Hey you Beauties! You’ve told us you want to see brand specific natural skincare reviews as part of our monthly beauty series so here you have it – * drum roll please* – our first ever Beauty Vlog on our Youtube Channel with our spotlight on Antipodes Skincare. Now turn up your speaker and hear what my verdict is on this Kiwi skincare brand reviewing their Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream and Mineral Foundation.
♥ Product tested
1. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
2. Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation with SPF 17 : pale pink 01
♥ Why are they green
Certified organic. No artificial fragrance. No mineral oil, parabens or harsh petrochemicals. Contain Vinanza Antioxidants, a pure and natural blend of compounds extracted from the skins of kiwifruit sustainably grown in New Zealand.
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
First of all, the tick of approval it’s all there on the packaging. It’s one of the Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Awards winning product. It’s scientifically shown to stimulate type 1 collagen production in human by up to 82%. It’s also Vegetarian Society approved. The peace of mind is all there.
Their packing feels luxurious in a glass tube. I prefer glass rather than plastic as you don’t have to worry about potential contamination from chemicals in plastic, plus it’s also more environmental friendly.
It’s also a very generous size in a 30 ml tube. Most eye cream products on the market are only 15 ml so this justifies its slightly high retail price at $45. I’ve seen a few beauty bloggers saying this is very pricey, but when you compare the price per ml it’s actually much cheaper than most other organic brands in the chemist.
However, If you’re a sanitary freak you might want to use a Qtip rather than fingers for applying the products. It’d be perfect if the product is in a squeezable kind of tubes to make it much easier for use during travelling when you don’t have to worry about bringing Qtips with it.
Now let’s check the ingredients label (must do before you commit to buy!). It’s made of mainly essential oils including 100% pure avocado oil, vitamin E, carrot seed oil, kiwifruit seed oil and Vinanza Grape grapeseed extract – all looking pretty natural! The only slightly suspicious ingredient I picked up from the label was sodium benzoate that is a preservative. I’m no good at chemistry so I consulted the EWG database which described it as having low overall hazard so that gave me the peace of mind (read here). It’s also fragrance free that is great for those with sensitive skin. On the label it also says apply at sunrise and sunset which sounds very spiritual – how adorable!
Now it’s the smell test. It doesn’t have any scent to me so I think I can be quite confident about them being fragrance free. When it comes to the consistency of this eye cream, it’s in creamy texture. However, once you pat it around your eye area, it feels very lightweight that it almost feels gel-like. It absorbs fairly quickly within 10 seconds or so. It’s perfect for use underneath eye makeup as it just sinks in so fast without that sticky and greasy feel – LOVE!
The eye cream feels soothing on application and my usually dry and delicate skin area feels pumped. I’ve been using it for two weeks and I’m pleasantly impressed with its results to visibly reduce darkness under eyes as well as to keep fine lines away. My eye area looks firmer too, and it might be the pure avocado oil and kiwiseed oil working its wonder!
Overall, I’m in love with this nourishing Antipodes eye cream, just that it won’t go in my travel beauty pouch as it’s a heavy tube and I need Qtips for application. I’ll genuinely consider re-purchasing it for day and night use.
Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation
First up, ingredients check. It contains mica, zinc oxide, and iron oxide as colourants which are the common ingredients in most mineral powder. It comes with a pleasant surprise that is also contains savignon blanc grapeseed and kiwifruit extract and jojoba seed oil – the idea of nourishing your skin while using makeup is just delightful! It’s also dermatologist approved for sensitive skin
The powder comes in a paper box which is recyclable, 100% biodegradable and sourced from sustainable forests. I love to support brands that take pride in being nature-friendly in the manufacturing process as well as in its ingredients. The powder itself is in a plastic tube with silver lid with minimalist design.
I have combination skin type and it tends to get a lot of shine after a long day so I found mineral powder to be my BFF. The only thing I dislike about using mineral powder is how messy it can get when trying to pick up powder with a brush and how I just end up losing and spilling the powder on my dressing table and on the carpet! This Antipodes powder comes in a wider tube with small holes on its plastic lid inside so it’s relatively easier to apply.
The powder gives a beautiful porcelain-like coverage. If you’re quite oily like me, it can really keep your oil down. I use it during weekdays when I spend long hours in office and it stays smooth and velvety all day on my skin – I’m a happy kitten! It glides and blends effortlessly on my skin with a large foundation brush. The coverage is just right – it evens out skin tone, reduces redness adding a dewy pinkish glow without that ‘cakey’ look.
This is is added straight to my everyday mineral powder pile! It’s great for the day with moderate amount of coverage and SPF 17. For those night out in town, I use it with a primer to make to stay on even longer. I’d recommend it to anyone who prefers mineral powder over liquid foundation, and especially to any of you beauties with sensitive skin!
So tell me fellow green beauty junkies, have you used and loved any products from the Antipodes Skincare range? What are some of other natural skincare brands that you’d want us to review next? What influences your buying decision when it comes to skincare and beauty products? Share your beauty wisdom with us in the comments below!
Until next time, stay gorgeous from within.
Disclaimer: Lace n Ruffles was gifted by some of the brands mentioned in the post while all opinions are genuinely our own. We can’t guarantee that all products we recommend will suit you. We only use products we personally think are good having tried them on myself or by our beauty team while everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. Wherever possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing. We always trial products such as moisturiser and serum for at least 7 days before reviewing, while some other products like face wash and makeup might only be trialed once.