Friday, October 24, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation...My Review + Swatches of Every Shade

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: The Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Revela Foundation in 110 Caramel.
Never one to ignore a new luxury foundation release, I recently tracked down the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation (available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora).  I planned to simply swatch the shades since I had received many questions regarding this formula, but once I experienced it on my skin, I was compelled to pick up a bottle in my shade (which, for reference, is 110 Caramel).  Boasting medium to full coverage, anti-aging skincare benefits and a natural, slightly glowy finish, this foundation is utterly marvelous! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade, images of the foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: The formula contains a mixture of chemical + physical sunscreen.
Here are the oficial details, courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A high-performance foundation formula enriched with special skincare moisturizing properties to create the appearance of naturally younger-looking skin. 

What it does:
Perfect Reveal Lifting Foundation enhances your complexion’s natural youthfulness, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and achieves medium to full foundation coverage. Specially formulated with the exclusive Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex™, this foundation is infused with extracts of gold silk sericin, Italian olive oil, and vitamin B3. This unique blend of ingredients work together to restore the skin’s natural moisture, smooth the skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks.

-Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex™: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks. 

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Glycerin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Tocopherol, Bht, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tribehenin, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrolyzed Silk, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Propylparaben, Ci 77891, Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499.

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: This comes in a sleek glass bottle with a pump dispenser for precise product release.
My Thoughts:

This foundation is intriguing.  The liquid texture could initially give off the impression that it yields sheer coverage; however, the formula is pigment rich and a little goes a long way in achieving a medium to full coverage effect.  Applied with a dampened Beauty Blender, it glides on with ease and I do not need more than two or three small pumps to cover my entire face.

Texturally, this is smooth and hydrating, imparting a natural matte finish that makes my skin look healthy, even and slightly creamy.  I don't find that it settles into fine lines and, even after hours of wear, it remains intact, somehow avoiding all signs of oxidation.  Although the coverage is magnificent, I feel like my skin can still breathe! I get 5-6 hours of comfortable wear (on a hot day) before needing to touch up with powder and can't wait to test its longevity when the weather gets cooler and more fall-like around here...I suspect it will be quite good.  A bit of dewiness and glow develops after about an hour of wear, but it is nominal, does not compromise the performance of the foundation and personally, I think it actually enhances the beauty of the finish.  

There is no fragrance to potentially irritate my sensitive skin and I haven't experienced any adverse effects with any of the ingredients in this formula.  All in all, this is a lovely release and I find that I am reaching for it frequently, along with my beloved Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation.  

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Swatches (thick and blended) of 110 Caramel in direct sunlight.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: All shades of the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation.
Above: Outside of Saks Beverly Hills...pursuing the natural lighting.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Swatching in session.
  • 60 Classic: Pale alabaster beige for very fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10)
  • 75 Bisque: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 15)
  • 78 Beige: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral undertones (@N 15-20)
  • 80 Creamy: Very light beige for fair to light skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 15-20)
  • 100 Natural Glow: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20-23)
  • 110 Caramel: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to olive undertones (@N/NC 23-25)  **My current match
  • 120 Natural Beige: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow-peach undertones (@N/NC 23-25)
  • 130 Warm Rose: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 23-25)
  • 140 Rose Beige: Medium beige for medium skin with rosy-peach undertones (@N/NW 25-30)
  • 144 Bronze: Medium beige for medium-dark skin with neutral to rosy olive undertones (@N/NW/NC 30)
  • 148 Amber: Medium-dark beige for medium-dark skin with warm tan undertones (@N/NC 35)
  • 150 Almond: Rich dark brown for darker skin with neutral undertones (@N 40-42)
  • 160 Soft Tan: Peachy brown for dark tan skin with peach to rosy undertones (@N/NW 40-42)
  • 170 Golden Honey: Rich dark brown for dark skin with deep honey undertones (@N/NC/NW 45)
  • 180 Soft Sable: Deepest brown for deep dark skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 50+)

dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Indoor lighting.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches
Above: Indoor lighting witha a flash.
dolce and gabbana perfect reveal lift foundation swatches

Below: Wearing Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation in #110 Caramel (these images were taken after 7 hours of wear!) in various lighting situations...
Above: In outdoor sunlight...also wearing Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick in Come Up (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK).
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In natural sunlight...note the slight glow.
Above: Outdoor lighting without a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash...experimental hairdo in action.
Above: Outdoor shade, no flash.
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.

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Bottom Line:  I am really glad that I took the time to pursue the Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation (available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora).  Although it is not readily available at a spectrum of retailers, there is something about the thrill of the hunt that is inherently satisfying! This formula's creamy, medium coverage finish, coupled with purported anti-aging benefits makes for a formidable release, expecially when one considers the very respectable lasting power.  Although I haven't used it regularly enough (this girl has been testing a massive amount of foundations lately!) to calibrate any long term skincare benefits, I am consistenly pleased with how smooth and soft my skin feels during and after wear.  This will continue to be a part of my foundation rotation and I recommend it for those seeking slightly glowy, medium to full coverage and skincare benefits...it's marvelous!

Have YOU tried this formula yet?  Thoughts?

Much more soon, including some style posts, a current makeup routine video and some new eye shadow!

xx and happy Friday,

--The Beauty Professor

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Interview with Lipstick Queen Poppy King + Swatches of the Silver Screen Collection


Above: BP + Poppy King at Barney's NY Beverly Hills.
I have been enchanted by Poppy King's Lipstick Queen line (mentioned HERE, HERE and HERE) for decades.  As an unapologetic lipstick fiend, the notion of a cosmetics line entirely devoted to an evolving menagerie of lip products is simply thrilling.  Imagine my delight when given the chance to interview Poppy during her most recent West Coast appearance at the iconic Barney's New York in Beverly Hills.  Petite and stylish with flawless alabaster skin and a terribly warm personality, Poppy is a modern classic.  She is every bit as lovely as I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together.

Kindly scroll on for the details of our chat, a closeup of the brilliant new Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick collection as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The Lipstick Queen aesthetic is perfection.
Beauty Professor: What inspired you to start your own lipstick line?

Poppy King: "I have always been mesmorized by lipstick...since I was age seven playing dress up.  I created the line out of necessity as I couldn't find the right shade and texture on the market...the success of the Lipstick Queen line 25 years later demonstrates that anything is possible!"

BP: What are some of your favorite non-lipstick beauty products?

PK: "The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Diorshow Blackout Mascara and Eve Lom Tinted Moisturizer.  These products reflect my 'lips, lashes and skin' philosophy.  I also really love the Nya Mineral Sunscreen."

BP: What Lipstick Queen product would you recommend to a woman who has never really worn lipstick?

PK: "Medieval Lipstick gives a really beautiful flush that looks like naturally rosy lips."

BP: What are some of your favorite foods?

PK: (smiling) "Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, kale and ice cream."

BP: Where was the last place you've traveled to, prior to your trip to LA)?

PK: "Paris."

BP: Last film you've watched?

PK: "Gone Girl."

BP: What message would you like to convey to women concerned about the aging process?

PK: "Sophistication is just as beautiful as youth."

Above: Poppy doing a one-on-one lipstick consultation...she is so kind, welcoming and helpful to her fans.
Above: Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick, swatched for me by Poppy herself!
Above: From barely-there sheers to luxe full coverage creams, the Lipstick Queen line has something for every lip product connoisseur.
Poppy's prolific Lipstick Queen line most recently debuted the Silver Screen Lipstick Collection.  Housed in stunning silver metal cases, these vibrant, slightly shiny gems are all together wondrous.
I have already mentioned the Silver Screen lipsticks HEREHERE and HERE and hope you enjoy this closeup of all seven shades! 

Above: The Lipstick Queen Silver 

Here are the Silver Screen Collection official details, courtesy of Lipstick Queen:

"This intensely rich but wet formula, inspired by the slinky ladies of the silver screen, is a ground-breaking, industry-first. Silver Screen is a homage to Hollywood sassiness, if this lipstick could walk it would sashay. My most vixen lipstick to date!" – Poppy King, Lipstick Queen Founder

Discover Silver Screen, a dazzling and revolutionary new lipstick formulation inspired by the glamour of the silver screen. These wet-look, color-rich and ultra-moisturizing lipsticks feel like silk on the lips yet pack a full pigment-punch. The sumptuous, mouth-watering texture is achieved with a high percentage of a ground-breaking new active ingredient, Pomegranate Sterols. Enriched with this 100% natural ingredient, anti-oxidant Vitamin E and Vitamin A, Silver Screen’s delicious formulation ensures lips stay soft and hydrated all day long.
These seven dramatic and head-turning shades deliver high-impact and long-lasting glamour to you and your lips in just one swipe.
  • Deliciously glamorous and super-comfortable wet-look texture
  • Intense pigments, rich long-wearing colors
  • Pomegranate extract keeps lips glossy, soft and hydrated
  • Naturally scented with highest quality Peppermint Oil

Above: The weighty silver cases and embossed Lipstick Queen insignia add their undeniable allure.
The Silver Screen lipsticks (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK) are as magnificent as described above.  The texture is light and buildable, offering significant opacity with each pass.  I get 4-5 hours of lasting power before feeling the need to touch up and my lips stay hydrated and comfortable over the duration of wear.  Two of my favorite shades include the bright and rosy Come Up (reviewed HERE) and the peachy coral See Me (worn HERE).
  • Come Up: A creamy and cool light pink.
  • Made It: A deep wine with aubergine undertones.
  • Play It: A hot pink fuchsia.
  • See Me: A mid-toned peachy coral orange cream.
  • Stella!: A bold violet purple with turquoise blue micro shimmer for added dimension.
  • Have Paris: A classic red...bold and opaque.
  • You Kid: A slightly rosy medium universally-flattering nude.
Above: Come Up in direct sunlight.
Above: Made It in direct sunlight.
Above: Play It in direct sunlight.
Above: See Me in direct sunlight.
Above: Stella! in direct sunlight.
Above: Have Paris in direct sunlight.
Above: You Kid in direct sunlight.
Above: Photogenic doesn't even begin to describe these lovelies.
Above: Leading ladies...Stella! and Have Paris.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Clockwise from top left...Come Up, You Kid (center), Made it, Play It, See Me, Stella and Have Paris.

lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight with a flash.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
lipstick queen silver screen swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Directly following my interview with Poppy...what an afternoon!
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Bottom Line: My moments with Poppy King were splendid; as a longtime follower of her career, I found her presence and perspective to be refreshing and inspiring. Additionally, I am absolutely enamored by the new Silver Screen Collection (available at Barney's NY and Space.NK)...have YOU tried a shade in this formula yet?

Good things ahead on BP including more foundation (!), a few style posts, new skincare and fresh video and a bit of eyeshadow ; )  

Hope your week is moving along marvelously...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

**PR sample provided for review,  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint...A Review with Swatches of Every Shade

Above: The freshly-released Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint...this tinted moisturizer is magnificent.
I have loved the Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer (also featured HERE) for years.  Early on in my foundation journey (well before starting this blog), I was delighted to discover that this formula, which I wore in the shade Ivory, offered supreme medium to full coverage while still looking entirely natural.  After dealing with standard tinted moisturizers that offered little to no coverage, stumbling upon the Hourglass version was a delight.  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard that this gorgeous formula was to be repackaged.  Would it be as good as the original?  I am pleased to confirm that the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is indeed as good (if not better!) than the first installment, if only now because it comes in new shades and is housed in a terribly purse-friendly (as opposed to a luxe, but heavy, glass bottle) tube!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches of every shade, images of the formula in action as well as the Bottom Line...
Above: The new packaging feaures a slender, purse-friendly tube.
Official details...courtesy of Sephora:

What it is:
A travel-friendly foundation that reduces the appearance of fine lines and hydrates to leave skin glowing.

What it does:
Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® supports skin by plumping fine lines and wrinkles and relieving dryness. Formulated with an advanced form of hyaluronic acid, this foundation disguises deep wrinkles over the course of a day, and its pearlescent pigments leave the complexion with an ultravibrant glow. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
Carisa Janes wanted to create a supremely hydrating, firming, and illuminating foundation that was an instant remedy for lackluster skin.. This fall, it is reborn in a lightweight, travel-friendly tube, and new shades have been added to accommodate a wider range of skin tones.

Ingredients: 

-Octinoxate 7.0%: Sunscreen. 
-Octisalate 4.0%: Sunscreen. 
-Titanium Dioxide 4.0%: Sunscreen. 

Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Calcium Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 DImethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Gycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Hexyl Laurate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Mica, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl, Tetraisostearate, Pheoxyethanol, Polyethylacrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-90, Bentonite, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Triethoxylcaprylylsilane, Water. May Contain (+/): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Above: The squeeze tube tip allows for precise dispensing of the formula...no waste!
My Thoughts: As aforementioned, this tinted moisturizer is unlike any TM formula I have ever experienced, even after years of product trials!  The coverage is just so effortlessly medium to full; there is no need to "build it up" and, despite having a brilliant ability to diminish imperfections, it does not look (or feel, I might add) obvious.  

I prefer to buff a pea sized amount onto my face with a dampened Beauty Blender and am always stunned by the coverage this small quantity imparts.  The formula feels slightly "fluffy" but blends like a dream, smoothing over the skin and becoming one with the canvas.  Its cushiony texture makes the skin look impossibly smooth, banishing fine lines, pronounced pores and other undesirable skin issues.  The end result is perfectly even skin with a slightly glowy natural finish.

There is absolutely no added fragrance with this tinted moisturizer (excellent!) and it has in no way irritated my extremely sensitive skin. Despite the formidable coverage, this does not feel heavy...my skin actually feels like it can breathe, even on days when I wear it from dawn until dusk.  

Also, I believe the wear time of the new formula to be significantly improved.  The lasting power of the original formula was respectable, clocking in a between five and six hours of wear before requiring a touch up.  However, with the new skin tint, I easily get seven to nine hours of comfortable wear...exceptional! 

In sum, this is a marvelous option for someone looking for the ease and utility of tinted moisturizer coupled with the coverage and performance of a luxurious foundation...highly recommended.

Above: Shades of Illusion...so lovely.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in natural indoor lighting (by a window).
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in direct sunlight.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the lighter shades in the shade.
Shade Descriptions (per my experience):
  • Vanilla: Very light beige for fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NW/NC 10-15)
  • Shell: Light beige for fair skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 15)
  • Ivory: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 20)
  • Golden: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 25) **My current match
  • Nude: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 20-23)
  • Warm Ivory: Light beige for light skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 23) **Likely my match for the winter
  • Light Beige: Medium beige for medium skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NW/NC 27-30)
  • Sand: Light-medium beige for light-medium skin with neutral to pink undertones (@N/NW 23-25)
  • Honey: Medium-darker beige for medium-darker skin with warm peachy undertones (@N/NW/ 35-40)
  • Beige: Medium beige for true medium beige skin with neutral undertones (N 30)
  • Golden Tan: Darker beige for medium-dark skin with warm undertones (NC 35-40)
  • Sable: Darkest beige for deep skin with neutral undertones (N/NW/NC 45-50)
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shade in natural indoor lighting (by a window)
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shades in direct sunlight.
hourglass illusion hylauronic skin tint swatches
Above: Swatches of the darker shades in the shade.
Above: Components of the Hourglass look.
When creating the look featuring the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, I decided to integrate other favorite Hourglass products for a cohesive result that demonstrates how well the line creates harmonious results. 

Products used include:
Above: Nude lip mix...Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Child + OCC Lip Tar/Mattte in Lament
Below: The following images reflect the usage of Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Golden + the products pictured above...all in various lighting situations...

Above: In natural lighting (mostly shade).
Above: In direct sunlight...the glow from this TM cannot be beat!
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In direct sunlight...extreme close up! 
Above: Direct sunlight with a flash (note the nominal to non-existant flashback).
Above: Almost sunset...the golden hour, indeed.
Above: In direct sunlight.

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Bottom Line: The Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint is, in my opinion, the best tinted moisturizer on the market.  The natural, medium to full coverage, immense skincare benefits and gorgeous glowing finish (that lasts for hours!) collectively make it a must in my rotation.  Now that it has been reformulated with even more skin-friendly ingredients and is housed in a perfectly pragmatic tube furthers its value in my eyes...love this!

Have YOU tried the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint?  Thoughts?

xx and much more soon,

--The Beauty Professor


**PR sample provided for review (the majority bought by me)  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  
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