06.27.2014
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Liquid Face Defender
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0.75 fl. oz. for $40
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:06.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Liquid Face Defender has a silicone-rich, cream texture that temporarily mattifies skin on contact. As Mally explains it, the tinted, fragrance-free formula can be worn under foundation as a primer or over foundation as a finishing product (as an alternative to powder). It actually does work as both because the lightweight texture smoothes over bare skin, allowing for even foundation application, or it can be dabbed over foundation, adding a hint of sheer color.

The finish is nearly imperceptible on skin (no cakey look) and it goes on silky-smooth without being greasy. There are four shades, and they are sheer enough to work for most skin tones, from light to deep. However, don't count on this for adding coverage—that's not what it's for.

This can be used for touchups, but if your skin is really oily we suggest dabbing it on with a tissue or blotting paper first; otherwise, the silicone-rich texture of Liquid Face Defender will feel like it's going to slide right off. Not everyone will find dabbing this on as convenient as powder, but it's worth a try if you're looking for an alternative.

Pros:
  • Silky-smooth, lightweight texture can be worn under or over makeup.
  • Temporarily mattifies skin.
  • Nearly imperceptible finish with a hint of sheer color.
Cons:
  • Not everyone will find it easy to use.
Claims
Ingredients

Isododecane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Mally Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Impressive concealers; the City Chick Smokey Eye Kit performs beautifully; Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is an excellent alternative to traditional face powder; some good lip color options; Volumizing Mascara; Evercolor Lasting Eyeliner goes beyond typical liquid eyeliners with outstanding staying power; good brow products.

Weaknesses: Couture Color Custom Blush and powder foundation can be difficult to use; potentially irritating makeup remover; the Perfect Prep Soothing Eye Gel is disappointing.

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.

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