This product saved my skin! I must note that I have the ďprofessionalĒ line because my friend is in the skincare industry and I do feel there is a difference between the regular dermalogica products, not to say you should go and shell $100 on on-line prices but I feel there is. My friend would rave about this cream & by accident she gave me the sample of active moist and I absolutely hated it, I hated the smell and I feel it did nothing for me and then I moved from dry climate (az) to a colder climate (ia) and my skin did not come to a liking. I had broken out and I never had that issue and I had extremely dry, flaky skin and my skin is combo/sensitive. I was desperate to find hydrating products & my friend kept telling me she couldnít understand why I didnít like the dermalogica moisturizer but she had sent me a bunch of samples of moisturizers, serums, mask, etc. to try and we figured out she had given me the wrong sample previously and thatís why I was so oppose to trying it again, BUT the skin smoothing cream is much much different. Itís absolutely moisturizing and fast-absorbing. My skin feels smooth & hydrated and I just absolutely love this product. Iíve tried to go without it to see and there really is a huge difference. Iíve also like to say that I have replaced this with my crŤme de la merÖit does the job just as well & I find applying it just as I would the CDLM (emulsifying the product between my hands and pressing against my skin) does absorb to my skin better. This has saved my skin and I cannot imagine using another moisturizer again (and Iíve tried) but I immediately go back.
Let me start off by saying this is MY must-have product. This is essential to my everyday routine because Ö well Iím going to go off on a ramble so hereís your warning: My friend had this friend with just beauuutiful skin, I mean she had this inner glow and we would just be in awe by how phenomenal her skin was. It was flawless, didnít look like she wore makeup and she seriously had that glow from within where you couldnít pin point it but there was something thereÖnot that I didnít believe she couldnít glow. When I say glow, I donít mean disco ball, but I mean an ethereal glow. Her secret: GUERLAIN products. Thank goodness she introduced me because I am hooked on guerlain products! They give you the ďIím wearing makeup but you canít tell Iím weating makeup makeupĒ. I donít care for the price, if a product is good Iím not going to bump stars off because of it. (Back to product review) I donít use this as a primer as I donít wear foundation so Iím not sure of the long-lasting effect for foundation but I use this more of a serum. Itís like a pick-me-upper. My face is instantly brightened, I look fresh and well-rested and Iím glowing! It gives that ďinner glowĒ I was talking about, subtle so donít expect a drastic noticeable difference but try going without it and see the difference. My face is dull & bland with out it. Now I also donít call it a primer because itís got a different texture to it, it feels more of a serum because it has that ďcoolingĒ jelly-like texture to it. It has the pink pearl balls inside and when you pump the pearls turn into a serum but the packaging itself is beautiful if youíre a packaging junkie like me. It looks elegant and itís glass in case people are wondering. I feel Guerlain products are amazing, pricey yes but if you donít mind the price tag then I say give it a go. On my lazy days, I just wear this and normal days I use this with my guerlain meteorites powder for the face (old version in the cardboard marie antionette packaging) in 01 mythic.
To be honest, my first reaction to the product is that I didnít notice too much of a difference, or I couldnít tell; thatís until I moved from a dry climate (az) to a cold climate (ia) and my skin just went crazy. I had breakouts (which Iíve never had that problem growing up) and my skin became extremely dry & flaky (again, never had that problem previously) so I was desperate in searching for skincare products to hydrate my face as my current skincare products were just too light and not hydrating enough. I revisited the La Mer the Hydrating Infusion and I have to say this and the Dermalogica Professional Skin Smoothing Cream saved my skin! It really does hydrate, at least on my skin and I feel it preps for my moisturizer. It is extremely pricey but this is a high-end beauty product, so yes it does hurt the pocket book a bit. I am extremely happy for what it has done to repair my skin but Iím a beauty junkie & always looking for the next best thing so if there is a dupe, Iím willing to try but I havenít found one yet unfortunately so Iíll have to shell out the $95 for the product to maintain my skin. Itís still healing, but I think Iíve managed to get my skin to somewhat of its original state. Itís a hit & miss product, either it works or it doesnít but like I said, I hadnít really appreciated the product until my skin went haywire. I think TheSublimeAgent does a pretty good review if you want to check it out on youtube.
Blanc Type is the only re-purchase mac e/s Iíve made (only because I donít wear a lot of powder shadows, if any)ÖBUTÖIíve purchased this 3 times!! I love the formulations of the matte2 shadows; it literally feels like butta, itís so smooth and creamy. Iíve noticed the matte formulations tend to hardened and form weird bumps and I feel I need to scrape it to get some color but enough about the texture. The color blanc type is a great all-over and highlighter color, I want to describe it a cream color and it looks great on my brow bone because itís not flashy so it doesnít look like a highlight and it blends into my skin tone. I use it everyday. I love it so much I have one in pot form to throw in my makeup bag and one in my palette. This is my HG shadow. (Confession: Did anyone purchase this purely the fact that it was used on Kristen Stewart for Twilight, because I certainly did and I must say, Iím glad I did) If I have to say the downside of it is, because of the creamy soft texture, you do need to be careful because it does easily crack (eek). Also, you must tap the access off because youíll be left with a super pigmented highlight, unless you are going for that then proceed