Sunday, December 29, 2013

Product Review- Pixi Lash Booster Mascara

Pixi Lash Booster Mascara Review








Pixi Lash Booster Mascara Review


From the Brand: 
What it is formulated to do:
This unique mascara truly boosts your lashes, giving them a "push-up" effect that lasts all day. The dense, rich formula ensures that lashes are coated with maximum pigment, for long-lasting full colour. The cone-shaped brush coats each lash evenly for the ultimate smudge-free, waterproof lash and eye definition. Available in intense eye-opening shades, including the revolutionary "blackest blue" that awakens the eyes and makes the whites of the eyes appear whiter.

Beneficial ingredients and what they do:
  • Vitamin E nourishes skin Carnauba wax is naturally emollient
  • Microcrystalline wax nourishes and ensures easy application
  • Simethicone provides a smooth glide


Retails for:  $17.00


Where to Buy: Select Target stores, online at Pixibeauty.com


My Thoughts:  As much as I love the rest of the Pixi line, I have to say that I really don't like this mascara at all.  I wouldn't go so far as to say hate, but it comes close.  I wore this a few different times, and the mascara just got all mushy and smudgy so quickly I couldn't wait to take it off.  I thought maybe it was the humidity when I initially tried it over the summer, so I also did a test run where I didn't leave the house all day and stayed in the air conditioning.  Same results.  It quickly turned from ok to crappy within an hour.  I've never had a mascara melt off my eyelashes like that.

I've since tried it again on cooler drier days in the fall with the same results.  I'm hoping that this little trial size that came with a monthly beauty subscription box (I'm pretty sure it as an IPSY bag) was just a dud and had gone bad or something.  Although, it didn't look bad or smell bad.  It was almost as bad as my experience with the mark. Scandalash mascara I tried last spring.  You can read about that train wreck here.

Even if it was a bad tube, I'm a little leery of buying a full size for full price to try it again.  The wand itself did a decent job of giving me some volume and separation, and for the first hour or so my lashes looked really good.  If I get another one somewhere down the line, I'll be happy to give it another go.  This tube though however just ruined the idea of it for me.


Final Verdict:  Needless to say, this wasn't a favorite of mine.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Product Review- Benefit Bella Bamba Blush

Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush Review



Benefit Bella Bamaba Blush Review


From the Brand:
Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension...you'll never use traditional blush again!

Retails for:  $28.00


Where to Buy:  Sephora.com and stores, Ulta.com and stores, Benefitcosmetics.com and Benefit counters at select department stores


My Thoughts:  Can you believe this is the very first blush I’ve ever used from Benefit?  It feels like I’ve tried every single other product they make except their blushes, and I only got this one because it was included in a set.  I’m very very glad that it was though, as I’m praying I find a few Sephora gift cards in my stocking this year so I can rush out and buy a few more colors!  This stuff is the bee’s knees I tell ya!


I think they nailed it with the color personally.  This is the perfect combination of a flushed pink and a warm coral all in one.  It’s richly pigmented with just a touch of shimmer, so a little goes a long way.  Seriously, I just tap my brush in once and apply.  That’s all you need.  It’s bright enough that I think it’d be gorgeous on even deeper skintones, but it’s soft enough that it’s not harsh at all on my fair skin.  I’ve worn this most of the month of November and so far in December, too.  If I’d done a favorites post for November like I’d planned (and yet again, life has gotten in the way of this blogging hobby of mine) this blush would totally have been first pick.

Benefit’s got the most adorable packaging, and their blushes are no different.  I love that it comes in such a cute box!  Very different from any other blushes on the market, and that alone sets it apart from its competitors.  I think the brush that comes with it is a complete waste, but that’s how I feel on every single brush that comes with blushes.  Maybe it’s to cut down on buying another brush, but in my opinion if you’re forking over the cash for a blush from Benefit, you’re probably going to have a wardrobe of makeup brushes, too. 


Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush Review



Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush Review





Final Verdict:  Replacing Nars Orgasm  as my new perfect peachy pink!


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Product Review- Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Review



Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel Review


From the Brand:  Our Best Selling Daily Cleanser. This non-foaming, gel cleanser thoroughly removes the day’s make-up, dirt and oil without drying the skin. Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts are exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help prevent dulling build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples.


Retails for:  $12.00 for 1 oz


Where to Buy:  Mariobadescu.com, Ulta stores


My Thoughts:  If you have sensitive skin and want a product that you can use daily to help keep your pores clear and the surface of your skin gently exfoliated without harsh chemicals or scratchy exfoliants, this is a great option for you!  It uses very mild alpha hydroxyl acids to exfoliate the skin gently enough to use not only daily but twice a day.  The slightly shimmery green liquid face wash is non-foaming and smells like a fresh garden.  I love to just spread it over my face and inhale deeply.  It releases some sort of zen-like state at the end of my day, and I can close my eyes and just relax for a few moments while it does it’s thing.

Since it’s a non-foaming face cleanser, I love using it on my Clairsonic Mia face brush to really deeply exfoliate and cleanse my pores.  I hate using a foaming face wash with spinning or vibrating or whatever brushes.  I’m always afraid it’s going to fling some little sud into my eye and I’ll end up blind.  But this works perfectly with no mess and no worries.

I used this every single day for about a month, and then I noticed that my skin in my t-zone was getting super dried out and flakey.  I assumed I’d been loading up on the acne products like tea tree oil and salicylic acid, but there was a sneaking suspicion that it was the cleanser instead.  So, I stopped using this cleanser for the past week, and those dry patches have gone away.  The weather has also gotten much colder and drier, and we’ve been running the heat in the house the past month as well.  I think that the combination of everything was just too much for my face to handle, so I’ll be backing off on this and using it only a few times a week for right now to see how that goes.  The brush is exfoliating enough on its own that a daily acid wash shouldn’t be too necessary during the winter.



Final Verdict:  Delicious scent, pore-clearing, gentle on sensitive skin.  To be used with discretion as it may cause overdrying if used too frequently during the drier months.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Product Review- Perlier Imperial Honey Body Cream Review

Perlier Imperial Honey Body Cream Review



Perlier Imperial Honey Body Cream Review

From the Brand:  Luxuriate in pure bliss. Perlier's imported beauty treatment makes you feel like you've spent the day at the spa!



Retails for:  $40.00


Where to Buy:  HSN.com


My Thoughts:  I was really looking forward to trying this product based on the product description of the imperial honey line I'd read online.  (The description on this particular product is painfully absent of any real information though.)  However, I was really put off by the smell of this body cream.  It was like dunking your head into a bucket of honey.  I think even Winnie the Poo would have thought it was a bit much.  When you hear that a body cream has honey in it, you think it's going to be a light slightly sweet scent but nothing too overpowering, right?  That's at least what I was thinking.

The benefits of honey aren't to be discounted, as it's been a highly praised ingredient in skin care for centuries.  I'd just rather know it was in there rather than feeling like that's the only thing I'd slathered across my body.  For experimentation's sake to write this review, I did use it all over after a shower and forced myself to wear it all day despite my aversion to the scent.

Thankfully, it did deeply hydrate my parched skin, and it absorbed without a sticky feeling at all.  I think that if I'd ended up feeling all sticky and gross afterwards, I'd have had to take another shower.  The scent either faded within the hour, or maybe my nose just gave up trying to deal with it and I got used to it.  I did have a few people ask me what perfume I was wearing, so at least it may just be me that couldn't stand the scent.


Final Verdict:  I hate that I keep hammering on about the smell of the product, but that's the thing that stuck with me the most and makes me give this particular product a thumbs down.  If you like the smell of honey however (which I very obviously do NOT), you'll probably be very very satisfied with the hydration level of this body cream and enjoy the fragrance. That is, if you're up for plunking down $40 for a jar of body cream not too much larger than you can find at The Body Shop for less than half that.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were sent to me for consideration through iFabbo. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review







 Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review



From the Brand:   
What it is:
A set of universally awesome neutrals that’s essential, effortless, and enhanced for your eye shape.

What it does:
This totally versatile palette is organized with crease-resistant, long-wearing shimmers in the top row and velvety smooth mattes along the bottom. Fourteen essential neutral shades include a range of nudes, blacks, shimmers, and mattes. Use the brilliant eye shape chart, dual-ended brush, and Full Exposure Mascara to complete any look.

This set contains:
- 0.035 oz x 7 eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
- 0.035 oz x 7 eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
- 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
- Get-the-look eye shape chart

What else you need to know:
Smashbox has taken the guesswork out of application with a cool, new dual-ended brush. There’s a fluffy end perfect for blending matte shades and a flat end to easily lay down the shimmer shades without sparkle overload. Plus, it’s double-sided with black bristles on one side and white on the other, so you’ll never accidentally dip a light shade into a dark shade.


Retails for:  $49.00


Where to Buy:  Sephora stores and Sephora.com, Ulta stores and Ulta.com


My Thoughts:  If you’ve read my review of the Lorac PRO Palette, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of palettes that have coordinating matte and shimmer shadows.  For each shade from soft nude to deep smokey, you get a matte version and a shimmer version in their amazingly pigmented eyeshadow formula.  I love this palette so much it’s joining my Lorac one in my professional kit.  (I’ll be popping off the heavy mirror though to cut down on weight.)  Not only do you get both matte and shimmer of each shade, the left half of the palette is more warm yellow based browns, and the right half is more cool grey based browns and a black, so no matter how you like to do your nude makeup, there’s a perfect shade for your style.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Close Up of Shades



The formula of these shadows is super soft with very little fallout.  However, on first application with it I did find that the mattes are a bit dry looking on the skin and can get a little muddy when blended together.  I’d recommend using at least one of the shimmery shades with the mattes so that you aren’t looking very dated in your look.  In my video review, I’ll show you the shades I used to create the look I’m wearing.

The staying power is fantastic.  Over a primer, you’ll easily get 15 hours or more.  It also comes with a travel size Full Exposure mascara to complete the look.  I love to use the deep matte black shadow pressed over a black pencil liner to give it ultimate staying power and to soften it up a bit for a sexy look.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Dual Ended Brush

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Dual Ended Brush


The highlight of this set is that it comes with a great dual ended shadow brush to give you a variety of looks.  This little baby is staying with me though!  I’ll have to slip a brush guard over one end to store it in my brush cup on the bathroom counter, but it’ll be a huge travel friendly space-saver come Christmas time when we go home to Florida for the holidays.


Final Verdict:  Great palette at a great price.  Very versatile, and cuts down on products when you travel!


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holidays 2013- Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Gift Set




Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Gift Set


From the Brand:  What it is: A 28-piece set handpicked by Too Faced Co-founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino. What it does: This Sephora exclusive features Jerrod's iconic favorites for the eyes, face, cheeks, and lips and will make your holidays gorgeous. This collection is infused with classic colors that have a playful edge-shades that fit right in for a super swanky blowout or an intimate Christmas day brunch with the family. After hours, zip-up your essentials in Too Faced's signature chevron-print clutch, designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.

This set contains: - 1.2 oz x 20 Eye Shadow in Snowflakes, Whiskers on Kittens, Chocolate Milk, Moon on their Wings, Dark Chocolate, Cream Colored Ponies, Honey Honey, Busch de Noel, Evergreen, Blue Satin Sashes, Coquet, Taffy, Crisp Apple Strudel, Woolen Mittens, Soirée, Tinsel, Bluff, Ooh La Orchid, Party Time, Pure Glam - 0.28 oz x 2 Blush in Raindrops on Roses, Melt into Spring - 0.28 oz x 2 Bronzer in Sun Bunny, Chocolalte Soleil - 0.1 oz Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Bee Sting - 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara in Carbon Black - Chevron clutch - How-To Glamour Guide What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates


Retails for:  $59 (original price)


Where to Buy:  I know I got this from Sephora.com, but now that I'm ready to publish my review I can't find this collection anywhere other than Amazon.com where it's going for $95.00.  If you can get your hands on one of these, grab it!


My Thoughts:  I am so incredibly thankful that I found this and bought it when I did rather than hoping I'd get a gift card to Sephora in my stocking and trying to find it later!  I can't believe that it's sold out everywhere!  I can see why though, as this is one of the absolute best palettes I've purchased from  Too Faced.  I buy at least one mega palette like this every year, and I love the versatility of the sets.  They almost always come with the decadent matte bronzer Chocolate Soleil along with the Sunny Bunny bronzers with a shimmer and a pink and peach blush.

The eyeshadows in this are super pigmented, creamy, and are the perfect mix of mattes and shimmers plus neutrals and brights.  There's literally a little something for everyone in this set.  It also comes with Better Than Sex Mascara and a lip plumping Lip Injection Color Bomb in the perfect nude color.

For more on this amazing gift set, check out my YouTube review!




Final Verdict:  If you can find one, snatch that up before it's gone for good!  When they said Limited Edition, the emphasis was on LIMITED!


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Product Review- Murad Brightening Kit

Murad Essential C Line Review



Murad Essential C Line Review


From the Brand:
Step 1- Murad Essential-C Cleanser- Neutralizes environmental aggressors, restores moisture and prepares skin for repair.

Primary benefits:Removes impurities and potential irritants. Binds moisture to skin.

Step 2- Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum- Clinically proven to restore clarity and even skin tone.

Primary benefits:
Reduces the appearance of sun spots and age spots by 33% in 1 week.* Helps prevent the development of new pigmentation.

Step 3- Murad Active Radiance Serum- Renews skin for a smoother, more youthful complexion.

Primary benefits:
Improves brightness, clarity and radiance by 60% in less than one week*.

Step 4- Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++- Powerful antioxidant-rich sunscreen shields and restores environmentally stressed skin.

Primary benefits: Blocks UVA/UVB rays to prevent sun and free radical damage. Improves skin's barrier function to maintain optimal hydration.

Retails for:
Step 1- Essential C Cleanser- $36.00
Step 2- Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum- $60.00
Step 3- Advanced Active Radiance Serum- $89.00
Step 4- Essential C Day Moisture-$60.00
Radiant Skin Renewal Set- $45.00

Where to Buy:  Murad.com- Save $10 off any $40 Essential-C Skin Care Order. Promo: SAVE10MURAD, Sephora Stores and Sephora.com, Ulta Stores and Ulta.com


My Thoughts:
Step 1- Essential C Cleanser-This is the only one of the set that I haven't fully utlitzed yet.  I tried it once just so that I could experience it and have something to say for the blog, but I've been sticking to either my cream cleansers from Boots or gels from Mario Badescu.  I like the Clairsonic Mia, and those don't do well with cleansers that foam, and this does produce a nice lather.  It has a light scent that's pleasant, and it doesn't dry my skin out.  So overall, I think it's nice but can't give an honest thumbs up vs thumbs down.  I'd love to know if any of you have found this to be a great cleanser or have had issues.  Please share your experiences below!

Step 2- Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum-I'm not a huge fan of how this smells at all!  However, it is hydroquinone based, so it's going to literally bleach the pigment from the skin to lighten spots.  I've used products with active ingredient in them before with great success, and this is a decent version.  The gel absorbs into the skin quickly, but it does leave a slightly sticky residue, so I'd recommend using it at night.  Hydroquinone can also sensitize your skin to UV rays, so night time is better anyway.  If you're going to use it during the day, I'd layer a good sunscreen over the top to protect your skin.  Not only can it cause the skin to get red and burn easier, it can also overactivate the bleaching properties of the chemical and cause permanent white spots on your skin.  So remember- SPF is key!  I used this for about three weeks and saw a localized lightening of the overall freckles in that area.  But really only because I was looking for it, and it was slight.  I feel like with continued regular use, this would really even out the overall dark spots on the face.

Step 3- Advanced Active Radiance Serum-  I love how quickly this absorbed into my skin, and it really helped to lock in moisture all day.  The tube that came in the set seemed to get used up much quicker than the rest of the set, so I'm not sure if I was using too much or somehow I got gypped.  Either way, I think I'm going to buy the full size and start using that under my moisturizer during the day to keep my skin from getting too dehydrated this winter.  It also has a fresh citrus smell that's more sweet than tangy, and I enjoyed using this.

Step 4- Essential C Day Moisture-  I'm glad this has an SPF in it, and it's a great every day moisturizer for during the day.  This product lasted the longest of all of them, and I think the size is very generous in the kit.  Like the serum, it absorbs quickly with no residue and has a light sweet fresh citrus scent.  It's good for people with combination to slightly dry skin, but it doesn't have enough moisturizing effects for my very dry skin on its own.

Final Verdict:  Fabulous tester set to get into their vitamin C line!  Each of the products is worth the price for the full size.

 

**Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  As with all my articles, the opinions expressed herein are fully my own.  For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.


Product Review- Tarte Gifted Mascara

Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara Review



Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara Review


From the Brand:
An Amazonian clay smart mascara that instinctively treats your unique lash concerns- working overtime to keep lashes hydrated, intact, healthier, and stronger, while delivering the appearance of voluminous lashes.

Product Performance: The Amazonian clay makes this the first and only “smart” mascara that intuitively finds and treats your unique lash concerns, delivering the benefits you need and volume you desire. The Amazonian clay instinctively lengthens, conditions, repairs and replenishes dry and brittle lashes. This mascara works overtime to keep lashes intact, healthier, and stronger by preventing lash loss and promoting lash health.

Powered By: Amazonian clay: balances, nourishes, hydrates, replenishes and repairs to promote healthy, more voluminous lashes and while preventing lash loss

Rice wax: natural wax that helps lengthen lashes

Retails for:  $19.00


Where to Buy:  Sephora.com and Sephora stores, Ulta.com and Ulta stores, Tartecosmetics.com, QVC.com


My Thoughts:  Every time I try a new mascara, I feel like I fall in love with, and it’s suddenly the best thing since sliced bread.  That’s all I use for the next few weeks or so until it’s time to test-drive another one, and the last is left half-used and forgotten in a box on the bathroom counter.  Very few stand up to the test and are used still months down the road.  This however, is one of them.


I adore the brush head on this mascara.  Very similar to their Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, the wand on this one is full of short densely packed bristles that grip the eyelashes and coat it evenly from root to tip for full lush lashes in fewer strokes.  The formula is thick and deeply black for a volumized look.  It’s more matte than patent, so it doesn’t have a wet look, which I prefer in a mascara.  It dries a bit stiff, but when I put it on immediately after curling my lashes, this stiffness does help hold the curl in my eyelashes pretty darn well.  However, I don’t find that it flakes, dries out my lashes, or is hard to remove.

But also like Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, I do like to use this as a base under another formula for maximum effect.  Mostly, I use it with Buxom Lash or Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.  (I guess I have a thing for mascaras with exclamation points in the name.)  Tarte Gifted Mascara is great for the volume and some definition, but it does lack a bit in the lengthening and high defining category.



Final Verdict:  Another love of mine from the Tarte line, and a definite BUY if you get the opportunity.


**Disclaimer: This article contains referral links.  As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Product Review- Benefit Eye Bright

Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright Pencil Review







Benefit Eye Bright Review


From the Brand:
This instant eye brightener is like a nap in a stick! Perfect for all skintones, this pink perk-me-up brightens your eyes and your spirits in a single stroke. Apply it to the inner & outer corners of each eye and blend for a wide-awake look. For best results, apply as the final step after you've applied other makeup.

Retails for:  $20.00


Where to Buy:  Sephora.com and Sephora stores, Ulta.com and Ulta stores, Benefitcosmetics.com


My Thoughts:  I have this in two versions.  One is in the pencil.  The other is pressed into a pan on the other half of a Boi-ing for a two-in-one concealing and brightening duo that makes my life so nice when space is a factor.  Since one I can use straight on the face and the other I have to use my finger or a brush, I’ve come to appreciate the versatility of the product in the application and it’s effects.

I love a beautiful matte baby pink eyeshadow base color when creating soft romantic bedroom eyes for my boudoir clients.  Problem is, for years I struggled with how to get that sheer wash of pink to stay put and show up without being too overpowering.  I’ve started layering some of the Benefit Eye Bright from the duo pan onto the eyelid and patting the pale pink shadow over the top to lock it in.  (My favorite to use?  The pale pink shade from the Lorac PRO Palette.)  This keeps the cream in place and adds a bit of depth to the pale color without washing the lids out.  I absolutely LOVE how this looks on my clients!  The eyeshadows blend quite beautifully over the top of it when used as a shadow base, and the light pink color brightens up the entire lid quickly and evenly.

If I just need to highlight under the eyes, in the inner corner, or along the brow bone, I can use the stick version to quickly add a literal line of ‘light’ to brighten the area up without needs to resort to shimmery products that can reflect flash or leave fall out where I don’t want it.  I just draw it on straight from the pencil and blend it out with a fingertip or pencil brush and set with a matte bone or pink color.  Voila!  Instant brightening!


Final Verdict:  Add ‘light’ where you want it without the shimmer.  Genius.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Product Review- Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation

Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation




Laura Mercier Silk Cream Foundation Review


From the Brand:
 
What it is:
A rich, long-wear foundation that gives skin a professional, full-coverage finish.

What it does:
This creamy long-wear formula glides over skin effortlessly for perfect application and blendability. A special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts, and treated mica blend together to create a luxuriously hydrating foundation that leaves skin softer, smoother, and flawless. Advanced light-reflecting ingredients work to make the appearance of fine lines and imperfections disappear. Even the hardest-to-hide pigmentations are covered to look much smoother and more even. Providing full coverage that lasts for up to 12 hours, this foundation is ideal for special events or photography.

What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic product is free of oil and fragrance and perfect for all skin types.



Retails for:  $43.00


Where to Buy:  Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com, Laura Mercier counters at select department stores, LauraMercier.com


My Thoughts:  I purchased this foundation from Sephora.com with my yearly VIB 20% of coupon (along with a ton of other products of course), and so far it's been my favorite buy of the haul.  I've seen so many people raving online and in Youtube videos about this foundation, that I figured at 20% off, there was no reason I should pick some up to try out for myself.

The formula itself is really thick, but not in a bad way.  It's nice that it's in a squeeze tube, so measuring out the right amount is easy to do.  If you check out my video review for it though, you'll see that on first try I did use a bit too much.  A pea size amount is all you need for pretty much full coverage over your entire face.  If you need more, you can always spot conceal with concealer, but I didn't even really need any except under my eyes.  (Who doesn't really though?)



I had some trouble with matching the foundation color, but I think that's really because the woman at the Sephora store was a bit of an idiot and wouldn't let me do it myself.  I bought it initially online with the discount, but the color I selected was too dark and a bit orangey.  I'd check out the store first if you're interested in buying it online (if you have coupon codes or ebates type rewards for buying online like I do) to test the color on your jaw line first.  Also, it may have been from my dry skin but it did oxidize on my skin after a bit, so make sure you leave it there for about 5 minutes and then double check that the color is still good.  If it turns, go a shade lighter.


Final Verdict:  If I'd had time to do a favorites for November, this would have been right up there.  It's been my go to for the past few weeks, and I haven't even made the slightest dent in it. 


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

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