I love trying out new make up brands, so when I was contacted by Gaya Cosmetics to see if I wanted to try a few of their products I couldn’t resist. Gaya specialise in mineral makeup and beauty products made in Italy from 100% natural ingredients.
All three came packaged nicely – all boxed up with a see through pot containing the product and a wooden lid – brucey bonus when your make up lid doesn’t come off in your make up bag!
The product I was most excited to try was the Minerals Foundation*. I love bareMinerals, and really like L’Oreals True Match Mineral Foundation too so I couldn’t wait to see how this one compared. You get a really generous amount, which will no doubt last me for a while!
On the inside of the box there’s instructions for how to apply the powder foundation, which is a nice touch if you’re trying this out for the first time. I tapped a 5p size amount of product in the lid and used my Zoeva powder brush to apply the powder in circular motions over my face – which had been primed and concealed (with the Make Up Base...more on that in a bit).
As expected this foundation provided me with a light coverage, glowing finish. To build up the coverage, you can go in with a second layer or use a more dense buffing brush. That’s one of the things I love about powder foundations, in terms of coverage I find they’re really versatile.
The powder inner lid has holes in a Y shape for the powered to come out of which is also a nice touch from Gaya . I find this dispenses a little powder at a time which is great, as it’s never ideal to tip a pot up and have the whole contents emptied out!
Another area where this product really stands out for me is the shade selection – with 10 shades offered there’s a great range of shades to suit a variety of skin tones.
Next up is my second favourite – the Make Up Base. From the name, it sounds like it should be a primer, but don’t be fooled. As you may (or may not) know, I am forever waging a war on my horrendous under eye circles (think smack addict ‘the morning after’).
This is a thick concealer, which provides a seamless layer to apply your foundation over. When using under my eyes I found a brush was easiest, or warming the concealer between my fingers to make it a bit more blendable. This not only evened out my awful dark circles but also the redness around my nose.
I chose this in M1 on purpose, as I solely wanted this for under eye coverage and brightening my under eye area, however there are 3 other colours to choose from. I’d say this is really similar to Seventeen’s Phwoarr paint or Benefit’s Boi-ing and Erase Paste.
Lastly is their Gel Eyeliner. I have kept away from gel eyeliners after a) one dried out super quick on me and b) a Maybelline dupe of Benefit’s They’re Real eyeliner ended in a whole load of mess. I’ve stuck to liquid but thought it was time to give it another go… and I am so glad I did. This little pot provides opaque lines instantly and applies really easily – no eyelid dragging here! I’ve been using it ever since with my Real Techniques eyeliner brush. It stays put for me all day, which is amazing, and has helped me perfect my cat flick.
I’m super happy with my Gaya make up pieces and will definitely be re-purchasing the foundation especially when it runs out (the product sizes are so generous I don’t think it will be for a while though!). I’ve also been eyeing up more of their make up range, and am really intrigued with their skincare range!
Have you ever tried Gaya make up? Which of these three pieces would you like to try?