Some of you may be familiar with this product, as there is a certain amount of buzz & hype about it on youtube and various blogs. I got caught up in the excitement & on a shopping trip one day I went to find out more. Mr. J was with me & sweetly bought me this as a present.
Here is what it looks like:
This is what Origins claims about this product:
This product contains no parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic fragrance, animal ingredients and does not test on animals. This little 50ml tube costs $44CDN or $35USD. Yup you read that right, it's definitely pricey.
This product is a bit like a tinted moisturize except this starts out as white, with little beads of tint in it. Once you start to blend it out it turns into color, similar to a foundation color. You can see the beads in the picture below, as well as some of the
color on the right hand side where I rubbed the lotion a bit.
This is how it looks as I start to blend it out:
You can see it starting to turn color, the coverage isn't as thick as this appears because you need to continue to blend it in. Here is the hand with it fully blended:
You can see this gives you a bit of coverage, yet quite a nice natural glow. This feels very soft on my skin & also has an SPF15, which is a bonus. If my skin is in good shape or if I just want a little something but don't really want to put on makeup, I can use this to even out my skin and give me a bit of coverage & some glow. Or if I want additional coverage I can use this with a bit of concealer and a bit of MAC MSF natural on top and I'm set. I thought this would also be perfect for the summer if you were going to the beach or pool.
I also love the way this smells, stand by for another revealing scent description...but it smells a bit like sunscreen (which I happen to love) and a bit nutty with a hint of soapy clean scent. Doesn't that sound lovely? No I know it doesn't. It smells really nice okay, just go with it.
Sounds good so far right? Well I thought so too. But then I found out a couple of things that I didn't like.
First, this can really oxide on my skin. So what starts off looking like a nice tan glow can turn orange & a little greasy by the end of the day. I think the issue there is using too much product, you really need very little of this and if you over do it you will likely be rewarded with the orange ala Jersey Shore tan effect.
Second, after doing further research on this product, I found this review on Beautypedia;
And that kind of took the wind right out of my sails on this product, which is heartbreaking because there is so much I love about it. Now I know this is only one review from one source, but this source has been so reliable for me in the past that I pay attention to their information. As well, other review sites like Makeup Alley, etc. also have mixed reviews on this product and that is based on first hand experience. So it's all of these things combined that caused me to have concern about using VitaZing.
I have started only using it on my cheeks where I have some redness to cover & want a bit of a glow, and so far there is no visible damage to my skin. But I don't like the thought that there is unseen damage or irritation happening from using this further.
Funny thing, AVON made a very similar moisturizer to this about 10 years ago. I loved that too but they discontinued it. It made me wonder, is there any other line that carries a similar product that I'm not aware of? If you know of one I'd love to hear about it.
So there you have it. I love it like I love sour cream & onion chips...but those aren't good for me either. So now what? Well I haven't decided yet. Just like chips I'm thinking I may use it in moderation but I don't know if it's even worth it, the jury's still out.
What are your thoughts? If any of you own this I'd love to hear your experience with it!