Perfectly Even Natural Finish Foundation

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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:
5/2/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Perfectly Even Natural Finish Foundation is a silky, fragrance-free liquid that goes on evenly and the coverage is light to medium, so it does look fairly natural on the skin. The silicone-based formula, best for someone with normal to dry skin, does separate, so you must shake it before you apply it. Of the 14 shades, Medium/Warm and Medium/Cool can appear too peach, and Light/Cool can look too pink on the skin. The rest of the shades are very good and include options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coconut Acid, Lecithin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, C9-15 Flouroalcohol Phosphate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Polyethylene, Polygyceryl -4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Alumina, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides].

American Beauty Skin Care aspires to resemble a blend between the Estee Lauder and Clinique makeup and skin-care lines, and-sort of-succeeds. Just one look at the packaging, brochures, and ads and you'll know what we mean. Yet a mix of poor packaging and relatively lackluster formulations doesn't instill much confidence. From all appearances, Lauder was trying to create the concept of department-store quality with mass-market pricing. The number of products in jar packaging is just out of touch with reality, especially when you consider the well-established facts surrounding ingredient instability when formulations are exposed to air or light. These formulas won't deliver for very long in containers that aren't airtight. Yes, the jar packaging does have a Lauderesque look, but that won't keep the antioxidants stable, or the plant extracts or cell-communicating ingredients around for very long after opening, and that's what counts for your skin.

Several different moisturizers, each with varying claims (anti-aging, antiwrinkle, hydrating), are available, but beyond the different names the basic configuration of the specialty ingredients is almost the same from product to product, with only minor variations. Essentially, regardless of the claim and the product, you are applying the same ingredients to your skin.

Then there's this good question: Why do the American Beauty skin-care products contain fragrance and coloring agents, while the Good Skin products don't? (Good Skin is also part of the Lauder family, reviewed elsewhere in this book.) Lauder can't seem to make up its corporate mind about this, because among their different product lines they continually vacillate on this issue. Just to set the record straight, coloring agents and fragrance have no benefit or purpose for skin care, and they can be detrimental by causing skin irritation or sensitization. If they aren't good for the Good Skin products, they shouldn't be good for American Beauty products either.

Speaking of fragrance, one quirky characteristic of this line is that many of the skincare products contain Rosa American Beauty extract, from the American Beauty rose. Clever identification aside, this fragrant additive imparts no benefit for skin. All in all, we suggest you pass by these products and walk a counter over to the Good Skin section, where there are far better options and the prices are noticeably lower.

For more information about American Beauty, owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl's, call (866) 352-8337 or visit www.americanbeautycosmetics.com.

American Beauty Makeup

You can uncover some gems in the comparably smaller selection of American Beauty Makeup. Surveying the Beauty Bank cosmetics department at Kohls, it's apparent that the Flirt brand of makeup is where the color excitement is. However, what's available under the American Beauty moniker shouldn't be completely glossed over, if you'll pardon the pun.

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  1. KAREN N.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 30, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Must-Try for Dry Skin
    • This is a "must-try" for anyone who has dry skin or dry patches who wants a natural finish foundation at a reasonable price. It is a godsend for me as I have developed patchy dry skin after I entered menopause. It doesn't cling to dry patches and even after a light application of powder still appears non-powdery on the face. My skin feels hydrated and soft and I get medium coverage. The Fair/Cool shade is very neutral and excellent for fair skin.

  2. Elle, K
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 27, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Good foundation
    • I've been using this foundation for about a year and the results are good, although after reading Paula's review I think they'll be even better now. I didn't realize the foundation separated and it's looked a bit dry in areas where my skin is flaking due to cold, dry weather. Overall, I'd consider this a very decent foundation for the money, thanks to the even application and great color. It's been difficult finding a foundation that matches my skin tone. This is as close as I've gotten-ever.

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