Perricone MD, known specifically for skincare with the anti-ageing ingredient, Neuropeptides, has just released a No Makeup Skincare range. This collection of fresh-faced makeup was designed to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and protect the skin with SPF, keeping skin looking glowing and youthful - much like any other miracle makeup, right?
Well, out of all of the foundations I've been using during the course of 2015, the No Foundation Foundation by Perricone MD has been the only one that feels like it's done my skin a bit of good. I've used countless drugstore foundations that claim to improve blemishes, elasticity and dullness, but perhaps in this category of cosmetics price does make a difference (this foundation is £45, £12 more than my most expensive foundation, Chanel's Vitalumiére Aqua).
The name of the product, No Foundation Foundation, says to me that the formula would be lightweight and almost translucent, as if you're not wearing foundation. However, the foundation provides quite high coverage, and takes a stippling motion to blend in rather than a sweeping motion to avoid brush marks. It's a similar case with the concealer - thick, opaque, and needs a good stippling.
Interestingly, the foundation smells very medical. As soon as I applied the product to my face, I got a wave of clinical odour that reminded me of a trip to the hospital. In all honesty, I didn't really know what to think of this; obviously, no one likes to smell like a hospital, but it also made the products seem a tad more medically legitimate - if that makes any sense.
One of my favourite products from this collection has got to be the bronzer. Easy to blend in, this formula appears quite dark at first, but lightens to a nice contouring shade with a few circular motions of a brush. It's a little difficult to handle without the help of a table, however, as you'll have to juggle a pipette and a slightly runny formula.
The mascara is a great product: lengthening, natural very-dark-blown-to-black shade, and a brush that doesn't overload itself with product. Some people who prefer a wand with fibres, however, may find that this stiff, plasticky brush (somewhat akin to Benefit's They're Real!) is not for them. I'll leave that up to preference.
If you love a super moisturising lipstick, then you'll love the product that ties the whole collection together: the No Lipstick Lipstick. Bringing a touch of colour to your overall look, this lip product is smooth, silky and applies like a dream. I can only compare it to the Clinique Chubby Stick for its dewy finish and subtle colour. PLUS it's packaged with a screw-top lid, meaning no missing lipstick caps in the makeup bag, keeping the product fresh and full of moisture.
Overall I would say this collection is ideal for people with problem skin, because of its anti-ageing and protecting benefits. However, if you prefer 'no fuss' makeup, this is possibly a bit too much to bear, with its fiddly pipettes and patience-demanding stippling.
If you'd like to see a demo of all of these products, check out the video below for my Subtle Bronzed Eye Makeup tutorial, in which I show you each product and how it applies to the skin. Enjoy!