In my quest to switch to all organic skincare and cosmetics, I was looking through the internet for certified organic makeup companies when I came across ZAO. I contacted Lyndsey Bates, Director and was overwhelmed to receive a very generous sample package, with shades from their Spring/Summer 2015 Bora Bora Collection to review. Lyndsey guessed my colouring from a Twitter photo and got the colours spot on. Lyndsey has also been a huge help with learning all about why to go organic, which I posted about a few weeks ago.
The products from ZAO are all packaged in beautiful, economical, refillable bamboo casings, and refills are available at a discounted price. Each item that you buy in the packaging also comes in a fabric pouch, to help keep your bamboo casing looking as good as new for years to come.
All ZAO products are free from talc and parabens (synthetic preservatives), using instead micronised silver as an effective and non-toxic preservative. ZAO do not use nanoparticles in their products, making ZAO products safe and free from toxic chemical preservatives.
First up is the concealer( in 492 Clear Beige £16.95). This is a creamy, smooth concealer with good coverage. Perfect for under the eyes to conceal shadows, and to cover any blemishes. I used this under my eyes, and around my nose where I suffer from redness. Applied under Silk Foundation (702 Apricot £25.95), my base lasted me most of the working day, which for me is good!
This foundation is gorgeous. It appears quite thick in the bottle (glass, with a bamboo lid), however, once you put it on it blends beautifully. I tried applying with a sponge and a brush and was happy with both finishes, but preferred the more natural look I got from using my fingers to apply. I set this with my own translucent powder, and topped it off with Mineral CookedPowder (341 Golden Copper £22.99) which I used as a bronzer. The Mineral Cooked Powder has a slight shimmer without being glittery, and gives just the right amount of coverage and Sunkissed glow. I was also sent Powder Blush (325 Golden Coral £20.95) which I used sparingly on my cheeks.
The eyeshadow (in 119 Coral Rose £13.95) that was sent was not a shade I would usually choose. I normally stick to dark, smoky colours, but this coral shade was lovely for a change, complementing the whole sunkissed look of the Bora Bora range. Quite pink, shimmery and light, this didn’t crease or flake throughout the day.
Zao do several kinds of lipwear, gloss, polish, balm, liquid balm and both matte and pearly lipsticks. I was sent a Matte Lipstick in 469 Nude Rose £15.50 and Lip Polish in 035 Raspberry £14.99. The matte lipstick is just that, a smooth matte finish that doesn’t feel dry or uncomfortable. The lip polish is a rich gloss, without the stickiness but with all the shine. The lip polish can be layered to create a stronger, glossier colour perfect for evenings.
Often, the worry with some organic brands, is that while they are better for us overall, they sometimes don’t do the job quite as well as no-organic products. This is not the case with ZAO, I’m so impressed, I’ll definitely be ordering more!
With thanks to ZAO Organic and Lyndsey Bates. To find out what labels to look out for when purchasing organic skincare, see here.