Perfecting Transparent Mattifier
Perfecting Transparent Mattifier is touted as being able to combat shine throughout the day, but it didn’t meet our expectations (we did a split face test to be sure). While this colorless primer temporarily smoothes over pores, the mattifying effect quickly dissipates and your skin is left looking just as oily as if you hadn’t used it.
On the plus side, the velvety thick texture blends out to a silky-dry finish suitable for those with oily skin. It wears well under makeup and is fragrance-free. All in all, this could be used as a basic primer but there’s nothing special about it.
- Temporarily smoothes over pores.
- Silky-dry finish suitable for those with oily skin.
- Irritant-free and non-fragranced formula , ideal for sensitive skin.
- Colorless so it works on all skin tones.
- Wears well under makeup.
- Doesn’t keep oily-shine in check as claimed.
- Lacks state-of-the-art ingredients for added benefit.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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