Shopplr » Beauty http://www.shopplr.com Fashion, beauty, style and shopping Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:32:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Top 5 Lunasol makeup products: primer, foundation, powder, concealer, blush http://www.shopplr.com/2014/10/top-5-lunasol-makeup-products-base-makeup-foundation-powder-concealer-blush/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/10/top-5-lunasol-makeup-products-base-makeup-foundation-powder-concealer-blush/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:08:33 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2050 If you are shopping for Japanese cosmetics you can’t find in the US or Europe, check out Lunasol. Lunasol is sold in department stores across Japan. Lunasol is a premium Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand made by Kanebo and sold primarily in Japan, Korea, China and southeast Asia. It is best known for the fine […]

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If you are shopping for Japanese cosmetics you can’t find in the US or Europe, check out Lunasol. Lunasol is sold in department stores across Japan.

Lunasol is a premium Japanese cosmetics and skincare brand made by Kanebo and sold primarily in Japan, Korea, China and southeast Asia. It is best known for the fine quality of its powders (pressed and loose powder, blush, eye shadow) and its foundation. Based on the advice of two beauty bloggers (A Touch of Blusher and My Women Stuff) who review extensively Asian makeup and skin care products, I decided to give Lunasol a try. I went to the Isetan department store in Shinjuku (Tokyo) to try Lunasol’s products.

When you go to a cosmetics counter in Japan, expect the full treatment. The sales woman will sit you down, place a protective cover over your clothing and spend time with you to make sure you get the right product and the right colour. Here is my review of the Lunasol products I ended up buying at Isetan:

(1) Lunasol control base: I bought the Lunasol Control Base in 02 Clear because I have normal to oily combination skin and I need a base makeup (also called “primer” in the US and Europe) to hide large pores and provide a base for the foundation to adhere to, especially in a humid climate. Lunasol base makeup has sunscreen SPF 27 PA++. It is a light creamy yellow liquid that blends easily into the skin and provides a good base for foundation and powder; it covers the large pores on my nose and cheeks very well. It dries down to a lovely finish — not too dry or too moist. Within a few seconds, I can apply foundation.

(2) Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation: This is Lunasol’s foundation for normal to oily skin and claims to have 55 percent water. It has SPF 21 PA++ sunscreen.  The Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation gives a sheer to medium finish. Compared to my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, Lunasol skin modeling liquid foundation is more sheer and glowy (not as powdery as Chanel’s) but it does a fine job controlling oil. The finish is absolutely gorgeous especially when topped with Lunasol’s pressed foundation. When I sat down at the Lunasol counter to get tested for foundation colour, the sales woman pressed what looked like a sci-fi ray gun to my cheek and my neck and showed me, on the computer screen, my ideal foundation shade. Not surprisingly, the computer suggested that I get the darkest shade: OC04 (ochre 04). As it turns out, it is the perfect shade for me and after wearing it for several days, it did withstand the Tokyo humidity (although I did wear it over the control base). Lunasol has another foundation for drier skin called the Skin Modeling Water Cream foundation.

**Side note about Japanese foundation shades: I cannot understand why Japanese cosmetic companies offer very few foundation shades, mostly for very fair skin. Lunasol in Japan sells only four ochre (OC) shades (somewhat yellow-based) and two yellow-ochre (YO) (very yellow-based) shades. Other Japanese companies are not any better. They assume that everyone in Japan has very fair skin, but after having traveled around Japan for a month this year and a month last year, I can tell you that there are many Japanese women who are even darker than me (and I’m not that dark  — I am half Chinese, half Filipino). I don’t bake myself in the sun, I wear hats and SPF 50 sunscreen everyday, but I am at the end of the colour spectrum here. I spoke to a Japanese sales woman at a department store in Ginza who was selling makeup brushes and she looked Malaysian-Chinese (she was a shade or two darker than me). I asked her where she buys her foundation and she said she can’t find any foundation shades among the Japanese cosmetic companies so she uses MAC (the Estee Lauder owned company that offers dozens of shades of foundation from lightest to darkest). Another thing: there are a lot of Thai, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, and Singaporean tourists in Japan buying Japanese cosmetics. If there were more foundation shades available for them, the Japanese makeup industry could see higher revenues.

(3) Lunasol micro-finish pressed powder N (02 natural beige): This is Lunasol’s pressed powder in a natural beige colour (meaning, a very light beige) and it consists of an extremely finely milled powder that gives the skin a matte finish. If you prefer a translucent powder, get 01. I opted for the 02 natural beige (shown below) because 01 translucent made my skin look a bit too pale. You can buy the loose powder, but I like pressed powders because I travel so much and pressed powders are more convenient for people who travel a lot. I would say that the Lunasol powder is comparable to Shiseido translucent powder, except Shiseido does not have a beige colour with the same finely milled quality. Result: an absolutely beautiful natural glow that lasts for many hours. Lunasol has lived up to its reputation as one of the best powder makeup companies in the world, if not the best.

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Lunasol Micro Finish Pressed Powder N in 02 Natural Beige

**Side note about Japanese pressed powder and blush powder: In Japan, you buy the compact and powder pan separately. Shiseido does this as well even in Western countries. The advantage is that you just buy a refill when your powder is finished. The compacts sold in Japan are really beautiful, whether it’s a premium brand like Lunasol or a drugstore brand like Shiseido Maquillage. The prices are very reasonable and in some cases, you get the choose the kind of compact you want to carry around.

(4) Lunasol Coloring Cheeks N in 05 Soft Rose: I got one of the shades from the N powder blush line instead of the Coloring Cheeks Glow (which is the other Lunasol blush line) because it provides an ethereal bright glow to the cheeks without the glitter. There are 3 colors in the pan: a large rose shade and two smaller shades to complement it. The Lunasol sales woman instructed me to swipe my blush brush up and down across the shades and apply the powder in rounded strokes around my cheeks.

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Lunasol Coloring Cheeks N in 05 Soft Rose

I found the Coloring Cheeks Glow to have a bit too much shimmer for my taste. If you are very young and have no wrinkles when you smile, you can get away with the Glow line.

Lunasol has 5 shades in the Coloring Cheeks N line: 01 Light Pink, 02 Light Coral, 03 Soft Beige Red, 04 Medium Beige and 05 Soft Rose. Because I already have a Shiseido blush in a coral-like shade, I opted for the Soft Rose which is not too pink for my skin tone. This is the best blush powder I have ever owned, much better than Shiseido or Clarins or MAC. The powder is so finely milled and seems to have been infused with some secret glow that your cheeks look naturally flushed. The powder does not sink into lines or pores.

(5) Lunasol Under Eyes concealer in 02 Dark Beige: Lunasol under eye concealer is a winner in every way. Unlike other concealers I have tried, it does not sink into the fine lines under my eyes and it dries down quickly (does not stay sticky) to a lovely fresh finish that effectively hides the dark circles under my eyes. The concealer comes in 5 shades.

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Left to right: Lunasol pressed powder, blush, foundation, primer and concealer

**A few more tips about makeup and skincare shopping in Japan:

  • There are 3 categories in Japanese makeup and skincare: Base Makeup (makeup base or primer, foundation, face powder and concealer), Point Makeup (eye shadow, eyebrow pencils/powder, blush, eye pencils, lip colour) and Skin Care.
  • Eye shadows in Japanese cosmetic lines are invariably very sparkly and shimmery. This means if you are over 40 and have any lines at all, they will emphasize those lines and make you look older. I tried Pola, Lunasol, Suqqu, Cle de Peau, Maquillage, Three, Cosme Decorte, etc. and none of them had anything that I could wear. Shiseido does have a better selection but even there, you need to be careful. I did not buy any of Lunasol’s stunningly beautiful eye shadows because of the amount of shimmer. If I were 20 years old again, I would collect them. The Lunasol eye shadows are just exquisite but I can’t wear them.
  • All the main cosmetics manufacturers — Kanebo, Shiseido, KAO — have drugstore brands that are quite amazing and cost much less than their department store brands. Drugstores in Japan do NOT look anything like Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS, or French/Dutch/German drugstores. There are pharmacies (which sell only prescription drugs) and there are “drugstores” which sell soap, toothpaste, baby products, shampoo and the less expensive cosmetics lines such as Maquillage (Shiseido), KAO Sofina, Benefique (Shiseido), Coffret d’Or (Kanebo) and more. I bought a Maquillage Powdery UV foundation from one of these drugstores in Kyoto three weeks ago and it was a truly fantastic product: powder foundation that withstood a humid Kyoto climate, covered my pores, provided good sun protection and gorgeous finish that looked natural. The “drugstores” look like a chaotic jumble of stuff: there are thousands of items crammed into the tiniest of shops and it’s bewildering to try to find anything in there. But rest assured if you ask the sales person for what you want (Shiseido Maquillage, for instance), they will lead you to the product shelf.
  • Natural/organic cosmetics: a relatively new phenomenon in Japan which is late to the game when it comes to natural/organic skincare and cosmetics, there is one Japanese company called Three which has a gorgeous shop, spa and cafe-restaurant in Aoyama (near Omotesando) in Tokyo. Three Cosmetics Skincare reminds me of Trilogy (the New Zealand brand). Its skin care and makeup lines contain plant-derived ingredients unlike other Japanese brands that have mostly synthetic ingredients.
  • TAX FREE for cosmetics (read this carefully): Beginning 1 October 2014, cosmetics and skin care products in Japan qualify for tax-free refunds for tourists. You must bring your passport to the department store AND you have to spend at least 10,000 yen in one day at that store. Some stores such as Isetan charge a 1 percent “handling” fee, which is a bit like cheating, but others do not. Some stores like Matsuya in Ginza require that you spend at least 50,000 yen in cosmetics (within your 10,000 yen threshold for the day) to qualify for the tax-free refund. You get it right in the store at the tax-refund counter usually in the basement or one of the upper floors.

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MUST READ: Top 5 things to buy in Tokyo, Japan

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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/estee-lauder-perfectionist-makeup-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/estee-lauder-perfectionist-makeup-review/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:55:37 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2031 Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For […]

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Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup is the latest foundation from Estee Lauder, released in the United States in July 2014. There are 21 shades for cool, warm and neutral skin tones. When you shop for this foundation, pay attention to the labeling where W means warm, C means cool (more pink undertones) and N means neutral. For example, 4W1 Honey Bronze has a warm tone (hence the W), 4N2 Spice Sand is neutral, and 4C3 Softan is cool. The numbers refer to the darkness of the foundation with 1 as the lightest and 6 as the darkest.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Claims and Ingredient Analysis

The company claims that this foundation firms, brightens and hydrates. It is supposed to offer medium to full coverage. It contains a broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen; it is oil-free and fragrance-free. As you can see from the ingredients below, the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup foundation shares many of the same ingredients as the serum (e.g. sodium hyaluronate, peptides, and antioxidants that do brighten and hydrate your skin) but it has an additional advantage in that it has SPF 25 sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup Ingredients

Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide 1.90% and Octinoxate 7.5 % (these are UVA and UVB sunscreens)

water\aqua\eau • cyclopentasiloxane • isododecane • dimethicone • butylene glycol • phenyl trimethicone • polysilicone-11 • polymethyl methacrylate • coco-caprylate/caprate • peg/ppg-18/18 dimethicone • silica • polyglyceryl-4 isostearate • sigesbeckia orientalis (st. paul’s wort) extract • boswellia serrata extract • chlorella vulgaris extract • artemia extract • hydrolyzed fish (pisces) collagen • whey protein\lactis protein\proteine du petit-lait • acetyl hexapeptide-8palmitoyl oligopeptidecholesterol • sodium chondroitin sulfate • caffeine • glycerin • sodium hyaluronate • glycine soja (soybean) protein • aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate • decarboxy carnosine hcl • cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone • sodium pca • disteardimonium hectorite • c12-16 alcohols • dimethicone silylate • caprylyl glycol • triethyl citrate • palmitic acid • hydrogenated lecithin • hexyl laurate • methicone • glyceryl polymethacrylate • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate • peg-8 • hexylene glycol • triethoxycaprylylsilane • magnesium aluminum silicate • sodium chloride • lecithin • alumina • xanthan gum • disodium edta • phenoxyethanol • [+/- mica • titanium dioxide (ci 77891) • iron oxides (ci 77492) • iron oxides (ci 77499) • iron oxides

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Serum ingredients

Dimethicone, Water, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Coleus Forskohli Rott Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Artemia Extract, Pantethine, Aglae Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cholesterol, Squalane, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caffeine, Whey Protein, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Phytosphingosine, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Polysorbate-40, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, PEG-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate-80, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Laureth-12, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Experience with Estee Lauder Perfectionist Makeup

The foundation glides onto skin and does not settle into pores. The finish is sheer to medium, NOT full, contrary to the company’s marketing claims. In fact, I love this foundation because it is not heavy and you can apply it to give your skin a sheer, natural glow. The SPF 25 sunscreen is a great addition. Although the company recommends it for all skin types, I would not recommend this foundation for oily skin. I have combination (normal-to-oily) skin and after two hours, I could see that my nose and forehead were a bit shiny. You should apply a mattifying powder on top of this foundation, if you have combination skin. After wearing this foundation for four hours, I noticed that my skin still looked very good, the fading was minor, my skin felt moisturized, but not sticky or greasy.

VERDICT: Because this foundation contains ingredients that are found in the Perfectionist Serum, this is, in essence, a treatment foundation and you are getting far more for your money than a foundation that just covers your skin and makes it look good. The SPF 25 UVA/UVB sunscreen makes this foundation especially appealing for daytime wear. I highly recommend Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup.

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Bakel THIO-C serum review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-thio-c-serum-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-thio-c-serum-review/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:48:12 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2017 This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and […]

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This is a review of the Bakel THIO-C serum. According to the company, the Bakel THIO-C Revitalizing Glowing Serum “firms the skin and reduces fine lines with its concentrated formula. Packed with vitamin C and glutathione, skin feels firmer and looks fresh and revitalized. Glycerin and sugar extracts hydrate and face immediately appears smoother and more radiant.”

Ingredients of the Bakel Thio-C Serum; how to open and use it

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Glycerin, Glutathione, Hydroxyethlcellulose, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCI.

The Bakel Thio-C serum comes in a small clear glass container with a white cap and a plastic dropper. You remove the white cap, press down firmly on the red button to dispense a white powder (Vitamin C) into the clear liquid in the glass bottle. You shake it to dissolve the Vitamin C, remove the cover and replace it with the dropper. You apply the serum in the morning and in the evening after cleansing for 3 days.

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bakel thio-c serum

Results after 3 days of Bakel Thio-C serum: very effective

I am truly impressed. After the first day, my skin was glowing! My pores were smaller and the texture of my skin was much better. It did not dry my skin at all. I applied moisturizer after the serum only in the morning. After 3 days of using this serum, it seemed as if my face had undergone a transformation. I have only 2 vials of Bakel Thio-C serum and I have used one of them. They came to me as samples. If you buy the kit, it contains a 30-day supply. After 30 days, your skin will probably look better than ever. I did not have any allergic reaction to the serum. It feels very comfortable on the skin — not sticky or gummy like other Vitamin C serums I have used.

The science behind Vitamin C for skincare

For many years now, Vitamin C has been known to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by diminishing hyperpigmentation, protecting skin from UV damage, promoting collagen production, and reducing inflammation. Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid as used in Bakel Thio-C serum) is effective, but it has to be kept away from air and light. It oxidizes quickly and loses its potency. That’s why Bakel has chosen the packaging for its serum: each vial is good only for 3 days and must be kept in a dark place while it is being used.

Below is an article published in the journal, Experimental Dermatology, in 2003 showing that Vitamin C applied topically improves the appearance of photoaged skin.

Exp Dermatol. 2003 Jun;12(3):237-44.
Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo.
Humbert PG, Haftek M, Creidi P, Lapière C, Nusgens B, Richard A, Schmitt D, Rougier A, Zahouani H.

(Humbert PG is affiliated with the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Saint Jacques, University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France)

Abstract

Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this molecule as a potential candidate for use in the prevention and treatment of skin ageing. A topically applied cream containing 5% vitamin C and its excipient were tested on healthy female volunteers presenting with photoaged skin on their low-neck and arms in view to evaluate efficacy and safety of such treatment. A double-blind, randomized trial was performed over a 6-month period, comparing the action of the vitamin C cream vs. excipient on photoaged skin. Clinical assessments included evaluation at the beginning and after 3 and 6 months of daily treatment. They were performed by the investigator and compared with the volunteer self assessment. Skin relief parameters were determined on silicone rubber replicas performed at the same time-points. Cutaneous biopsies were obtained at the end of the trial and investigated using immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. Clinical examination by a dermatologist as well as self-assessment by the volunteers disclosed a significant improvement, in terms of the ‘global score’, on the vitamin C-treated side compared with the control. A highly significant increase in the density of skin microrelief and a decrease of the deep furrows were demonstrated. Ultrastructural evidence of the elastic tissue repair was also obtained and well corroborated the favorable results of the clinical and skin surface examinations. Topical application of 5% vitamin C cream was an effective and well-tolerated treatment. It led to a clinically apparent improvement of the photodamaged skin and induced modifications of skin relief and ultrastructure, suggesting a positive influence of topical vitamin C on parameters characteristic for sun-induced skin ageing.

Bakel philosophy

Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your skin. Bakel products do not contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, artificial coloring, parabens, animal derivatives, or sulfates. It does not test on animals. The founders of the company are Raffaella Gregoris and Francesca di Lenardo.

Where to buy Bakel Thio-C serum

In the United States, you can buy the Bakel Thio-C serum from Dermstore, Space NK online and at Bloomingdales and at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Bakel Antioxidant Serum Review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-antioxidant-serum-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/07/bakel-antioxidant-serum-review/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:21:58 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=2002 This is a review of the Bakel Antioxidant Serum. Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your […]

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This is a review of the Bakel Antioxidant Serum. Bakel is an Italian skin care company based in Udine, whose products include as few ingredients as possible in order to minimize allergies and irritation among users. The company’s philosophy is to eliminate “useless substances” and include only active ingredients that actually do something for your skin. Bakel products do not contain alcohol, fragrance, preservatives, artificial coloring, parabens, animal derivatives, or sulfates. It does not test on animals.

The founders of the company are Raffaella Gregoris and Francesca di Lenardo.

The Bakel Antioxidant Serum contains only three ingredients: vegetable glycerin, lactobionic acid and gluconolactone (see further below for the science behind lactobionic acid and gluconolactone, both of which are polyhydroxy acids, claimed to be less irritating but as effective as alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs). Vegetable glycerin is a humectant (prevents dryness).

Bakel Antioxidant Serum claims

According to Bakel, this serum “restores, rejuvenates, tones and tightens the face, neck, eyes and chest area with an innovative complex of 3 anti-aging ingredients. Antioxidant-rich lactobionic acid neutralizes free radicals and promotes firmness while hydrating vegetable glycerin revives dull, dry skin. Toning gluconolactone protects skin from environmental aggressors for a radiant and revitalized complexion.

Effects of Bakel Antioxidant Serum on my skin

I used the serum for 7 days. I applied it in the morning and in the evening after washing my face. I did not use anything else after applying the serum. Because I have normal-to-oily combination skin, I did not feel the need to add more moisture to my face. You have to massage the serum gently into your face until it is fully absorbed. I am sensitive to AHAs: they give my skin that prickly, stinging sensation, and some AHA products cause my face to break out in red splotches. That is why I was so eager to try this product.

Fortunately, Bakel Antioxidant Serum caused no tingling, no irritation. After the first night of use, I woke up next morning with skin that felt softer and looked smoother. After only two days of use (4 applications), the large pores on my nose and cheeks looked smaller and tighter. Best of all, I had a radiant complexion and the few small red spots and discolorations on my face were gone. After 7 days of use, my skin looked and felt better than ever.

The Bakel Antioxidant Serum is a thin, clear liquid that comes out of a pump bottle (3o ml). Because Bakel has added no preservatives, the serum must be kept as airtight and protected from light as possible. One pump of the bottle was enough to cover most of my face.

I applied foundation (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua one day, and La Roche Posay tinted mineral sunscreen, the next day) right after the serum and both applications were smooth (no balling up). The foundations lasted many hours.

People who have dry skin will most likely need to apply a moisturizer after the serum.

VERDICT: I like the Bakel Antioxidant Serum based upon the results I’ve seen on my face. It is gentle (no stinging, unlike AHAs) and delivers the results I expected (hydrated radiant complexion with smaller pores).

bakel antioxidant serum

You can buy Bakel Antioxidant Serum at the following locations in the United States: Space NK at Bloomingdales (and Space NK US website), Bergdorf Goodman, and Dermstore.

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The Science Behind Lactobionic Acid and Gluconolactone

Lactobionic acid and gluconolactone are polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). It is claimed that they are as effective as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) at exfoliating skin, but are less irritating. People who cannot tolerate AHAs have been advised to use PHAs. However, there are those who contend that PHAs are less effective because they are larger molecules than AHAs and cannot penetrate the skin as deeply as AHAs. Below are articles supporting the contention that PHAs are as effective as AHAs (but with decreased risk of skin irritation).

(1) Lactobionic acid in a natural alkylpolyglucoside-based vehicle: assessing safety and efficacy aspects in comparison to glycolic acid published in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 3–10, March 2010 (authors: Marija Tasic-Kostov BSc, Snezana Savic PhD, Milica Lukic BSc, Slobodanka Tamburic PhD, Milos Pavlovic MD and Gordana Vuleta PhD):

Summary

Background/aims Lactobionic acid (LA) is a newer cosmeceutical active belonging to the class of alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs), showing advantages over them. The aim of part I of this study was to compare efficacy and irritation potential of LA vs. glycolic acid (GA) from two types of vehicles – gel and emulsion. In part II, effects of LA-containing emulsions based on a new, natural emulsifier of alkylpolyglucoside (APG) type were evaluated.

Methods  Skin bioengineering was used on 77 healthy volunteers to assess: color as erythema and melanin (MI) index, transepidermal water loss, electrical capacitance and pH of the skin. In part I of the study, the parameters were measured after occlusion and periodically during 2 weeks of test samples application; in part II parameters were measured periodically during 4 weeks.

Results/conclusion  LA-containing samples has produced better skin performance when compared with corresponding GA-containing ones, particularly the lack of both skin irritation and skin barrier impairment. When used in vehicles based on a new APG-emulsifier, LA and GA have shown better efficacy, emphasizing the importance of vehicle on the effects of topical actives. LA (6%) in the emulsion based on APGs could be proposed as an alternative to low-molecular AHAs in cosmeceuticals.

(2) Effects of Cosmetic Formulations Containing Hydroxyacids on Sun-Exposed Skin: Current Applications and Future Developments (2012) by Andrija Kornhauser, Sergio G. Coelho, and Vincent J. Hearing.

Summary

This paper describes recent data on the effects of various skin formulations containing hydroxyacids (HAs) and related products on sun-exposed skin. The most frequently used classes of these products, such as α- and β-hydroxyacids, polyhydroxy acids, and bionic acids, are reviewed, and their application in cosmetic formulations is described. Special emphasis is devoted to the safety evaluation of these formulations, particularly on the effects of their prolonged use on sun-exposed skin. We also discuss the important contri- bution of cosmetic vehicles in these types of studies. Data on the effects of HAs on melanogenesis and tanning are also included. Up-to-date methods and techniques used in those explorations, as well as selected future developments in the cosmetic area, are presented.

(3) Below are the abstracts of two articles in Cutis (a peer-reviewed clinical journal for dermatologists, allergists and general practitioners) which claim that PHAs provide antiaging effects comparable to AHAs and that PHAs are effective in addressing the damage in photoaged skin.

Note, however, that one of the authors of these two articles (Edison BL) is affiliated with Neostrata, a company that sells AHA and PHA products. The scientists who discovered that AHAs are effective antiaging substances (and who own the patents to the use of AHAs for antiaging purposes) are the founders of Neostrata.

(a) Title: A polyhydroxy acid skin care regimen provides antiaging effects comparable to an alpha-hydroxyacid regimen
Cutis. 2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):14-7

1NeoStrata Company, Inc, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Abstract

There have been numerous clinical studies conducted to evaluate the beneficial effects of the polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in skincare. Although there is significant evidence that PHAs provide antiaging effects to skin, a direct comparison between alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) and PHAs for these effects has not been conducted. This 12-week clinical study evaluated gluconolactone-containing products (PHAs) in comparison with glycolic acid-containing products (AHAs). Clinical grading of photoaging, as well as objective and subjective irritation, was conducted on the face at baseline and after 6 and 12 weeks of product use. Pinch recoil, silicone replicas of the crow’s-feet area, and self-assessment of product efficacy and tolerance were also collected. Both regimens showed significant antiaging benefits to skin as measured by silicone replicas, clinical grading, and pinch recoil for skin resiliency. There were only 2 statistically significant (P < .05) differences between the regimens in antiaging benefits: (1) sallowness showed greater improvement with AHA use at week 12 only (AHA, 17. 1%; PHA, 12.4%), and (2) pinch recoil showed greater improvement with AHA use at week 12 only (AHA, 13.5%; PHA, 10.2%). Irritation grading and subject self-assessment showed that the PHA regimen was better tolerated than the AHA regimen. Stinging and burning were significantly worse for subjects in the AHA treatment group at both week 6 and 12, and degree of sensitivity was rated worse for the AHA regimen as well. The present study shows the enhanced mildness of PHAs and their equivalence in providing antiaging benefits compared with an AHA regimen.

(b) Title: The use of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in photoaged skin
Cutis. 2004 Feb;73(2 Suppl):3-13.
Grimes PE1, Green BA, Wildnauer RH, Edison BL.

1Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Abstract

The beneficial effects of alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) on skin were discovered by Drs. Van Scott and Yu in the early 1970s, including exfoliation, skin smoothing, and antiaging effects. A new generation of AHAs, called polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), was discovered that provide similar effects as AHAs but do not cause the sensory irritation responses that can limit the use of classical AHAs. PHAs have been found to be compatible with clinically sensitive skin, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis, and can be used after cosmetic procedures. PHAs provide additional humectant and moisturization properties compared with AHAs and can enhance stratum corneum barrier function, therefore increasing the skin’s resistance to chemical challenge. Most PHAs also possess antioxidant properties. PHAs such as gluconolactone or lactobionic acid may be used in combination with other products, ingredients, or procedures such as laser and microdermabrasion to provide additional benefits to therapy or to enhance the therapeutic effect. Several studies were conducted in support of this, and methods and results are discussed. In summary, PHA-containing products were used in combination with retinoic acid in treating adult facial acne and were found to be well tolerated. PHAs plus retinyl acetate (pro-vitamin A) in a cream base exhibited significant antiaging skin benefits such as skin smoothing and plumping. PHAs plus hydroquinone showed excellent improvement in antiaging and skin lightening parameters. Finally, PHA-containing products were shown to be compatible with African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic/Asian skin and provided significant improvements in photoaging in these populations.

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Other comments regarding Bakel’s products: It is commendable that Bakel reduces the number of ingredients in its products. This decreases the chances of getting an allergic reaction. However, one must ask whether the company is eliminating substances that could improve the penetration of the active ingredients into the skin. There is also a question of whether witch hazel water (hamamelis virginiana), which Bakel uses in several serums, is a potential skin irritant.

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Summer travel is becoming more and more barbaric with airlines squeezing people into every square centimeter of cabin space and ill-tempered security theatre airport personnel doing their utmost to imitate prison guards. Add to this the ridiculous number of bags that go missing and you will come to the same conclusion I did many years ago: summer travel (and any kind of travel) must be attempted only with a carry-on bag.

But how do you maintain your beauty regime when you go on holiday this summer? There are two ways:

(1) Simply buy whatever you need at your destination. This can be expensive if you like premium cosmetics and skin care brands. You also run the risk that your favorite products will not be available there.

(2) Follow my example and bring the following 100 ml and under beauty items (see below), from left to right:

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Six beauty products 100 ml and under for carry-on travel

Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: This does double duty as a foundation and daytime sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF 50 protection. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. I wear this even at night so I don’t have to bring another bottle of foundation.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50: This light sunscreen is water-resistant and can be used on face and body. It does give you a slight whitish cast but I love it because it doesn’t make me break out and it gives me adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays especially when I go swimming.

Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation: I use this as a concealer and a stick foundation. It covers imperfections well and looks very natural. It is also water-resistant.

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion: This lightweight, silky lotion contains antioxidants and peptides. It is great for normal to oily skin.

Clarins Hydraquench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm: The only lip balm that truly keeps my lips moisturized for hours. I have been using this lip balm for years and I hope Clarins does not discontinue it.

Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam: I bought a small plastic container from MUJI and filled it with this Shiseido cleanser. A tiny amount of cleanser goes a long way for taking off all your makeup and sunscreen.

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Top 5 sunscreens for summer 2014 http://www.shopplr.com/2014/06/top-5-sunscreens-summer-2014/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/06/top-5-sunscreens-summer-2014/#respond Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:19:03 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1970 Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to round up the top 5 sunscreens. It is critical to wear sunscreen everyday and especially when you go to the pool and the beach. You must apply it as well when you go running, hiking and cycling. If you don’t wear sunscreen, your skin will age […]

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Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to round up the top 5 sunscreens. It is critical to wear sunscreen everyday and especially when you go to the pool and the beach. You must apply it as well when you go running, hiking and cycling. If you don’t wear sunscreen, your skin will age prematurely and you’ll have that leathery, wrinkled look that screams sun damage. Worse of all, your chances of getting skin cancer rise dramatically. I recently had a very small basal cell carcinoma removed and I’m glad it was only that and not something worse. I am never going out in the sun again without at least SPF 30 on my face and body.

Fortunately, cosmetics chemistry has made terrific advances in creating sunscreens that are lightweight, non-clogging, effective against UVA and UVB rays. Today’s tinted sunscreens and sunscreen foundations are a far cry from those in previous years. These tinted sunscreens actually make your complexion look smooth and even, and they minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles. Now, who wouldn’t want to wear a tinted sunscreen with all those advantages in addition to protection against the sun?

To make it to my top five, the sunscreen must have the following characteristics:

  • Protection against UVA and UVB rays;
  • SPF 30 and higher;
  • Water-resistant;
  • Lightweight and comfortable to wear (no heavy, greasy creams);
  • Does not irritate skin; and
  • Portable (easy to bring to the beach, put in carry-on bag on a plane).

(1) The Number 1 sunscreen is Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 for face and body. It is water-resistant (80 minutes) and provides UVA/UVB protection via the following active ingredients: Zinc Oxide (19.3%), Titanium Dioxide (1.7%), Octinoxate (7.4%) and Octocrylene (3%). This is my favorite because it is not at all greasy. It is a white runny liquid that you can easily spread over your face and body. It has never clogged my pores (I have normal-to-oily skin) and it lasts throughout my 30-minute swimming routine. It does leave a white cast on your skin (due to the high concentration of zinc and titanium dioxides) but that’s the price you pay for very high SPF 50 and excellent UVA/UVB protection. It washes off with soap and water (note: Earlier versions of this sunscreen had to be removed with a cleansing oil but Shiseido changed the formulation). It comes in an elegant blue plastic bottle and because it’s 100 ml, you can pack it in your carry-on bag.

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(2) Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid: I reviewed this great tinted sunscreen for the face two months ago and I stand by my review. After wearing it almost everyday for over a month, I will say that it is the BEST sunscreen foundation I have ever come across. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. It covers imperfections, minimizes large pores and provides a beautiful canvas for applying makeup. It lasts all day! It is water-resistant (40 minutes) and contains Titanium Dioxide (11%). It comes in a 50 ml plastic container, which makes it travel-friendly.

anthelios 50 tinted sunscreen

(3) Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation: Tinted sunscreen in stick format SPF 37, UVA/UVB protection, lovely finish, great for on-the-go application at the beach, pool, outdoor activities and of course, very carry-on friendly. I’ve been using this stick sunscreen for over a week and it doubles as a concealer for hiding scars and imperfections.

shiseido uv protective stick foundation

(4) All-Terrain Aquasport SPF 30: effective, oxybenzone-free SPF 30 sunscreen that provides full-spectrum UVA (skin cancer) and UVB (sunburn) protection, water-resistant for 80 minutes. This product contains zinc dioxide and is not greasy. It’s the favourite of surfers, life guards, and swimmers. Good for kids, too. The Environmental Working Group rated the All-Terrain Aquasport as a top sunscreen. It comes in a 90 ml tube — perfect for carry-on travel.

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(5) Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Essence SPF 50+ PA+++: This sunscreen is made by Shiseido and it is even lighter and more watery than the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. It is water-resistant and provides UVA/UVA protection. It is designed for very humid climates and water sports. Unfortunately, Shiseido does not sell this product in Europe or the US. You have to buy it in Asia or order it online from Amazon.com. (Related post: Top five cool things to buy in Tokyo)

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Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser: quick, effective and non-drying http://www.shopplr.com/2014/05/clarins-water-comfort-one-step-cleanser/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/05/clarins-water-comfort-one-step-cleanser/#respond Sat, 31 May 2014 22:03:57 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1963 Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water (or Eau de Confort Nettoyante Express) has become a permanent member of my beauty routine. In the past, I would use a toner after my foaming cleanser to remove remaining bits of makeup and dirt. The problem was that most toners left my skin feeling stripped and […]

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Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water (or Eau de Confort Nettoyante Express) has become a permanent member of my beauty routine. In the past, I would use a toner after my foaming cleanser to remove remaining bits of makeup and dirt. The problem was that most toners left my skin feeling stripped and dry.

As the weather gets warmer and I have begun wearing sunscreen foundation (Anthelios SPF 50 tinted sunscreen and Shiseido sunscreen stick foundation), I want to be able to remove all dirt, sunscreen and makeup without making my skin feel dry and tight. I began using Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water after my foaming cleanser and I discovered does a marvellous job removing all dirt and makeup but still leaving my skin feeling soft and moist. I’ve even forgotten to apply moisturiser many times after using this toner!

The best way to use the Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser is to soak a large cotton pad (I use Shiseido Facial Cotton) and gently wipe your face and neck after you cleanse with a milky, gel or foam cleanser.

If you’re very lazy and tired, you can just use just this one-step cleanser, but you’ll need several cotton pads before your makeup is all gone.

The Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water sells for $35 in the US and 22.50 EUR in Europe. It claims to be for normal to dry skin but it works for my combination/oily skin.  Clarins sells another one step cleanser purportedly for combination or oily skin and it’s called Water Purify One-Step Cleanser with Mint Essential Water, but the peppermint extract may irritate your skin).

Clarins Water Comfort One Step cleanser with peach essential water ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Honey Extract (Mel), Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Plantago Ovata Seed Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Disodium Phosphate, Citric Acid.

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Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation: sun protection (SPF 37) with a gorgeous finish http://www.shopplr.com/2014/05/shiseido-uv-protective-stick-foundation/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/05/shiseido-uv-protective-stick-foundation/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 21:15:43 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1943 Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation is the most impressive foundation stick I have tried. It protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays, has SPF 37 and delivers a gorgeous finish. The texture is creamy and it is easy to apply evenly over my skin, creating a luminous look. I have normal-to-oily skin and I […]

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Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation is the most impressive foundation stick I have tried. It protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays, has SPF 37 and delivers a gorgeous finish. The texture is creamy and it is easy to apply evenly over my skin, creating a luminous look. I have normal-to-oily skin and I was afraid that the Shiseido UV Protective Skin Foundation would be too greasy, but surprisingly it dries down to a beautiful finish that looks natural and glowing (without the oiliness).

Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation’s sun protection and anti-aging benefits

There’s nothing more dangerous and aging to the skin than exposing yourself to the sun without sunscreen. I know this first-hand. Recently I had a tiny mole removed and after a biopsy, it appeared to be a form of basal cell carcinoma (the most common form of skin cancer, which is not lethal). Because it was removed via MOHS surgery, I have a small scar that will disappear over time, but I need to keep it adequately protected from the sun. One needs at least SPF 30 to be well protected and one must have protection against both UVA and UVB rays (note: I run, swim and hike and over the years, I neglected to protect my skin adequately).

I bought the Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation with SPF 37 for both sunscreen protection and concealment of the scar, and it does both wonderfully. The active ingredients that provide UVA/UVB protection in this stick foundation are titanium dioxide (7.2 percent) and octinoxate (2.9 percent). The stick foundation acts as a concealer and a very natural one at that! It takes away the redness and blends in beautifully with my skin.

The shade I use is Fair Ochre, which is slightly yellow-based (I am Chinese-Filipino). There are four foundation shades: Beige, Fair Ivory, Fair Ochre and Ochre. A note about Shiseido’s strange nomenclature: Ochre shades tend to be yellow-based. Ivory tends to be neutral (not too yellow, not too pink). Beige tends to have pink undertones. It’s too bad that Shiseido does not have more shades, especially for darker skin tones, because this product is truly a breakthrough in stick foundation technology.

shiseido uv protective stick foundation

Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation’s other benefits

Not only does it provide SPF 37 sun protection and a lovely finish, it is also water-resistant (80 minutes). So if you will be in a very humid environment or if you are going to beach where you will sweat and swim, once again, this foundation comes to the rescue. You have to re-apply it after an hour if you sweat heavily or swim.

shiseido uv protective stick foundation

Another major benefit: it’s about 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) and in stick form, which means it is easy to carry it your pocket or purse. It’s also terrific for travel in a carry-on bag.

Summary: Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation is perfect for summer

There is absolutely NO EXCUSE to expose your skin to the sun without at least SPF 30 sunscreen that provides protection from UVA and UVB rays. The latest technological advances in cosmetic chemistry, as evidenced in the Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation, are available to all: a gorgeous luminous finish that covers imperfections and scars, and still looks natural; non-greasy formula; water-resistant; easy to carry and pack for travel.

In the US, the Shiseido UV Protective Stick Foundation costs $28 and is available from Shiseido.com and many department stores. Shiseido also offers a liquid version called Shiseido Sun UV Protective Foundation SPF 42 (UVA/UVB) in 7 shades. It has an absolutely lovely finish, too, and I recommend it for those who want a sunscreen foundation in liquid form (also water-resistant). However, I did not find the correct shade for my skin tone. I tried the Light Ochre shade in the liquid foundation formula and it was too fair for me. I wish Shiseido made the Medium Ochre shade in the liquid foundation. However, I am happy enough with the stick foundation and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants a natural finish with a lot of sunscreen protection.

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Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/04/anthelios-50-tinted-sunscreen/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/04/anthelios-50-tinted-sunscreen/#respond Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:05:25 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1932 Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is a lightweight tinted sunscreen that provides good protection from UVA and UVB rays. It contains titanium dioxide (11%) and claims to be water resistant (40 minutes). Therefore it is an excellent product for hot and humid days when you tend to sweat a lot. You can […]

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Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is a lightweight tinted sunscreen that provides good protection from UVA and UVB rays. It contains titanium dioxide (11%) and claims to be water resistant (40 minutes). Therefore it is an excellent product for hot and humid days when you tend to sweat a lot. You can also wear it to the beach. Because it is tinted, you won’t get that “ghost” white look which tends to happen when you use a product with a lot of titanium dioxide. It has a runny, watery texture and dries down to a lovely matte finish. If you have dry skin, you use a moisturiser before applying  this sunscreen.

I have been wearing this tinted Anthelios 50 sunscreen for the past 3 days and I can say that it easily replaces my daytime foundation. I have been using Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation (SPF 18) or Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation (SPF 15) most of the time, but I will wear Anthelios 50 in the summer when the sun’s rays are stronger.

Both of the Shiseido foundations are similar to Anthelios 50 in that they have a watery texture, but Anthelios provides better sun protection and Anthelios is water-resistant.

The coverage of this Anthelios 50 tinted sunscreen is beautiful. It makes your skin glow (without the shine) and it minimises the look of your pores. This is a great product for people with normal to oily skin. It does not oxidise and it does last for several hours.

Where to buy Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

In the US, this is very expensive: $33.50 for 50ml (from La Roche-PosayUlta and some Walgreens and Duane Reade stores). You can buy the untinted version, too.

However, in Europe it is cheaper — approximately 13 EUR. There is a non-tinted version if you don’t want the added colour.

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Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio review http://www.shopplr.com/2014/04/shiseido-face-color-enhancing-trio-review/ http://www.shopplr.com/2014/04/shiseido-face-color-enhancing-trio-review/#respond Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:50:10 +0000 http://www.shopplr.com/?p=1921 Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio is the latest powder product from Shiseido, a luxury Japanese cosmetics company that is well-known for its finely milled powders and eye shadows. The launch of the Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio was delayed for 3 months in the US; stores in Asia and Europe received this product back in […]

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Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio is the latest powder product from Shiseido, a luxury Japanese cosmetics company that is well-known for its finely milled powders and eye shadows. The launch of the Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio was delayed for 3 months in the US; stores in Asia and Europe received this product back in February and March but for some reason, department stores in the US only began selling it at the end of April.

The Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio comes in four color variations. The long, slim elegant black case contains the powder and an oblong brush. It is called a trio because in the powder pan, there are three shades. Here is how Shiseido describes them:

(1) The topmost shade is a blushing color: “This warm tone adds soft rosiness to your cheeks, leaving the skin looking healthy, with a translucent glow and a moderately pearlescent texture.”

(2) The middle shade is a sculpting color: “This color has a highlighting or shading effect. It creates a natural-looking contrast and adds a lustrous texture.”

(3) The bottom shade is a harmonising color: “A beige tone that blends the Blushing Color and Sculpting Color to match your own natural skin tone perfectly, for a natural looking color gradation. Blended with a subtle, non-glare pearl agent.”

shiseido face color enhancing trio RD1 Apple

shiseido face colour enhancing trio shades

I got RD1 Apple because it suits my skin tone; most people will be able to wear RD1. For very fair skin, I suggest Lychee PK1 (With translucent accents in pale shades of pink, ivory and cream, the Lychee powder palette illuminates the skin, helping to create a clean impression.”). 

For dark skin, wear Plum RS1 (“The Plum powder palette helps to create a glamorous impression through a combination of rich bronze and a vivid rose tone to add detail to the facial structure along with a golden beige glow.”)

Medium to dark skin tones can wear Peach OR1 (“The Peach powder palette lends skin a soft hint of coral, subtle beige shading and delicate gold highlights, helping to create a sophisticated impression.”)

How to use the Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio

There are 2 ways to use this color palette. One is to swirl all the shades together using the brush and lightly swipe across the cheeks for a very natural flush. The other (more dramatic) way is to apply the blushing color on the cheeks, the sculpting color under the cheekbones to contour, and the harmonising color lightly over both to eliminate any harsh edges.

shiseido face color enhancing trio swatch

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio Apple RD 1 swatch

The verdict: I have been using the Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio for three days. The powder is absolutely gorgeous on the face — very fine and easy to blend. The color shade I picked (RD1) looks natural. After wearing it for several hours, I noticed very little fading. This is a great face powder for spring and summer. It is also perfect for traveling because you can take this palette instead of dragging around a face powder compact and a blush compact.

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