I wasn't prepared to like this product. I don't usually appreciate Perricone products, as in the past they did nothing for me, at a high price. However, every single time I wear this stuff, somebody asks what I do for my skin because it's "stunning" or " radiant". I only wear it on weekends to exercise class so far! I am considering using it on a daily basis.
I love this sunscreen. I have normal/dry skin, and it is less greasy for me than L'Oreal Revitalift with Mexoryl. It goes on smoothly, doesn't ball up, and looks great under my makeup. Unfortunately, I have 2 more bottles of Revitalift in my cupboard!
Quite whitening, but better than avene's new formulations of lait 40 and 50 that I used to love. I have no face color after a week in Mexico, but I am not sure it would work well under makeup because of the whitening effect. I would definately repurchase for vacation/beach/pool use.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Revitalift UV [DISCONTINUED]
Nica 9/26/2008 10:31:00 PM
I have normal/dry skin, and this product is a godsend. It looks great under my mineral makeup and has a decent ppd. The packaging is awful because even if you turn it over at the end, it all gets caught in the shelf of the mouth, and you can't get the last glops out. I just wish it didn't have avobenzone.
I'd buy it again if desperate. I have normal/dry skin and this makes my face an oil slick by the end of the day, especially if it's a warm day. It doesn't sink in your skin, it just sits there.
Masks -Pevonia Botanica - Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream
Nica 5/11/2008 9:04:00 PM
This is one of the few products I repurchase on a regular basis. I have flaking from tretinoin use, and this mask takes care of it. I use it 2-3 times per week, and I actually use moist cotton pads to take it off before rinsing. I hope this aids in the exfoliation part. It's quick, easy to use, and works. I only wish it came in a tube, as I dislike dipping my fingers in a pot.
Sunscreen -Eucerin - Protection Enfant spf 40 Lait Visage-Corps
Nica 10/14/2007 7:22:00 PM
I bought this in France this past summer. I wanted to try it for my face because I have liked Eucerin products in the past, and I do well with Tinosorb sunscreens (this has tinosorb). First disappointment: when I spoke with Beethovengirl, she thinks that in spite of the high spf, this sunscreen only has a ppd of around 10. But if it was really great, this wouldn't be too bad. Second disappointment: it has such a white tint!! The whiteness of Avene's sunscreens doesn't bother me at all, but I look pretty ghostly in this, and I'm pale. It's hard to spread and shiny. Since I use mineral makeup, this doesn't usually bother me until about 8 hours into the day. I will stick with Avene's sunscreens, since even the newer formulations seem better to me. This one does say highly water resistant, so I guess I'll wear it on my body in Mexico later this fall. No ingredients because I don't have the box any longer.
Treatments (Eye) -Avene - Soothing Eye Contour Cream
Nica 7/17/2007 1:48:00 AM
I use tretinoin under my eyes at night, so I don't feel the need to use anything with actives during the day (besides C serum and ss). I love this basic eyecream. I find it hydrating, I love the tube for travel, and it behaves very well under concealer. There is no scent that I can smell, and is easy to apply. I find the texture to be a bit like Cetaphil Cream, which I've also used under my eyes in a pinch. I don't think this is anything special, but I don't ask anything of my daytime eyecream other than to look good under concealer, so this does the job.
Sunscreen -Avene - Tres Haute Protection Lait SPF 50+ New formula
Nica 7/17/2007 1:36:00 AM
I agree with what others have said, but I really like the protection this sunscreen gives, so I keep using it. I have found that if I rub it in quickly and pretty vigorously (which may have an adverse effect on the amount of sun protection) AND allow it to sink in for 20 minutes, it doesn't leave much streaking or white cast. I have worn it in the rain and didn't notice it turning white where rain fell on my face, but this did happen the first time I wore it when I was hauling heavy suitcases up and down staircases at a train station and my face got sweaty. I was horrified when I looked in the mirror. However, this was before I discovered the above "tricks" for using it. I also wear a mineral powder foundation over it. I should also add that when I wasn't using BHA on my nose, my nose did appear to clog more with this sunscreen than with the old formulation.
Heartbroken that Avene has changed their sunscreen formulations, I tried this. It comes in a 40 ml tube, uses Tinosorb S and M, and has a slight peach tint to it, which horrified me at first. However, the tint disappears immediately. I used 1/2 tsp for face and neck. The cream goes on beautifully--very smoothly and created a wonderful base for my makeup. My skin is normal, and this dried less shiny on me than Avene. It actually absorbed rather than dried. It has a very, very faint smell--less than the scented Avene sunscreens. Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (Tinosorb M), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Tinosorb S), C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, PVP/Eicosene Copolymer, Butylparaben, C-13-14 Isoparaffin, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragance (Parfum), Isobutylparaben, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Methylparaben, o-Cymen-5-OL, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tribehenin, Uncaria Tomentosa Extract (Uncaria Tomentosa), Xanthan Gum, Yellow 6 (CI 15985). *edited* I noticed at the end of the day, my face is a bit shiny. I wear powder mineral foundation over it, so could just add more if I were going out later or something.
I love this product! I bought it by accident (don't ask), but used it first on my lips because they felt so chapped and this stuff was magic. I have since used it on my face several times, especially on my nose, where my pores tend to get very clogged, and this worked wonders. I was originally using the aspirin mask in that area, but it was much too drying for me (my skin is normal/dry). This is perfect. I actually like the smell. You do have to rub pretty hard to get it to come off if you don't apply it thickly enough, but it also will come off with water.
I bought this because of all the things I heard about YSL Touche Eclat having a bad odor after awhile. I could use this alone as my concealer, but I like it better over my normal concealer. It highlights in a really natural way, adding a little glow just where you want it. I put it on tops of cheekbones and in inner corners of eyes. It's great. I would definately repurchase. Doesn't seem to settle into fine lines.
Moisturizers -Olay - Total Effects Night Firming Cream
Nica 10/31/2004 3:18:00 PM
I don't really believe anything from the store can firm, but this is a nice, not too rich, night cream for my normal skin. It has a nice, light scent. There is not much more to say about this product. I haven't noticed any firming effects. I may buy it again, but only because I like it as a night cream, not because I think it does what it says.
I love tinted lip balms and I like the color of this lip balm, but doesn't last very long, even if you are not eating or drinking. It just disappears. Also, the more often I reapply throughout the day, the more chapped and dry my lips feel. For the money, Almay's liptints are much better: longer lasting and actually soften lips.
Lip Treatments -Sally Hansen - 18 Hour Lip Treatment
Nica 9/19/2004 5:13:00 PM
I like everything about this product except that there is no spf in it. It's very moisturizing--feels a bit like spreading vitamin E on one's lips. It does stay on quite long--not 18 hours, though. The color is quite nice on me too (I have the mauve). However, I would not buy again unless they add spf. I'm also not thrilled with the container. Not hygienic.EDITED: I have bought this again because I really like the way it makes my lips feel. Plus, I don't have to reapply very often.