Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser - review


As you may know, a while ago I unboxed an Origins skincare set (see here) and I've been slowly using and reviewing each item in turn.

Next up is this moisturiser, which I've been using for two months now as my day cream so I would like to review it before I finish it, which will happen soon because it's only 30ml in size.

Long story short, I do like it but it's not hydrating enough for my dry skin so I wouldn't buy it, although I think it would be ok for normal to oily skin because it's nice to use and it's not too expensive.

Origins claims/product details:

  • Rev up the radiance with this energy-boosting moisturiser that rapidly refreshes and brightens dull, dry skin
  • The complexion is left looking plump, soft and and luminous
  • Skin that has lost its lustre will greatly benefit from this botanical-packed moisturiser that aims to simultaneously brighten and hydrate skin
  • Natural caffeine-rich extracts such as coffee bean and panax ginseng give skin an instant reboot, while vitamin b shields skin from environmental damage
  • The added bonus of magnolia bark, which is loaded with light-diffusing minerals, helps fade dark spots and diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • This lightweight, citrus-scented formula revitalises and rejuvenates skin to promote a healthy-looking radiance
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • RRP $41 AUD for 50ml


I think this is an ok moisturiser and it's been fine now that the weather is warming up so my skin isn't as dry, but long-term I personally need something more hydrating so I wouldn't buy it again.

It's a lightweight, cream/gel hybrid and it smells fresh like oranges. It spreads and applies well, and it feels soothing and cooling when applied.

Once this dries down, it leaves a tacky finish on the skin that won't be for everyone, and I've also noticed that it leaves my face feeling quite dry so I normally opt to use an oil underneath it to solve that problem.

I think what's happening is that it isn't absorbing properly and delivering moisture into my skin, but instead it's forming a protective barrier over the face that may suit some but it doesn't work for me. I need something that gets in there and brings comfort to my dry skin, and this product doesn't do that.

On the claims: yes I do think this refreshes and brightens but the effects are only on the surface of the skin; no I don't think it softens or plumps the skin; no it doesn't hydrate well; and no it hasn't done anything for my age spots or hyperpigmentation.

Overall this moisturiser is ok but I think it would suit normal to oily skin types better because it doesn't do enough for my dry skin in terms of hydration or nourishment. Still, it's not awful and it's been fine for spring while my skin isn't as dry as usual.


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