Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener
This sheer primer contains several silicones for a silky feel (and note that despite Iredale’s natural leanings and proclamations, the silicones this primer contains are not natural in the least). Like most silicone-rich primers, this glides over skin and helps smooth its texture so makeup goes on easier. You can get the same benefits from applying a well formulated serum prior to makeup, which is why we generally consider primers superfluous (though no question lots of women like to use them or are at least curious about them).
What’s interesting about this primer is its formula contains several very good antioxidants. In that sense, it’s a cut above many others. Unfortunately, the formula also contains citrus extracts that pose a risk of irritation, which is why this isn’t rated higher. Likely the irritation potential from citrus is muted by the anti-inflammatory ingredients this primer contains, but ultimately those ingredients should be helping your skin rather than saving it from problematic ingredients.
This primer claims to add luminosity (which it does) and minimize the appearance of pores plus whiten skin. The silicones it contains create a texture that can temporarily make pores look smaller, yet that’s hardly unique to this product. As for whitening skin, the formula contains a smattering of ingredients (such as vitamin C) that can help, but likely not in the low amounts used here. If you decide to try this primer, it’s best for normal to oily or combination skin. It is not a slam-dunk option for sensitive skin but should be fine for breakout-prone skin.
Skin feels nourished and looks smoother. Increase luminosity as it minimizes the appearance of pores
Jane Iredale At-A-Glance
Strengths: Lip balm with SPF 15 (a rare find); some impressive makeup, particularly the powder-based products; most of the makeup brushes are good.
Weaknesses: Skincare isnt Iredales strong suit; mostly bad concealers; PureMoist LipColours SPF 18 contain irritating peppermint; some superfluous specialty products.
The Jane Iredale line primarily features its mineral makeup, along with several other cosmetics. The skin-care selection from Jane Iredale is limited to a few ancillary products, although a couple of them are definite options if you're a fan of this line.
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Iredale's color line is advertised as "The Skin Care Makeup," but it isn't skin-care-like at all, at least not in the way you may imagine. Ingredients like boron nitride, mica, andzinc stearate (also known as zincsoap)have no benefit for skin, and they are the primary ingredients of Iredale's loose powders. A few of the products do include mineral-based, gentle sunscreens and a smattering of antioxidants (though the packaging will render them unstable after opening). The ingredient lists are also relatively short, which is beneficial for those with sensitivities, but that's about as skin-caring as this line gets.
You do need to be wary of some of Iredale's questionable claims, such as "Because our bases are concentrated pigment, the coverage we can achieve is far superior to normal makeup with a minimum amount of product. This is why mineral makeup should always look sheer and natural." These powders can be applied sheer, but the very nature of these ingredients results in products that are heavy-textured and that, like it or not, can look powdery and "made-up" on the skin. This is especially true if you have any dry patches, because these mineral powders, which also claim to "trap moisture," will exacerbate any dryness and can look caked and change color over very oily areas. Actually they do trap moisture, but they trap it away from the skin. That's the nature of any powdered mineral - they are absorbent and as a result can bedrying.
Iredale denigrates talc, dismissing it as cheap filler material and an irritant,but talc is the essential backbone for a number of the most luxurious-feeling powders you will find, some of which have a softness and virtually seamless finish on the skin that other lines (including Iredale's) should envy. And talc is not irritating, at least not any more than the mica Iredale chose to use in its place. Even more significant, talc is a natural ingredient and a mineral. Despite this, all of Iredale's claims revolving around how mineral makeups are better for skin are marketing hype to the max. The most important element of her mineral makeup is the overall gentle, fragrance-free formula that provides outstanding sun protection.
If the concept of a powdered makeup different from the traditional talc-based powders you've seen at the cosmetics counters or drugstores appeals to you, then this line presents some fine choices. We would recommend using caution when you read (or are told) about the inflated benefits of some rather ordinary but nevertheless effective ingredients. However, with a few exceptions, there is certainly nothing in these straightforward formulations thats harmful or irritating, and that's always beneficial.
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