Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in “52 Genie”

I find Chanel’s lip glosses too sticky for my liking — even though time and time again I will purchase one just because it’s so pretty, lol. On a random whim, I ordered the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in “52 Genie” because it looked so pretty. Partnered with the Notes de Printemps Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colours, the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colours, and the Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colours, the Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses are designed to be premium glosses in Chanel’s gloss range.

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The Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses are formulated to be rich with pigment and intense shine. Because they’ve been inspired by the iconic lipsticks ‘Rouge Allure,’ it’s only natural for the glosses to be just as bold. Formulated “with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious hydrating wear and deeply dramatic effect,” these glosses are extra thick as they lay on color and hold in the moisture. While my lips do feel comfortable when wearing this, it feels heavy and sticky on the lips. The shades are admittedly beautiful and there’s something about the formula that allows your lips to look luminous, full, and sensuous. The “double-sided flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition,” and out of all the lip glosses I’ve tried, this doe-foot applicator is simply the best.

The packaging is heavy with the opaque black glossy tube looking and feeling so luxurious. You can’t see the color of the gloss through the packaging, but it doesn’t really bother me. The effects of the gloss are high shine and high pigment — which makes the gloss well worth the money. Lasting power is truly amazing — even after eating and drinking, there’s not a lot of transfer unless you’re wiping your lips.

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“52 Genie” is an intense coral color that leans very peachy-orange. In some lighting, it feels like the color is more red-orange than anything else. It’s highly pigmented and lasts very long on the lips — leaving the leftover pigment to linger even after the gloss has worn off. It’s very pretty and can be a versatile shade for all seasons. However, the formula is just too thick for me. It applies so smooth but it lays heavily on my lips; I feel like it’s getting in the way of everything, including talking, eating, and drinking. If you don’t mind that kind of texture, you’ll love this gloss. It deserves all the hype and attention — I’m not denying that. But for me, I prefer a lighter-textured formula since I don’t mind normally thinner glosses don’t last as long.

Made in France.
Retails for $32.00 USD.

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Chanel Variation Rouge Coco Shine in “89 Satisfaction”

Described to the new “exciting next chapter in the evolution of the iconic modern creme lip color, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Shine provides beautiful, lasting, moisturizing shine in a water-light texture. It glides on for easy application and is available in a complete range of shades, from delicate beiges to dazzling berries, with hints of shimmer to enhance a glossy finish.” The Variation Rouge Coco Shines were added to the regular Rouge Coco Shine range this summer. The Chanel Variation Rouge Coco Shine in “89 Satisfaction” was recommended by Tanya Burr in her May 2014 Favorites video.

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For the most part, I’d say that the Variation Rouge Coco Shines and the Rouge Coco Shines are the same. The packaging, scent, price, and the texture/formula are all the same. What’s unique is the shade in “89 Satisfaction,” which is the first real nude I’ve seen and swatched from Chanel. I may be wrong here; but, most of the nudes I own are quite semi-matte and “89 Satisfaction” seems to be the most watery-glossy nude shade I’ve owned. The color is pretty on and is spot-on for being a true nude shade because it leans brown-nude than pink-nude or peach-nude. It’s not pink based at all, so the nude color you’re getting is pretty nude that caters to your original lip color. Therefore, it’s not nude like a concealer shade.

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I like the color and it looks glossy on the lips so it’s pretty. However, the brown-nude tone of the shade can be unflattering if I apply too much. It could be a great every day shade for those with medium to olive skin tones, and it would really play up the traditional smokey eyes without looking like too much on medium skin tones. I’ve worn it every day and it’s looked great even with natural and neutral makeup; however, for my skin tone, this nude may be too brown for my liking.

Made in France.
Retails for $35.00 USD.

REVIEW: Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid

Lately, I’ve been using the Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid as a light, summer foundation because it provides the most perfect glow and dewiness on the skin. I’m still thoroughly enjoying the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour and it pairs nicely with the All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid. The Chanel CC Cream – Complete Correction Sunscreen is packaged similarly and retails for $55.00 USD. However, I believe that the two products are entirely different — with different results, finish, and texture!

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The Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid “is an ultra-light, sheer foundation with added sun protection to keep your skin healthy, protected and hydrated while smoothing and evening out your complexion.” It is designed to “enhance all skin types with lasting radiance” and allows the “complexion [to] look fresh and rested.” The “soft focus powder and gel blend together to smooth out skin irregularities and…reduce the appearance of pores.” The concept, to me, is just like a BB cream or CC cream because this product is not quite a foundation and shouldn’t be used as such. The plus side of the Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid is that it keeps the skin supple, soft, and hydrated. The texture is light and creamy, but almost gel-like so it’s blendable and dries down semi-matte. My skin felt comfortable and soothed; but, best of all, my skin looked radiant and smooth without looking cakey or heavy (like foundation can).

Coverage is super minimal; in fact, this is probably the sheerest base product I’ve ever owned. At first, it seems like you’ve done/applied nothing because the effects are so subtle. The soft focus abilities of this product is truly the best part because it looks so natural and your skin looks like skin. The “glow” seems to come from super tiny shimmer particles; but, overall, it doesn’t look like much on the skin.

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I chose the shade N10, which is the lightest shade available and correlates with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour powder in N10. The shades can be pretty forgiving since it’s so blendable, so I think it will be quite flexible if you tan during the summer. Another great thing about the All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid is that it’s perfect for the summer time — since your skin will look so fresh and dewy. I think it allows the skin to breathe and just look healthy, so it will be great for the day time or for when it’s the weekend. I’d recommend to pair this with a higher coverage concealer if this is all you plan on wearing. I think paired with a powder foundation, this will be a great base/primer as well. Worn alone — it would be best to wait for one of those “good skin days,” lol. It’s super easy to apply — if I’m not using a synthetic buffing brush, I’m slapping this stuff on with my hands.

I recommend this product and I really love it so far. However, coverage is minimal so it may be a hassle for those who require more coverage. For me, I like it best for its abilities to even out the skin, soothe irritation, and impart a subtle glow.

Made in France.
Retails for $45.00 USD.

REVIEW: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup in BR 12

Last week, Chanel released their newest foundation called the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup, and I was a little hesitant in trying it out. In the past, Chanel’s foundations have been just okay for me; more often than not, they either caused major oiliness for me or caused clogged pores that would lead to some breakouts. When my local Nordstrom released it early and my curiosity was seriously peaked, I caved and knew that I needed to give this a try. I wasn’t really into the Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup, and it really wasn’t all that special compared to my usual favorites.

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The Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup is a “lightweight, oil-free fluid foundation by Chanel [that] provides you with a gorgeous, long-lasting matte-velvet finish for complexion perfection.” Designed to be light and feathery on the skin, “its soft-focus pigments smooth and perfect the skin for a flawless look that lasts all day.” The watery-light texture is thin, and is formulated for those with normal to oily skin. Much like the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup, the concept is the same — with the texture of the formula and similar packaging. However, the finish for the Velvet Smooth Effect foundation is different. It’s powdery soft — giving the skin a softer look, with some pore and pigmentation coverage and oil control. It also zeros in giving the skin a more matte and polished look — seemingly less natural-looking than the effects you would get from the Vitalumiere Aqua.

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This time around, I chose the shade BR12 (Beige Rose 12), which is the lightest shade in the pink toned range. Previously, I used B10 in Vitalumiere Aqua, and felt that the yellow base didn’t really help me at all. I like the BR12 shade better since it matches my skin’s undertone much better. Compared to the B10, there’s a slight difference in tone but the lightness of the shade still matches me well. Overall, I like the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup and I would recommend it for those who want more a powdery-effect finish on the skin. This foundation controls oil well and is long-lasting on the skin; it doesn’t require powder and the finish is natural, even though the coverage is quite high.

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I think the Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup is worth checking out for the summer months. However, it’s not a life-changing product and you can get by with the Vitalumiere Aqua if you still have that. Nowadays, a lot of companies are coming out with lighter textured foundations, so this concept isn’t new. It’s best to find what works for your skin, so if need be, ask for a sample of this product and see what you think! Overall, I like this foundation because it looks and feels like skin — and, for me, that’s an important quality in foundations/base makeup. I like the texture, the finish, and the way it looks on the skin; and, I’d also prefer this formulation over the Vitalumiere Aqua version.

Check out more blog posts about this foundation here at The RAEviewer and The Beauty Look Book.

Made in France.
Retails for $45.00 USD.

Face of the Week

Remember when I got the Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette and I couldn’t stop using it because it was true love? Well, that routine went on for months and months — and, yes, there’s only so much you can do with the same palette and only 6 colors. Now, I’ve officially moved on after a little break from the Naked Basics Palette and my recent purchase of the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes. It’s ALL about the LM palette now.

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CHANEL Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base & CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour
As usual with many of my face of the day routine, my base makeup is quite basic. I used the Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base before applying some concealer. Then I dusted on some Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N10 to seal the deal. Beautiful finish — natural, glowy, and just pretty.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla”
My concealer of choice is still the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and it’s great because of its creamy consistency and superb coverage. There’s really nothing more you can ask for in a concealer — sounds dramatic, I know. My shade in “Vanilla” is a great match and only a teeny tiny dot of product is all you need.

CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in “Espiegle”
A “shop my stash” find — I regrettably abandoned this blush so it hasn’t been in regular rotation. The silky texture is truly unique and will look so beautiful on the skin. I am re-obsessed with this and I’m reminded of how much I love Chanel blushes in general. Welcome back, old friend.

Benefit Ooh La Lift
For brightening the under eye area, I’m still relying on the Benefit Ooh La Lift to do the trick. I’ve noticed on days I don’t use this, I can tell! So, of course, with that said, this is an every day must for sure.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter
I haven’t used a Lip Butter in ages, so naturally, it was time to bust it out and put it back in rotation. A while back, I got the shade “Pink Lemonade” — not just because the name was cute — but because it’s a sheer, light pink shade that was pretty and hydrating. Originally, I wasn’t too happy with the Revlon Lip Butters because I felt that they made my lips flaky and appear dry even when they were not. But this shade seems to work for me.

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Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes
Still the featured item on this post — the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes 2013 as previously mentioned. I love playing with the colors and the versatility of this palette is the one of the reasons why it’s worth the money. I don’t have last year’s version and I’ve read on blogs that there are some duplicates in this palette. Personally, I’d prefer this palette over any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes.

Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base & Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara
I’m back to using my beloved Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base and I’ve missed it for sure. I swear, layering this base before ANY mascara will help your curl stay all day. And, the best part is tat it will keep your lashes hydrated and nourished so it doesn’t get dried out from curling your lashes every day and using heavy-duty mascara. My tube will last 6 months without looking gross, so while it’s expensive at $24.00 USD, it’s worth having it around. And, yes, I’m still using my random no-name Japanese brow pencil and I’m still really liking it for now.

Probably by next week, I’ll be in a foundation mood so stay tuned. And, as always, thanks for reading. :)

REVIEW: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “86 Instinct”

Awhile ago, it was requested that I put together an overview of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lip products comparing and contrasting colors and textures. Since then, no new colors from the Rouge Coco range intrigued me and I moved onto other products. Recently, with all the new fall products being released from all brands across the board, I became re-intrigued with the Rouge Coco Shines.

I came back to them when I saw the shade “86 Instinct,” and I’m so glad that I’ve re-kindled my love for these lip products. It’s nice to return to such faithful products, especially when you’re reminded of why you loved them so much in the first place.

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The Rouge Coco Shines are considered an “evolution” in lipsticks, and is marketed as an “iconic modern creme lip color” that “provides beautiful, lasting, moisturizing shine in a water-light texture.” As promised, it glides on smoothly and beautifully, while keeping the lips hydrated and comfortable. Also, there’s so many shades to choose from, I’m sure there’s bound to be a shade that appeals to everyone. The light texture of the formula is my favorite part of the Rouge Coco Shines — it’s thin yet delivers good amount color — that way, it doesn’t feel heavy or ‘product-y’ on the lips.

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Priced the same as YSL’s Glossy Stains, these Rouge Coco Shines are definitely high-end. But I think they’re worth the price and hype. The shade “86 Instinct” is not necessarily a ‘your lips but better’ kind of color, and understandably, it’s not that entirely unique. But it’s the subtleness of the color that is the secret to this product. The barely-there baby-pink tone is pretty and glossy on the lips, and can be paired with an every day look or a more smokey look. Either way, it proves to be quite versatile.

Made in France.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

It’s a Chanel Kind of Day

I’m never a fan about stubbornly sticking with a single brand. But, for me, my collection is so vast my products have to be on rotation — even when I’m travelling or on vacation. A few days ago, I was really feeling the inner Chanel goddess within me; so, I decided I’d pamper my complexion with Chanel products — old and new. Sometimes it’s the little things that can really kick-start your day — like, starting your morning with a wee bit of Chanel.

My base makeup started with applying the Chanel CC Cream – Complete Correction Sunscreen, and I really made sure to apply an even layer all over my face. With CC creams, since they’re mostly a skincare item rather than a cosmetic item, I try to be quite liberal with the application — often, using it even on my eyelids and neck.

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Then, I powdered with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour in N10. Using a big, fluffy brush, I generously dusted the product all over my face. But, I concentrated most of the color/product on the center of my face since that’s where I wanted to really attribute some glow.

Also, I was inspired by YouTube’s MakeupByTiffanyD and her recent Chanel haul — so, I dug around my collection to resurrect my long-lost Chanel blush in Rose Ecrin. Years ago, I was obsessed with Chanel’s blushes and that’s all I used for months. It was nice to “shop my stash” and rediscover this blush; it’s truly a classic staple item. On a side note, Chanel blushes have a rose scent, which I know can be off-putting for some. But, the blushes are long-lasting, look pretty on the skin, and the thing will last years and years. Using this blush again reminded me why I love Chanel blushes and why I was so obsessed with them awhile back. I would have to say that my love the blushes have been rekindled. :)

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I felt re-inspired using items that were already in my possession. This month, I’ve been dabbling in new products and really taking the time to research them — so, it was nice using what was already in my collection since they’ve surpassed the “trial period.”

I encourage all of you to shop from your current stash as well. What are you loving this week?

REVIEW: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 – N10

Behold: the Chanel Les Beiges Collection and I finally have it in my possession. For months now, I’ve been lusting after this powder ever since I saw it creep into the US market via beauty blogs. I couldn’t wait so I pre-ordered it and I’m just blown away by the product. This weekend, while visiting my brother in Dallas, I saw the collection in person so I’m pretty sure it’s available at your local Nordstrom now. And, you know what? You need this. You need this in your life. Now.

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LES BEIGES: A MANIFESTO FOR A HEALTHY GLOW“With an effortless touch, this innovative, versatile powder makeup enhances, brightens or bronzes the complexion for a custom glow. On its own, it heightens skin’s natural beauty; over foundation, provides a sheer, luminous finish. Advanced technology protects against skin-dulling environmental stressors, while White Rose and Cotton Flower offer absolute comfort for even the most sensitive complexions. In seven no-fail shades; each, with its own sculpted half-moon brush.”

The Les Beiges powders were created to “enhance, brighten, bronze” the skin in a sheer and glowy way. This powder comes in 7 effortless shades, and is designed to be versatile to “create a custom glow for any season, any occasion. The sheer, lightweight colour can be worn alone or over foundation for natural radiance each day.”

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First of all, let’s take a moment to just oohh-aaahh over the packaging. It’s just breathtakingly beautiful and all that you would expect from Chanel. Rather than the traditional glossy all-black packaging, it’s a glossy creamy white. Beautiful. Completely. The brush that it comes with — unfortunately — is quite useless, especially if you plan on using the powder all over. But if you’ve purchased the darker shades to use as a bronzer, this may not be that bad.

The texture of the powder is soft and fluffy. It’s extremely lightweight and glowy, without looking glittery or unnatural. On a separate note, much like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, this product is very much lighting-oriented for sure. It creates the softest glow around the face. When paired with foundation, it just seals the deal: delivering the most prettiest effect on the face. Pores, lines, discoloration, etc. are all diffused and blurred — it’s like photoshop. When worn alone, it’s kind of like a powder foundation without the heaviness and often the cakeiness too.

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N10 is the lightest shade of all the colors and works well for me as a powder because it matches my skin tone. For those with darker skin tones, this can be a beautiful highlighter. This powder, as advertised, definitely enhances your skin and makes it look radiant. The hype around this product is unreal, but I think it’s totally worth it and belongs in your collection for sure. In person, many of the colors look dark except for N10 which is slightly on the pink side, and N20 which leans more yellow but is still fair/light. I like that these powders can be a setting powder, a highlighter, or bronzer — completely depending on your skin tone. In fact, if your budget permits it, 2-3 shades for your collection could be like a super dream.

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The powder is expensive, but because it’s rather multi-functional, it’s worth considering. It’s also beautiful to look at and looks beautiful on the skin. If you’re unsure about your coloring, check them out in person because that will really help. I highly recommend this product and it totally doesn’t matter if you need this for a special occasion or not! You must have this in your collection.

Retails for $57.50 USD.
Made in France.

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

Face of the Day – “professional edition”

I’m not quite out of my makeup funk yet, but I’ve been trying to gain some inspiration here and there from various YouTube videos and fashion magazines in my spare time. Last week, I had to be “professionally appropriate” for presentations and meetings, so I definitely had to put forth a little more effort for that reason. I also needed my face makeup to last through the long days, the commute, and the hotness that we’re experiencing in Texas. Also, since I work in an academic setting, my makeup needed to reflect that as well.

As usual, I kept things simple but appropriate.

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Normally, I don’t powder over base products (unless it’s my T-zone); and, very rarely do I layer a mineral foundation over my original base product. For the sake of looking polished and extra put-together, I used my Chanel CC Cream and dusted my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Porcelain” over everything. The finish was light and perfect. However, the layer did leave me looking a bit matte and flat. So, I added some glow by using the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in 01. For blush, I resorted to my trusty MAC “Well Dressed” to finish off the face.

The star of the show and my newest primer love is the Benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer. After my skin care, I swiped this primer on before adding my CC cream on top. And, let me just say, this is what saved the day for me. If you’re looking for a primer that is strictly designed to make you makeup last — this is the primer you should be using. The glue-stick design is appropriate because it really does make you makeup stick.

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Not pictured is MAC’s Fix + face mist, but I needed something a little extra to help my skin look more natural and to diffuse the effects of the powder. My brow routine is the same and is still in its growing-out process nearly 8 months later, lol. For lips, I kept it simple with just some La Mer lip balm. As for the eyes, I dusted on a skintone-like eyeshadow (Urban Decay’s “Naked”) from a palette, added some eyeliner and mascara.

For me, looking professional and put-together is important; but functionality is important as well. I had these products on my face for nearly 14 hours and nothing melted or smeared. As mentioned before, the primer was truly the star and I would totally recommend that.

Review: CHANEL Resynchronizing Skincare – Day, Night, Weekend

I’m still very happy with my current skincare routine and I haven’t had the desire to change out the SK-II products that I’ve been quite attached to. However, I was curious about the new Resynchronizing Skincare line recently released by Chanel. The concept is unique, but I’ll let you view the video available here on Chanel’s US website. This line is also available at Nordstrom exclusively.

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There are three steps, but the items would have to be purchased separately (which can get very expensive). In an effort to explore the new line without breaking the bank, I asked for samples at the counter. And, I must say, out of all my times of visiting the Chanel counter, the sales associate this particular day was helpful and very generous. The basic philosophy of the line is to “reset your skin” from enduring every day aggressors. Also, all three items act as serums and are designed to supplement your current routine.

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Chanel’s claims: “In an ideal world, your skin’s functions would perform in perfect balance. However, daily life, lack of sleep, travel and hectic schedules disrupt skin’s natural rhythms, causing signs of dullness, fatigue and stress to appear. The complexion can appear tired, with an uneven texture. To restore the complexion to its optimal state, Chanel created three skincare products, customized to your weekly needs. Together, the products help to resynchronize skin’s natural rhythms throughout the day, the night and the weekend for a perfectly balanced complexion – even-textured, smooth, supple and beautiful.”

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This irritated my skin on the first day and it may be because of the Salicylic Acid. But on the second day, my skin was fine. The thin texture of this product allows it be added under your daytime moisturizer and sunscreen, so it doesn’t disrupt your routine. This also helped control oil during the day due to the Salicylic Acid, and I can imagine this may work to help those with acne-prone skin. It felt nice on my skin and I felt special having applied this before my makeup, but I didn’t see anything happen to my skin the two weeks I tried my samples. Also, the scent was a bit much for me.

1.7 oz. & retails for $85.00 USD.

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The night serum is much thicker and feels more like a night cream. My skin felt intensely hydrated and plump and I really liked the effect. While it doesn’t claim to have any real anti-aging benefits, I really did feel like this was helping “repair” and “reset my skin” during the night. My skin felt so nice in the morning after I washed my face. I applied this generously on my neck as well after the first night and I really felt that, in the long run, this could potentially yield some real results.

1.7 oz. & retails for $85.00 USD.

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The ‘weekend’ option is my favorite and the one that I would recommend if you could only get one. It’s also the product that produced the most results as well. Because of the Glycolic Acid Complex, it’s designed to be used as a treatment once a week, or over the weekend — as the marketing suggests. I applied this at night only underneath my night cream and washed it off in the morning using Cetaphil. This truly brightens and awakens my skin — it tightens and really works with the pores on my face. Something about this product is soothing and calming, yet it’s really working too because of the Glycolic Acid Complex. This functions as a mild exfoliator that you can wear throughout the night without irritating your skin. LOVE.

1.7 oz. & retails for $115.00 USD.

Overall, do you need all 3? No. I’d say that ‘night’ and ‘weekend’ serums are most efficient and worth the money. But if you had to pick one, I’d go with the ‘weekend.’ As for the resynchronizing claims — I can’t say that I felt like my skin was totally repaired. However, by gentle exfoliation and deep hydration at night, your skin repairs itself on its own anyway. I wouldn’t say that any of these are completely necessary, but the concept is nice and it feels great. I’ve used the samples for a little over two weeks and then went back to my SK-II. If you really want to invest in skincare, I’d shell out money for SK-II. But I’m glad I requested samples for the Resynchronizing Skincare. I may go back for the ‘weekend’ serum, but it’s only if I can use up what I already have! :)