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Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector is now Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector!
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Summer is just around the corner, so I figured it was the perfect time to review this foundation. I first tried it last summer, and it forever gained a place in my summer rotation of foundations. I was leaving for a two-week vacation on the beach, so I wanted something that was light, had more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, and could withstand heat, humidity, and perspiration without transferring and/or fading. At the time, I was in love with Teint Idole Ultra, so when I saw that Lancome was releasing a new formula, Teint Idole Fresh Wear, it was like the answer to my prayers.
Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear is described as "Enduring, Shine-Free Makeup." It's 18-hour retouch free, oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested, and contains SPF 15 sunscreen. It's recommended for normal-to-oily skin, and comes in a convenient squeeze tube. It retails for $32, which is decent considering it's only 0.2oz less than the rest of their foundations.
When I first received it, I wanted to test drive it at home for a while before trusting it and taking it on vacation with me. I had worn it every day since I received it (about a week), but the weekend was the ultimate test. I had just finished applying my makeup and I was on my way to the car to run a few errands when my neighbor stopped me and asked me to help her move some stuff around in her garage.
Now, keep in mind that not only am I in South Florida where it was up in the mid-90's, but I also have very, very oily skin and it typically only takes about 30 minutes for the shine to break through my foundation in the T-zone, and continue from there.
Since it was a Saturday and I had no set schedule, I ended up spending about an hour outside. By the time I left her house and went back in to check my makeup, my face felt completely un-matte. I could feel perspiration around my temples and I was 99% sure that I would be totally shiny and most of my foundation would have faded or melted off by this point.
To my surprise, it honestly looked PERFECT when I got back inside. I was just as matte as when I stepped out of the house and it hadn’t faded at all. I literally just looked in the mirror and headed back out… I didn’t even have to stop to powder my T-zone, which is unheard of for me! That's when I knew I had found my summer HG!
The foundation itself is *very* thin (think watery) so you only need a tiny bit to cover a large area. Because of this, it makes application almost foolproof. I can apply it carelessly like moisturizer, over large areas at a time, without worrying about lines or streaking. It seriously takes me only about 30 seconds for application. That's saying something, too, because normally I take my time applying foundation section by section to make sure it looks perfect.
I agree with every single bit word they say about it! It holds up through the day (they say 18 hours, and I agree!), controls oil, hides pores, and obviously stays put in heat and humidity. The coverage is great, too. It somehow provides medium, buildable coverage while feeling incredibly weightless. I typically only use medium-full coverage foundations, and I love this. It looks totally natural and doesn’t get cakey at all.
Needless to say...this is the perfect summer foundation, as well as for those days when you just want to get your makeup done and get on your way. I find myself grabbing it throughout the year just because of how quick application is.
If you have oily skin and you're looking for a new summer foundation, do yourself a favor and give this one a try!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
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I bought mine from Dermstore (with a 15% off code) and ended up paying $34.72 for the kit, which is a one months supply. It's about $41 full price, depending on where you pick this up. Yes, it's a little on the pricey side when you compare it to Acne.org and other similar systems, but it does include a toner which Acne.org does not and a moisturizer which Proactiv does not.
It's only been about a week, but I have to say, I am really loving this kit. It's everything I wanted Acne.org to be, and more. It incorporates glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and BP in soothing formulations that don't dry or irritate the skin.
Step 2: Solvere Acne Clearing Toner: The toner pads are wonderful, I am very glad they chose to make toner pads rather than include a bottle of toner like Proactiv does. There's virtually no waste, and the toner is guaranteed to last through the kit. Like the cleanser, the toner combines glycolic acid along with 2% salicylic acid, formulated with the astringent benefits of witch hazel and the soothing, anti-inflammatory effects of green tea extract and zinc PCA.
Though this kit is a lot like the Acne.org regimen, it's more similar to Proactiv, so let me do a quick comparison. In my opinion, I would say this is FAR superior. The Solvere cleanser combines both AHA & BHA and is not abrasive and irritating like the Proactiv cleanser. The Solvere toner also combines both AHA & BHA and is in pad form, vs. Proactiv's AHA toner in a bottle. The Solvere BP is in gel form, you receive half an ounce more, and it's not greasy and highly fragranced like Proactiv's Refining Lotion. Solvere also goes above and beyond by including a full sized AM & PM moisturizer, and NOT making you sign-up for autoship. In a nutshell, it works much better/faster, has more actives for better results, and it's not overly fragranced. The choice is obvious.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
L'Oreal True Match comes in a wide variety of shades, which are incredibly easy to choose from, thanks to L'Oreal's wonderful system. Each shade is marked either W (warm), C (cool), or N (neutral), ranging from 1 (very light) to 10 (very dark). As I am very fair, and mostly neutral, I was able to find a perfect match with N1.
What I love about True Match is that it's a very thin formula. This makes it super-blendable, as they say, and also gives the foundation a weightless feel. However, it's very pigmented and provides medium-full, buildable coverage. It doesn't settle into pores, highlight old acne scars, or emphasize dry patches, which are my three biggest gripes when it comes to liquid foundation. The above, combined with the fact that it lasts all day on my oily skin, make it a winner for me. I did have to blot and powder my T-zone, but that's nothing new for me.
Some reviewers have mentioned micro shimmer, which I do see. It's almost like a purple/pink/mauve-y shimmer, but it seems that I only see it in the bottle. I don't see it AT ALL when it's on, even in direct sunlight from any angle. The only time I see it on my skin is when I finish applying and wipe the excess off the back of my hand. Don't let the shimmer scare you away, if I hadn't looked closely at the bottle, I wouldn't have ever known.
I'd say the finish is matte with just enough glow. As I said before, I have very oily skin and I love it. It's not at all like Revlon Photoready, which was very Edward Cullen-esque, for me. My only complaint is that I wish the bottle had a pump, but it's as good as some of my HE HG's and much cheaper, so it doesn't bother me all that much.
All in all, I would definitely recommend True Match if you're looking for something as good as HE, but without the high price that often comes with the quality.