I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but for 2018 I have decided to try to be a healthier me. This means a more self-aware, health-conscious, and committed version of myself. To begin my journey I have started paying attention what I put in and on my body. One day while strolling the aisles of Sprouts I saw a little display case which housed Gabriel Cosmetics with two other brands. I hadn’t intended to purchase any make-up that day but something in me said to just browse the options.
Prior to my outing I had been scouring the internet researching different brands and trying to shade match myself to photos on company websites and under Instagram hashtags, and based on the available shade descriptions. Green beauty can get expensive with and without shipping, and I was very hesitant to invest not only my money but my time in shipping and waiting for products that may or may not work for me. Anyone who is/has transitioned to green beauty has probably noticed the limited availability of products to purchase in store and color selections, so imagine my surprise when I encountered Gabriel Cosmetics.
The display as a whole had testers for each brand of every product in each shade of all the products, but to be honest Gabriel Cosmetics immediately caught my attention. For one, the packaging didn’t look cheap and chintzy. The products display a white etched signature logo set against matte black finished containers. And for two, the visible shades appeared truer to their implied or intended color whilst still in their packaging before swatching.
I originally knew that I wanted to have a powder foundation, but after one week I returned to look at the GC liquid foundation options. I was able to walk up and pick out my shade after reviewing the ingredients list without considering the product description, but once I integrated the actual product into my makeup routine, I kid you not, it is the best foundation I have ever used! Shade is perfect, long-wear, doesn’t clog pores, minimal oil accumulation, and non-irritating. This is my holy grail.
14 Shades: Pale Ivory, Cool Beige, Cream Beige, Warm Beige, Soft Beige, Rose Beige, Natural Beige, True Beige, Tawny, Golden Beige, Almond, Walnut, Classic Tan, and Truffle.
Moisturizing Liquid Foundation (NET WT. 30 ml/1Fl. US OZ): medium to full coverage liquid foundation is made with naturally derived ingredients to even out skin tone and give skin a silky, natural finish. The foundation comes in a clear glass bottle with a plastic, matte black screw-on cap and a pour spout, there is NO pump. The company claims that this is a “unique plant-based hydration system keep[ing] skin supple and resilient, yet not oily. Provides excellent coverage for all skin types and is especially advantageous to dry, sensitive complexions.”I can attest to the fact that the MLF does exactly, 100 percent what it claims in every way.
- build-able coverage
- oxidizes (my shade only works because it darkens)
- online and in-store (Whole Foods & Sprouts)
- oxidizes (may not benefit/match all)
- transfers onto clothes
This foundation doesn’t transfer onto phone screens or pillowcases readily, but it will rub off on clothing if you put on clothes after doing your makeup. Also, I heave extremely dry sensitive skin and this foundation miraculously absorbs the oil from my t-zone while not emphasizes my driest areas or pores. I highly recommend that y’all look into this product for yourselves if you have similar skincare concerns to myself. Looking over the ingredients, I was excited when I saw kaolin in the ingredients because it is a naturally occurring substance, clay, which is oil absorbing and known for its detox properties. I have provided a list of the ingredients for each product reviewed along with links to an Ingredients dictionary website. My skin was noticeably less oily by end of day and my skin has been clearing up since using this make-up.
Ingredients: aqua (infusion of aloe barbadensis leaf juice), sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, sorbitol, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, persea gratissma (avocado) fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, limonene, lecithin, silica, xanthan gum, kaolin, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, potassium sorbate.
6 Shades: Extra Light Beige, Light Beige, Bamboo, Medium Beige, Tan Beige, Deep Beige
Dual Powder Foundation (NET WT. 9 g/.32 US OZ): Formulated to help minimize shine and absorb excess oil without clogging pores or drying out the skin, this velvety plant-based formula performs both as a foundation and powder for a smooth, matte finish.
This is definitely a light coverage foundation and great for beginners or those with modest makeup taste. I also recommend it as a stand alone foundation or a setting powder to top off the liquid foundation. This compact comes with a typical makeup sponge in the base of the compact below the foundation pan; when applied with a dry sponge expect a more matte finish or use a wet sponge for a sheer finish. I however, use a simple powder brush to apply the DPF. I do use a wet beauty blender to press the powder deeper into my skin and eliminate the powder finish. It is possible to make your makeup look more like a second skin than makeup on your face.
- eco-friendly (REFILLABLE compact)*
- absorbs excess oil
- doesn’t emphasize pores
- velvety (non-cakey)
- online and in-store
- limited shade range (6 available shades)
Ingredients: Mica, cetyl palmitate, octyl palmitate, silica, kaolin, persea gratissima (avocado) fruit extract, zinc stearate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, lecithin, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, tocopheryl acetate, iron oxides, titanium dioxide.
Powder Blush (NET WT. 3 g/0.1 US OZ): Creates a natural healthy glow to my all over face. I apply blush a little differently than how I’ve seen many others apply it. I apply it to much like how a contour would be applied. I apply it to the crease of my eyes when I don’t want to attempt a complete eye look. I apply it to the side of my nose, around my forehead and along the contours of my cheekbones, dragging it across the bridge my nose. I believe that this technique creates the illusion of a natural full-fledged facial flush instead of just blushing cheeks.
- absorbs excess oil
- velvety (non-cakey)
- limited shade range
- inconsistent formula across shades (chalkiness)
- shades appear ashier in packaging
Ingredients: Mica, cetyl palmitate, silica, kaolin, zinc stearate, simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, caprylic/ capric triglyceride, lecithin, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, tocopheryl acetate, iron oxide, titanium dioxide.
My final thoughts…
What I hope to see in the future from the company is a wider shade range and increased availability in easily accessible stores such as drugstores. The products simply described are quality. If you can find your shade and are looking for a green beauty brand, GC is top-notch. If you are looking for an economical, natural makeup brand that is talc-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, mineral based, and natural you should look try Gabriel Cosmetics. If you do let me know in the comments below!
P.S. online they have a phenomenal deal!
P.P.S Currently, Whole Foods has 50% off GC products plus 25% off all cosmetics, skincare, and hair products.
*I paid $25.99 for my foundation and the refillable pan is just $17.99.