reviews but not really talked about. This is a very nice non-stripping cleanser if you aren’t wearing makeup. It has the feel and texture of a lotion cleanser (it’s a little thicker than LRP Toleriane) but rinses clean with no residue. It’s a great second cleanser if you do a cleansing wipe, water, or oil to remove makeup. The scent is an orange water scent. I also use it as a mini-mask in the shower. When used a bit longer it’s mildly exfoliating, pore tightening, and softening. I have not used my LRPT since Gabriel Organics came into my life. Certainly an A+ on my book.
2. Seaweed Nourishing Moisturizer: Normally something with a lot of Shea butter in it will make me break out but this hasn’t. It is a very mild formula perfect for all skin types with no real fragrance except the scent of the ingredients. If you are very oily, I’d suggest using it directly after washing or toning so you get a very even coverage with less product. It does feel a bit heavy going on but will soak in well without residue. I don’t find it overly anti-aging even though it has some properties for that purpose. The expression line on my forehead got a little worse during my month long trial but it’s now responding going back to my retinol cream. I will keep using it as a humectant and to seal in my oils and treatments. I give this a B+!
3. Sea Mineral Tonic: I find this more balancing and moisturizing than the Sea Mineral Hydra Mist but not as good on redness. It’s mildly astringent as well due to the Witch Hazel. I mostly use it on my t-zone, which it seems perfect for, where I tend to get blackheads and blemishes. It smells nice and fresh. I give it a B+.
As for a final verdict as a set, I give it an A-. It’s certainly more geared to the combination skin individual with a lot of moisture but equally balanced with oil regulating ingredients. I think it’s not quite enough for me in the winter but just right for my summer skin. I think that it would make a great Christmas gift for anyone with combo skin on your list! Gabriel Organics is available at Amazon, Whole Foods, or their own site www.gabrielcosmetics.com.
Have you tried anything from Gabriel Organics? We’d love to hear about what you think in the comments below!