This slightly tinted primer designed for acne-prone or oily skin has a silky-smooth feel, but despite the pleasant texture, it ends up causing more problems than it prevents.
Although there are some helpful ingredients present, the bad ones outweigh them, to your skin’s detriment. This primer contains several fragrant oils, all of which cause irritation. Moreover, Colorscience also lists “Essential Oils” as an ingredient, so you don’t even know all of the fragrant ingredients you’re putting on your skin. (By the way, the designation of “essential oils” is against FDA regulations for cosmetic ingredient disclosure.)
Needless irritation is bad for all skin types, but it’s even worse for acne or oily skin. The irritation stimulates oil production at the base of the pore and also can cause inflammation that makes the redness from acne more apparent. None of that is beautiful, so, to borrow from the product name, let us be very “clear”: We do not recommend this primer.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate Benzoate, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Citris Grandis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Propylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Vera Oil, Stearic Acid, Cyclohexasiloxane, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Mica, Bismuth Oxychlroide, Iron Oxides, Beta Carotene, Lavendula Officinalis Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Oil, Cananga Odorata Oil, Essential Oils, Chlorphenesin Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Balm Mint Extract; Also Contains: Salicylic Acid
Colorescience PRO was founded by "the mother of mineral makeup" Diane Ranger, who bestowed that title on herself based on her role as founder of the mineral makeup behemoth Bare Escentuals in 1976. (Ranger subsequently parted ways with Bare Escentuals in 1991). Taking a cue from her Bare Escentuals days, Ranger designed Colorescience PRO to be all about "natural" loose-powder mineral makeup. Her goal was to offer medium- to full-coverage "healthy makeup" that is ideal for sensitive skin, with the added benefit of all-mineral, broad-spectrum sunscreen protection.
Ranger's concept has its strong points, but not all of the formulas jibe with the ideal of being great for sensitive skin. In fact, with the exception of only a handful of products, most include volatile fragrant oils and irritating ingredients, which are the last things that anyone's skin needs to stay healthy, whether sensitivity is an issue or not. This type of needless irritation hurts skin's healing process and disrupts its ability to produce healthy collagen.
Although Colorscience PRO offers some skin-care products, most of our readers' interest is on their color line, primers, and setting mists, so we concentrated our reviews on those products. What we found was that, except for the loose-mineral foundation and some of the brand's Sunforgettable products, this line falls short in terms of performance and value. To make matters worse, it's difficult to shop because it has opaque packaging, confusing shade names, and odd categories.
It's clear that Colorescience PRO knows how to make finely milled, silky powders packed with mineral sunscreens, but beyond that, there's not much to distinguish this line from lots of others that have capitalized on the runaway success of mineral makeup, despite the fact that mineral makeup really isn't anything new or all that wonderful.
The gem of this line is the loose-mineral foundation with sunscreen, and it indeed performs beautifully without irritating. The problem with this product is its price tag—$60—for a loose powder with sunscreen. That's ludicrous! Besides, all SPF-rated products must be applied liberally to get the stated level of sun protection, and how liberally are you going to apply a product that is this expensive?
Speaking of high prices, most of Colorescience's line is overpriced, despite the fact that there are a few worthwhile products. Just because high prices have become the norm for spa- and dermatologist-exclusive lines doesn't mean that the products are any better for you. Another notable frustration with this line is that not all of the products have been tested for their SPF rating, which means that you cannot rely on some of them for sun protection.
For more information about Colorescience PRO visit www.colorescience.com or call (866) 426-5673.