- Microspheres hide imperfections and wrinkles by being sphere-y.
- Emollients increase antioxidant activity.
- Extracts and peptides reduce the appearance of fine lines over time.
- Long-wearing, HD formula.
- Reduces pore size and helps control oil and blemishes.
- Reduces redness and irritation.
- Uses tiny pigments for seamless coverage.
- Leaves skin feeling silky, with a powder finish.
- Ideal for all skin types and tones.
- Oil- and paraben-free.
So before I give you my thoughts on the ten benefits, let me tell you about my experience with the product. I'm in a list-y mood, so let's do this in another list.
- It lasts on the skin for an incredibly long amount of time. This blows my mind each time I wear it.
- It has a slight sweet smell. Not bad, but a slight smell.
- It plays well with blush. For me, that means it helps adhere my blush to my face for a full day. My cheeks are blush-hungry and devour it within hours. That doesn't happen when I wear this.
- It is only available in one color. When you apply it, it goes on really light. As you blend it in, I swear it turns slightly orange. As you blend it more, it matches my skin perfectly. I'm super pale, so I don't know how this would work for anyone who isn't super pale.
Ok, so let's talk about the official benefits. They should have made it 11 benefits and included the "stops cheeks from being blush-hungry" thing, but they didn't ask me in advance. I do think adding an eleventh benefit would have made it stand out, in a Spinal Tap kind of way. Whatevs. Let's review their official list and score them at the end.
1. Spheres that are sphere-y: Yup. Round spheres cause the coverage to float slightly above the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines. I can see a tiny difference.
2. I have no way of measuring antioxidant activity, so I have no idea. But I can say this contains something called Mugwort extract, which is obviously made by Harry Potter. Since Harry Potter is a wizard, not a scientist, this doesn't count as a positive.
3. I suppose fine lines could be reduced. This doesn't contain any ingredients that are proven, like a retinol. It does contain fruit extracts, but I'd bet on a stable vitamin C or a retinoid before I would on apple and bran extracts. But I'm no doctor, so I could be wrong.
4. This is a long wearing, HD formula. However, who cares about the HD business? I live in regular definition. I'm not on TV and I haven't met a makeup artist who works in television that is using this on screen. They could be, I really don't know. I didn't take a poll or anything, but of those I work with in real life, this hasn't shown up in a kit. But the HD aspect of this claim is a buzzword you shouldn't put at the top of your lists of things you need to be awesome. But the long-wearing is something you should care about.
5. Ok. Say it with me. YOUR PORES DON'T GET BIGGER AND SMALLER. You can't reduce the size. Your pores can look clean and less noticeable if they aren't congested. But they don't expand and contract.
6. Does this reduce redness and irritation? I was actually able to wear this when my skin reacted to a Korean BB cream a few weeks ago. So I'll agree, it is a gentle formula.
7. I have no idea if the pigments are smaller. For fun, let's say yes, because that would be a stupid thing to make up for street cred.
8. Yes, my skin feels silky and smooth after application.
9. Is it ideal for all skin types and tones? Well...if you are pale, this will work. Will it work on Kerry Washington? That is definitely debatable. I'll say no, but I haven't asked her. If you are pale or pale-ish, this will probably work. If you aren't pale-ish, there are probably better options on the market. What about skin types? I'm dry and this works for me. However, this contains a lot of silicones, so if you don't like the slick finish silicones leave behind, you may not like this. It doesn't leave skin as slick as a primer, but it does have a decent amount of 'cones.
10. I believe this is oil- and paraben-free. But I'm not a scientist either, but I'll take their word.
So how do I rate this? If you are pale-ish, based on the number of positive items on their list and credit for not being blush hungry, it rates a 7 out of 10. It's available for $38.
(Shown not blended, partially blended and totally blended.)
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