LoracMakeupPREP Gentle Skin Resurfacer
3.7 fl. oz. for $32
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MakeupPREP Gentle Skin Resurfacer is an at-home microdermabrasion topical scrub product that contains aluminum oxide as the main abrasive agent. This gritty-feeling scrub is formulated in a creamy base to help cushion your skin as you apply it. Even so, it should be used very gently because you can easily go overboard with this type of harsh scrub. Rinsing is a bit difficult due to the oil in the formula. Aluminum oxide is not a “gentle” scrub ingredient, so the name is misleading, and it doesn’t work any better than (and is definitely not as gentle as) a washcloth.

Last Updated:03.02.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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A gentle resurfacing cream that's the number one professional secret for smooth, polished, luminous skin, the first step in preparation for perfect makeup application. This gentle resurfacing cream contains the exclusive PROmc3, an earth mineral complex of calcium, magnesium, and aluminum, along with hydrating jojoba beads that leave your skin looking youthful, healthy, and clear.


Water, Aluminum Oxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-8, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Magnesium Oxide, Calcium Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Tocopherol, Tromethamine

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Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.

This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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