Top 5 of the week: Beauty products I’m intrigued by

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I’ve heard raves about the volumizing effects of this mascara, and I love the fact that it goes for $4.99 a pop.

I’ve also been reading about how good it supposedly is for your skin to wash it with a cloth, preferably one of rough silk or muslin, and apparently these, from Eve Lom, are the sine qua non of face cloths.  I don’t know how special a few squares of muslin could be for them to get away with charging $22 for them, but what if they’re magic?

My face shines like there’s no tomorrow, and apparently this primer helps mitigate that, which is an appealing notion. But I also like the idea that it helps your makeup stay on longer.

Ever since a reader mentioned in the comments that her dermatologist said that one must wear a dedicated sunscreen and not just depend on the protection in your makeup, I’ve been convinced I must up my SPF game. I’m interested in this Umbra Tinte from Drunk Elephant, my skincare brand of choice, because Drunk Elephant can do no wrong in my eyes (here’s an untinted version too).

I live with undereye circles most every day, and have pretty much learned to ignore them—and have even attempted to think, as the French apparently do, that they’re sexy, implying as they do that the previous night was spent in amorous pursuits. But the truth is, I don’t care for them, not at all, and have simply never found a concealer that matches my skin tone and doesn’t give me a reverse-raccoon effect. This is from Charlotte Tilbury, and I feel like the spongy applicator would make putting it on a breeze, even for makeup novices such as myself.

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    Darcy
    20 Sep 2018
    2:51pm

    Mineral sunscreen users, does your brand rub off on clothing and other textiles even after many hours of wear? I found that to be the case with Coola, so am now looking for a replacement. LMK and TY!

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      Bkmam
      20 Sep 2018
      6:05pm

      Hi Darcy, I recommend Elta MD Clear sunscreen below. I use the untinted version, and I haven’t found that it rubs off on my clothing. I did try Coola a few years ago and absolutely did not like it, particularly the texture, so not sure if my comment will be helpful.

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        Darcy
        26 Sep 2018
        1:15pm

        Thanks so much, Bkmam. I tried Elta MD sunscreen and my face got red, and the top layer of skin was crumbly for over a week. The dry-skin crumbles (a little painful, btw) looked like they needed to be brushed away but they stayed put. oh well!

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    Lisa
    21 Sep 2018
    6:59pm

    Apologies if others have already said this but as a fellow oily-skinned person, I urge you to skip the DE sunscreen. It’s incredibly shiny and never absorbs or sets for me. (I’m currently partial to Make Prem UV Fluid – it’s an Asian brand but all mineral and works wonderfully alone and under makeup).

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    c.w.
    20 Sep 2018
    8:44am

    Because of your blog, Kim, I am totally committed to Drunk Elephant products. I. Love. Them. I use the Umbra Sheer almost daily (I sometimes forget when it’s cloudy). The sheer does take some work to blend it into your skin, but you also feel protected which, these days, is so, so important. Now I’m tempted to try the tinted version!

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      Darcy
      20 Sep 2018
      2:52pm

      Hi! Does the Umbra Tinte from Drunk Elephant rub off on your clothing easily?

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        c.w.
        20 Sep 2018
        4:22pm

        I haven’t found that it comes off on my clothes at all, Darcy, but I only use it on my face. It comes out of the tube white, but rubs in clear (like, duh). I haven’t tried the tinted Umbra so am only slightly helpful.

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          Darcy
          26 Sep 2018
          1:18pm

          Thanks! And yes, face is what I meant. If the one you’re using starts out white, which means zinc oxide or similar, watch out for flash photographs. You’ll be clown white in appearance, for sure. It’s impossible not to notice, very very white and Bozo-esque! peace, D.

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    Stakra
    20 Sep 2018
    9:16am

    I’ve been very happy with the DE tinted sunscreen and am about to repurchase. For most of the summer I used it and there D-Bronzi in lieu of foundation. My skin felt great and I didn’t think I looked as washed out (from foundation fade) at the end of a long work day. FWIW – I’m in my late 40’s w/similar skin tone as you Kim.

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    Rebecca
    20 Sep 2018
    9:38am

    I have been wearing sunscreen every day (for about 7 months of the year: I do live in Canada) since I was in my mid-20s. Right now my favourite is Vichy ultra-light: it doesn’t make me break out. I put it on about 5 minutes before the rest of my make-up… Other favourites have been Clinique’s City Block, and Le Roche Posay Ultra Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen.

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    Katrina
    20 Sep 2018
    10:07am

    I consider myself a sunscreen advocate and yes, my co-reader’s dermatologist is 100% correct. The SPF in your makeup is not enough. For the SPF in your makeup to work at the proper level, you’ll need to put a ridiculous amount of the makeup on your face, an amount that no sane person will use, especially if you’re relying on powdered makeup for your SPF.

    I’m partial to Japanese and Korean sunscreens as the Japanese and Korean consumers are absolutely obsessed with sun protection, so companies are always trying to improve their sunscreen formulations to get ahead of the competition. They are also very, very affordable, with many available on Amazon or US-based K-beauty sites.

    I’ll stop here, but honestly, I could go on and on and on about sunscreen, how much you actually need, when you can afford to forgo it (although I almost never do), etc. Like I said, sunscreen advocate!

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      Viajera
      20 Sep 2018
      10:52am

      No, no – don’t stop!! keep goooing. What are your favorites?

      I’ve been looking for that Yes to ___ one and I haven’t found it on the shelf yet. I guess I should call first. It is a bit hard to remember which ones the EWG didn’t hate, there are so many different kinds with each brand. And then the reef thing, which means another website. It’s almost like we don’t live in a normal society! Anyhow, I love it when people name names here.

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        MaryAlice
        20 Sep 2018
        11:45am

        I’ll name names! When I was 21 I asked my 66 year old aunt how she kept her pale Irish skin so perfect and she said “I never let the sun touch it!”So I’ve been a sunscreen maven ever since. Current favorite is Badger Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, zinc oxide, smells pretty, not greasy.

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          Viajera
          20 Sep 2018
          6:31pm

          Hurrah hurrah!!! Thank you.

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        Katrina
        20 Sep 2018
        11:27pm

        Haha! Currently, I’m using the A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream SPF 45 PA+++. I’ve heard very good things about the Sun Gel version of this, too, but haven’t been able to get my hands on it. I know people who love the Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel, too. Biore is always a good place to start. They have a ton of variants of sunscreens that you can explore.

        But right now, A’Pieu is IT for me. I go through one tube so quickly (3-4 weeks) so I always have backup tubes. I have three backups but just order a bunch that are on the way. Haha. That’s how fanatic I am about my sunscreen.

        I go through them so quickly because I’m strict about the amount I use, and I use it on my face and neck.

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      Hannah Holden
      20 Sep 2018
      7:27pm

      2nd the Japanese sunscreen. Biore, Skin Aqua, Allie, Suncut…some of my faves. A good source of info about formulas is ratzillacosme.com with regular updates about reformulations.

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      Heather
      21 Sep 2018
      8:09am

      I have a Nivea sunscreen that comes from Japan (ordered on Amazon) that I love. It’s called “Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel SPF 50” and is about $15.

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    Michele
    20 Sep 2018
    11:44am

    After years of trial & error I’ve finally found a concealer that works for my under eye circles (which I’ve had since childhood) that works like magic AND lasts most of my rather long days – Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion, which also comes with a sponge tip applicator. I do 3 dabs under each eye, pat with a finger & then blend with a mini beauty blender. It’s really good. If it’s ever d/c’ed I’ll need to invest in a drawer full.

    And, yes, yes, yes re sunscreen. I don’t use anything sexy, I’m afraid, just the SPF 50 Neutrogena Healthy Defense my derm recommended but it does work really well, even at the beach, and layers under my foundation without balling up.

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      HeidiVB
      20 Sep 2018
      4:50pm

      Also this for those of us not so inclined to spend all the $$ on concealer : https://www.amazon.com/Maybelline-Makeup-Instant-Concealer-Brightener/dp/B004Y9GY44?th=1
      It doesn’t add to the fine lines and wrinkles often found in undereye area and works surprisingly well for something so inexpensive.

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    Rachel
    20 Sep 2018
    12:01pm

    Does the DE have a fragrance? I’ve been a longtime Kiehls 30 spf moisturizer user because it is the only fragrance-free option I’ve found. Granted I don’t wear foundation — and don’t like tinted moisturizers.

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      Stakra
      21 Sep 2018
      8:11am

      No fragrance and no strong discernible scent at all that I could detect.

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    Bkmam
    20 Sep 2018
    12:38pm

    I tried the DE but didn’t like the texture, which I found somehow both watery and too thick? My current fave sunscreen is the Elta MD Clear, which confusingly comes in either tinted or untinted. My sister, who’s a doc recommended it, and I like that it’s a physical sunscreen. I prefer it over Skinceuticals, which I used for probably over five years, and like better than La Roche Posay as well.

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    Jenny
    20 Sep 2018
    1:56pm

    I like the Suntegrity unscented for body sunscreen on my face. It’s thick, but I like feeling like there is a sturdy layer of protection between my skin and the outside world. It also serves as a great moisturizer, soother (that zinc!) and primer for my powder foundation. Because it’s inexpensive compared to Suntegrity’s facial sunscreen and most of the EWG/”clean” sunscreens, I’m more inclined to use a lot of it. It’s definitely not for folks who like the “it feels like nothing at all” sunscreens, but I haven’t found anything I like better.

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    Laurel
    20 Sep 2018
    4:28pm

    I’ve tried that Princess mascara. It does build great volume but it also made my eyes sting every now and then. YMMV.

    re: dark circles, have you tried color correcting and then concealing? I’ve done that a few times and it seemed to work much better than just concealing. I know what you mean about the reverse raccoon eye.

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    jessica
    20 Sep 2018
    4:45pm

    I was so excited about the Princess mascara that I bought 4 tubes…and found that it bled under my eyes by mid-day, creating a super embarrassing raccoon look. But it looked great on my lashes while it lasted!

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    Gablesgirl
    20 Sep 2018
    8:00pm

    While I like DE products that sunscreen left me shiny and greasy looking. I much prefer the Elta tinted as it dries more matte. Suntegrity makes great products especially their lip tint in SPF35.

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    Sara
    21 Sep 2018
    10:17am

    Twenty two dollars for 3 squares of muslin? I have a roll of unbleached muslin & a serger at home…give me a day & I’ll set up at etsy shop & have you all in face cloths for less than half that. lol.

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      Gleaming the Cube
      22 Sep 2018
      4:09pm

      Yeah, one doesn’t need the Eve Lom muslins. And when I say need, even if I had no money cares whatsoever, I wouldn’t bother. (And I bother with lots of very probably overpriced stuff, so this is not coming from a place of righteous indignation or general cheapskatery!) I use basic washcloths; I buy the packs of 10 at Bed, Bath & Beyond (or wherever) for less than $10. The Eve Lom cleanser (or my preferred balm cleanser, Clinique’s Take the Day Off Balm) work just fine. Also, one shouldn’t reuse the muslin/washcloth, and at a higher price I suspect many people aren’t going to have enough or do enough laundry to stick to it. The whole point is that you’re cleaning thoroughly and the cloth helps exfoliate. You don’t want to be reapplying grody mildew or old gunk by not using a clean one each time.

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