Dec 222015

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.

La Pairie tender ivory

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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