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My Thoughts: NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

February 11, 2016

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Over the past few weeks, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44/ 1.7 oz) has earned a place as a staple in my foundation rotation. There’s so much to love. According to the line, this has an oil-free formula with SPF 30, a wonderful all-day oil-absorbing matte finish, an easy-to-pack tube, and anti-oxidants (Vitamin C and E) galore. The formula contains Rose Fruit Extract to minimizes pores and control shine.  Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS online, Barneys New York (free ship always), Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is said to give sheer to medium coverage. I applied with fingers, and noticed that there is a “sunscreen-like” scent when first applied. The scent, which resembles that used in Smashbox’s and Kiehl’s SPF tinted moisturizers, fades after roughly a half-hour.

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I used a light layer, and then another to get to medium coverage. The texture of the product needs a good five minutes to settle beautifully onto the skin (don’t judge until that five minutes passes, or you won’t get an accurate picture of the final texture). The texture is a true matte, but it does have some life in it (there is nothing mask-like about the texture). Although my combination skin does tend to glow in the t-zone throughout the day with other foundations, it did not with Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I was able to get a good eleven-hour day out of this foundation without powdering (except for one day, when I used a heavy moisturizer underneath). The texture is beautiful– my skin looks matte, but very natural. It’s a soft matte.


According to NARS, Velvet Skin Tint has the following benefits:

Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to diffuse imperfections with a powerful optical effect.

The powders’ unique, spherical shape compresses like a cushion, delivering a velvety-smooth, touchable feel and superior comfort on application.

Rose Fruit Extract visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, while controlling shine.

Vitamins C, E, and broad spectrum SPF 30 protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress.

Simply touch and go for an effortlessly perfected look. Glide on Velvet Matte Skin Tint to instantly even skintone with a soft-matte effect. Follow with Radiant Creamy Concealer where needed to instantly diffuse imperfections.

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Here are some comparisons with Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Finland, Alaska, and Groenland.  Along on bottom is Nars All Day Luminous in Fuji, Make Up For Ever in Y235, and Estee Launder Double Wear Intensity Light in 1.0. In person, Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska and the new Velvet Matte Skin Tint are virtually identical shades.

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A good matte foundation is important to have in your beauty stash, even if you are partial to glow. Sometimes I want to control the area of my face that I want to glow (upper cheek, not forehead!) It’s lovely to have the NARS option–it’s definitely my favorite matte foundation at present. Of course, NARS Matte accepts highlighters, blushes (glowing and matte) and other products extremely well.

I got no breakouts, clogs, or other complications (I cleanse carefully with an oil cleanser, a Clarisonic and toner every evening always). In fact, the antioxidants in the formula are promised to give long-term benefits.

Overall, NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is very well done. One of the things that I love about NARS is its professional grounding, sophisticated formula, and beautifully formulations.  NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint exemplifies all of these qualities.

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, NARS online, Barneys New York (free ship always), Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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My Thoughts: La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation

December 22, 2015

La Prarie Foundation

This is a quick review of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation ($215), which I’ve been test driving for a few days. Rather than making an investment, I got a very large sample. As there are so few reviews for this product, I thought an abbreviated review might be helpful to someone considering this investment. My Chanel Ivoire/ MAC NC15 skin was matched to Tender Ivory.

This is a two-in-one product. The large cap holds a creamy concealer, and the bottom a liquid foundation with a mousse-type texture. This is an extremely pigmented formula.  On pearl-sized dollop brings full coverage (layer it for the most natural look). I used my fingers to apply, with a texture this thick I prefer to warm the product. This is rated at SPF 15.

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After about five minutes while the product warms to the skin, this foundation gives me some of the most amazing, flawless texture that I’ve ever seen. I mean, it is truly natural looking with a slight “your skin but better” glow. It’s Hollywood Red Carpet good. I was told by the sales associate that this contains skincare ingredients, the famous caviar formula on which La Prairie was built. Indeed, my skin appears to have been moisturized when I remove this at the end of the day.

After testing for several days, I can tell you that this foundation is excellent for dry skin that would benefit from La Prairie’s anti-aging skincare. I saw my face look oxygenated and smooth upon removal, so there is something in the formula that loves my skin (and, yours too!).  The formula is highly moisturizing.

On my cheeks, where my skin is normal, this foundation melds to my skin and looks wonderful all day. However, as my skin is combination, I noticed that this formula does make my forehead and oily areas “glow” too much over the course of the day for me to invest in this product. I can see doing so in another decade or so, should my skin becomes drier over time. For now, I’m finding that the moisturizing properties on oilier parts of my face are causing the foundation to lift away from my skin.  At this price point, it has to be a match made in heaven for me to make this investment.

Overall, I believe that those with dry skin may find that this is a holy grail skincare/full coverage foundation miracle. Unfortunately, this was not the right match for me.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation SPF 15 is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Foundation Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 6%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polysilicone-11, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Caviar Extract, Algae Extract, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Malt Extract, Lactobacillus/Algae Extract Ferment, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Phospholipids, Sodium PCA, Lysine, Proline, Glycine, Arginine, Methionine, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Methicone, Xanthan Gum, Glucuronic Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.


Concealer Ingredients: Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Behenate, Silica, Microcrystalline (Cera Microcristallina) Wax, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Ozokerite, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Mica, Caviar Extract, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Algae Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Tribehenin, Triethanolamine, Water (Aqua), Glycine, Arginine, Glyceryl Behenate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Methionine, Polyglucuronic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

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My Thoughts: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

October 12, 2015

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation ($39) came out last summer to much fanfare, and by now the foundation has been so successful that the line has expanded the shade range. Not that there hasn’t been competition in this space–this year has brought so many new foundation formations. Yet Born This Way seems unique for a several reasons.

  • It’s strength is in re-texurizing your skin. Born This Way focuses on perfecting the skin surface. If minimizing pores and textual imperfections is your goal, this Too Faced excels at this. I get compliments on how it evens out the texture and gives my skin a baby-texture.
  • Unlike MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing and Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able (both of which are high coverage in a single layer), Too Faced Born This Way is medium coverage out of the bottle. If you layer it up (which it does beautifully), you can get to full coverage pretty easily.  Some users may prefer this, as the texture of Too Faced is more like a traditional foundation.  You do not have to worry about over-applying, so you don’t have to be quite as careful. Also, the color range is more forgiving if worn more sheerly.
  • The texture is satin and lovely, no finishing powder required.
  • Too Faced Born this way has a texture that is closer to a true foundation, rather than a serum. Too Faced’s offering has much more coverage, and lacks the glowing, serum-like qualities of MAC Waterweight SPF 30. Also, Born This Way does not have the high-coverage serum qualities of NARS All-Day Luminous.

Most days that I wore Born This Way, I absolutely loved it. It seemed to give me flawless, all-day coverage. To be fully complete in this review, there were a few days that the foundation seemed to shift and break apart toward the end of an eight-hour day.

After numerous tries, I realized the problem days were those when my face was oilier, or when I was wearing a heavier moisturizer. One was incredibly warm, which led to melting.

If you have normal to dry skin you may find that you absolutely love, love, love Too Faced Born This Way. If you have oily or combination skin, well you will definitely want to sample this or purchase from a store that takes returns. It’s a bit more fragile than some of the super-foundations that came out this year. Still, it makes my skin look amazing when the conditions are right.

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Bottom line:  You may find that this is your new holy grail, depending on your skin type and needs. I purchased during August in Light Beige (when my skin was a bit darker). If I were purchasing this today, I’d take the Ivory.

Too Faced Born This Way is available from Sephora, Macy’s, Ulta, Beautylish, Too Faced online, and

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My Thoughts: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation

September 21, 2015

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Marc Jacobs Beauty has been re-formulating so many products from the line since it launched. I’m a fan of new innovation, so I’ve kept an eye on the line. For the past month or so, I’ve had some time to play with the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation ($55) and wanted to write down some thoughts.

Note that with the high coverage means that getting the right color is important. If you are a half-shade off, you will notice. The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation does not seem to have any self-color-correcting properties. Fortunately, the Re(marc)able foundation as a range of 24 shades.  It took me a few samples to determine that Ivory Medium was a good match for my skin tone (MAC NC15/20, Chanel Ivoire, NARS Deauville).

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This foundation is available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty.

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There are good reasons to have a full coverage foundation in your beauty arsenal. There may be days when “flawless” is the name of the game. Sometimes that type of coverage goes with a formal occasion, or when you simply want to give an absolutely perfect surface. Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able gives you that kind of coverage, and it lasts all day.

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I will say that, although the packaging and wand evoke a serum-type vibe, this liquid has a slightly thicker texture than other serums. However, you really do not need much product to get full, full coverage. In fact, before I bought this full-sized bottle, I used a tiny sample from Sephora that I used for two full weeks and there was plenty of it left ov

Assuming that you’ve found your shade, let’s talk about application.

First of all, the foundation delivers on full coverage. In fact, one drop or (maybe two?) is all you need to get full, full, full coverage. For me, it was little easy to over-apply, especially with fingers. You have to be a little careful.  Too much as this goes to a mask-like quality that isn’t necessarily flattering. But with a tiny bit buffed into the skin, the look is both full coverage and closer to natural.

I used the Marc Jacobs Beauty The Face III Buffing Foundation Brush ($55), which worked well. The foundation definitely benefits from being buffed into the skin. I like the fact that the brush is duo-fibre, which helps give more natural coverage. I love the overall size and bulk of the brush as well.  It covers quickly, given its generous size.

Re(marc)able foundation gives long, all-day near-matte coverage. Anything this tenacious needs a serious remover. I use an oil cleanser, clarisonic and toner at the end of the day.

The foundation works well with finishing powders of all kinds, so if you need to add a little bronzer and glow you are all set. I found that this full-coverage formula benefited from adding a little shadow contour and highlight to add dimension to the face.

Here are some thoughts with comparisons:

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able foundation is the highest coverage foundation that I’ve used in a long time.  It covers absolutely everything without exception.
  • Nars All-Day Luminous foundation does not have this high coverage out the bottle. The Nars requires building to get there. On the other hand, Nars feels a bit lighter, and does not seem to emphasize pores as easily.
  • MAC Watertight foundation has much lighter coverage, and has a glow. By comparison, Re(marc)able covers much more strongly, does not feel as light, and has a satin/matte finish.

Is this foundation for you? I was surprised how much I reached for Re(marc)able for presentations and meetings over the past few weeks. It is nice to know that everything was covered and flawless for hour after hour.  I always wore this foundation with bronzer and highlight to give it very natural look. I want to emphasize that buffing this foundation into the skin is important, although left by itself the product seems to look more natural as the product warms to your skin and the day goes on.  It plays really nicely with Guerlain, Armani, and Chanel powers, and I assume that it will work with many others as well.

Overall, I’m very impressed with Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able. It’s beautifully formulated. Whether you wish to explore it depends on whether you want this type of coverage. Of the high-coverage options I’ve ever tried, I’ve got to give it the highest rating for this category. Five stars.

This foundation is available at Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty.

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My Thoughts: MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF 30

September 11, 2015

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Today, I had my first opportunity to try MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation ($33/1.0 oz.), together with the new MAC #196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation Brush ($35). This set has been getting raves from makeup artists who’ve had a preview at Fashion Week events earlier this year, as a totally unique formula. There’s a lot to talk about!  This foundation is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Dillards

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First of all, MAC Waterweight is a serum foundation. It is in the tradition of Armani’s Maestro and Nars All Day Luminous Foundation, but different in very significant ways.  It has the weightless feel due to an extremely light texture, and needs to be shaken before use (if you don’t shake it, what can I say?).  However, NARS’ serum has much higher coverage–the All Day Luminous takes barely a drop plus to cover everything. Armani Maestro’s serum is an oil-based product. As the name suggests, MAC Waterweight has a water-base and it feels lighter than a feather. Really, it feels like one is wearing nothing at all. But what really sets MAC’s Waterweight apart is the glow (more on this later).

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MAC’s gives light coverage with a swipe of the new #196 brush. So if you have any discoloration, or spots that haven’t quite healed yet, get ready to layer or conceal (Armani’s Maestro Concealer is a good choice here, because it’s super lightweight texture won’t interfere with the Waterweight’s lightweight look/feel). An alternative is to layer up the MAC Waterweight, which layers shockingly well.  I mean, at one point I just kept adding 5, 6 plus layers just for science. It was fine. 

More thoughts:

  • Unlike Nars and Armani, MAC Waterweight has a glowing, moisturizing look that is very unique because it seems to slightly glow only where the light hits it.  In other words, my face stayed relatively matte all day, except when I caught sight of my skin in certain light where it had the most healthy glow ever.  It’s an ethereal, healthy, “my skin but amazing” quality that looks like lit-from-within.  The finish really knocks a few years off and, combined with the lightness of the texture, makes me look like I’ve been eating way healthier than I do. It isn’t a sparkly-micro-shimmer glow. It’s sophisticated enough to be believable.
  • Without a primer or powder, I got all-day wear on my combination skin. I did not seem to get a glow on my forehead as I sometimes do with glowy foundations. I’m not sure what is giving MAC Waterweight foundation that glow that doesn’t get oily throughout the day, but they should bottle it. Oh wait, they did.
  •  Although coverage did not go all the way to full, even with my epic layering experiment, I found that the foundation did a fairly good job color-correcting for some areas of my face that are not super even.  Those with more dramatic discoloration may wish to add a color corrector, but I was quite happy straight out of the bottle.

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Overall, I was not expecting to love another serum. I have a lot of love for this one.  Keep in mind that the bottle color will be lighter than the dry down on your skin, so wait that full minute before you judge the color.  If you are looking for a high coverage matte look, then keep looking. But if you are looking for a healthy glowing complexion, this is well worth investigating. MAC does have something very unique here

MAC Waterweight (and the MAC 196 brush) is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Dillards.

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I found that MAC NC15 was a touch on the lighter side for me, but not too far off.  The glowy quality gave me a fresh, clean-faced, healthy look. I’ve heard this from other NC15’ers.

Here are some comparisons with Too Faced Born This Way in Light Beige, Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Ivory Medium, MAC Waterweight in NC15, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 4.5, Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville, NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, MAC Studio Sculpt in NC15 and Chanel Lift Lumiere in Ivoire. 

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My testing today was applied using the new MAC #196 slanted flat top foundation brush. This is like a huge version of the Shisheido Perfect foundation brush in shape and size. The MAC #196’s bristles are dense, dense, dense.  Also, the brush does not seem to absorb much foundation during use, which is nice. You aren’t sacrificing a lot of product to the tool used to apply it.

Some prefer a small brush, but I had no problem using this larger size.  It’s a brush, so the bristles have give. I was able to get into all the nooks and crannies with no problem.

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Chanel Les Beiges Collection Healthy Glow Fluid, Blush Sticks and Healthy Glow Powders Reviewed

June 11, 2015

Chanel Les Beiges 5I was pleasantly surprised to see such a lovely collection at my local counter–the Chanel Les Beiges collection. Although I’ve refreshed my Chanel staples over the past few months, I have not been drawn to any of their recent collections. Happily, their Chanel Les Beiges is based on everything that the line does superbly–it is minimal with excellent textures that make one look and feel beautiful. Bravo!! This collection is currently at Chanel online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges UK, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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My Thoughts: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

May 21, 2015

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A few weeks ago, there was a new foundation released to the world–MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation ($32/0.85 ounces). This caught my eye because the formula seems entirely new–not just for MAC, but new for the cosmetic industry. According to this piece in Stylcaster, MAC’s “product development team had been challenged to create a waterproof, modern concealer, and leveraged emerging trends from Korea around hybrid products to create something new.” MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation is currently available at MAC, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, DillardsSelfridges, and other MAC sources.

In 16 shades that correlate to the standard MAC “NC” and “NW” naming scheme, this concealer/foundation is described by the line as follows:

A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 24 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

MAC pro longwear nourishing waterproof 3Karen’s review at the Makeup and Beauty Blog was helpful to me when using this foundation for the first several times. I want to expand on a few things based on my use of this over the past week plus. As a new formula, I found that many of my intuitions from applying liquids, creams, serums, tinted moisturizers, and bb/cc creams needed to be finessed to get the most out of this foundation.

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This is my advice (your mileage may vary):

  • The coverage goes from light to full very quickly. When applied directly to the face, it’s important to do this in layers. Then wait a minute before you apply another layer. Trust me on this one. It’s really easy to over-apply, in which case the foundation begins to really highlight pores and look super-artificial. Unless you are going for that look, proceed slowly.
  • Once you are happy with a semi-light coverage, go back in and add product only where you need it. The formula gives you a good minute or more to play with it before it dries, and can be layered even later in the day if you like.
  • Use very little at a time. One drop really can cover the entire face.
  • The color designations seem to be lighter in my range compared to MAC’s standard range. I am typically NC15/20, so I purchased NC20 after swatching a few colors at a store. After wearing the shade, I thought that the match was fine for a pale look, but the NC25 looked more natural on me especially when worn with a bronzer for summer wear (I ended up purchasing both). By comparison, NC20 looked a little harsh, although technically I might have considered it an acceptable match in a sheerer formula. Who knows, maybe my own ghost-pale skin is just scary. Anyway, don’t be afraid to go to a deeper shade if you want to. It’s only makeup.
  • Because of its propensity for high-coverage with a satin finish, I recommend using some type of light Chanel Les Beiges or Guerlain Joli Tient bronzer to warm up the skin and add some life.
  • I had trouble mixing this foundation with a more conventional formulas from other lines. For example, a mix of this and NARS tinted moisturizer seemed to separate on my face when I went into a hot, humid environment. If you are going to mix colors to get your shade, I’d experiment in the comfort of your own home first.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof really does hold up well in hot, humid weather. My glowy dew (aka sweat), beaded up on my face without removing any foundation. If you are in a hot, humid climate, this one is worth checking out.
  • This foundation looked best on me with a primer (I used Tom Ford’s). It gave it a bit of “cushion” to make the MAC formula sit more lightly on the skin and was a bit more forgiving.
  • I suspect that those with dry skin will want to moisturize well before using this formula.Every bump, pore, flake and tiny line will show if you apply this heavily. For lighter coverage, it seems to be more forgiving.

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You might be wondering if this is worth the trouble of undertaking a learning curve, especially if you are not a foundation-obsessed beauty blogger.  If you are looking for a beautiful finish that lasts all, all, all day in hot, humid weather, then yes. It can be layered mid-day to give a beautiful satin finish. Worn in this week’s rainstorm, the foundation didn’t move (my hair, on the other hand….). The coverage moves from light to medium to full with very little product. The feel is extremely light and breathable–unlike MAC Studio Sculpt, the feel of Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof is feather-light.  I did not detect any scent. I have an incomplete ingredients list, because the Nordstrom label covered up the bottom:

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MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation is currently available at MAC, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Dillards, Selfridges, and other MAC sources.

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My Thoughts: Algentist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer

May 2, 2015

Algenist Repairing Tint 3I’ve recently be testing the Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42). I’ve been reading positive things about the line from some sources that have been happy with the company’s skincare. Being more of a makeup junkie than a skincare junkie, I thought that this product would be a good entree into the line.


For this San Francisco-based company, algae is the foundation of its anti-aging and moisturizing properties. According to their description, a modified and extracted variation that derives from algae forms “a patented, powerful compound that is responsible for regenerating and protecting the micro algae cell, and that this ingredient has “significant anti-aging properties, helping to rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance.” Another ingredient is Microalgae Oil, which “deliver[s] superior benefits to the skin, replenishing essential moisture and nutrient loss. Microalgae Oil is clinically proven to keep skin hydrated 5x longer than untreated skin over a 24-hour period.”

Algenist Tinted Moisturizer 5The Algenist tinted moisturizer incorporates these ingredients. As you probably garner from this description, this product works best for dry skin where the goal includes anti-aging.  In my view, the benefit from this tinted moisturizer happens after removal–the skin care ingredient seem to have some type of healing quality, it seems to fade darker areas and I found the sun protection worked well. The day after I used this, I notice my skin looked better. A week after, it’s looking even better, so the effects appear to be cumulative.

Algenist Tinted Moisturizer 6 copyPurely as a tinted moisturizer, I prefer other lines (Nars, for example). The feel of the Algenist tinted moisturizer is a little on the heavy side. The coverage is light-to-medium, and when I attempt to build up coverage I do start to see pores (a finishing powder seems to blend these away). It’s not feather-light like some of the serums, nor as light as Chanel Aqualumiere, or Nars Tinted Moisturizer. The Algenist has a slightly-perfumed suntan-lotion scent. Generally, the finish is near matte. However, it does mix well with luminizers-I’ve worn this with a healthy dollop of NARS 413 Blkr Street Illuminizer (a beautiful, cool gold color reviewed here) for several days with very nice results.

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Despite the negatives, I’m really impressed with the Algenist. The skincare properties are the best part, so as a multi-tasker it has a lot of offer. The longevity is excellent. And the skincare ingredients really did give me noticeable results–my skin feels lifted, plumper, more even, and healthier-looking. I’ve spent twice as much (or more) to get similar results, so color me impressed.
Algenist Tinted Moisturizer 1Because we are heading into summer, I went with Light/Medium, which is a touch too dark for my winter-pale MAC NC15/20 – Chanel Cameo/Ivoire skin tone.  More ingredients (click to enlarge):

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The Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 comes in four shades.

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