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this week I’m focusing on skincare! I’ve got 4 Antipodes skincare products to review first –  I’ve been using these for the past 6 weeks so I’ve formed solid opinions about them.

L la r:
• Joyous Protein-Rich night Replenish Serum
• Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum (this is a sample size)
• Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream
• Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

As you may recall, I scored the 3 full sized products at Winners back in January for C$16.99 each! It was the score of a lifetime, really. and the Apostle Serum was from a giveaway I won from Caryl Almelor!  Antipodes is an organic skincare brand from new Zealand with premium plant-based ingredients that are housed in stylish recyclable packaging.

I don’t usually stick to one skincare brand for my skincare routine – as much as some people would like to have you believe, products from a particular brand doesn’t “work better” with other products from the same line. It’s silly talk! just like you don’t wear makeup only from one brand – use whatever works for you.

I was really amazed that each item was individually shrink wrapped and the expiry dates were stamped on the boxes and the jar labeling.
Also, I don’t typically start a bunch of new skincare products all at once, just in case if I react to something, I can pinpoint the cause quickly. So I did stagger these products and the introduction process took about 10 days in total. For reference, I have normal / combination skin that isn’t overly dry or overly oily, and my skin is sensitive and can get dehydrated especially my cheeks and under eye area. here are my thoughts on each, in the purchase in which I started using them:

Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich night Replenish Serum (C$53 for 30ml)

Antipodes says:

A silky night serum that helps rescue dry, damaged skin. Himalayan goji berry boasts up to 19 amino acids to help optimise your skin’s appearance. Red raspberry seed oil blends with new Zealand blackcurrant, a rich source of vital fats like gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). South Pacific hibiscus flower freshens your complexion, whileberry fragrance imparts pure joy. suited to normal and ultra-dry skin conditions.

This is an oil based serum that offers a lot of moisture to the skin. I think I experienced a little bit of skin congestion when I first started using this as I got bumps on my forehead for the first week. I only used it 3 times the first week to get acclimated to it. The texture is slightly heavier compared to the previous oil serum I used, the Saje Elixir Serum and similarly, it does leave the skin shiny. the most visible thing about this oil serum is the smell – it’s not a bad smell per se but it does smell like steamed kale and broccoli. I was expecting something sweet smelling because the base oil is blackcurrant fruit oil. The smell dissipates (or my nose gets desensitized to it). but I love the effects of this serum – my skin looked bright and deeply hydrated whenever I used this. I use this only in the evenings as my night serum – I mix the Paula’s choice resist C15 very Booster into it. I also really like the apothecary style glass bottle with the angled dropper.

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum (C$71.50 for 30ml)

Antipodes says:

A water-based serum to help target pigmentation, brighten your skin and restore even tone. Waiwera mineral-blessed water helps restore vital moisture while delivering antioxidant-rich Vinanza performance Plus® to help decrease the effects of over production of melanin causing pigmentation. Vinanza Oxifend® defends skin cells from oxidative tension helping decrease skin redness. Kiwifruit exfoliating enzyme renews your skin for true fresh-faced beauty.

I tried this as my day serum because it is water-based and not greasy. But, it made my skin feel really tight and dry. The appearance of the serum isn’t too appealing either – it’s brown and looks lumpy no matter of much I shake the bottle. The serum didn’t do much for my skin except to make it feel dehydrated so I stopped using this after about a week. It also had a small acidic kind of smell, like vinegar. Interestingly, this is also the most expensive product of the ones I have from Antipodes.

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye cream (C$54 for 30ml)

Antipodes says:

A luscious yet light eye cream for a cooling and soothing sensory experience. Ultra-rich Vitamin C from the seed of new Zealand kiwifruit works superbly to help rescue damaged tissue. including carrot seed oil, aloe gel and 100% pure avocado oil.

The eye cream on the left, and the day cream (details below) on best – both unused at this point.
This jar of eye cream is a enormous 30ml container! I don’t recall ever seeing this much product in an eye cream. I was thrilled to try this and in my mind, I thought this would be a very rich nighttime product. It [turned out to be] a very lightweight silky eye cream better suited for the daytime so I ended up using it in the mornings instead. In fact, I think this is actually too lightweight as an eye cream for me. It’s quite watery and doesn’t offer long long lasting hydration to my eye area. I discovered that my concealers were looking much more dry and I have much more visible fine lines under my eye area. I’m actually considering using this jar up as face cream going forward. There’s no scent to this. I know this is well evaluated online and I could see this being a good eye cream for people who don’t need a lot of hydration. Both this and the Vanilla Pod cream are housed in significant tinted glass jars that feel very upscale.

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day cream (C$55 for 60ml)

Antipodes says:

Revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape® from award-winning Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds keeps your skin healthy and engerised. An extremely nutritious cream featuring native new Zealand manuka honey, a powerful antibacterial agent to assist in keeping skin completely clean and totally free of blemishes.

Reversed purchase of previous group shot, after 6 weeks of use.
This is a beautiful face cream. I was concerned it would be too rich for daytime as its second ingredient is shea butter. But, whatever magic they did with this cream, it does not feel greasy and did not cause break-through shine during the day. The cream offers a terrific base for foundation to apply on top – no pilling or breaking down with various foundations I tried. I had no issues with break-outs or sensitivity to this cream at all. The smells of this is a soft creamy vanilla and shea that isn’t offensive or lingering. The only small nit I could see is that it’s in a jar packaging which isn’t optimal but the thicker formula would not work in a tube format.  I now get all the hype around this cream! I would say this cream is suitable for dry, normal and combination skin, but not for oily skin types.

Skincare swatches are weird. but I guess you can see the texture of the products. The day cream is thick but not heavy, and the eye cream is like a gel cream.
My preferred item out of the 4 is certainly the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day cream and I would consider repurchasing it, even at full price.  My second preferred is the Joyous night Serum, followed by the Kiwi Seed Eye Cream. My least preferred and the dud of the bunch was the Apostle Serum.  In Canada, Antipodes is available on well.ca.

Have you tried Antipodes skincare? What skincare are you currently using that you love?

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