This product is very gentle on my sensitive skin. I love that's it's a pure physical sunscreen and isn't greasy. But lately I've been on a sunscreen search and I've found a few products that I think are better. Namely, I tried Obagi's physical block SPF 32 and it's even lovelier than this. It feels so soothing to put on my skin (like the Epicuren) but has even more zinc oxide - 18.5% for more UVA protection. By the way, the reviews stating that Epicuren is 19% zinc oxide are incorrect. When I emailed the company very recently they told me that it has no more than 17% zinc oxide. Not a great difference, but I thought I'd just correct the misinformation.
Meh. I think this is an overrated tool. I've tried other cream brush applicators that work just fine - even the kind that you can buy at the drugstore seem to be comparable to this one. Maybe that's just because of the quality of the cream blushes I use? In any event, it's not a bad purchase but I definitely would not buy it again if I lost/ruined the one I have.
Mascara -Shiseido - The Makeup Mascara Base [DISCONTINUED]
supercuts56 4/26/2007 4:44:00 AM
All the rave reviews are accurate. I really like this product. It improves the quality of almost all the mascaras that I apply over it. Only reason I don't give it 5 lippies is because I have to replace it every three months (because of germs and because it dries out) and that can get a little pricey.
I bought it because the beautiful ruby red color caught my eye. And the color is beautiful when applied. But it chips so easily. Thumbs down.
I LOVE this color. It is the perfect powdery barbie-doll pink that doesn't look fake/too young/cheap. My only gripe is that I wish it had more staying power. Otherwise, this is a great, suprisingly neutral toned blush that goes well with many shades of eye-makeup.
Beautifu peachy-pink color and applies well over moisturizer or sunscreen. I'm just looking for something with a tad bit more peach.
I was very underwhelmed with the product. It went on nice and smooth and the color stayed true, but it also felt somewhat thin and not very emollient. It wasn't bad - just not great. I was disappointed given the rave reviews.
Gentle, cleansing, and a little goes a very, very long way. When you consider that you only need a small amount to get a thick lather, it is a good buy.
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color riche star secrets - Penelope red 710
supercuts56 4/26/2007 4:28:00 AM
This is a beautiful red color with no blue undertones. Works well with my fair neutral complexion.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
supercuts56 4/24/2007 11:06:00 PM
I have always stuck to Clinique's Advanced Stop Signs Anti-Aging serum (HG material for 7 years), but out of curiosity, I thought I'd give Olay a try because it is less expensive, so popular and contains the same pentapeptide as Clinique's serum. I like that the Olay is thicker than Clinique's serum and seems to smooth my skin immediately. But Clinique's Stop Signs serum has really gone the distance for me (fewer lines, better skin tone than when i was 18; seriously not exaggerating here) so I think I'll just use Olay as a back up but stick with Clinique. Plus, Clinique has not only the same pentapeptide, but loads more anti-oxidants than this.
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios XL SPF 60 Fluide Extreme
supercuts56 4/24/2007 10:44:00 PM
I'm sure this is fine for people with oily skin. But I have normal/slightly dry skin and didn't like how thin and watery the formula is. I prefer something more substantive and a tad thicker - so you don't have to apply so many layers to get the stated SPF. A few swipes of the Fluide Extreme is certainly not the 2mg/cm that is required. I purchased the newly introduced LRP Lait Veloute and hope it works better. I just wish LRP (and other companies) would stop making sunscreen with methylparaben since there is at least one reputable study indicating that "methylparaben, when exposed to ultraviolet rays, advances the aging process in skin cells." http://www.cosmetic-business.com/en/showartikel.php?art_id=796
Nice - but I liked the Shiseido SPF 55 cream version better than this. Matte but less drying. Even better than Shiseido however, is my new favorite physical sunscreen: Obagi Nu Derm Physical SPF 32 (18.5% zinc oxide). It is much more protective in the UVA range, very matte and silky, silky smooth to the touch. Plus, no white cast (!!!) once it sinks in and makeup goes on beautifully over it. I thought the Shiseido sunscreens were HG material until I discovered Obagi.
The Shiseido SPF 55 cream is fabulous. I use it on days when I don't need seriously high PPD. For much higher PPD without sacrificing the cosmetic elegance Shiseido has to offer, try Obagi Physical Sunscreen SPF 32 (18.5% zinc oxide), which I adore. See my review of it posted under the old Obagi Physical Sunblock SPF 24.
If you like this product, you gotta try the Obagi Physical SPF 32 (18.5% zinc oxide). That product has a much, much higher PPD rating and is very cosmetically elegant. Plus, the white cast is negligible once you rub it in! Love it.
I agree with the reviewer below that the product leaves a shiny cast. However, I've found a satisfactory way to tone down the shine: (1) rub it in thoroughly and (2) gently blot and powder. For the high physical spf, I think it is well worth the effort. I think it actually leaves quite a luminous glow and absolutely NO WHITE sheen - which is very surprising given the very high percentage of zinc oxide (23.1%). Because it is so incredibly transparent, I'm actually wondering how this sunscreen offers protection! Anyway, I'm sticking to this until I come across something more matte with at least 15-24% zinc oxide (which in my opinion is the best non-chemical UVA blocker since micronized titanium dioxide carries a greater risk of free radical damage)comes along. If anyone comes across anything with as high a PPD rating possible using zinc oxide, let me know. EDIT: I have to use a very heavy duty oil-based cleanser to effectively remove this extremely water-resistant product. So I prefer to only use this on days when I need serious sun protection. On other days, I use Obagi Physical SPF 32 or Shiseido SPF 55.