Instant Line & Pore Perfector
This twist-up stick resembles a slim lipstick minus pigment, but what's housed inside is a fairly good wrinkle and pore filler that's easy to apply, an intriguing product to consider for use under makeup.
Before you get too excited, note that any such product's "filling" and smoothing effect on lines, wrinkles, and large pores is only temporary. Also, its degree of impressiveness and wear time depend on two things: Keeping your expectations realistic (this isn't Botox in a tube) and being careful not to layer too many products on top, which, depending on the products, can dilute the filling effect.
Otherwise, this product works as claimed to smooth lines and pores prior to makeup application, and it does so with a smooth, somewhat wax-like formula that's easy to blend yet also stays where you need it.
This wrinkle filler contains a decent mix of skin-repairing ingredients and vitamin-based antioxidants, but given the price it comes up short.
Instant Line & Pore Perfector is fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. If there's any drawback, it's the small size for the high price, especially considering that this is not a more "concentrated" formula. All in all, you may want to consider some of the more generously-sized, equally well-formulated wrinkle fillers/pore smoothers prior to trying this pricey one (given the size, this prices out to a jaw-dropping $560 for 1 ounce).
- Works as claimed to temporarily smooth and fill in superficial lines and large pores.
- Treats skin to repairing and antioxidant ingredients.
- Small amount of product for the money (given the size and price, 1 ounce would cost $560), yet it's no more concentrated than similarly-rated (and much less expensive) wrinkle fillers/pore smoothers.
This artist essential helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and reduce large pores to create an even surface for makeup application. Hyaluronic acid filling spheres help deliver a smoothing effect.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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