Good morning class,
Today I’m excited to share with you a review on the three Za Cosmetics foundation-type products I own! I’ve been trialing these for a month or two now and I’m getting ants in my pants because I just want to tell you all about them! I’ve also got a Za Cosmetics Blender Sponge to giveaway as well which is one of my FAVE cheaper versions of the Beauty Blender. Stay tuned for how to win!
I’ve got the Za True White Liquid Foundation, the Za Total Hydration BB Cream UV and the Za Skin Beauty Liquid Foundation to review and I will do a wee bonus review on the Za Blender Sponge as well!
Za True White Liquid Foundation
This one is my FAVOURITE of the three because it’s more up my alley. It’s medium coverage but easily blended to a full coverage, it lasts for most of the day (which is pretty good considering my skin is literally an oil slick, and it has an awesome range of lighter shades! Which is great if you’ve got fair to medium skin tones but not so great if you’ve got a darker skin tone. It’s also the most expensive at $25 NZ – however $25 for a foundation = pretty awesome in my books! I think this one is great value and it looks gorgeous, dewy and BRIGHT on the skin. It sinks into the skin and feels really lightweight despite being a medium/full coverage foundation. I like to wear this one when I want fuller coverage but I don’t want to feel all cakey and I don’t NEED it to last all day flawlessly. I mean, don’t get me wrong. This stuff does have great lasting power! However when you’re an oily teacher in a hot classroom who likes to touch her face, NOTHING lasts long on that mug. I’d say it would last all day on most people. It doesn’t slide off my face either which is great! Not sure about dry skin – however my good friend Olivia (Xlivlovesmakeup) over on YouTube did a review of it as well here and she has dry skin! Subscribe to her please – shes a total babe!
Za Total Hydration BB Cream UV
Okay – I just want to start by telling a little story. One day I had a few pimps on my tomato-red chin (ladies time) and I was mucking round home but wanted to chuck on SOMETHING so I didn’t have to screw my face up in disgust every time I caught sight of myself in the mirror. I popped on a bit of this BB cream with my Za Blender Sponge and set it with a tiny touch of powder, a swipe of mascara and went on my way. Fast Forward to about 30 mins later. Tom comes in. Looks at me and is like “WOW you look gorgeous without makeup babe”. Moral of the story – men can’t tell whether your wearing makeup or not, and this BB cream is my new fave. It gives a really decent amount of coverage for a BB cream. It’s SUPER lightweight on the skin. It actually FEELS amazing on the skin – like it’s definitely hydrating! I really love it for a BB cream and I’d definitely wear it out (which is a big call because I rarely leave the house without a full face – mainly due to the fact I love applying makeup more than anything but also slightly because of that dreaded tomato chin). Would totes recommend it – plus it only costs $15! Steal.
Za Skin Beauty Foundation (apparently in the swatch I thought it was called Perfect Fit for some reason… excuse that)
This foundation is definitely my least favourite of the bunch. With my skin type and my preferences it really doesn’t do much for me. It’s definitely a light coverage – lighter than the BB cream. It doesn’t sit on my skin nicely and I don’t think it mixes well with my oily skin. It is advertised to “instantly even out skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores” which is definitely not the case for me. My skin is quite scarred from break outs on my chin which is probably why I don’t like it because it’s simply not pigmented enough to satisfy my coverage needs. However, it would be perfect for someone who was only after a light coverage, matte finish foundation. It’s definitely not a bad foundation, it feels nice on the skin, it blends out nicely and applies well, the colours are great for fair skin and it does give some coverage, however I cannot get it to work for me unfortunately! This one retails for $20 🙂
I think Za Cosmetics makes some pretty decent foundations + products in general. I’ve recently acquired a whole lot of their products (some gifted to me by the company, and some from friends or purchased myself) and I am really loving them! They have a great price point for New Zealand, they’re good quality, they have a HUGE range of makeup and skincare and their sister brand Moisture Mist is also fantastic. They also have great customer service and they do a whole lot of giveaways and deals over on their Facebook page – check it out!
Za Blender Sponge review + giveaway
So I also got two of the Blender Sponge’s from Za and I am LOVING using my one! It’s definitely not beauty blender – however it’s difficult to compare it to the beauty blender because the bb is so different to this product. The Za sponge is larger and more dense than the beauty blender and is more comparable to the Real Techniques sponge. I actually prefer it to the RT sponge because it’s bigger and a better shape which makes it easier and quicker to use. Lord knows I’m always trying to find ways of making my makeup routine quicker in the morning when I’m running late and this product does that! I find the application of the product itself no different to that of the beauty blender or Real Techniques sponge and I actually find this product much easier to clean. It doesn’t store away old product inside the sponge like the beauty blender does. It’s easy to get out ALL of the product from inside the sponge and then it’s as good as new again. Personally, for the price (around $20 but they often have deals where this is free with another face purchase etc), I think that this is a fantastic sponge. It applies product nicely, is quick and easy, simple to wash and lasts longer than the other sponges I’ve tried.
I’ve got one of these sponges to give away to a lucky reader in NZ + some other Za goodies! The reason why it’s only NZ is because when I do an international giveaway I want to give away something expensive to make it worthwhile because of shipping etc. If I posted this sponge internationally then the postage could cost nearly as much as the sponge itself! So stay tuned for an international giveaway.
To enter you MUST:
- Follow my blog via email or WordPress. (If via email then you must confirm your subscription in the email sent to the address you subscribed with. Otherwise I can’t see who you are).
- Comment on this blog post and tell me what your favourite foundation is (and why!)
For an extra entry you can:
Competition open to NZ residents only, prize consists of 1x Za Cosmetics Blender Sponge in “pink” and some other Za Cosmetics goodies, winner must contact me within 48 hours of being announced or I will redraw. Winner must be following my blog and must have commented on this blog post. Competition closes on 31st May 2015 NZ time.
Good luck my darlings!