I love talking about skin care, but I am always honest when I say that my skin is pretty good. I love pampering it, but I’ll admit that I’m not the best judge of what “works.” (Don’t get jealous — my metabolism and hair is another story.)
Anyway, to give a different perspective, I thought I’d share a review from my blogger BFF Leah:
Walking into Sephora is dangerous for me. Clothing stores aren’t dangerous for me at all, but put me anywhere with products that claim to improve my hair or skin, and I’m there. Anyway, if just walking into Sephora is dangerous, walking in with Rachel is close to disastrous. She’s the master of all things beauty, and let’s just say she doesn’t exactly discourage consumerism.
OK, let me back up. A few weeks ago, Rachel and I spent a few hours (while blowdrying our hair, of course) talking about our “things.” As in, which parts of our bodies we like and which parts we feel we need to work on a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I love my body as it is. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas that couldn’t benefit from a little attention. The skin on my face is one of those things. In fact, it’s THE thing for me. (Area that needs zero attention? My nails — they’re perfect and I barely have to do anything to them.)
The skin on my face has ALWAYS bothered me. I’ve never had raging acne, but I’ve always had pimples. Or at least, since middle school (though I have to say, they’ve been wayyy better since I cut back on sugar). Because of my annoying, persistent acne, I’ve been wearing makeup since middle school. Not heavy eye or lip makeup, but lots of cover-up, foundation, powder, etc. My evolution from Cover Girl to BareMinerals took place a couple years ago. I realized that expensive makeup, does, in fact, sometimes look better than cheap makeup (note: not always the case). So I rolled with BareMinerals for a while, and I still like it. But there are a few things I didn’t like: it’s time-consuming to apply, it’s not great for people with oily skin (and my skin is as oily as they come), and it’s MESSY. It always gets all over the counter in my bathroom.
So when I walked into Sephora that day, I was definitely open to trying something new. Rachel was there to restock her Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, which she claimed was the most non-makeup-y makeup ever. I was pretty skeptical that MUF was actually that great. I mean, Rachel’s “thing” that she doesn’t need to work on at all is her skin! Have you SEEN Rachel’s skin in her pics or videos? The girl’s face is just as flawless in person. So of COURSE her makeup looks great. Anyway, suffice it to say I doubted it would have the same effect on me.
But I trust Rachel and I was pretty desperate to try something new. So I decided to try the Make Up Forever’s Duo Mat powder foundation. I like powder foundations because my skin is too oily for liquid foundation, but needs more coverage than just powder alone. I liked that the MUF powder foundation had the word “Mat” in the title, even if it was spelled wrong. That was promising. So a Sephora employee matched my color (no surprise, I was the absolute lightest one!) and I walked away hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
I tried the powder foundation for the first time that night, and let me say, my expectations were blown out of the water. First of all, it takes seconds to apply, unlike my old BareMinerals, which would take 5-10 minutes to apply well. Second of all, it makes my skin look FLAWLESS. And it doesn’t look like makeup! That’s the biggest selling point for me. When you’re wearing MUF, it doesn’t look like you have gobs of makeup on. You can see your actual SKIN. And yet, it somehow manages to have really full coverage (which I need). The best part is that it keeps my skin matte for longer than anything else! I’ve tried a few different powder foundations as a supplement to my BareMinerals — MAC’s StudioFix and Benefit’s Hello Flawless — and the Duo Mat is far superior, though it’s in the same price range (I paid $32).
Anyway, suffice it to say I’ve ditched my BareMinerals completely and have been using the Duo Mat exclusively since I bought it. I love it, and won’t ever go back. The moral of this story is: When Rachel tells you to buy makeup, just do it. You won’t regret it.
Thank you, Leah! I may “not discourage consumerism,” but I do it from the bottom of my heart. I know how much finding the right product can affect you and, well, all I can really say is, I’ve spent more money over the years on this stuff than my college education and it’s good to know that my obsession is helping someone!