New Laura Mercier Loves

Greetings, everyone. Sorry for the inconsistent posts this month, but I’ve been moving and then driving back and forth attempting to get situated and settled in. On top of that, my interenet only got set up a few days ago and I’ve just cleared out unwanted moving boxes from my living room, lol. Thank you for your patience as always.

Before the move, I went on a wild Laura Mercier goose chase trying to track down the blush “Lush Nectarine” and was finally able to find it at a local Sephora. And, of course, while I was perusing the counter, I came across another neutral eyeshadow that captured my attention.

Here are the unboxed goodies. I know it’s less than a modest “haul,” but at the rate I like to purchase products, I have to be somewhat sensible, right? I chose these two products simply because after some swatch comparisons, I came to the conlcusion they were unique and I didn’t have anyhting like it in my collection.

“Lush Necatrine” is a blush that I heard about on YouTube on Michele1218’s channel. At first glance, it looks like nothing special – and, in fact, it looks a lot like NARS “Orgasm” blush too. After swatching it onto the back of my hand, I realized it’s a glowy-peachy-pink that doesn’t have shimmer but a glimmer (a.k.a. “satin” finish). Now, I don’t own NARS “Orgasm” despite its popularity, simply because I had similar shades to begin with and the glitter really put me off.

The color translation onto the cheek is a peachy-pinky-coral tone but the sheen provides a glow that is undeniable. It’s very smooth to the touch, velvety soft, pigmented, and easily blendable. For me, NARS blushes are pigmented, but hard to blend. I tend to look streaky so I gave up on those blushes awhile ago. “Lush Necatrine” wears great throughout the day and is very natural and pretty. Also, since it’s not glittery I think it’s more approrpiate for every-day-life.

“Bamboo” is a new neutral eyeshadow that I’ve added to my collection. It’s unique because it’s a cross between a muted medium brown shade with a touch of bronze. The bronzey shade leans more towards a golden brown rather than a coppery color (which I dislike). This is my first LM shadow and I love it!

It’s very smooth and applies easily onto the lid with no tugging. Even though the shadow itself is buttery soft there is no fallout which I really appreciate. It blends well and the color is a great warm bronze so it seems to go well with my skin tone and my overall ‘natural’ eyeshadow tendancies. I’ve also noticed that it pairs well as an all over lid color with my other many shades of browns and neutrals. I feel that it’s a very verstaile shade.

*Apologies for the typo here – the shade of the blush is “Lush Necatrine.” On Sephora’s website, the LM blushes are described as “a light-as-air, velvety powder blush that sweeps on sheer color easily and evenly. With skin-silkening natural botanicals, your complexion looks naturally blushed and lit from within. Light-diffusing qualities allow a mistake-proof, flawless application that lasts all day.”

“Bamboo” is LM’s lustre shadow that is described as a shadow that “imparts a dynamic iridescence combined with a frost finish. Long-wearing and crease-resistant, each color is full of micronized pigments to deliver deep color in one stroke.”

I recommend both simply because the formulations are so easy to work with. I appreciate that Laura Mercier products are designed to naturally enhance rather than function as theatrical makeup. The colors may seem boring and regular, but go swatch them and you’ll see that there’s something special about them.

As always, thanks for reading.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com.

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REVIEW: Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Foundation SPF 25

For the foundation-obsessed out there, this post is for you. As you’ve already noticed by now, foundation and base makeup in general is my specialty and is the area that I’m most curious about. Because of that, I tend to experiment with foundations often and I think rather than experimenting with brands, experimenting with various formulations is just as helpful (but you be the judge).

Today’s post is about the Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Foundation SPF 25. Although I’m not new to the Bobbi Brown brand, I have only presently started to get interested in the foundation range. What drew me to the foundations is the wide color selection and formulations/textures.

This Repair Foundation goes along with Bobbi’s EXTRA skin care line. It focuses on intense hydration packed with botanical and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. She focuses her main ingredients on humectants, plant oils, and protective emollients to strengthen the skin; however, this line is catered towards those with dry and very dry skins.

My shade in Bobbi’s foundations is Sand 2. I appreciate Bobbi’s wide color range in her foundations, because it seems to be good for those with very, very pale skins to those with darker skins, and to those in between. If you’ve had trouble finding a good color choice for your foundation, I suggest you browse Bobbi’s line because there has got to be a shade for you!

Also, Bobbi’s philosophy is using yellow-based tones in ALL her foundations. All of her foundations are warm-toned because she believes this to be the most natural match for everyone. You can decide which is best for you, but I think this would be the best place to start for those struggling with color matches.

I gravitated towards this particular foundation surprisingly for some reason. And, I wasn’t put off by the thick and creamy texture either. Although this is formulated for those with dry skins, I went for it because I liked the overall outcome of this product.

For reference, I have fairly normal skin with a slightly oily nose (and sometimes chin). I wouldn’t consider myself “combination” skin anymore because the oil on my nose isn’t as prominent as it used to be. My cheeks are rather dry even in the summer time; and, my cheeks are also my problem areas, too. Thus, coverage on my cheeks is more important to me.

This product is extremely creamy and needs to be scooped out of the glass jar. Because of its thick texture, I like to first take a small amount and warm it up on the back my hand before applying it to my face. I find that it’s easier to work with this way, instead of trying to warm it up on my face!

At first, it’s quite dry but once you starting swirling it around, it warms up quickly and easily transferrable. After dotting mainly my cheeks with the product, I use a synthetic buffing brush (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) and quickly buff it onto my skin. Then, I use whatever I have left over and apply to my forehead and chin. I apply this product sparingly on my nose.

With this foundation, I set my t-zone with powder because of its creamy texture. The finish of this foundation is perfectly glowy and dewy but not in an oily way. It makes your skin look healthy – like you’ve just gotten out of the shower or you’ve just finished working out. There’s something youthful about your skin because everything plumped up nicely and nothing is settling into pores or lines.

The Bobbi Brown website states that the “NEW Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 gives skin perfect coverage, moisture & broad-spectrum sun protection.” It is “infused with Shea Butter and Evening Primrose Oil” and is a formula that “does-it-all.” It “combines all the skin-nourishing benefits of Bobbi’s Extra Skincare with the skin tone-correct color and buildable coverage of her foundations.”

Overall, I love the moisturizing finish and how this foundation feels on my face. It just feels like skincare – as if I’m just walking around all day with some good moisturizer on. The coverage is medium but buildable, but I apply this quite sheerly any way. If applied with a heavy hand, this can feel quite heavy and oily unless you already have dry skin. I do get oily faster with this product because the formula is not oil-free or oil-controlling in any way. I just blot and move on with my day and it’s no big deal to me (since I blot any way no matter what foundation I’m using).

The scent is very herbally and natural. I don’t mind it because it smells fresh to me, but it does linger so that may bother some people. If you’re into a foundation that comes with skincare benefits, this is great. It’s kind of like BB creams in a sense.

I was told by the makeup artist working at the counter that this product is designed to be used completely alone because it can substitute skin care. She said that technically you can wash your face in the morning and then apply this foundation straight on your face and be done. I suppose I can see where that theory may work – you have your skin care, coverage, and sun protection all in one. For me, I’d rather take the extra 10 minutes and go through with my usual routine before makeup application.

I hope this has helped in your foundation journey. I know that this is an area where many women struggle, but creating and maintaining that healthy canvas is so important – not only for your makeup routine, but for your general happiness as well! :)

*Quotes extracted from http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
*1 fl. oz.
*Retails for $56.00.

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

I get asked a lot about my morning skin care routine, especially during the summer time. Because I have rather normal skin with a slightly oily nose, I try to start off my day as matte as possible (without denying my skin of moisture). My morning routine is always the same: cleanse, tone, moisturize, and sun protection.

Because I am layering products before makeup application, I choose products that are oil-free and mattifying so that it doesn’t affect the longevity of my makeup. Normally, for me, oil around my nose will begin to break through roughly 4-5 hours after application.

Moisturizing is always important – even if you have oily skin and even if it’s summer time. Nothing is worse than dehydrated skin because then it begins to misbehave to compensate for the lack of moisture. My day time moisturizer of choice is the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation. I stumbled upon this by accident when I wasn’t even looking for a particular moisturizer.

Despite its cream consistency, it’s extrememly lightweight, oil-free, hydrating, and absorbs very quickly into the skin. After application, it feels like you don’t have anything on – I dislike the slick feeling of freshly moisturized skin, so for me, this is a perfect way to start off my morning.

Sephora’s website describes the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer as “an antiaging, skin-perfecting complex” that “helps fade skin discolorations—hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun damage—without the use of chemicals.” It is formulated to “instantly nourishes and retexturizes the complexion, smoothing fine lines while providing intense free-radical protection to help prevent further damage.”

The texture of the cream is light yet creamy and “leaves skin feeling silky” and hydrated. This doesn’t feel sticky or oily in any way and preps the skin beautifully for makeup application. Personally, I reserve this product for just day time use because it’s so light and easy to work with. For night time, I like to use slightly thicker creams.

Yes, it claims to fade spots of all kinds. Though I haven’t seen drastic and miraculous results, I’ve noticed that whatever is in this cream helps to blur spots. Right after application, my skin feels smooth – yet, when I look into the mirror, my skin looks a lot more even than it did before I applied the cream. Unfortunately, the next day when I go to apply the cream again, I don’t notice any significant “lightening” of anything. But that instant blurred effect does return when I apply the cream again. So, in all fairness, maybe it’s the cream doing its job?

I like this cream and I do recommend it. What are your favorite day creams? Do you switch things up seasonally?

1.7 oz.
Retails for $45.00.
Made in USA.

REVIEW: Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup – “Buff”

Introducing Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup: “Finally, truly decadent makeup offers ultimate performance. The mousse-like texture feels like silk on your skin. And, the time release formula balances skin for a flawless look. All day flexible wear without flaking, caking or feeling heavy.”

-Buildable to full coverage for flawless skin
-Soft, matte finish all day long
-Withstands heat and humidity – great for summer
-Comes in 16 beautiful shades

*quotes extracted from http://www.revlon.com

Another drugstore find has gotten me excited and happy to finally state that yes, I’ve found a drugstore foundation that meets my expectations. The newly released Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup is the new beauty craze and this product is becoming increasingly difficult to find at various drugstores because of its popularity. My color of choice is “Buff,” even though I debated whether I should purchase “Ivory.”

“Ivory” came off as too pink in my opinion, and “Buff” seemed a bit overly neutral at first. But I’ve discovered that there’s no oxidation and the color and overall look of the foundation gets better and better as the day wears on.

The formula takes some getting used to, especially if you’re like me and you’re used to liquid foundations. It’s a whipped creme foundation so even in the jar, it’s thick, heavy, and mousse-like. At first, this scared me because I was sure that it was going to end up being cakey on my face. A little bit goes a long way, so start off with a small amount and build as you go. After all, it’s easier to add on than to remove.

After dotting some product onto my face, I buff using a synthetic foundation brush. I feel like I have to work quickly and the foundation itself is difficult to move around. Because of its consistency, it doesn’t help that my bare face is matte. I wonder if it will be easier to blend if you apply it onto a freshly moisturized face?

I don’t need to powder and the finish is much like Chanel’s Mat Lumiere – a soft matte appearance that isn’t too glowy/dewy upon application. As it begins to set on your face and the temperature of your body warms up the foundation, it begins to look less flat. And, as the day goes on and your natural oils mix in with it, you’re left with a soft, glowy look that isn’t oily. I like the finish and I like the fact that I don’t need to powder even more.

This foundation is extremely long lasting and stays put. There’s no rubbing off or smudging of any kind; the coverage is medium to full; and, this baby can withstand Texas heat (including the humidity).

Surprisingly, I’m not that bothered by the bulky glass jar. It’s heavy and the weight of it helps it feel a bit more luxurious. It’s obviously not convenient to travel with and it does take up a lot of space; however, most all cream makeup comes in a tub form anyway – even high end. Also, because of the creamy, moussey texture – it wouldn’t be very user friendly if it came in a bottle with a pump. It would probably get clogged all the time!

On the down side, it gets messy. No matter what I do, the sides get messy and the lid gets crusty.

My shade “Buff” is the second lightest shade. It’s not the most exact match for me at first, but it does adjust well onto my skin. To me, it’s too neutral with not enough yellow; but it’s pale enough to be good enough for my skin tone. You can see that the swatch is very creamy and thick, but once you’ve blended it out, it pretty much undetectable and virutally flawless. And, again, I swear this is just like Chanel’s Mat Lumiere foundation. Seriously.

To harp on the color a bit more, I’ve included a swatch of NARS Sheer Glow foundation in “Mont Blanc,” because I feel that this color is the best match for my skin tone EVER. Notice the difference in tone – the NARS foundation is showing up pinker when it’s not because of the heavy neutral tone in Revlon’s “Buff.” I recommend this if you’ve got oily skin or you live in a hot and humid climate. This is also good for those of you who like to specifically have a “summer foundation.” The price varies for this, but I got mine at Target for $12.99. I suspect this jar will last a long, long time.

Even though it isn’t my #1 foundation, it is the most budget-friendly and performs well for the price. The best thing this foundation does is control oil, but because I couldn’t find a good color match, this foundation is a no-go for me.

What are your thoughts?

REVIEW: L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick

I’ve been continuously curious about various drugstore products and brands in the past year or so because of consistent delivery of well-performing and budget-friendly products. I’ve also been going past my comfort zone and experimenting with different colors, textures, and formulas, and I feel that starting at the drugstore where prices are more fair is more comfortable.

Recently, L’Oreal launched a new line of Colour Riche lipsticks and I’m impressed with the formula and color choices.

I picked 3 pink colors and am happy with all of them. To me, they are better than what I’ve previously tried from the durgstore – including the lip butters from a few months back. Also, I like that now companies are integrating color pigmentation with moisturization. Though the Colour Riche Caresse Stick range won’t exceed Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines, it comes close.

“Pink Cashmere” is a bit bright for me personally, but I enjoy having a fun option in my collection. I think this is a great spring color that will transition well into summer. Also, since I like to be a makeup minimalist, this will pair great with a natural look with tinted moisturizer, eyeliner, and volumizing mascara.

“Cotton Pink” is a safer shade for me so it’s not that special. I own so many “regular pinks” that this doesn’t really stand out. However, as an everyday option or an easy go-to color, this is great.

“Pink Plush” is very pale and the least pigmented. If you’re not careful, it will give you the porn-star-washed-out-overly-nude-pink look, haha. But, at the same time, if you apply it carefully and minimally, it’s like applying chapstick because the color pigmentation is so limited.

“Pink Cashmere,” “Cotton Pink,” and “Pink Plush” respectively.

“Pink Cashmere,” “Cotton Pink,” and “Pink Plush” respectively (different angle, natural lighting).

OVerall, I like the formulation – it’s smooth, moisturizing, and easy to apply. It doesn’t dry out my lips as the day goes on, and even after the color fades, I still feel a balm-like texture left behind by the product. I like how the product smooths out lines on your lips and I like the opacity. These babies are not entirely sheer even though they look like they would be in the tube. Lasting time is quite pathetic – but I feel like I can’t blame the product since it was never designed to be “long lasting” or “long wearing.” Also, with super moisturizing formulas, it’s only natural that it will pretty much slip off your lips!

I dislike the packaging the most. It’s a lightweight, cheap, plasticy-y feeling tube and the outside gets dirty very easily. I wish that the tube was clear and silver for some reason, and I find it strange that you can’t view the color until taking the top off. It’s just a minor gripe, and I know you can’t win it all at the drugstore. But I really feel like for such a well-performing product, the packaging should be a bit more attractive.

I got mine at Target for $7.99 each. It’s a fair price for what it is, but I get the feeling each tube won’t last long. I’ve had mine for roughly over a week and have been consistently using it everyday; however, the product is diminishing quickly since I have to always reapply.

As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

Makeup Removal/Cleasing Oil

One of the most important steps to take as a makeup user is to carefully and thoroughly remove everything before going to bed. Late nights out with friends and feeling tired after a late work day can lead us to be quite lazy with our makeup removal. Without this important step, our skin cannot breathe and repair itself at night; also, leaving impurities on your skin from the day before is not good for your skin – let alone, smearing it all over your pillow and then sleeping on it again the next night!

For those of you wanting a brightened and clear skin tone – this is the best thing for you to do: cleanse it thoroughly.

My favorite way to remove makeup is with cleansing oil. Using a cleansing oil is the most precise and thorough way of removing everything off of your face since oil breaks up oil. Also, please note that it doesn’t matter what kind of skin type you have (including oily skins) because it’s not like you’re leaving the oil on – you’ll be washing it off. For me personally, I like to remove my eye makeup with the Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover first. Then, I proceed to using my cleasing oil (onto dry face, with dry hands) – essentially, I massage it around my face, and foundation, concealer, powder, blush, etc. begins to melt right off.

Afterwards, I rinse my face and then move onto my cleansing step (since the removal process is over). Generally, for this step, I use a foam cleanser (sometimes in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia).

Option 1 is my cheaper option for cleansing oils and you can pick it up at your local Asian market. It’s about $13 and I need a good 3-4 pumps to get a sufficient amount of oil. This bottle lasts up to 4 months since I only use it night on a daily basis. It gets the job done, even though it’s not my absolute favorite.

Option 2 is my favorite and most expensive choice for cleansing oils: the Shu Uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. For 15.2 oz. it’s $67 and you have to place an online order. Although at first glance it’s an expensive option, this giant bottle lasts for nearly a year if I use it every night; and, more than a year if I’m alternating or experimenting with other oils or cleansing balms.

This particular oil – the pore clarifying one – is made for combination to oily skins, and is considered the first step for “pore-less skin.” According to the Shu Uemura website, this is “a lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined.” You are able to “wash away pore concerns – enlarged pores and clogged pores that lead to blackheads.” It “effectively removes make-up and impurities inside pores while maintaining the skin’s necessary moisture level.” The product claims to be “empowered with Sakura Complex” and is a “cleansing oil [that] minimizes pores by eliminating excess sebum and visibly smoothes the skin’s surface.”

Here’s a demo: basically I’ve swatched random “long-wear” and “waterproof” makeup items onto dry skin. I let it set for a few minutes before drizzling the Shu Uemura cleansing oil. I rubbed it in, wiped it off, and then washed my arm. Squeaky clean!

Some additional info about Shu Uemura cleansing oil: “it was developed from the knowledge that Mr. Uemura gained while working as a foremost Hollywood makeup artist in the 1950s. The secret to Shu Uemura cleansing oil is protecting the skin’s delicate balance while removing make-up and impurities in a single step.”

What are your thoughts on cleansing oils? Any particular ones you prefer? Have you tried Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils?

*Quotes extracted from http://www.shuuemura-usa.com.

CHANEL Large Tapered Blending Brush #19

Owning a blending brush of any sort is important for anyone’s makeup arsenal. However, so many brands produce them and they do vary in size, shape, and quality. For one, it’s always important to remember that the way a brush performs is key – and, remember that your particular eye shape should be considered when purchasing certain brushes.

For example, smaller and denser eye makeup brushes may help Asians because we have a smaller eye area to work with. It wouldn’t make sense to be using an overly fluffy blending brush.

Today’s post is about the new Chanel Large Tapered Blending Brush #19 compared to the old version that is discountinued now. Though they may appear very, very similar I’ve noticed some key differences.

For one, let’s compare the physical differences:
1. The new version’s ferrule is silver and the handle is a soft matte black color, while the old version’s ferrule is gold and the handle is a shiny black color.
2. Also, note that the shape of the bristles has slightly been altered. The new version is slimmer and the hairs are more compact, making the shape of the brush head pointer and more tapered than the old. The old version is a bit wider, making it more fluffy. It’s also less pointy, making it a better blending brush rather than one that seems more like a “pencil brush.”

The difference in functionality:
1. Old brush: good for blending out color – much like the MAC 217. Helps sheer out colors that you’ve applied dark on accident; and, it’s good at blending out harsh edges.
2. New brush: though the tapered edges is nice, it’s pointed enough to not really be a blending brush. I think it’s better for applying the crease color for definition. It’s also good for blending out and diffusing shadow along the lash line. In my opinion, this is NOT a “blending brush.”

I like the physical appearance of the new version because it’s sleeker and prettier. However, the weight of the brush is incredibly light so it feels a little cheapish to me. If you’re on the hunt for a good blending brush, try MAC’s 217 because it will never fail you. I prefer the old version for its blending purposes, but neither brush is my favorite. For nearly $40, you could get 2 MAC 217’s and be much happier.

Another gripe is that I wish Chanel’s website would indicate what kind of hairs were used for the brushes. I don’t mind natural hair brushes and I equally like synthetic brushes. We know that the MAC 217 is goat hair, but I have no clue about the Chanel brushes.

Retails for $38.00.

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss – #042 “Bellini”

My newest drugstore treasure is a lipgloss that took me by surprise. Revlon is my number one go-to drugstore brand because it’s reliable, performs well, and I’ve rarely been disappointed. Although this is my first Colorburst lipgloss by Revlon, I’m happy to note that I will be looking into other colors. If I were to rank my three lipgloss brands, it would be Laura Mercier, Revlon, and Chanel.

As many of you already know, I’m rather picky about lipgloss and the formula and consistency. Various shades will look pretty in the tube, but we’re paying for the color inside, and I’m happy to report that the Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in the shade “Bellini” is a must-have right away.

The packaging is sleek and thin, much like Chanel’s. I like that it’s not stubby and bulky and I appreciate its matte and textured black handle. The wand is a bit different; although it’s sponge-tipped, it’s thin and curved inwards so it fits perfectly on the lips. I like that you can glide it along your lips as the color spreads evenly. You’d be surprised how many sponge-tipped applicators dump gloopy color onto your lips.

The color is not that unique – a pinky, peachy tone that every brand out there makes. I just found it to be very pretty while perusing through the drugstore and didn’t expect much. However, the formula is perfect – it’s not sticky, but not too thin that it wears off quickly. It doesn’t collect in the corners of my mouth and the color translates very well onto my lips.

On my medium-pigmented lips, it’s slightly nudey colored but still remains pinky-peach so it pairs nicely with any eye look you’ve got going on, whether it’s dramatic or natural. I would definitely recommend this over any lipgloss, but I do have to say that my beloved Laura Mercier glosses will always be number one for me.

You can find this at your local drugstore and prices do vary. I think it’s a great deal, great color, and great formula – so, it’s a win-win for everyone. What are some of your favorite drugstore glosses? If you’ve already tried the Colorburst range from Revlon, how do you like it?

REVIEW: Essie Nail Polish in “Bikini So Teeny” – Summer 2012

It’s quite rare for a nail polish to catch my attention, let alone have its own post – but, I just have to rave about my new favorite nail color: Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny.” It’s totally is rocking to my socks off as of late. As always, I’ve prepped with using the Butter London Nail Foundation for a base coat before this color; and, used the Seche Vite top coat afterwards.

On the Essie website, the color is described as “a sparkling cornflower blue.” Yes, a cornflower-perriwinkle-blue that shouldn’t be confused with that of “baby blue” or “sky blue” (because it’s neither). It has the faintest of faintest glimmer – not shimmer – and the color is so unique. In some ways it appears flourescent because the color really pops.

I’m happy with this for the color and the ease of application. The color doesn’t appear to be streaky or thin; and 2 solid coats should do the trick. My only gripe with Essie formulations is that it takes long to dry (longer than other brands). But one thing that Essie polishes are known for is the “jelly” finish.

This color has been difficult to find recently because of its recent recognition on YouTube. I found mine at Walgreens and it was the last one after hunting it down all afternoon. It’s a great fun summer color and the name is so cute!

CHANEL Le Blanc – Brightening Moisture Lotion

The Chanel Le Blanc skincare range is catered towards those wanting to brighten and illuminate their skin tone. We have to remember to not confuse this with ‘whitening,’ but that’s a whole different ball-game; however, the idea of it remains the same. Another thing to keep in mind (in my opinion), is that eliminating dark spots, age spots, sun spots, and acne scarring takes time; and, I believe products alone cannot deliver such promised results. What I mean by this is that though products like the Le Blanc line can help your skin, it’s unrealistic to rely on them to all of sudden diminish all spots from your face within weeks.

LE BLANC daily brightening skincare ritual marries the power of Eastern philosophy and Western science to illuminate the complexion, delivering more even-toned, radiant skin. Each of the exquisitely textured products in LE BLANC range offers a specific benefit that works in synergy to brighten the complexion. With key ingredients Pearl Protein and Licorice Extracts, this lightweight toner continues to hydrate as it refines skin, rendering it more receptive to the brightening action of LE BLANC ritual.”

Pros:
Lovely packaging
Easy squirt top/nozzle that’s not wasteful
Smells great
Feels clean and moisturizing
Dries on the skin quickly
Skin feels supple and renewed
Non-drying
Noticably brightens TEMPORARILY

Cons:
Expensive
Doesn’t last long (maybe 4 months)
Brightening effect only temporary
No long-term improvements
Will probably work better if using entire range
Didn’t notice any real results

Is this a skincare necessity? No. Is it worth the price and hype? Again, no.

Perhaps there will be some kind of desirable effect if one were to purchase the entire skincare line – but that’s a lot to invest in for something that may or may not work. Another thing to remember is that the illumination and radiance is temporary – in fact, you notice it right away after application. But that’s about it and you shouldn’t expect magical miracles from a toner.

Despite the fancy claims and ingredients, I would skip this and either invest in the serum (which is more potent and designed to penetrate the skin further for better results), or diligently exfoliate your skin to renew it, keep it hydrated, and wear sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent further darkening of the skin.

Also, note that prevention is key. It’s better to protect your skin from damage than to try to reverse damage later on in life.

Retails for $67.50 5 fl. oz.
Made in France.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.