My Thoughts: Hylamide Finisher Photography Foundation (Golden Tan)

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May 182017
 

When I was playing on The Ordinary’s website, I wandered over to one of their sister brands Hylamide to find the Hylamide Photography Foundation ($21). Part of their Finisher series, this is a foundation add-in that improves the overall look of your skin once the foundation is applied. It’s an unusual product, and I haven’t ever seen anything like it (although perhaps this Peter Thomas Roth 24K Prism Cream might be in the same neighborhood).

I realize that MAC’s Next to Nothing Foundation (review coming soon!) is billed as an “Instagram filter for your face.” However, this very humble, functional deep grey plastic squeeze bottle includes a formula designed to actually accomplish that same goal but in a completely different way. According to the line, this product is a “Next-generation golden tan foundation is designed specifically to make the skin look better for the camera lens while blurring away imperfections in real life” and let me tell you it works.

Here are the details from the line:

Fractionated Blurring Silica Suspension: Nano fractions of silica-based prisms create light confusion to reduce the looks of visible lines and pores immediately without looking like traditional makeup, while specifically creating a perfect backdrop to highlight facial features through the camera lens.

Prismatic Camera Hue Yellow-Red Correctors:Ultra-advanced super-fine hue correctors black out unwanted tones in real life while creating the look of angular shadows for more definition on camera.

Prismatic Gold Technology: Adds a discreet golden glow instantly for a visibly radiant, healthy-looking skin while adding a cinematic look in photographs.

Oil-Free Bio-Sugar Complex: Super-light oil-free biotechnology complex is clinically proven to offer comfortable hydration immediately with an effect that lasts with continued use.

The formula comes in three shades: Transparent, Golden Tan and Dark Tan. I purchased Golden Tan.

Right out of the bottle, the liquid is a reflective deep yellow gold. Those on the paler side will notice that this color darkens foundation slightly (pictures below using NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska), so it may help to start out with a foundation that is on the lighter side. It adds a touch of glow to the foundation, but if you don’t use more than a drop it’s very flattering. For me, the product is too dark to use as a highlighter so my experiments have only used it to mix into my foundation. You can see how much darker this is compared to Marc Jacobs highlighting Dew Drops, below.

Sometimes I struggle with uneven skin tone, and I’ve noticed that this product virtually eliminates that. It makes my skin look healthier, more even-toned, and more dense and creamy. It doesn’t seem to add to the coverage of the foundation I’m using, but it does seem to just make my skin look perfected. There’s an enormous payoff for this little extra step. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

I’m not sure why the product works, but in my experience it actually does. The Finisher Photography Foundation is available from the Hylamide website.

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May 052017
 

The beauty world is a-buzz about The Ordinary Skincare, a subdivision of Deciem which is housed in Canada. The brand was started to essentially hack the world of high-priced skincare with effective formulations that sell at an extraordinary price point–many formulations are under $10. As the website says, “The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices.” The line is free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. For many of us who are used to paying in the range of $60 to several hundred, this idea is a breath of fresh air. Certainly a shelf of high-end products quickly escalates. The concept that The Ordinary offers clinical formulations at below-drugstore prices is quite attractive. The line ships from their own website as well as from Beautylish.

I tried a few products from their line to see how I thought the line stacks up against a higher-end experience. To jump to the conclusion, I found that several of their products are quite effective. However, I noticed a lack of refinement in a few areas that users of high-end products are likely to notice, and one that just didn’t seem to stack up at all.

First up is The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% ($5.80). This white cream definitely delivers the Vitamin C. It didn’t take more than a week for my skin to look better, brighter and more fabulous. As you likely know, Vitamin C is a tried-and-true active ingredient that works well for anti-aging. The ingredient list offers Ascorbic Acid (another name for Vitamin C) as the first ingredient, followed by squalene (an anti-oxidant). Click to enlarge–

The actives are delivered in a highly emollient white cream in a travel-friendly squeeze tube. For those who have experienced dry skin with typical Vitamin C serums, this may be welcome news. Unfortunately, the cream has some white lumps in it (which seems to dissolve as you apply it) and a very distinctive (not very pleasant) scent. For me, the cream was too moisturizing to wear under foundation and it felt quite heavy. You might not notice any of these qualities if you wear it overnight, but be forewarned those with clog-prone skin may tread cautiously because this formula is on the heavy side.

One product that really delivered was The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70), a water-based serum that firms and tightens the undereye area. We all know that caffeine can get rid of puffiness tout de suite, and this one delivers on that score.

Delivered in a glass bottle with a serum pipette, a 1/2 drop under each eye wakes up the undereye area all day long.

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Mar 262017
 

AveSeena Essential Radiance Serum ($74/ 1.0 ounce) is a lightweight gel serum that is designed to add moisture, soften skin and add anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals. I’ve worn this serum twice a day under the AveSeena Ageless Perfection Cream for the past few weeks with some lovely results. It seems to help soften and even the texture of my skin, and provide a smooth surface.

I typically wear this under foundation, and it seems formulated to work well in that role. As with the other AveSeena products, this serum is allergy tested and dermatologist approved; PETA and Leaping Bunny certified, cruelty-free; EWG Verified TM; vegan and H-free – free of any unwanted chemical additives such as parabens, phthalates, SLS, or artificial dyes.

The full ingredient list is here: Rosa Damascana (Rose) Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Methylsulfonylmethane, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Salix Lucida (Willow Bark) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Extract, Armoracia Rusticana (Horseradish) Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. pH is between 5.5-6.5. Vegan. Natural and/or organic ingredients.

I loved the results from the serum, and I particularly loved the healthy and pure ingredients. It’s wonderful when scientifically-formulated products truly deliver!

 

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Review: Aveseena Honeyactive Beauty Mask

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Mar 232017
 

AveSeena is a new skincare line that combines 100% naturally-derived ingredients with the scientifically formulated ingredients. Developed by Dr. Ebru Karpuzoglu, MSc, PhD, this line seeks to deliver anti-aging and other beneficial results without estrogenic and endocrine disrupting chemicals, as well as eliminating reliance on synthetic chemicals and preservatives (including parabens).

One truly extraordinary product that I wanted you to know about is the AveSeena Honeactive Beauty Mask ($67/3.34 oz).  Holy results-this chipped some serious years off my winter-dried, dull-skinned face in just over ten  minutes. This added moisture, took off dead skin layers, and created zero irrigation. My skin just looked so youthful and pretty. You can even say I glowed. 

Inside this quiet little jar is a very thick paste that smells a little heavenly (and yes, tastes pretty fabulous too if you get a touch on your lip area). I had to use the spatula to get this out of the jar. Warmed with my fingers, it spread on quite well. 

It’s hard to convey how much better my skin looked compared to how it started. It plumped, gently took off an unneeded layer, brightened and softened. When it came off, I had a touch of pink that I had not seen for a few weeks. If you’d like to de-winterize your skin, this is highly recommended. According to the packaging, you can use this 1-3 times per week.

Here’s the actual ingredient list (click to enlarge):

I’m loving this introduction to the line. A truly hero product. AveSeena’s Honeyactive Mask is all love. Available here.

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Mar 082017
 

Vitabrid’s C12 Face Brightening Powder ($60/ 0.11 oz. powder) is a nice way to add a topical Vitamin C into your skincare routine. As you likely already know, Vitamin C helps to prevent melanin formulation from UV rays, adds anti-oxidants which helps preserve the skin, and has anti-aging effects. Vitamin C serums are a wonderful way to get these benefits. However, some suffer from some downsides. First, these serums can be unstable on exposure to light and prone to spilling. Also, some aren’t as well-absorbed by skin as they could be.

Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening 12H Vitamin C is formulated to solve these concerns. Although I’m not a scientist, according to Vitabrid, this powder product is more stable, more easily absorbed more deeply into the skin, and therefore is more beneficial. By using mineral carriers, Vitabrid’s formula is said to deliver 12 hours worth of Vitamin C once applied to the skin. This is from the brand’s website.

The formula also includes Niacinamide 5%, Adenosine 4%, and Allatoin 0.25% to assist in brightening and healing the skin.

To increase stability, the product is a powder. You simply put a touch into your moisturizer, serum or simply water and apply twice a day. The powder is very fine and dissolves very quickly and easily.

If you aren’t sure how much to use, there is a small scooper enclosed to let you know the appropriate amount for a single application. It’s quite easy to use. I’ve been using this in my Chanel Le Lift, and it’s quite easy to mix together on the back of my hand.

Overall, I enjoyed using Vitabrid C12 Face Brightening Powder has been a quick and easy additive to my twice-daily skincare. I’ve used it for about a week, and I haven’t noticed any drying or irritating effects that sometimes occur with Vitamin C additives. This is a lovely formulation and an efficient, travel-friendly way to get your Vitamin C skincare dose.

This is available at Amazon.

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Mar 032017
 

It Cosmetics just introduced a line of foundations called Confidence in a Compact ($38 each). In my opinion, this is a niche foundation that is going to be absolutely perfect for certain skin types. If your skin is perfect and looks fabulous foundation-free, perhaps this is not the foundation for you. Rather, this one was developed with the help of plastic surgeons to incorporate anti-aging ingredients while providing full coverage. The ingredients include hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane (yay!), antioxidants and a super ceramide cream.

Confidence in a Compact Foundation (available in seven shades) is described as a “solid serum” formula. It feels like a solid but is easily picked up and has a bit of liquid slip as you pick it up with your fingers (it doesn’t feel like silicon, but more like a tinted moisturizer). the product comes in a compact with an sealed lid to keep the product fresh. As the name suggests, it has the texture of a serum which can be picked up from the compact with either a brush, sponge or finger. The product has two lids–one, the silver overlaid which looks pretty on your vanity or in your travel bag. Second, there’s an inner plastic lid which holds a sponge and keeps the product fresh. Here’s the inner lid:

You can see the head of the Heavenly Skin™ Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48) on the left above. This well-designed, well-made brush is a beautiful foundation brush that picks up and applies this solid-serum beautifully.  It has a silver handle, and a soft dense head. This head has more “give” compared to most foundation brushes, which seems to work well with this softer foundation formula. Another shot of the Heavenly Skin brush is on the left below (it’s has a nice, solid feel with bristles that don’t seem to budge out of their ferrule).

It’s been my experience that foundation with significant skincare ingredients creeps up into the $100-200 range pretty quickly. At $38, Confidence in a Compact delivers anti-aging benefits at a far lower price point. Essentially, the idea is to give you full coverage with the ingredients to help keep skin young. It’s based on IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream ($48/ 2 ounces), a very rich, nourishing moisturizer that can be applied twice per day. This moisturizer is serious–it has the rich feel of Chanel Sublimage ($400) at almost 1/10 the price point. No, they aren’t dupes. However, IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream has a similar rich feel and delivers super-moisture that feels both healing and refreshing.

In my option, the Confidence in a Compact foundation easily delivers on its claim of full coverage. You will want to start with a touch less than you think you need, as this pigment-rich formula definitely covers it all. This moisturizing foundation with skincare ingredient will soothe and plump the skin. In fact, I was having a bit of irritation from some new skincare. With a combination of the Confidence in a Cream moisturizer topped with Confidence in a Compact Foundation took care of those dry spots right away. Those dry patches were gone in sixty seconds. The overall texture had glow.

The coverage lasted all day, with nothing peeking through. When I used both products together, I got my typical forehead glow from my combination skin (this was less pronounced when I used the foundation alone). To be honest, using both on my combination skin was a little too much moisture. I suspect that those with dry skin that needs coverage will adore that combination.

These colors run a little on the lighter side, and of course with this full coverage a good match really does matter. As a Chanel Cameo/Ivoire, MAC NC 15/20, I matched pretty well with Light. I used Medium for a little contouring. As you can see from these swatches, the line could use more shades on the deep end.

Overall, It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact is ideal for those seeking anti-aging benefits at a mid-price point, particularly those with drier skin and a need for medium-to-full coverage. This is sold at Ulta Beauty and IT Cosmetics website.

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Ingredients: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TITANIUM DIOXIDE 9.0% ZINC OXIDE 6.3% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE, AQUA/WATER/EAU, SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, OZOKERITE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, ARBUTIN, CERESIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HEXYL LAURATE, STEARIC ACID, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, GLYCERIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE, ADENOSINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CERAMIDE NP, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, CHOLESTEROL, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CERAMIDE AP, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GLYCERYL LINOLEATE, CHOLETH-24, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CETETH-24, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, GLYCERYL LINOLENATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERYL ARACHIDONATE, PANTHENOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM LACTATE, LECITHIN, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, UBIQUINONE, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PUNICA GRANATUM SEED OIL, COLLOIDAL OATMEAL, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, PERFLUOROHEXANE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA EXTRACT, CORNUS OFFICINALIS FRUIT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, MAGNOLIA KOBUS BARK EXTRACT, LACTOBACILLUS/HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER/LICORICE ROOT/MORUS ALBA ROOT/PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT/SCHIZANDRA CHINENSIS FRUIT/SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT/SOPHORA JAPONICA FLOWER EXTRACT FERMENT FILTRATE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SPROUT EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, PENTAFLUOROPROPANE, BIOTIN, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, STEARETH-20, CHRYSANTHEMUM INDICUM FLOWER EXTRACT, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, HYDROLYZED SILK, CERAMIDE EOP, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, MORUS ALBA FRUIT EXTRACT, PUERARIA LOBATA ROOT EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA PRINCEPS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, DIOSPYROS KAKI LEAF EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, N-HYDROXYSUCCINIMIDE, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4, COPPER TRIPEPTIDE-1, ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8, CAPRYLHYDROXAMIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, NIACIN, TOCOPHEROL, PANTOTHENIC ACID, THIAMINE HCL, CHRYSIN, CARNITINE HCL, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CYCLOMETHICONE, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PERFLUORODECALIN, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) OIL, PINUS SYLVESTRIS LEAF OIL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/ MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, ALCOHOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, [+/-: IRON OXIDES (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)].”

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Sep 132016
 

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I’m in the process of getting my life back in order, and hopefully back to more regular blogging. I’ve missed it greatly.

In the meantime, I wanted to flag this too-adorable version of Nuxe’s Dry Oil, especially as the cooler weather approaches. I’ve loved everything about this body oil–the scent, the quick-dry texture, and the deeply moisturizing effect. Now I can be reminded of my favorite place in the world every time I use it.

This limited edition Parisian spray bottle is priced at $45 (3.3 ounces), which should last me well into next summer.

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May 272016
 

LRP Anthelios Dry Touch - 3

A few years ago, I decided it was completely unacceptable that a product that was supposed to save your skin could also create breakouts. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to identify those that don’t. A few of my go-to success stories are:

I’m now adding another — La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 Dry Touch Sunsreen ($19.99/ 1.7 oz./available at Ulta).  This one has all the right boxes checked. This products against UVA/UVB, it absorbs moisture, is water-resistant, stays matte, and it works well under foundation. I’ve worn it to the gym, during long days, and during times when I’ve been battling cystic acne.

I happy to report that this one works, gorgeous. I used it as a primer, and found that my foundation stayed shine-free all day while the SPF protection kept those damaging rays away. The texture is a white cream that dries clear almost immediately (unlike Institute’s Estederm’s No Sun, which takes a good twenty minutes for the white cast to fade away. La Roche-Possay’s Clear Skin worked under a few different foundations without separating, balling up or clogging pores.

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The one issue that I have to note is that there is a sunscreen-like scent upon application. It fades pretty quickly, and it doesn’t seem to be artificial or perfume-like, but it’s something that I wish wasn’t there. Otherwise, I really love the formulation. It dries quickly and doesn’t feel “heavy,” although it does apply as a cream. It’s very pleasant.  Definitely worth a look if you are looking to play out in this sun this summer!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 ($19.99) is available at Ulta.

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May 042016
 

LM Flawless Skin Moisturizer 2

Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Moisturizing Cream ($68) is a remarkably effective, lightweight moisturizing cream that I recommend for those with combination to dry skin.  I’ve used many moisturizers, from the French pharmacy lines, various high end brands including Chanel Sublimage. In my view, Laura Mercier’s delivers quality that far exceeds its price. This particular version, infused with a rose scent, delivers glowing, fresh-looking skin, while feeling very pleasant (and not at all heavy).

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The moisturizer is remarkable for being both effective and lightweight. This is especially effective at allowing my skin to recover from stress. The scent is sophisticated and calming. I just adore it. It’s one of those Sunday-afternoon facial products that makes you feel very pampered, or one that I apply at night that allows my skin to look refreshed in the morning. It’s been delivering excellent results.

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Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Creme is available at Laura Mercier online, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales.

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Ingredient list

Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Isohexadecane, Panthenol, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20, Myristyl Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Hydroxide, Bht, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Citric Acid, Fructose, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Maltose, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Amino Esters-1, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Glucose, Pearl Powder, Sorbic Acid, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Tocopherol, (Rose) Fragrance/Parfum, Citronellol, Geraniol.

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Dec 072015
 

Clarins Mission Perfection - 2

I’ve been using Clarins Mission Perfection Serum ($72) since September. This is asserted to be a ‘groundbreaking’ serum that is intended to even skin tone (both reddened, dark spots, and dullness) without changing your natural skin tone. If you’ve read this blog, you know that I’m in a vigilant fight against discoloration. Mine comes under control, but sometimes goes off again during the summer no matter how strong my sunscreen is, or how often I apply. I was intrigued by Clarins Mission Perfection because it does not rely on hydroquinone as its active ingredient. As you may know, hydroquinone is a controversial ingredient. Most of the non-hydroquinone products that I’ve tried in the past don’t really seem to cut it. I’m not comfortable getting laser, because of the potential side effects. Claris provided some pretty impressive data when this was first released in Europe, and so I bought this when it was released in the states.

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According to the line: “Acerola extract monitors melanin production. Hexylresorcinol helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. Gingko Biloba extract helps restore radiance.  Gentle Fruit Acids eliminate dull, dark cellular debris—improving skin radiance. Pigment perfectors illuminate and even out the complexion.”

Clarins Mission Perfection is sold in a plastic pump bottle that holds one ounce. My first impressions were very positive. This lightweight cream feels weightless, disappears quickly, and has no annoying scent. I’ve read lots of reviews that says that it works beautifully for reddened skin, but that’s not my issue–rather, I have areas that go to darker shades (whether this is a side-effect of some medication that I no longer take I cannot say but I suspect this is the case). The peachy color of the product does seem to have some visual color-correcting properties, but that isn’t why one would spend $70 on this product. I want skincare, not camouflage.

The first week seemed to deliver impressive results, at least until I exfoliated. Anticipating that my skin would look brighter after a week of Clarins Mission Perfection and using my Dr. Gross Peel Pads, I was surprised to see dark areas return after I removed that top layer.   I persisted with my Clarins, under the belief that my discoloration goes lower in my skin that the very top layer. On the upside, I knew that I could continue to use Mission Perfection without fear that it is harming my skin because it is not hydroquinone-based.

I’m very glad that I did. After persisting for the past two months, my skin is about 98% both before and after exfoliation. Particularly over the past month, I’ve used sheerer and sheerer foundations. It’s pretty astounding. It’s certainly wonderful to see how young my skin looks when the tone is even. Really, I feel like I’m free of a problem that I’ve had a very long time. I’m going to use my Sephora money to get a refill of this. It’s that good for this very narrow purpose. I have to admit that I do get self-conscious about uneven skin, and finding a gentle, effective solution has been huge.

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Clarins Mission Perfection is available from Clarins, Nordstrom, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Macys, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.   

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