Monday, January 27, 2014

Evolu Balancing Day Cream

Updated on May 1, 2014.

The creation of Evolu stems from the founder's - Kati Kasza - conviction in the power of botanicals to nourish and restore balance to the skin's natural mechanisms.

Kasza is in the opinion that an effective skincare needs an ethical approach, by selective sourcing of safe ingredients, using recyclable packaging and investing in sustainable practices. This philosophy also helps keep the Evolu line free from parabens, petrochemicals, minerals, phthalates, sulphates, artificial colours or fragrances, and no animal ingredients other than beeswax.

This little gem in the form of Balancing Day Cream came by earlier on this month and I am totally in love with it.

Product description:
With an optimal blend of moisture and nutrients this gentle formula helps regulate normal hydration and control the swing from dryness to oily sheen that typifies combination skin. Key botanical actives include Blackcurrant and Kiwifruit Seed Oil, rich in essential fatty acids, which work with moisture-binding Meadowfoam and Shea Butter to complement your skin's natural mechanisms, keeping it hydrated, healthy and radiant.

Name: Evolu Balancing Day Cream
Price: RM 232 for 75 ml
Made in: New Zealand

Balancing Day Cream feels super light has the consistency of a cream with the translucency of skimmed milk. It delivers a soft and velvety smooth finish to the parts of my face that are free from ravaging (monthly hormonal cycles can be brutal!).

Even though it is touted to balance skin's natural moisture levels, my T-zone is still susceptible to shine after a few hours in this terrible climatic condition.

Additionally, it tautens my face once the cream completely sinks in (and this happens every single time I use the moisturiser). This whole experience just baffles me. Let me know what your thoughts are regarding this matter?

These days my skin ceases getting taut when I slather this cream (guzzles it down really) - proof that time changes everything. My T-zone does not produce as much oil now that it is able to reap all of the benefits that this moisturiser has to offer. I am guessing persistence is the key? I kept coming back to Balancing Day Cream because I knew I was onto something amazing and it paid off!

Without - With

It is lightly fragranced, and the scent is familiar yet foreign at the same time. Are you confused yet? Haha. I know that I have sniffed it somewhere so I am miffed for not being able to pinpoint it.

It may have a day cream stamp on it but I do not see why you can't use it at night - unless you prefer something that is more emollient or contain active ingredients such as retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids that are highly susceptible to sunlight.

If you study your ingredients lists and are thinking about transitioning to greener (see the pun?) pastures, Evolu is the brand for you. You can pick up Balancing Day Cream at TheSkintopic outlets located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Hartamas Shopping Centre, The Curve, Avenue K and Subang Parade.

The full ingredient list for Balancing Day Cream:
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Wheatgerm (Triticum Vulgare) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Blackcurrant (Ribes Nigrum) Seed Oil, Meadowfoam (Limnanthes Alba) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Dehydroacetic Acid (And) Benzyl Alcohol, Kiwifruit (Actinidia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lemon (Citrus Limon) Oil, Sweet Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Oil, Rosewood (Aniba Rosaedora) Oil, Olibanum (Boswellia Serrata) Oil, Clary Sage (Sativa Sclarea) Oil.

Disclosure: Press sample.


Beauty_Blogette said...

I've never heard about the brand, but it seems interesting.
Great review of the Balancing cream! I would love to try it out.

Lisa Shen said...

Wow this sounds so good! I've never heard of this brand. I'll have to look out for it in stores here. xx

Kaye said...

As soon as I saw that this was made in NZ, i liked it :)

I'm such a huge fan of natural & ethical products, I would love to try this. Thank you for the review. GIG

Sol Felice Alvarado said...

I have read and also been told many times about the importance of day cream. Really a must!

Smallnhot Sarah said...

great review ! I have been reading a lot of good review of the evolu products... Shall try it soon.. :D #giglove

Monica Calangian said...

Nice review for the balancing cream, as well as taking the photos. I am not yet so good at taking photos for my blog. What do you use for editing? GIG

cindy tong ( said...

i love this brand but some of their product can be to moisturising for my skin....I using the eye serum so far it giving me good on of the eyecream that really gives effect...I love you review I wish I can write like you heee...oh btw I had never feel tauten by moisturiser after they sink in....I only feel it when I use facial foam that are quite dry it kind of strain my face or tauten my face?

shasha said...

Ive always loved visiting skintopic outlets, they always smell so good, LOL! Have you tried the Linden Leaves oil? They're amazing =) I've never had moisturizers tauten my face, but drying facial foams may do that to me...

Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty said...

I love their green concept and their ingredients list - they look readable to me! I think the idea of balancing might take a while to work - i have dry skin and I read from my moisturizer that they added certain extracts to it to 'stimulate' the skin's strength to produce/retain its moist level instead of just plumping it in and sealing it off with silicone. ( is where I read about it), not sure what they will say about oily skin reaching a balanced state but you can read on!

Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie said...

I've never heard of this brand but the packaging is lovely and I really like the sound of this product. #GIGLove

yuhjiun said...

great review! I've been wanted to try out Evolu products, I shall pay a visit to the skin topic outlets soon :p

Agata Pokutycka said...

It sounds great... never heard of the brand before but it is worth looking into it

Nicol Wong said...

some of the products intrigued me. i wonder if the uk has this brand

nina said...

wow, this brand looks great! the balancing cream seems to really work for you. I wonder if this brand is available here in Canada.giglove (ninaonthemoon)

Porshia Mitra said...

This brand is new to me.. I like their clean, professional packaging.. Interesting review!