When I read a rave review of Skindinävia* makeup finishing sprays written by a dear friend, I knew at once that I had to try them.
Not only is Nancy the proprietress of Make Me Smooth, that fine online bath and body establishment with skin-loving wonders (and an awesome, extensive scent list!), she is also a makeup artist whose base work I admire. I like how she often achieves a flawless visage and how beautiful her clients’ skin looks, not to mention her own!
It is not surprising, then, that I trust her opinion of base-related products and proceeded to order the items she reviewed. The products from this brand also received positive reviews from Makeup Alley members and several magazines, so you can imagine my anticipation.
Thanks to another friend who alerted me to a promotion on the Skindinävia site, I was fortunate to have placed an order just in time to take advantage of a one-for-one offer…with free international shipping, to boot!
Although the extras from the one-for-one offer did not show up on its invoice or on Paypal’s, Skindinävia sent me a quick affirmative reply in response to my enquiry regarding that. The neatly-labelled package from the US arrived in Singapore within a week via USPS First Class International mail, wrapped very securely.
- 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish
- Makeup Finishing Spray
- No More Shine Makeup Finish
I am intrigued by the apparent makeup technology. Words like ‘hygroscopic’ and ‘nano-spheres’ make the products sound advanced and surely appeal to the makeup tech geek! ;)
According to the website:
10 Years Younger Makeup Finish visibly reduces lines and wrinkles. It reduces the appearance of lines by keeping makeup from settling in them. Innovative mist holds makeup by keeping the surface chilled and well hydrated for hours avoiding drying and slippage. Six hygroscopic (water attracting) moisturizers stop foundation, eye shadow, blush, and concealer from flaking or becoming powdery. Unique pigment dispersion system helps avoid clumping and conceals uneven texture or discoloration, such as sun damage and age spots. Works with all types of makeup.
Makeup Finishing Spray creates a weightless makeup bond as a time released delivery system encapsulates millions of nano-spheres barely wider than a ray of light. The spheres are “trained” to release their content in period waves throughout a given time period.
No More Shine Makeup Finish stops oily skin and excess shine and oily skin types can now have perfect makeup for hours with fewer touchups. Contains oil control system that both absorbs excess oil and controls surface shine. Stops makeup sliding and meltdown without excessive drying. Weightless mist cools makeup surface 20°F degrees to curtail oil from sliding through as shine on foundation, blush, and concealer. Light dispersing particles deflect shininess to deliver a matte look for up to 16 hours. Works with all types of makeup.
I wonder if they’d live up to their promises.
I’ve used one – 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish – more than once and I must admit that the fine mist feels wonderfully cool on the skin (think air-conditioning) and my makeup stays on indeed.
While I didn’t like how it seemed to make the lines on my face more pronounced, this could be attributed to the amount of loose powder I’d used. My makeup generally lasts quite long, thanks to the combination of products I use, including loose/pressed powder. I may need to adjust this now, so that this product can effectively help my makeup to last even longer! :) I’ll also wait till after my period to properly test it, as my skin isn’t at its best this week.
Two of the six bottles are birthday gifts for a special friend. I intend to keep the rest for myself and to use on my clients. I’m looking forward to using them during outdoor shoots! ;)
* I am amused by the word play on the brand’s name…do they hope that it would conjure images of clear-skinned Scandinavians or glacial fjords? ;)