Creme De La Mer: Is It Worth it?

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After an experiment exploded in his face, NASA scientist Max Huber decided to create a cream to help heal his wounds. Creme De La Mer was born. In 1996, Estee Lauder bought it, and since then it has become a staple in many a celebrity’s beauty arsenal. J.Lo is said to love this stuff so much to stockpile huge amounts of it. And who could blame her? Surely, a cream developed by a NASA scientist must contain something pretty unique and incredibly effective, right? Well, not exactly…

What Creme De La Mer says

The original miracle, borne from Dr. Huber’s quest to heal his own skin’s scarred appearance. This ultrarich cream transforms skin on contact and soothes sensitivities. It helps heal even the driest complexions and dramatically renews skin’s appearance. Skin in any state will benefit from this nourishing treatment, but it is especially suited to very dry complexions. To this day, each opal jar is filled by hand to maintain its delicate balance.

Ingredient Analysis

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Seaweed (Algae) Extract

Seaweed extract is a very generic term. More than 20,000 species of algae exist and, even though only a bunch of those are commonly found in cosmetics, it’s hard to say which one Creme De La Mer uses. Most of them have emollient and antioxidant properties, but they aren’t the miraculous ingredients the brand claims them to be.

But the secret is, apparently, in the fermentation process. Nicki Zevola of Futurederm explains that “(ultrasound waves) are directed into the cream to ferment the algae, accelerating the rate by which algae produces lactic acid.” A Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid can dissolve the glue that holds skin cells together, allowing them to slough off. Once exfoliated, skin is smoother and brighter. There is no need to go through all this trouble to produce lactic acid though. It can be bought from many manufacturers.

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Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin

Mineral Oil and Petrolatum have gained a bad reputation because they are derived from oil. But before they can be used in skincare products, they must undergo a strict and rigorous purifying process that eliminates all their toxic components. What’s left is not only safe for us, but very moisturizing too.

Both ingredients work by creating a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Plus, they also have wound-healing properties. Glycerin, instead, is a humectant that draws water from the environment into the skin, increasing its hydration. This blend of ingredients makes this a very moisturizing formula, especially suitable for dry skin.

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Antioxidants

Creme De La Mer is infused with antioxidants, such as Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Copper Gluconate (it can increase the levels of superoxide dismutase, a powerful antioxidant), and Tocopheryl Succinate, a very effective form of Vitamin E. Unfortunately whatever benefits these antioxidants may provide are nullified by the jar packaging. That’s because antioxidants lose a bit of their effectiveness when exposed to light and air, which happens every time you open the lid.

Final considerations on the formula

Creme De La Mer is a basic moisturizer with a very high price tag. It moisturizes skin, which will make it softer and look smoother and plumper. It also contains small amounts of copper and magnesium which could help heal wounds too, but while Dr Huber may have found them helpful, not many hurt their skin that bad or even just frequently to need a cream with such healing properties. I also don’t like the preservatives used. Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone are too of the most irritating and can cause allergic reactions.

Full Ingredient List

Seaweed (Algae) Extract, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Beta-Carotene, Decyl Oleate, Aluminum Distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium Stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance

Avaibility

Creme De La Mer is available at Nordstrom and Harrods. A 30ml jar costs a whooping $160!

The bottom line

Creme De La Mer is an effective, but very basic, moisturizer that’s particularly suitable for dry skin. If you like the formula and can afford it, go for it. But don’t expect miracles. There’s nothing revolutionary or unique here that justifies its high price tag. On the contrary, its active ingredients are commonly used in many, and much cheaper, skincare products.

Have you ever tried Creme De La Mer? If so, what do you think of it?

Product Review: Douglas Beauty System Seathalasso Body Cream

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Name: Beauty System Seathalasso Body Cream
Brand: Douglas
Size: 200ml
Price:

From Douglas’ website:
Rich body cream which intensively nourishes your skin and prevents the formation of cellulite.

What I liked:
– pale turquoise colour
– lovely sea scent
– lightweight texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated for hours

What I didn’t like:
– can’t prevent cellulite
– not moisturizing enough for dry skin

I love samples. I really do. Who doesn’t like to be able to try a product for free? But there’s one thing that really frustrates me about them: the lack of an ingredient list. The 30ml trial tube of Douglas Beauty System Seathalasso Body Cream (the full size contains 200ml of product, packaged in a cute jar), doesn’t mention the ingredients anywhere. And neither does google. I searched the web far and wide, but I couldn’t find what the hell is in this formula. Argh!

How am I supposed to review a cream if I don’t know what’s in it? Google would only tell me that, according to the press release, the secret ingredient is algae extract, which the brand claims can prevent the formation of cellulite. I highly doubt that. Algae have emollient (they make skin soft and smooth to the touch) and antioxidant properties, but I’ve never heard of them being effective at preventing, or treating, cellulite.

And if they did, we all would have heard about it. If anyone had found something that could really prevent the formation of cellulite, he or she would be one of the most famous and richest people in the world. What woman wouldn’t buy it? I’d be the first in line! What anti-cellulite creams can do (and that’s usually due to retinol rather than algae extract) is smooth out skin, thus reducing its unesthetic appearance.

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Since using this cream, I’ve seen only a very subtle improvement in the appearance of my cellulite, but whether that’s due to the product or the fact that I’ve recently started exercising daily, or a mixture of both is impossible to say without seeing the ingredient list. If you happen to have it, please send it to me, so I can update this review. My educated guess, though, is that exercise has a lot more to do with it than the cream.

But that doesn’t mean that Douglas Beauty System Seathalasso Body Cream doesn’t do anything. Its lightweight texture sinks quickly into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and hydrated for hours. In winter, this stuff wouldn’t be moisturizing enough for my dry skin, but for now it does the job quite well.

But my favourite things about this cream are the colour and the fragrance. In keeping with the algae theme, the cream is a lovely pale turquoise in colour and is infused with a breezy and fresh scent that reminds me of the sea. It’s so pleasant that it makes me forget it won’t help with my cellulite!

Available at: Douglas

Summary
Douglas Beauty System Seathalasso Body Cream has a lightweight texture that leaves skin soft, smooth and hydrated for hours. However, it is not moisturizing enough for dry skin and can’t prevent the formation of cellulite.

Rating: 3.5/5

Disclosure: the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Product Review: Layla SOS Colour & Shine

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Name: SOS Colour & Shine
Brand: Layla
Size: 10ml
Price: €10,74

From Layla’s website:
Enamel saves enamel. SOS Colour & Shine is able to dissolve the surface of your ruined enamel and to micro remove the scratches that return it opaque. Moreover it creates a resistant and ultra shining layer. The brilliance will last unchanged for 6 or 7 days. SOS Colour & Shine will add 2 days of duration to your manicure.

What I liked:
– nice texture, not too thin but not too thick either
– dries quickly
– makes your nail polishes last longer
– makes nail polishes shine for longer

What I didn’t like:
– I’m not sure it’s a con but, if you like changing nail polishes frequently, you’ll soon tire of how long they last with this

“SOS! SOS! I’m losing shine, and, if you keep being so hard on your nails, I’ll soon start chipping too, woman! Someone, help!,” nail polish cries after a couple of days of wear. Layla SOS Colour & Shine, always willing to help nail polishes in need, heard this cry and came to the rescue. It swiped all over the colour, restoring its shine and making it last longer.

Layla says SOS Colour & Shine can be used in two ways. You can apply it two days after your manicure, when your nail is starting to get dull, to extend its duration. Or you can apply it during manicure to make it extra shiny and ultra-resistant from the very start. That’s what I do.

In the swatch below, I applied SOS Colour & Shine after Layla Ceramic Effect #23, a pretty reddish wine. The shine lasted four days. I kid you not. That’s when one of my fingers started to chip too. The chip was on the tip of my nail, so I took my scissors, cut out the tiny naked part, and my manicure was as good as new. No further chipping occurred until day 7.

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And then it got pretty bad quickly. But I was glad of that. I hate it when nail polishes chip after 2 days, but a week wearing the same shade is too long for someone as fickle as me. It’s true that the Ceramic Effect line is pretty longlasting on its own thogh. On average, they last about 4 days without a top coat. If you use SOS Colour & Shine with a nail polish that usually chips after few days, it will improve its staying power by two or three days. Still, very impressive, isn’t it?

And of course you can use it anytime you want the nail polish you’re wearing to look as though you had just applied it. Its consistency is neither runny nor too thick and, ten minutes later, it has already dried. That’s great news for those who, like me, can’t keep their hands still for longer than that. With this, you won’t ruin your manicure before you’d had a chance to wear it.

Available at: Layla Shop

Summary
Layla SOS Colour & Shine makes nail polishes last and shine for two or three days longer than they would on their own. And it dries quickly too!

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Are They Dupes?: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus VS Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum

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Equate, Walmart’s house brand, is famous for offering even more affordable versions of popular skincare products from drugstore brands like Olay, Jergens, and Garnier. Earlier this year, Equate took it a step further and started duping department store brand Clinique too. Are the Equate versions worth checking out? The Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum certainly is. It’s an almost exact dupe of Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus and costs less than half the price!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients, shall we?

Ingredient Analysis

Dimethicone

Silicone base

Both serums can make skin look smoother and fine lines and wrinkles smaller, but only temporarily. That’s because its anti-aging properties are due to the same blend of silicones (Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11), which fill in lines and wrinkles and create a barrier on the skin that increases its ability to repel water and gives it a smooth and silky soft feel.

A lot of people don’t like to use silicones because they believe they don’t allow skin to breathe. But skin doesn’t breathe. It doesn’t have lungs. Instead, it can absorb moisture from the air and pour out sweat. Occlusive agents can temporarily reduce these abilities, but, because silicones have particular molecular structures made of larger molecules with wider spaces between each one of them, the barrier they create doesn’t completely occlude skin, allowing it to perspire.

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Glycerin

Glycerin is an humectant that provides some much needed hydration to your skin. How? By drawing water from the environment into the skin. According to a 2001 study, a 20% glycerin formula can significantly increase skin moisture after just 10 days of use. The concentration of glycerin in these serums is lower, but it will still increase your skin’s moisture level somewhat.

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Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

Touted as an alternative to botox, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, also known as Argireline, has anti-aging properties. A 2002 study (the only independent one I’ve come across) has found that an “emulsion containing 10% of the hexapeptide on healthy women volunteers reduced wrinkle depth up to 30% upon 30 days treatment.” Unfortunately, the concentration of this peptide in both serums is much lower, so its effects are limited. And they certainly aren’t comparable to botox injections, which, unlike topical creams, can reach the muscle-nerve connections, blocking them.

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide has many names. It’s also known as palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 or Matrixyl. What does tdo? It can increase the firmness of your skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. A 2005 study has shown that 3 ppm of this peptide can significantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But, as you’ve probably guessed, both serums contain much less.

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Plankton Extract, Whey Protein, Sea Whip Extract, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Hyaluronate, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ergothioneine, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Lecithin, Carbomer, PEG-8, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methyl Trimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polysilicone-11, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Plankton Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Whey Protein, Pinanediol Camphanediol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ergothioneine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Caffeine, Micrococcus Lysate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Cholesterol, Sodium Hydroxide, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Peg-8, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol.

Avaibility

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus is available in two size: 1oz ($49.50) and 1.7oz($76.00). Both can be purchased at Sephora. Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum is available at Walmart. A 1 oz bottle will set you back only $16.87.

The Bottom Line

Although both Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus and Equate Beauty Precision Focus Wrinkle Serum contain small amounts of anti-aging antioxidants and peptides, it’s their silicone bases that smooth out skin and make wrinkles and fines lines look smaller temporarily. That’s why, if you’re interested in this formula, I highly recommend you go with Equate. You’ll get the same benefits at a fraction of the cost, and can invest the rest of the money in a retinol or vitamin c moisturizer or serum that can help prevent the signs of aging.

Have you tried these serums? If so, what do you think of them?

Product Review: Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum

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Name: Vitamin C Serum
Brand: Skin Actives
Size: 30ml
Price: $15.50

From Skin Actives’ website:
Refresh your skin with our ready-to-mix Vitamin C Serum. The acidity of Ascorbic Acid (L) and the Orange and Lemon extracts will exfoliate and promote skin renewal. The Vitamin C will help restore elasticity to aging skin, promote collagen synthesis, protect against UV Damage, reduce redness, promote wound healing, suppress melanin synthesis, and more.
The serum can be purchased in premixed 15% form, or in a ‘mix-your-own’ kit that can be used to make a serum customized up to 20%

What I liked:
– lightweight texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– loaded with antioxidants that can protect skin from UV damage and prevent premature aging
– exfoliates skin, making it look brighter and pores smaller
– can reduce hyperpigmentation
– leaves skin soft and smooth
– opaque, air-tight bottle keeps the antioxidant stable and effective for long
– pump dispenser pours out only the amount of product you need
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– because the concentration of vitamin c is so high, it could irritate sensitive skin

Vitamin C is one of the anti-aging superstars everyone should include in her skincare routine. But if you’re on a budget, finding a good vitamin C serum or moisturizer can be tricky. Most products out there are either quite expensive, or packaged in jars that make vitamin c go bad pretty soon, or contain so little of it to provide barely any benefits at all.

Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum 15% Ascorbic Acid (L) provides all the benefits of vitamin C without any of these cons. It is available in two versions, Premixed and Mix Your Own, both of which cost only $15.50. The serum is packaged in an opaque and air-tight bottle that keeps vitamin C and the other antioxidants stable and effective. And the concentration of vitamin C is so high (%15) to be very effective. A little too much maybe for those with sensitive skin, who could experience irritation while using it. Everyone else though, will love it. Here’s why:

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid

L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) does it all. It can brighten skin and lighten discolourations, it stimulates collagen production, and can fight free radicals, thus preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.Very effective on its own, it works even better when used with antioxidants Vitamin E and ferulic acid, both of which are included in the formula.

According to a study performed by Duke University, “this combination of pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.” It’s no substitute for sunscreen, but it helps.

Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid

Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are both humectants. These ingredients work by drawing water from the environment into the skin, thus helping to keep it hydrated and supple. Hylauronic acid is particularly beneficial for the skin because it has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and works well both in high and low humidity conditions, making it an excellent choice for dry skin.

Final considerations on the formula

In addition to vitamins C and E and ferulic acid, Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum contains many other antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid and astaxanthin (it’s what gives salmon its red colour), which can fight free radicals and keep wrinkles at bay for longer. I could have done without the inclusion of the exfoliating citrus oils, because they can be irritating, but at least their concentrations are too small to do skin any harm.

Texture and performance

The serum has a lightweight consistency that sinks quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky residue behind. Because the concentration of vitamin C is pretty strong, the instructions say to use it only once or twice a week. My skin can tolerate pretty much anything, so I use it three times a week. The first time I used it, I felt a slightly tingling and warming sensation on my skin, but that never happened again. I guess my skin got used to it pretty fast.

That doesn’t mean that the serum isn’t working though. On the contrary, I can see a big improvement in how my skin looks and feels. My skin feels softer and smoother and looks a little bit brighter. My pores have always been pretty much invisible everywhere bar on my nose and the surrounding area, which is the oiliest on my face. Well, since using this serum, they look smaller. The exfoliating action of vitamin C helps prevent them from getting all clogged up and stretched out, thus making them look smaller.

What about its antiaging properties? Well, I’ve been using this serum for little more than a month, so it’s too soon to say how good it is at keeping the signs of aging at bay. But it contains high concentrations of effective antioxidants so, with regular use, it can certainly help your skin age more slowly and gracefully.

Ingredients:

Premixed:
Water, Ascorbic Acid (L) (Vitamin C),Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Lemon (Citrus limon) Extract, Orange (Citrus sinensis) Extract, Citrus Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol,Sorbic Acid.

Mix Your Own:
Serum: Water, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

Powder: Ascorbic Acid (L) (Vitamin C), Lemon (Citrus limon) Extract, Orange (Citrus sinensis) Extract.

Available at: Skin Actives

Summary
Skin Actives Vitamin C serums is loaded with antioxidants that can stimulate collage production, reduce sun damage and hyperpigmentation, prevent wrinkles, and exfoliate skin. As a result, skin looks brighter, smoother, and softer. Its lightweight texture sinks quickly into the skin too. However, the high concentration of vitamin C could irritate sensitive skin.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Product Review: Vichy Teint Ideal Powder Foundation

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Name: Teint Ideal Powder Foundation
Brand: Vichy
Size: 9,5gr
Price: €28,00

From Vichy’s website:
Evens out the skintone and corrects imperfections.

What I liked:
– light to medium coverage, evens out the skintone and hides small imperfections
– luminous natural finish
– powder is finely-milled, smooth to the touch, and easy to apply
– helps absorb excess oil
– doesn’t dry out dry skin
– pretty and practical packaging
– good staying power

What I didn’t like:
– if you need full coverage, this isn’t for you
– only three shades available

What’s your least favourite type of foundation? Mine is powder. I never pay attention to them when I shop for a new foundation. Liquid formulas are just so much easier to apply and look more natural on. Powders, instead, if you’re not careful can give such an unnatural, cakey look! Ugh!

But I recently found a powder foundation that doesn’t do that: Vichy Teint Ideal. It was given me by a friend who has way too many foundations so the colour, medium, isn’t a good match for my skintone. It’s way too dark for me but, with only three shades available, I doubt I’d be able to find one that suited my pale skin. Isn’t it annoying when brands only make a bunch of foundation shades? What’s the point of creating a good formula if only a few people can use it? *sighs*

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Colour apart, the finish is very natural and slightly luminous without being shimmering. Coverage is only light to medium, so the powder can only even out the skintone and minimize redness and small blemishes. If you have stubborn dark circles or imperfections that require heavy-duty coverage, this will disappoint.

Instead, Vichy Teint Ideal Powder Foundation is more suitable for young women with oily skin who have pretty good skin to begin with. It will help them achieve a flawless look while absorbing excess oil. What if you have dry skin? The foundation didn’t accentuate the dry spots on my skin, and its absorbing properties didn’t dry it out even more. That’s good news, but I still wouldn’t recommend it to them. Why? Because dry skin would benefit more from a liquid, more moisturizing formula that can give them that little extra boost of moisture it so badly needs.

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The powder, which lasts more than 10 hours on my skin, is finely milled and smooth to the touch. It is easy to apply with the small square white sponge included in the compact, which fits well into all the nooks and crannies of the face. Like all sponges, though, it gets dirty pretty quickly, so it needs to be washed frequently. The rectangular compact also contains a big mirror which makes application easier wherever you are.

Available at: chemists’ shops

Summary
Available in only three shades, Vichy Teint Ideal Powder Foundation has a smooth, lightweight texture that provides longlasting, light to medium coverage to even out the skintone and hide small imperfections.

Rating: 4/5