This loose-powder foundation does not list active ingredients, so you cannot rely on its SPF rating because they are not following FDA regulations, and who knows what other FDA sunscreen protocol they’ve ignored. The formula does contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, but unless they’re listed as active there’s no way to ascertain how much protection you’re getting. As with most loose-powder foundations, this one is messy. It has a silky, dry texture that’s relatively easy to blend, though it will grab over moist areas and look blotchy, so make sure your skin is not prepped with anything too emollient. The amount of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide enough opacity for medium to nearly full coverage, plus a matte finish laced with a subtle to obvious level of shine, depending on the shade. For example, the Porcelain and Light shades have finely milled sparkling particles, while Medium does not. The shades include good options for fair to medium skin tones. The shade labeled “Medium” has a slight peach cast and should be considered carefully. Avoid Cocoa, which is a bit copper and also has an ashen finish due to the amount of mineral pigments it contains. This mineral foundation is best for normal to oily skin. Note that it tends to stain skin and cannot be removed completely with a water-soluble cleanser. You will need a washcloth or separate makeup remover, such as one with silicone.
Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Lauroyl Lysine, Copper PCA, Magnesium, Zinc PCA, Selenium, Hydrolyzed Cashmere Protein, Calcium, Gold, Pearl Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerine.
May Contain: Iron Oxides, Carmine, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake, Manganese Violet, Chromium Oxide Greens, Blue 1 Lake
Dimitri James is a makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion consultant who spent two decades working for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world. After stints with brands such as Estee Lauder and Revlon, he decided, as so many others have before him, to launch his own products. Apparently, he was disenchanted with the business model most large cosmetics companies follow. According to James, the formula was always the same: "make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible." His cynical summation is definitely appreciated by those of us on the Cosmetics Cop team. Ironically, however, for the most part, Skinn's business model mimics the business model of many large and small cosmetics companies; that is, his products come in fancy jars, make inane unsupported claims, and are absurdly overpriced. Adding to that insanity, many of his products are poorly formulated.
Aside from the glaring same old, same old mix of disenchantment, those hoping for some good news about Skinn products will be pleased to know that this line does have some products worth considering. That doesn't mean the claims are accurate or that they outperform excellent products from many other lines. Overlooking the omission of reliable sunscreen from this line, the handful of good formulas are capable of getting as close as possible to keeping skin looking youthful and healthy. They won't replace cosmetic corrective procedures, but no skin-care routine will do that. Please refer to the list of strengths for products worth your attention; any products not on that list you can skip, unless you want to set yourself up for disappointment, and you will be disappointed if you expect the farfetched claims to come true.
Skinn's promises for their makeup—that they will make you a picture of airbrushed perfection—are beyond reality. Today's best makeup products can go a long way toward making a beautiful finish to your appearance and they're easier to apply than ever before. Just keep in mind that technique still plays a major role, so don't expect any makeup product to be the final answer. Skinn's color line has just as many misses as hits, so shop carefully. In this case, the foundations and concealer are not worth considering over countless others, but there are some great powder blushes and eyeshadows, a fantastic eye pencil, and mascaras that perform beautifully; but again, these are easily replaced with less expensive options. Those intrigued by makeup palettes may find some good options here, too.
All told, the Skinn line has a handful of impressive products, but it's not remotely "the revolution in cosmetics" Dimitri James makes it out to be. For more information about Skinn by Dimitri James, call (866) 346-4874 or visit www.skinn.com.
Note: This line is sold primarily on home shopping channels.