Hello! Brace yourself ladies and gentleman, I have quite a special review for you today. This could quite possibly be the first foundation review I have ever done! Behold, the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Fair.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Fair
This unique, multi-purpose formula allows the natural health of your skin to shine through, while providing non-chemical SPF 30 broad spectrum protection. Helps protect skin undertones and delivers translucent coverage, while boosting skin’s moisture level throughout the day. It is absorbed quickly and infused high potency ingredients that provide anti-aging benefits and helps firm skin’s appearance. It’s also formulated with specially treated pigments, blended with light diffusing mica to instantly soften the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Skin will look smooth and naturally radiant.
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 12.2% Titanium Dioxide 3.2%
Zinc Oxide – Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. Along with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide is considered to have no risk of skin irritation. It can also be an anti-irritant and potentially an antioxidant – Paula’s Choice
Titanium Dioxide – Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. It protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered to have no risk of skin irritation. Because of its gentleness, titanium dioxide is an excellent sunscreen active for use on sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. It is also great for use around the eyes, as it is highly unlikely to cause stinging in this area – Paula’s Choice
Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum Hydroxide (skin protectant/cosmetic colorant), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C – skin conditioning), Ascorbyl Palmitate (anti-oxidant), Butylene Glycol (humectant/skin conditioning), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (skin conditioning/anti microbial), C13-14 Isoparaffin (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin conditioning), Caprylyl Glycol (skin conditioning), Ceramide 2 (skin conditioning agent), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient/thickener), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Cyclohexasiloxane (emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (emollient), Dimethicone (emollient/silicone), Dimethyl MEA (pH adjuster), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (humectant/skin conditioning), Disodium EDTA (preservative), Ethylhexyl Palmitate (emollient, skin conditioning), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioning), Fragrance/Parfum, Glycerin (humectant, skin conditioning), Glyceryl Stearate (gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance, slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface), Glycolic Acid (AHA – intended to improve the overall look and feel of the skin), Hexylene Glycol (viscosity decreasing agent), Iron Oxides (colorant), Laureth-7 (surfactant/emulsifier), Lecithin (emollient, skin conditioning), Limonene (essential oil), Linalool (essential oil), Mica (mineral – reflects, refracts, gives texture), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (skin conditioning), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (surfactant, emulsifying), PEG-100 Stearate (surfactant), PEG-8 (humectant, solvent), Phenoxyethanol (fragrance/preservative), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract (emollient), Polyacrylamide (binding, film forming), Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone (skin conditioning), Silica (anti caking agent), Silica Dimethyl Silylate (emollient, emulsion stabilising), Sodium Hyaluronate (humectant, skin conditioning), Sodium Lactate (skin conditioning), Sorbitan Stearate (surfactant, emulsifying), Stearic Acid (emulsion stabilising), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (anti oxidant, skin conditioning), Thioctic Acid (anti oxidant), Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen agent), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate (anti oxidant, skin conditioning), Tribehenin (emollient/skin conditioning), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (silicone – emulsifier), Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethy Hexyl Dimethicone (silicone – prevents moisture loss), Water/Aqua, Xanthan Gum (emulsion stabiliser)
I am a little guilty of having this product in my possession for a while *boos from audience*. Now now, you know what I’m like with skincare… and foundations… and general regular blogging… *guilty face*
I tried the original Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation last year from Latest in Beauty and I have to say I was disappointed. The colour did not match my face at all. It is more suited to warmer complexions – possibly olive toned. The sample is still in my drawer, ready to be given to my mother. When I was offered the chance to try the new Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation in Fair I was keen to give the highly coveted range another go. I did have my reservations that it wouldn’t suit me but… things can surprise you.
I do apologise for how bad my skin is! (I also can’t remember what lipstick I am wearing.. sorry!) You can see that the coverage is very sheer, my imperfections are toned down so to speak (and boy do I have a lot of those…). My skin looks brighter and it’s almost as if my skin looks softer and blurred. It feels soft to the touch.
Even though this coverage isn’t as high as I like (and that is why God created foundations), the main benefit for me is the skincare benefits. The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Fair is wonderfully hydrating; no caking, no flaking, no sitting on the surface of my skin. To me, this feels more hydrating than the original version. When I apply this in the morning and I have applied a highlighter/blush on the top, it’s still there when I get home on a night. Travelling to and from work and working in a stuffy office means that my make up usually needs to be reapplied by lunchtime, so I am very impressed by this. My skin does not feel dry or dehydrated either, even when faced with the bitterly cold weather we have been having on and off. Perricone MD recommend that you reapply this every 2 hours, to top up the sunscreen, but I think you would also be topping up on the hydration and on the coverage as well.
I think this would be perfect for those who are planning on travelling abroad. I personally suffer from reactions to sun protection on my face, and I don’t want to apply a full face of make up – especially if I’m getting sweaty. The sun protection, coverage and the hydration means that your face will be protected and perfected whilst you use it – yay!
My only issue with this product is the price. In my view, it is expensive. I think if you were going backpacking *cries with jealousy* then you would probably get your money’s worth out of this as the combination of make up and skincare saves you a lot of room in your luggage for tacky souvenirs – double yay! I also think this would be more suitable for mature skins as opposed to younger skins as there are more benefits to be had such as the blurring of fine lines and wrinkles. You young ‘uns have it so easy!