Mally promotes this unique silicone-based product as the ultimate alternative to finishing powder. It’s said to smooth and mattify skin without the dry, ashy look some powders have.
Formula-wise it’s mostly silicones blended together to produce a colorless, semi-solid texture that blends beautifully for an elegant, silky-smooth, non-greasy finish. Dabbed over makeup or bare skin, it produces a temporary mattifying effect and, true to claim, smoothes over pores to make them (temporarily) appear smaller.
The key is to not get overzealous and apply too much (doing so will cause the product to ball up) and to dab, not rub, it onto the skin. Once you get the application down, this really is a nice alternative to powder because it doesn’t disturb your makeup and can be used for touchups throughout the day. This is a standout product from Mally, and deserves our top rating. We just wish it weren’t so expensive, but at least you’re getting a product that works as claimed, is fragrance-free, and is suitable for sensitive skin!
- Elegant, silky-smooth, non-greasy texture.
- Applies well under, or over, makeup.
- Smoothes skin without a powdery or chalky finish.
- Temporary mattifying effect.
- Colorless so it works for all skin tones.
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PCA Dimethicone, Silica.
Mally Roncal is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood, not to mention numerous spreads in fashion magazines. After much success as a makeup artist, Roncal launched Mally Beauty—her namesake line of makeup and limited skin-care products—with the guiding philosophy that "the things that make us different are the qualities that make us beautiful." That’s a great philosophy, but the question is: Are these quality products with a difference that will help you look and feel more beautiful?
As might be expected, Mally Roncal's celebrity cache created buzz when her line launched, and the chatter has led to a strong following on the QVC shopping channel, which is the primary home of her products. While Roncal knows how to sell a product (She is quite the cheerleader on air!) and she has worked with celebrities, that doesn't automatically mean all the Mally Beauty products are worth buying.
Although there are some well-formulated and innovative products to be found, Mally Beauty has a few misses. The majority of Mally Beauty's eye makeup and eyebrow products perform quite well, they feature a spectacular concealer with sunscreen and there are some good lip color options as well. Mally's Cancellation Conditioning Concealer and Evercolor Poreless Face Defender are top notch worthy of special mention.
On the flipside, Mally Beauty misses the mark with a few of the foundations, primers, and blushes we tried. The foundation we experimented with was especially disappointing because Mally Roncal is known for creating the illusion of perfect, dewy-looking skin, which her Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation didn't accomplish with our team.
We have to give Mally Beauty praise for including helpful application tips, demonstration videos, and full ingredient lists on the company website, and for their wonderful team who was more than helpful in sending products for The Paula's Choice Research Team to experiment with. There are some strong options to be found here, as well as others we would recommend skipping and our reviews will steer you toward what’s worth your time and money.
For more information about Mally Beauty, call 1-855-625-5948 or visit www.mallybeauty.com.