Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Concealer

Athletes know the struggle is real… I don’t wear much on my skin beyond actual skincare products (which I layer on) – it won’t work for my lifestyle and I honestly don’t want to look like two different people between daytime, and when I get ready for bed.  Natural is key for me, but so is staying power when I do need something.

Smashbox already has a 24-hour waterproof concealer – the 24 Hour Spot Concealer – so I’m not totally sure if this is replacing it or what (both are the same price, $25.)  Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer (you can also get it here) is the newest to the lineup and referred to as a “magic wand” by artists at the Smashbox L.A. studio.  What a lot of people didn’t like about the Spot Concealer was the applicator – it often leaked when closing (though there are specific instructions about how to wipe the wand down) – so maybe this is a step up.  Still, while the benefits seem close, housing aside, it doesn’t appear to be a replacement.

Smashbox image

Smashbox image

The product is designed to stay put, hide imperfections, and maintain a moisturizing effect that won’t settle into lines.  It’s medium to full coverage, sweat, humidity, AND transfer resistant (hallelujah), oil free, and light diffusing – that’s quite a list of “bragging rights,” and one that anyone who is active – or dealing with summer – will appreciate.  Thoughts on this guy?

 

Backstage – Dior Colour Filters

Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world.  And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)

These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:

  • Apricot (great for dark circles)
  • Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
  • Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
  • Green (tones down redness)

The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.)  The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will.  She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)  

These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur

Interestingly, I haven’t heard much about Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream – I saw a ton of ads flash by, and a whole slew of posts, but I feel like none of it was really noteworthy (as in, the product kind of fell flat.)

I just saw a post about this new moisturizer that’s being added to the “Pep-Start” lineup – Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur.  The claim for this guy is that it both hydrates and acts as an imperfection blurring primer of sorts, smoothing skin and keeping oil at bay.  The finish is matte, softening pores, but apparently it is also designed to hydrate throughout the day.  With “Pep-Start” in the name, I thought maybe it would be eye-opening…but then I guess the eye cream should be doing that.

sephora.com photo

sephora.com photo

I’m curious to see how this one does.  Much that I love the idea of “blurring,” I generally steer clear – I feel like too many formulas have pore clogging ingredients that can even affect the skin around the eyes.  Not a fan!  

Who knows…maybe it will surprise.  The company says it will work on all skin types – oily to sensitive to dry and beyond.  We shall see!

BareMinerals Light Dimensional Translucent Duo

So this cutie little pair – BareMinerals Light Dimensional Translucent Powder Duo –  reminds me a lot of Hourglass and Elf’s Ambient Powders.  What I love about this one, though, is that one half is intended to remove the not-so-great-glow, while the other is designed to promote an ethereal one.  Double trouble – I like it. 

The baked, “luxurious” powders are made to vanish on all skin tones, while at the same time blurring imperfections and adding luminosity.  As an athlete, having two products in one is super helpful, but also I love that these are designed to be imperceptible – they create a healthy, happy complexion withOUT being overbearing – win!

The “Matte” side helps to absorb oil (which often leaves a less than desirable greasy sheen), while “Glow” provides a rose-gold-infused highlight for any area you want to add a bit-o-strobe.

The brush is uniquely dual sided, allowing for the best application while removing oil, and adding your gleam – pretty snazzy, if you ask me! 🙂   

This “set” includes:

  • 0.31-oz Invisible Light Transulcent Powder Duo
  • Dual Finish Blush & Contour Brush

It is currently on sale for $36.36 (not sure how long that goes!) 

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

It goes without saying that we all want clear, even, smooth skin…and some days, our epidermis (apparently on strike) isn’t…AT ALL…in accord.  The market is over-saturated with products, many of which are indeed “HG’s (holy grails.)  You may remember Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea water-based fluid foundation from August, 2015…well…

This new Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer is a super hydrating, full coverage, anti-aging concealing serum formulated with pigments suspended in a water / conditioning serum hybrid base.  It is “4 times lighter” than like products out there, another lovely benefit for those of us who want clear radiance without heavy weight. I usually opt for a tinted moisturizer designed with athletes in mind, as I want sheer, skin tone evening, and water resistant…but this looks pretty amazing (and it comes with a brush, which is always nice!)

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

Qvc.com

At $29.50, it doesn’t seem “too much” given that it does rather a lot with just a tiny drop.  There’s a great video to go along with the description here, and worth watching for the before and afters.  

New Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula’s new products always seem to roll out to stores like Harmon…which I no longer have nearby (rats!)  But I have seen a ton of photos of new items, many of which are indeed on their site (making snooping…and purchasing!…much easier! 😉 ) 

It’s no surprise that more and more cushion foundation compacts are emerging in the mass market scene – happy about that, frankly, as they tend to be wildly more affordable than premiere brands.  Depending on the amount of product (some cushions rack up complaints for being too pricey for the quantity they get), lower cost is a great thing! The L’Oreal Lumi has also been spotted, which is exciting. What I always look for is non-comedogenic, though (just say no to breakouts.)…and then I double-check the ingredients (which sometimes do have offenders within them!)  Limited shades on this cushion, by the way – Light and Light/Medium.  I would like to see more, as that clearly doesn’t offer a whole bunch of ladies any options!

I of course always love “blurring” tools – sometimes you wake up and “rested” is nowhere to be seen – Thank you, multi-tasking concealers!

I also notice a number of products following suit of companies like Too Faced with Instagram-inspired “filter” powders and products – you know, to give you the look of a filter but BEFORE you take the photo?  Meant to be untraceable, creating a soft-focus, I-have-perfect-skin-without-products look.  

A few other items listed I wrote about here.

Have you seen any of these in stores?  Looking forward to checking them out and hearing reviews.

Spring 2016 – Neutrogena

I was excited to see some of the new Neutrogena Spring 2016 products on Ulta!  The first of these is the SkinClearng Complexion Perfector (probably the product I was most excited about personally.)

Per the site, the Perfector:

  • Fights acne and provides even coverage to help correct skin’s complexion
  • Blends naturally with your skin to instantly blur the look of acne and minimize appearance of pores
  • Matte finish controls shine
  • Won’t clog pores, hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested
ulta.com photo

ulta.com photo

I love products with Salicylic acid because as an athlete, sweat is a sure thing!  Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate the skin, keeping it clear – for me, just a wash isn’t enough (I actually  use a body wash as well since rolling on mats in a heavy gi is bad news for skin and pores!)

Next up is the Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector.  This “moisturizing retinol treatment with sunscreen” offers sheer coverage and an easy blend.  Per the site:

  • Instantly erases the look of imperfections
  • Smooths out skin’s texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Gives skin a natural, dewy finish
  • Dermatologist tested
ulta.com photo

ulta.com photo

To round of the newbies is the Spring 2016 MoistureSmooth Color Stick.  The colors include:

 

  • Classic Nude
  • Pink Nude 
  • Almond Nude 
  • Berry Brown
  • Wine Berry
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Cherry Pink
  • Deep Plum

And benefits include:

  • Twist-up color; no sharpener needed
  • Lips feel moisturized for hours
  • Dermatologist tested
ulta.com photo

ulta.com photo