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April 21 2014

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Foundation, Thy Name Is SK-II Facial Treatment Cream

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Take a good long look at all those frosted bottles of foundation cluttering your makeup case and know this: They share pretty much nothing in common with SK-II’s new Facial Treatment Cream Foundation. This is the company that’s outfitted its spokesperson Cate Blanchett with the porcelain skin of a woman half her age, so it should come as no surprise that its new foundation is so revolutionary. But even still, we were amazed by its ability to combine skincare and makeup—something that’s often promised but rarely achieved. The rich consistency is a little foreboding at first, as the dreaded caked-on makeup mask is perhaps our biggest beauty fear. It applies very lightly, though, for translucent, long-lasting coverage and the feel of a luxurious moisturizer. Topping its ingredients list is Pitera, the vitamin, amino acid, mineral, and organic acid-rich sake derivative at the heart of all of SK-II’s products (its other new release, the Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream, is another winner for the parched-faced among you). The result is luminous, easily blendable, and a big smack in the face to winter, which has forced us to go foundation-free as its cold, dry wrath rages on. Until now.


SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation, $95, available this month at fine department stores.

Photo: Courtesy of SK-II

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