Love, love, love this foundation. Looks very natural and literally takes me seconds to apply. Wears really well. So much better than any liquid foundation I have ever used. This is my first powder foundation. I tried some before in the stores and I thought they emphasized my pores and wrinkles and were too iridescent. This is perfect and is matte and does not emphasize my lines and pores. I am approaching 50, so I use over a thick moisturizer so it is not too drying.
It has been too hot for makeup recently. Even my tinted sunscreen felt thick and heavy on my face. I decided to try the ZuZu dual powder foundation based on the reviews here. I initially bought color D-10 as I was matched to that one by the SA. I was almost immediately worried that I had the wrong color. The color in the pan looked a little pink toned to me when I checked it in natural daylight. After going to the website, I realized that it was indeed pink toned. I am light olive and need more yellow based foundation. I returned it the next day for the D-7 which is the yellow based equivalent of the D-10. I have been applying it over my sunscreen with the big ecotools bronzer brush. This brush is really soft and dense and picks up a good amount of product and applies it evenly and smoothly. You are supposed to use the sponge applicator that comes in the contact. I have not tried that yet as I do not want a really heavy coverage during this heat spell. The compact seems sturdy enough and is easy to open. The sponge and mirror are located under the pan, making the whole thing a little bit bulky. I love the feel of this on my skin. No streaks, no itchy-ness, no settling into fine lines and best of all....no cakey-ness. I like to keep my ecobrush for bronzers only so I may need to get a second one to use with this foundation. I would rebuy this product in a heartbeat. There do not seem to be a lot of color choices however. I was lucky to get a really good match.
This is the first mineral powder foundation I have ever tried and holy smokes where have I been?!? This stuff is amazing! (To be clear my review is for ZUZU Luxe Dual Powder Foundation.)
-Staying power completely outlasts traditional liquid/cream foundations. I wore it for 9 hours with NO primer underneath and I could not perceive any fading although I am sure there must have been.
-No cakey look, very build-able
-Light to medium coverage -> you can customize it by applying more but in general its a light-medium coverage.
-The finish is matte and smooth and it gives you a blurring of lines or blemishes that is lovely
-I have colour D-17 (Light/Medium with beige undertones) and I find it is slightly more golden than my skin tone but because the look is so natural I can get away with it. The description says 'beige' undertone which typically means its a bit more 'pinky' than it is 'yellow or golden' in undertone. But I do not find the D-17 to be pinky at all... and thus not a typical 'beige' undertone. (Note: The colour D-07, which is the lighter counterpart to D-17 does have a more beige undertone as expected from the description on their website.)
-No irritation, no redness, no odd reaction to the formulation, no fragrance.
So far I am really thrilled with this foundation!
I am taking off one lippy because I think its priced too high, $40 CAD.
So far this seems to be the only natural face powder my skin has tolerated. It actually seems to clear up my skin if it's breaking out. I don't like their oil free foundation at all though (see review). It made me breakout, so I use the powder as a foundation too. I make sure I put a light moisturizer on first and let it sink in a little, then I use a damp sponge to apply the powder, use concealer where I need it, then a little powder with a brush if I need some. I've used it for about 2 years now. I use shade D-10. Also, I really like the packaging. The powder is on top, and in the bottom is a mirror and the applicator sponge. Price wise I wish it were cheaper, but I'm just glad my skin doesn't breakout from it:)
I am giving this a 4, because I find that Gabriel powder foundation is different than Zuzu Luxe, although they are supposed to be the same company.
I would give the Zuzu Luxe product a 5. It's the best "natural"/green powder foundation I've found. I have fair but not absolutely porcelain skin and the D-7 color (Ivory with Beige Undertones) matches me perfectly. Lovely coverage and natural finish.
However, I would give the Gabriel powder foundation only a 3. (I have the Light Beige). Color doesn't match me as well, and something in the formula seems to irritate my skin and makes it feel hot and inflamed, and flush/redden.
The only reason I am giving this a 3 and not a 1 or 2 is because maybe I am simply allergic to something in it, and it may work for someone else. Not sure what the ingredient is in the Gabriel product that isn't in the Zuzu Luxe...
I am reviewing the Zuzu Luxe (not Gabriel Color) Dual Powder Foundation. This is an amazing product that used alone provides light coverage, and over a liquid foundation creates a truly flawless look. I have been using this for a few years, and although it is pricey, it lasts a long time. I can't live without it!
I really like this powder foundation. I am near the end of my second compact and have already purchased a third to have on hand for when I run out. I've tried numerous products, and always avoided powder foundation because most of them looked chalky and made me break out, but this product doesn't. D-4 is a good match for my fair skin, and works well on my sensitive skin. If you're not sure of shade, try Whole Foods; they have an array of testers and a liberal return policy.
I really love this foundation. It doesn't just sit on top of your skin like a lot of powders, it blends into it. The coverage could be a bit better, but for powder only I'm not complaining. It really leaves your skin soft, and since I've been using it I've had fewer breakouts, anyway. I've heard some complaints about the packaging, or the sponge, but I haven't had an issue with either. My only real gripe is that it's so expensive! I'm willing to shell out $25 for high-end, vegan cosmetics, I just wish they were a tad more affordable. Hopefully it lasts quite a while.
While I love the idea of this powder, as well as the ingredients, I am disappointed in the product. The coverage is minimal; it does not cover acne scars or zits, or really even minimize redness. It seems to disappear in a few short hours, and only soaks up oil initially -- then my face is greasy in about three hours. I think the packaging is cute, but I find the application sponge rather useless. Back to Bare Minerals for me, until I can find something better.
This is my new favorite powder! I use in conjunction with the matching Zuzu Luxe liquid foundation, and the two together provide light to medium coverage, yet allow my skin to breathe. Neither causes my combination/sensitive skin to break out. The liquid alone leaves my face an oil slick, and the powder alone does not provide sufficient coverage, but the two together work perfectly. During the day, I touch up my oily areas as needed with blot sheets and Jane Iredale beyond matte translucent powder. I don't need to reapply the Zuzu powder during the day. It holds up very well. (See my review of Zuzu liquid foundation for a discussion of color selection for both the liquid and the powder ).