|Above: The Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation process yields once ounce of an expertly matched formula plus a small travel jar that makes toting it in one's makeup bag a breeze.|
As a foundation lover who simply does not tire of the pursuit of the best base possible, I unhesitatingly embraced the chance to try the Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation process. You may remember Prescriptives prominent position in department store beauty floors across the country in the 80's, 90's and 2000's but, the line's physical departure from the brick and mortar retailers did not signal the end of the line. In fact, its online presence is significant, with a full offering of the cutting-edge, easy to wear makeup that Prescriptives make its mark in the beauty industry in decades past. That being said, perhaps the most innovative element of the website is the ability to create, through the usage of a video conference and picture uploads, a foundation from spec!
Kindly scroll on for details on my experience with this process, a few new discoveries from less mainstream, independent beauty brands and a complete FOTD look with all products discussed as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: My video chat with Bobby.|
My process began with a real time video chat with Bobby, a Prescriptives Beauty Genius. She had me upload a recent image of myself so that she could familiarize herself with my coloring. Once received, we discussed my skin type, matches in other formulas and what I was looking for in my custom foundation. Here is a sample of our exchange...
Welcome to Prescriptives Online. Your personal Beauty Genius will be with you shortly.
Hello. Thank you for your interest in Prescriptives. My name is Bobby. How may I assist you?
Bobby: Hi Rachel. I will be working with you to create your Custom Blend recipe today.
Bobby: Do you have a current photo without makeup on available?
Bobby: To upload your photo, click the "Browse" button to navigate to the location of your chosen digital picture. Highlight the image and click "Open." This will begin the upload process and may take a few moments.
Rachel Anise: Hi Bobby...just got off of the phone with Janna...sorry! I am not seeing the video portion pop up yet, but I tested it yesterday and it appeared to be working. Any thoughts?
Bobby: Yes I will need to send the Video portion once your photo is uploaded.
Bobby: Do you see the continue button to browse for your photo?
Rachel Anise: Yes...the photo is loading...
Bobby: Wonderful. Thank you.
Everything is bespoke...from undertone and level of coverage to oil control and finish! The entire conversation--Bobby, by the way, was warm and kind and we had a lovely chat--lasted about 20 minutes and, once we finished, she told me that my personal recipe would be inputted into the system and queued for production right away. She also reminded me that if the shade/formula wasn't to my liking in any way, it could be adjusted and (upon return of the original) an augmented version would be sent, free of charge. Based on my personal preferences, I chose:
- Medium coverage (Bobby said the full coverage was extremely opaque)
- A light-medium shade with neutral to yellow undertones
- Oil control
- Candlelight (golden warm) finish
- Lifting ingredients to firm skin and minimize fine lines
|Above: Medium coverage, oil control and slightly glowy...my foundation recipe.|
Within two weeks, my Prescriptives custom foundation arrived and, much to my delight, a travel sized bottle was included with the standard one ounce formula. Even though I rarely reapply foundation over the course of a day, I prefer carrying a small jar in my makeup bag, just in case!
|Above: One ounce of bespoke foundation + a travel jar for good measure.|
The foundation was exactly as Bobby and I discussed it to be; though in swatches, the coverage could have looked "light to medium," it was a true medium once applied on my face. As soon as the remnants of my post-summer tan faded, the foundation was a lovely match for my NC 25 skin. It is unscented, contains no sunscreen (which guards against flashback in photos!) and is friendly to my sensitive skin. I found the finish to be satin in nature and I get between 7 and 8 hours of very comfortable wear before feeling the need to touch up with powder, hence demonstrating the power of the oil control ingredient.
|Above: Swatches of my custom blend in direct sunlight.|
All in all, I am impressed with my Prescriptives Custom Blend foundation and look forward to including it in my rotation this winter. If you feel like you've tried every foundation option on the market but have had issues with finding just the right shade, texture and finish, this is an excellent resource!
|Above: The Rozge lip glosses in Oslo, a pale baby pink and Prague, a shimmery cool rose.|
Additionally, I've been in the midst of experimenting with lip glosses by Rozgé and have included them in my final look below. The non-sticky formula is infused with a host of natural ingredients to nourish lips while adding luscious color and shine. I love mixing Oslo (a pale baby pink) with the deeper rose Prague for a sublime light cool pink with luminescent shimmer. Everytime I wear this creamy, pigmented gloss, my lips feel like they've just undergone a hydrating, conditioning treatment...magnifique.
Here are the full details on the formula:
Aloe Vera ()
Pressed from the leaves of an Aloe succulent, Aloe vera moisturizes and softens the skin.
Jojoba Oil (A natural wax ester extracted from the jojoba bean, this component works to relieve dryness and condition lips. )
Safflower Oil (This natural oil cultivated from the Safflower plant is rich in Linoleic acid, an important carrier of Vitamins A, D, K, and rich in Vitamin E. )
Shea Butter (As natural Vitamin A component, Shea butter heals skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Sunflower Oil (As a main component of sunflower oil, oleic acid regenerates skin cells and while acting as a moisture barrier. )
|Above: The Rozgé glosses also have the ability to light up...clever, no?|
|Above: Swatches of Oslo and Prague in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Oslo + Prague on the lips.|
|Above: The Revítalash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel tames and conditions brows.|
I embraced the skillful powers of the Revítalash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel to groom my brows in seconds. This water-resistant formula is the quintessential taupe brown (no red undertones) to match a spectrum of brow shades and a just a few upward strokes instantly add shape and depth.
|Above: A swatch of the Revítalash Hi-Def Lash Gel in direct sunlight...note the neutral, universal taupe shade.|
|Above: Full enough for added flair but restrained enough to look natural, the Mini Lashes are perfect.|
The final touches for this particular look came in the form of the Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Lash Mini Lashes. I typically prefer individual lashes when I am looking to infuse a bit of drama into my fringe, but these full strips are remarkably natural looking! I was able to apply them swiftly with a touch of the Duo adhesive and was stunned by how seamlessly they blended with my subltle and clean look. They add just enough fullness and length for fluttery lashes that don't require mascara.
The images below reflect the my Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation and the full look (in various lighting situations) collectively created by the products discussed above...
|Above: Indoor lighting (by a window) without a flash...these images were taken 6 hours after foundation application.|
|Above: Outdoor direct sunlight.|
|Above: Direct sunlight with a flash.|
|Above: Outdoor sunlight...just a touch glowy (mind you, it was extremely hot the afternoon that I took this and I didn't use powder to give you the most authentic rendition of performance).|
|Above: Mixed outdoor lighting.|
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Bottom Line: I wholly recommend the Prescriptives Custom Blend option for foundation aficionados in search of the most customizable option available. The process was refreshingly easy and the turn around time was brief, even for a foundation fiend like myself! Additionally, the Rozgé lip gloss, Revítalash Brow Gel and Gorgeous Cosmetics Lashes are beautiful finishing touches for a clean, refined and natural look.
I hope you enjoyed this FOTD, highlighting one amazing foundation matching system and some fantastic, less mainstream, independent beauty brands!
Good things ahead, including a By Terry-centric post (with swatches galore!), a fresh video and a Black Friday survival guide ; )
--The Beauty Professor
** Some PR samples provided for review (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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