Perricone MD is the luxury skincare brand renowned for its anti-ageing products and minimal aesthetic. The vast range of products, created by certified dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, is used by celebrities including Uma Thurman, Eva Mendez and even the incredibly meticulous Gwyneth Paltrow.
The brand has just launched a makeup range under the title ‘No Makeup Skincare’, which promises to improve skin with Neuropeptides, Alpha Lipoc Acid, Vitamin C Ester and DMAE, boosting collagen production and slowing the build-up of age pigmentation.
As avid believers in the notion that anti-ageing products should be introduced as soon as possible into a makeup routine, the EAUX team were excited to try out a product that had all the benefits of age-defying skincare in a makeup; however, it’s always wise to be sceptical of a product that claims to possess a million-and-one benefits – we’ve seen countless wonder products deliver disappointing results. But this range doesn’t fall short of expectations.
The ‘No Foundation Foundations’ appear in two shades, light and dark. Now, you might think that this limits those with middle-range skin tones, but the idea is to mix the two together to achieve the perfect shade – a much more tailored method of colour matching than you’d get from buying your shade at the makeup counter.
The formula is fairly thick, and does take a tiny bit of patience to blend in; but the results are almost flawless. This foundation feels lightweight on your skin, and doesn’t dry out towards the end of the day. With the addition of an SPF 30, you won’t have to wear sun tan lotion or a UV-preventing primer underneath, yet still rest assured that your skin is protected.
Downsides? All we can think of is that the formula has a medical scent; but, in a way, this gives us the impression that the ingredients are clinically approved – and we hate that sickly perfumed scent from other foundations, anyway.
In terms of the No Concealer Concealer, this formula gives plenty of coverage but, like the foundation, takes a bit of time to blend in – use a brush or your fingers. A wand applicator helps distribute the right amount of product under the eyes and over blemishes and problem areas.
Two of our favourite products were the No Blush Blush and No Bronzer Bronzer, both of which appeared very opaque at first but blended out to become the ideal shade. We think these are ideal for those who prefer buildable colour in a liquid product. The blush, a pretty shade of rosy pink, includes a wand for precise application, whilst the bronzer, a deep terracotta shade, has a pipette that is best used in conjunction with a palette.
The No Mascara Mascara subtly lengthened and thickened, allowing us to achieve a natural look. However, the stiff wand may cause divided opinion; some of us prefer a wand with flexible bristles, whilst some liked the way that the stiffer brush made application more precise – but all agreed that the dual-sided brush/comb was a concept with potential.
Finally, the No Lipstick Lipstick blew us away with its super soft formula, working as both a subtle lipstick and lip conditioner. It only comes in one shade, which is a soft red-pink, but this could work well for a multitude of skin tones as its semi-translucence enhances the natural colour of the wearer’s lips.