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Desperately Seeking Tinted Moisturizer


When Prescriptives decided to shutter its doors two years ago, I had two reactions in quick succession: sadness at the loss of the brand I’d been using almost exclusively since teen-dom, then panic about whether I would be able to stockpile enough of its bestsellers to last me for the rest of eternity. Most could be replaced with similar products from other brands, I discovered—except, that is, for my beloved Traceless Skin Responsive Tint. The tinted moisturizer with a slightly illuminating natural coverage that didn’t feel at all makeup-y was, in a word, perfection. I did manage to amass enough to last me until recently, but as I was desperately squeezing the final drop out of the final tube, I decided it was finally time to search for a replacement. Here is the latest group of contenders that are currently in the running.

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer

Chantecaille’s formula is packed with botanicals like honeysuckle, edelweiss, and green tea, plus moisturizing sodium hyaluronate. The rich formula feels a bit more like a foundation than a tinted moisturizer, making it a viable option on the occasion when more coverage is needed. It is my hands-down winner in the packaging department, but be warned: Its good looks don’t come cheap.


Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

As it’s entirely natural (100 percent of ingredients are from natural origin, and more than 80 percent from organic origin), Physician Formula’s offering is a great idea for those with more reactive skin—i.e. me, at least once a month. Remember to shake the tube first, otherwise the filmy formula tends to separate in an undesirable way. The coverage is lightweight enough for everyday use and absorbs easily. Bonus: It’s a total bargain.


Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I count myself a big fan of Liz Earle’s skincare, so when I heard that the British naturalist was branching out into makeup I was understandably excited. Her first product to be available stateside is a tinted moisturizer packed with enough vitamin E, borage, and avocado for a super-creamy consistency. Though it was a little too rich for my summertime needs, once the temperature drops, my prediction is that it will feel just right.

$34, available beginning September 8 at

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Chantecaille’s Summer Skin Mixer


Shocking as this may sound, I discovered foundation four months ago. I obviously always knew it was out there and have test-driven countless formulas during my tenure as a beauty editor, but in my personal life—that Brooklyn existence, where lace-less Keds replace ankle-breaking wedges—I’ve never been a huge fan (read: I never really needed it). With age comes a whole new host of beauty concerns, though, including blotchiness and increased pigmentation. And just like that, a plain old tinted moisturizer isn’t enough. The transition hasn’t been an easy one, as even the lightest of formulas still feels too heavy for me. So I’ve taken matters into my own hands and developed a habit of thinning my favorite complexion correctors with fluid sunscreens, which protect my skin from the summer sun and boast a liquid-y consistency that helps create the perfect cross between a tinted moisturizer and an actual foundation.

My latest mixer of choice is Chantecaille’s new Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++, which does way more than just help build the perfect base. Billed as a primer, you could put this oil-free, broad-spectrum UV fighter on under your makeup, but a DIY blend is the best way to go, as far as I’m concerned. Loaded with three non-chalky sunscreens that block more deeply damaging UVA rays, it’s also packed with potent antioxidants like cherry blossom, lemon balm, and white tea extracts to help fight off free radicals. Its real selling point is carnosine, a natural ingredient that prevents collagen from breaking down so skin stays plump—and protected from the elements. An amazing rosewater scent makes you that much more excited to slather this one on in the morning.

Photo: Courtesy of Chantecaille

Chantecaille’s Latest Compact For A Cause


Chantecaille is on a mission to save endangered wildlife, one makeup palette at a time. Over the past few years, the brand has gotten in the habit of partnering with wildlife conservation agencies and introducing beautifully embossed palettes dedicated to the animals it’s hoping to protect. Humpback whales and Bengal tigers have already been immortalized in shimmering pigment, and sea turtles will get the spotlight for spring. The gentle ocean creatures are endangered for a variety of reasons, including the illegal harvesting of their eggs, their inadvertent capture in fishing nets, oil spills, and habitat destruction. In an effort to remedy the unfortunate situation, Chantecaille has created a limited-edition palette that features three illuminating eye shadows and a blush in shades inspired by the beaches where the turtles nest. Five percent of proceeds from the sale of the cases will be donated to WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network), an organization that works to ensure the future of marine animals in the Caribbean Sea. As they say, beauty is as beauty does.

Photo: Courtesy of Chantecaille

Angelina Does Pro Bono Work For Chantecaille; Beyoncé’s Heat Rush Is On; And More…


And the answer to the burning question of who makes the lip gloss Angelina Jolie was spotted reapplying at the Golden Globes is…Chantecaille. Angie is apparently a fan of its Brilliant Gloss in Love. We give it till the end of the night before the color is sold out at Neiman Marcus. [StyleList]

The latest topic of celebrity hair color conversation? Barack Obama. Word on the street is that the President dyed his graying locks a shade of black for last night’s State Dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao. And why shouldn’t he? This is being hailed as one of the most important visits by a Chinese official to the U.S. in 30 years—the man needs to look his best! [Daily Mail]

In a bit of sad news, Chanel has shuttered its all-beauty, all-the-time concept shop in Tokyo, which means a similar outpost in, say, New York, is unlikely. [WWD]

Get excited: Beyoncé’s newest fragrance, Heat Rush, just launched—and with it comes this video of her selecting its notes. “It’s kinda like…I don’t know; it’s sexy. I like it,” she says of the perfume. We’d except nothing less, B. [Grazia]

Today’s news bite from Berlin fashion week is even more outrageous than yesterday’s: For an otherworldly look, German designer Patrick Mohr plastered over eyebrows and glued together models’ mouths. If there were an organized models’ union, they would presumably be nonplussed. [Bella Sugar]

Photo: Wire Image

Priti NYC’s Sugar Rush


Among the many wonderful things that the French have bequeathed us—Vanessa Bruno, camembert, Serge Gainsbourg and his various offspring—the Parisian patisserie Ladurée’s famous macarons rank very, very high. So it’s easy to understand why Priti NYC took inspiration from the pastries for its new nail collection. The latest in a long line of beauty brands to use the delectables as muse—Chantecaille’s Les Macarons holiday Face Palette and Marc Jacobs’ Splash Collection from last spring immediately come to mind—the natural, nontoxic lacquers formulated sans toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and formaldehyde take their cues from the pistachio, rose, and blackcurrant-violet hues of the legendary sweets. Geisha Girl is a dusty lavender, Forget Me Not a soft powder blue, Daffodil a milky lemon, and September Charm a pale peach. On short, rounded nails, the muted creamy hues feel like an early ode to sunny skies and warm breezes. Make that very early (another forecasted East Coast snowstorm? Really?)

Photo: Courtesy of Priti NYC