Product Review: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

Once upon a time, in a Sephora far, far away (bear with me, that might not be accurate), there was moisturizer. Then, there was tinted moisturizer. And then, BB and CC cream were born.

It seems it was only a matter of time before someone came up with tinted serum. And, lo and behold, Perricone MD has done so with the new Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation ($59.50, FutureDerm.com/Shop). Brimming with PEGs, this foundation is designed to be lightweight but provide medium coverage. For the full review, read on…

“Neuropeptides” = Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5

Palmitoyl oligopeptide is a fantastic ingredient. What is great about palmitoyl oligopeptide is that it significantly stimulates collagen production in human fibroblasts, as shown in a 2007 study in Dermatologic Therapy When used twice daily for a significant period of time – about six months – this means firmer skin, provided that other factors remain the same (i.e., weight, sun exposure, etc.).

Another ingredient Perricone No Foundation Foundation has to its benefit is palmitoyl tripeptide-5. This peptide sends a synthetic signal that indirectly promotes collagen formation. Specifically, Perricone No Foundation Foundation mimics like the throbospondin I tripeptide sequences and activates TGF- β, resulting in increased collagen production (Journal of Cosmetic Science). This is not just in theory, folks: In a study where participants were given a cream with 2.5% palmitoyl tripeptide-5, the cream benefitted users, even besting the cream it was compared to with a formulation of 10% palmitoyl pentapeptide-3.

Unfortunately, compared to other products out there with palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tripeptide-5, they are listed last on the ingredients list in Perricone MD products. Which, as savvy FutureDerm readers know, mean it is probably far less than 2.5% in concentration. Therefore, if you wish to try palmitoyl oligopeptide, I recommend Complexion MD Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Cream and theDERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge Duo. This product? You might get a tiny twinge of benefit, but not much.

Alpha Lipoic Acid — No Proven Benefits

As far as skin care ingredients go, ALA is no AHA.

Alpha lipoic acid, or ALA for short, has been shown to improve skin roughness at 5% concentration when used versus a placebo (British Journal of Dermatology, 2003). Other than that, the benefits for ALA have been limited. Unlike retinoids or AHAs, there is no documentation in peer-reviewed independent studies that show the ingredient is effective against fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, or age spots.

 

In fact, in a direct comparison study of ALA and vitamins C and E, ALA performed so badly that the researchers titled their paper “Alpha Lipoic Acid is Ineffective as a Topical Antioxidant for the Photoprotection of the Skin.” Whoa.

Nonetheless, it’s not the end of the world if you use ALA, especially if you have rough skin. Just don’t go expecting any miracles.

Not Racially Diverse — Yet

Perhaps my biggest gripe with Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is that it comes in just one color. Yes, the company says that you can “make it right for you” by adding bronzer, but I can tell you, there are shades of olive, brown, and yellow that an orange-tinted bronzer cannot match, no matter how precisely you try to layer it. Furthermore, I can also tell you that this foundation will not work for very pale women, either. Instead, this is only right if you’re right in the middle — say, medium-tone Mediterranean or East Asian, light Indian/Middle Eastern, or from Northern European descent with a bit of a tan.

SPF 30 — Sort-Of

With perfect application, an SPF 20 formula layered with an SPF 50 formula = SPF 50.

Futurederm Layered 20 and 50 SPF Diagram 2

With perfect application, sunscreens do not have an additive effect. Instead, think of sunscreens more as having a limiting effect — they limit the number of rays that get through, but you can’t increase above the limit of the highest number.

For instance, if you apply a very thick application of an SPF 50 formula, it will allow 1/50 UVB rays through, or about 2% (source).

If you apply a very thick application of an SPF 20 formula, it will allow 1/20 UVB rays through, or about 5%.

If you apply both formulations perfectly at the same time, the SPF 20 formula allows 5% of rays through. The SPF 50 formula will block some of those, but 2% of the overall rays will still get through. This is regardless of which formulation you apply first.

But this is for a sunscreen. Liquid and powder foundation formulas tend to provide less UV protection, because people simply don’t apply enough:

Average Application of Sunscreen by Catagory- FutureDerm Chart Table

Formulations undergo rigorous testing to achieve SPF that involves very thick application of product — 2 mg/cm2 of skin, or about half a 8 oz. bottle to cover the average body. It covers a grid until it appears almost white, and light is reflected onto the grid to measure absorbance capacity to determine the overall effectiveness of the product. This is how the SPF rating is achieved for all sunscreens.

Unfortunately, the average person only applies 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount of sunscreen needed to achieve the SPF rating on the bottle. So your SPF 30 sunscreen is more like an SPF 10-15 with the average application.

It’s even worse with powder formulations. The average consumer only applies 1/14 of the amount of sunscreen needed to achieve the SPF rating on the bottle, so your SPF 15 powder formula is more like an SPF 1 formula. So I wouldn’t make this product my sole source of sun protection.

Bottom Line

If you have medium skin and a solid skin care regimen otherwise, Perricone No Foundation Foundation is a solid enough product. On the other hand, if your skin is lighter or darker than medium, and you are looking for an anti-aging product, you’d be best to avoid this one. Product Rating: 6.5/10 (High or optimized concentration of proven ingredients: 1.5/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value: 1/3. Sunscreen: 1/1.)

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Water, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891), PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Silica, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Ethyl Ferulate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Thioctic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hexylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dimethyl MEA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5.

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Best for Asian Eyes: L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara Review

Loreal Butterfly Lash Out Mascara FutureDerm

I often believe in life you get what you pay for, whether it’s with my time or my money. So imagine my surprise when the $7.99 L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever tried. Formulated with a waxy, water-soluble base and equipped with a long-bristled, finely-spaced bristle brush, L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara also has an angle that makes it perfect for applying to Asian eyes (believe me, I would know!). For more, read on…

Why the L’Oreal Brush is Awesome

Silicone and Rubbery Mascara Brushes

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara has a rubbery texture. “Rubber bristles flex with movement and shape the eye, unlike regular bristles, which can be stiff and hard to control,” says Kimara Ahnert, a New York City-based makeup artist.

As with my other favorite mascaras, this elastic texture results in a smoother application of the product than with a firmer brush. Silicone or rubbery brushes also have less friction, so less of the product sticks to the brush and more will adhere to your lashes.

A paraffin-wax based, lengthening formula

diorshow black out mascara

When it comes to adding length and volume, you want a water-soluble formulation with wax, which tends to layer better than oil- or petrolatum-based waterproof formulations.

Non-waterproof/water-soluble mascaras typically have three major components: waxes for light, smooth, even application; pigments for color, definition, and depth; and resins to maintain texture, composition, and to keep the formulation in solution (Milady’s Encyclopedia of Hair).

Water-soluble mascaras are great because they are more easily removed than other types of formulations (namely those with petrolatum, which helps to make the formula waterproof).

For best results, apply with your mouth open slightly.

Apply with mouth slightly open

When applying mascara, open your mouth slightly as you look into a mirror directly in front of you: Doing so contracts the lateral pterygoid muscle, but more importantly for our purposes, this also makes it a lot harder to blink. (Try it!)

For even more out of your mascara, wiggle the brush slightly as you apply.

Wiggle the brush for better application

As we stated before, a bigger, thicker brush results in bigger, thicker lashes because more product is applied to each lash with every stroke. Similarly, if you extend lash-brush contact surface area by wiggling the brush ever-so-slightly from side to side, taking care not to move the brush off of the lashes, you will end up with a better application of product.

Angled Brush Perfect for Asian Eyes or a “Winged Eye” Makeup Look

Loreal Butterfly mascara Lash Out Brush.jpg

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara has a curved brush, which means you need to use the brush in a precise manner. Align the curve of the brush with the highest part of your eye, so it naturally “cups” your eye. Gently apply the brush at the base of the lashes, wiggle slightly, and continue through the length of the lash.

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is great for Asian or “winged eye” makeup looks because the bristles on the outer tip of the brush are propped up slightly higher than the rest of the bristles, extending the time of mascara-lash contact. This ultimately leaves more product on the outer corners of your lashes.

Bottom Line

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is great for Asian or almond-shaped eyes, or for days you’re craving that “winged eye” makeup look. It has all of the elements I look for in a mascara, including a wax-based formulation, long bristles, and a rubbery texture brush.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in comments below!

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Your Lips Need Sunscreen, Too!

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

One of my most vivid memories of summer vacation as a kid is of putting on Pre-Sun brand sunscreen at the beach. Granted, it was probably like SPF 4, since this would’ve been in the late 1970s, but at least my mom was trying. I remember the smell as well as the taste, which was, in a word, dreadful.

And sunscreen hasn’t gotten much better on that front over the years. No matter what facial sunscreen I choose, if I happen to get a tiny bit on my lips… instant BLURRGHHH reaction. And yet, your lips need sunscreen. They’re one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging, and you don’t want to feed that fire by leaving your lips exposed to the sun.

Enter lip balm with SPF. There are many on the market, at many price points, but my favorite is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($35 in our shop). It isn’t the strongest SPF in the world, but it has a light, non-sticky texture and the most wonderful scent, which makes me much more likely to reapply it throughout the day. And it allows you to protect your lips without that vile sunscreen taste. Definitely a must-have from my perspective.

How Mascara Works — and Why DiorShow Is Consistently the Best

DiorShow Mascara

Believe it or not, there is a science to mascara. One of my favorite mascaras of all time, DiorShow Black Out Mascara ($25, FutureDerm.com) is a terrific mascara with two components backed by the best of cosmetic science: First, a large, rubbery, long-bristled brush, which maximizes each and every lash. Second, its water-soluble, waxy, smooth formulation binds to each lash, voluminizing instantly, while gently lengthening with each stroke.

DiorShow Black Out Mascara is truly a beautiful thing. It’s one of the very few cosmetic products I won’t leave home without.

Secret #1 to DiorShow Black Out Mascara: The Brush

FutureDerm DiorShow Black Out Mascara Why The Wand Matters

Believe it or not, there is an actual science to mascara brushes. For the most “va-va-voom,” it’s best to choose a brush that is large, rubbery, and with long bristles. Larger brushes are simply able to cover more surface area with each stroke than smaller brushes.

Experts have already determined rubber cushioning makes brushing hair easier, as the cushion expands and retracts with the thickness of your hair and eyelashes (Milady Standard Cosmetology, 2012).

Finally, longer bristles means that the brush can “grip” each eyelash from root to tip, allowing for even, steady application of product.

Secret #2 to DiorShow Black Out Mascara: The Formulation

diorshow black out mascara

Christian Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara is what is known as a water-soluble emulsion. Water-soluble mascaras typically have three major components: waxes for light, smooth, even application; pigments for color, definition, and depth; and resins to maintain texture, composition, and to keep the formulation in solution (Milady’s Encyclopedia of Hair).

Water-soluble mascaras are great because they are more easily removed than other types of formulations (namely those with petrolatum, which helps to make the formula waterproof). Unfortunately, you may need to watch that any mascara without petrolatum or petrolatum distillates does not run or smudge on the face. I’ve had solid success with Christian Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara, but I do admittedly get the occasional smudge.

Best Use and Opinions

For best results, apply DiorShow Black Out Mascara in front of a mirror. Open your mouth slightly, which stabilizes jaw and eye muscles to prevent you from blinking. Apply with a steady, even stroke, beginning at the base of the eyelashes. As a water-soluble, wax-based product, you can layer DiorShow Black Out Mascara without issue, but make sure each coat dries before applying another.

Bottom Line

diorshow black out mascara

As longtime fans of the FutureDerm blog know, I look for a high concentration of ingredients, new technology, and value in my skin care. When it comes to mascara, I look for the right brush and the right formulation. DiorShow Black Out Mascara has both. I love this product, and I stand behind it 100%.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Paraffin, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal (Acacia Senegal Gum), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Hydroxyethyl-Cellulose, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Cetyl Phenyl Ether Di Sulfonate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. +/- May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens).

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Best Spring Nail Polish

Best Spring Nail Polish

You asked for it! Today I’ve got my top picks for the Best Spring Nail Polish. All polishes mentioned are cruelty free. I’ve tried to cover every color, too. From cremes to crellies, glitters, holographic and thermal polish, I’ve got you covered.

KBShimmer Belle of the Mall
coral toned pink polish, loaded with holographic silver hexes in various sizes and is stunner in the sun.

KBShimmer Laugh Myself Lily
muted jade crelly with holographic hexes in gold, pink, silver, lavender and blue.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Suspiria
opaque UV magenta creme.

Zoya Cosmo
a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles.

Literary Lacquers Ether Binge
a shimmering aquamarine linear holographic polish with blue-green glass flecks.

Literary Lacquers The Mad Ones
a minty green creamy linear holographic polish with a touch of green shimmer added.

Cult Nails Love at First Sight
bright purple cream polish.

Cult Nails Devious Nature
Stunning hot pink cream.

Rainbow Honey Evening Viola
A shimmery indigo sea of iridescent and holographic glitters.

Cirque Luminous Owl
n homage to iconic printmaker, Kenojuak Ashevak; A warm coral with a rainbow holographic finis.

Girly Bits I Hit My Bunny Phone
a multi-chrome stunner which shifts from deep royal purple, to violet, red, gold, and green. Perfect in three coats, or one coat over black.

ILNP Reminisce
changes from hues of stunning greens to refreshingly cool blues (you may even catch subtle hints of gold occasionally).

Pretty & Polished The Fifth Beetle
a black to “clear” thermal color changing nail polish that also has a strong blue to purple duo-chrome effect.

Floss Gloss Lean
electric purple cream

Floss Gloss Wavepool
warm baby blue cream

What colors will you be wearing this Spring? Cremes or glitter? Color changing or thermal? Let me know below!

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Too Faced Champagne and Creme Brulee

Happy Friday! I’ve got three reader requests rolled into one with this Too Faced Champagne and Creme Brulee tutorial. I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, which truly does smell like chocolate. YUM! I also included a tutorial on how to apply the vegan CC Cream by Cover FX. Finally, I demonstrate how to use the NARS Matte Multiple sticks.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Tutorial

Eyes

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Too Faced Creme Brulee – lid
  • Too Faced White Chocolate – crease and browbone
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate – crease
  • Too Faced Candied Violet – lower lid
  • Too Faced Champagne Truffle – blended on top of the center of Creme Brulee, to highlight at the inner corner and under the brows
  • Too Faced Haute Chocolate – to deepen the outer v
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in Universal Taupe
  • Too Faced Instant Attitude – waterline

Face

  • Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer
  • Cover FX CC Cream in N Light
  • Cover FX Concealer in X-tra Light – concealer
  • Silk Naturals Illuminating Powder in Flattery – to set the concealer
  • NARS Matte Multiple in Altai – contour
  • NARS MAtte Multiple in Anguilla – blush
  • NARS Multiple in Luxor – highlight

Lips

  • Cover FX MintGlaze in Clear
  • Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Bon Bon

I think the NARS Matte Multiples are surprisingly easy to use, at least these two shades. They blended well with the Cover FX CC Cream. If you love good mattes, you will like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. It has some great mattes as well as luxe shimmers. Plus the delectable chocolate smell is always nice.

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Laura Geller Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadow in Sandy Lagoon

Laura Geller Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadow in Sandy Lagoon

Laura Geller Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadow in Sandy Lagoon Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Laura Geller Sandy Lagoon Tutorial

Eyes

  • Cover FX Anti-Age Eyeshadow Primer
  • Urban Decay Walk of Shame (Naked Basics) – browbone and crease, later used to blend out the upper crease
  • Laura Geller Blue (Sandy Lagoon Trio) – lid
  • Laura Geller Beige (Sandy Lagoon Trio) – crease and lower browbone, on top of brown on lower lash line
  • Laura Geller Brown (Sandy Lagoon Trio) – lower crease, lower lash line
  • Urban Decay Faint (Naked Basics) – upper crease
  • Urban Decay Venus (Naked Basics) – highlight under brows and at the inner corner
  • Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – upper lash line
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Tarte Rich Brown Brow Pencil

Face

  • Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in N10
  • NARS Orgasm – blush
  • Too Faced Candlelight Glow Duo – highlighter

Lips

  • Bodyography Skintimacy Electric Lip Slide

If you don’t like blue, you can change the lid color for your favorite shade. The really neat foil-like finish of the Crème Glaze Baked Eyeshadows is very eye catching. There are 2 trios – Sandy Lagoon shown above and Golden Sunset (deep silver, golden beige and golden copper), so if blue isn’t your thing, you might like the other shades. The colors are nicely pigmented, easy to apply, and they blend out easily, too. They wear all day on primer.

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Urban Decay Naked3 Trick Buzz Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked3 Trick Buzz Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked3 Trick Buzz Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked3 Trick Buzz Tutorial

Urban Decay Naked3 Trick Buzz Tutorial

Eyes

  • Cover FX Anti-Age Smoothing Eye Primer
  • Urban Decay Strange – base color on browbone and crease
  • Urban Decay Blackheart – smudged along upper lash line, to deepen the outer crease
  • Urban Decay Trick – lid
  • Urban Decay Mugshot – crease and lower lid
  • Urban Decay Buzz – layered on top of Trick on the inner lid
  • Urban Decay Darkside – lower lid and outer upper lid
  • Urban Decay Dust – inner corner and under brows
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Tarte Brow Pencil in Rich Brown

Face

  • Cover FX Mattifying Primer
  • Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in N10
  • Milani Delizioso Pink – blush
  • Hourgass Ethereal Ambient Lighting Powder – highlighter
  • Cover FX Setting Powder

Lips

  • Dose of Colors Love Potion Lipstick

There are tons of lovely combinations that you can come up with using the Naked3 palette. Hopefully this tutorial will spark some ideas for you.

I’m loving the Milani matte baked blush in Delizioso Pink (new for Spring 2014). If you’re a fan of matte blushes or baked blushes, you will love it. It’s the perfect cool-toned candy pink to me. I love it with Love Potion lipstick, another blue-based pink.

What’s your favorite eyeshadow combination with the Naked3 palette?

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StriVectin Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tint in Plum

StriVectin Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tine comes in two colors, plum and rose. I tried plum, which is a deep purplish burgundy.

It feels like your average thick lip gloss (so pull back that hair if it’s a windy day), and is decently pigmented for a gloss.

Strivectin CC Anti-Aging in PlumThe main anti-aging ingredient here is myristyl nicotinate. This impressed Nicki quite a bit in her review of Strivectin-TL Tightening Neck Cream. Myristyl nicotinate has been noted to improve skin barrier function, mitigate signs of sun damage, and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis (U.S. Pharm, 2009). Also, this product has SPF 20… but it’s only from chemical sunscreens (avobenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene, to be precise). We here at FutureDerm appreciate the SPF (many lip products omit this completely) but we prefer a physical sunscreen in the mix.

Full Ingredient List

Active ingredients:
AVOBENZONE 2.7% ………. SUNSCREEN/ECRAN SOLAIRE
OCTINOXATE 3%……………. SUNSCREEN/ECRAN SOLAIRE
OCTOCRYLENE 3%………….. SUNSCREEN/ECRAN SOLAIRE

Inactive ingredients: DIPENTAERYTHRITYL, HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL, POLYACYLADIPATE-2, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, OCTYLDODECANOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, MYRISTYL NICOTINATE, SILICA SILYLATE, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA)BUTTER, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, AROMA (FLAVOR), PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE. MAY CONTAIN +/-: MICA, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), CI 15850(RED 6), CI 15985 (YELLOW 6 LAKE), CI 77491(IRON OXIDE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE)

Final Words

One additional thing you need to know before buying this product, however, is that it smells like anise, or black licorice. This flavor/scent has a lot of haters, and I’m among them. (My nightmare: “Hey Lesley! My 94-year-old grandmother made homemade ouzo! Have a glass in front of her right now so she can see how much you love it!”) There’s no way I would want this StriVectin Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tint hanging out under my nose on a regular basis, thank you very much, even if it gave me the lips of a 20-year-old supermodel. However, there is something to be said for a lip product with a slightly more unusual, grown-up scent. When a lip product smells like the Bonne Bell Lip Smackers I wore in eighth grade, it’s hard to justify paying big bucks for it. I just wish they hadn’t chosen such a polarizing scent. Let’s give lip product manufacturers some free consumer feedback, beauty geeks: what do YOU want grown-up lip products to smell like? I’ll kick it off: I vote for blood oranges.

Urban Decay Naked3 Review

Urban Decay Naked3 Review

Happy Friday! Today I’m going to share the Urban Decay Naked3 palette with you. I’m also going to discuss its ingredients and what they do. The Naked3 is the third full size installment in the Urban Decay Naked palette series. I count the UD Naked Basics as a half and I love it to bits! Naked3 is made up of 12 rosy-hued neutrals, all new for this palette. Every shade features the UD Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Price
$52 Fill Weight: 12 x 1.3 g / 12 x 0.05 oz

Availability
UrbanDecay.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com

Right now UrbanDecay.com has a 20% off sale going on with the code FFSPRING14, but the Naked3 palette is excluded.

For those of you who love videos, please check out my video review to see the colors in action.

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

UD Naked3 Swatches

Naked3 Palette Shades
Strange (pale neutral pink matte-satin)
Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Burnout (light pinky-peach satin)
Limit (light dusty rose matte)
Buzz (metallic rose shimmer w/silver micro-glitter)
Trick (light metallic pinky-copper shimmer w/tonal micro-sparkle)
Nooner (medium pinky-brown matte)
Liar (medium metallic mauve shimmer)
Factory (pinky-brown satin)
Mugshot (metallic taupe shimmer w/slight pink shift)
Darkside (deep taupe-mauve satin)
Blackheart (smoky black matte w/rosy red micro-sparkle)

Ok, so let’s take a look at the ingredients in Naked3.

All Shades May Contain
[+/- (All Shades May Contain): CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77400 (Copper Powder), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].

Individual Shades Contain
Darkside: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Dust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Factory: Talc, PTFE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Nooner: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid.

Limit/Strange: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid.

Buzz: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Blackheart: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

Trick: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Liar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Burnout: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

Mugshot: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.

First, let’s take a look at Talc. Talc gets a lot of hate in the makeup world. People call it a filler and don’t bother to look at what it does for makeup. While it’s true too much talc is a bad thing, a little is great. Talc prevents caking. It’s also absorbant, so it can soak up excess oils.

There are many different ingredients that can help eyeshadows to be long wearing. Zinc Stearate is one of those ingredients. It can also help to make the colors easier to apply and to blend.

We have several preservatives listed including Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, and Sorbic Acid. These keep bacteria at bay and keep your eyes safe. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is another ingredient for antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial uses, but it can also be an emollient that doesn’t leave a greasy residue on skin.

Polytetrafluoroethylene, also known as PTFE, is used in makeup as a bulking agent, slip modifier, binding agent and skin conditioner. This is part of what makes UD’s proprietary blend of ingredients apply easily and blend like a dream. There’s Silica, which adds slip and makes things smooth and easy to blend. We’ve also got Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, which is a bulking agent. Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer improves texture and helps to hold things together.

Finally we have a slew of colorants. Ferric Ferrocyanide, also known as Prussian Blue, was one of the first synthetic pigments ever made. Carmine, also known as Natural Red 4, is red pigment made from insects. Yellow Lake 5 is a dye. Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides are some of the most common colorants. Copper Powder is exactly what it sounds like; powdered metallic copper. Manganese Violet, also known as salt ammonium manganese pyrophosphate, is a colorant.

I want to speak about one colorant individually. Bismuth Oxychloride can be a bit of a problem child. It can help with adhesion and add a pearlescent sheen or slight shimmer. However, this is the first culprit to look at if you have an allergic reaction because bismuth oxychloride can make people itch, trigger rosacea or irritate acne.

Urban Decay put a lot of thought into the making of their Pigment Infusion System to come up with a great mix of ingredients that give the best balance of intense pigmentation, velvety texture, ease of blending and long wearing formula. It’s no wonder it’s so popular!

The Naked3 palette is my favorite of the full size UD Naked family by far because these shades work so well with my blue-green eyes. Below are a few tutorials that I’ve created with the palette.

My favorite – Blackheart Tutorial

For this one, substitute Trick from the Naked3 palette in place of Sugarpill Kitten Parade

Naked3 with Radiant Orchid

Naked3 with Morgana Cryptoria Pentacle

These tutorials should give you an idea of how versatile the Naked3 palette can be. You can use the colors on their own, or combine them with shades already in your collection.

What do you think of the Urban Decay Naked3 palette?

Product sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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