Let's Compare: Drugstore vs. High End VOLUME 1

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I used to use a product called Balance N Brighten from Laura Geller on QVC, Sephora, and other venues. I loved the product because it added a bit of warmth without it being overwhelming to my very fair complexion. It warmed me up without it being a bronzer. It "perked" me up a bit and just added a touch of radiance.

In addition to the price, the ingredients list is quite horrible (BHT & FOUR different parabens!):

Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT

By the way, BHT contains Toleune, a toxin which has been shown to harm developing babies in the womb.

On my quest to keep being greener and healthier, I decided to look for a drugstore replacement.

I don't normally use this kind of product anymore because my skin is in such great shape, but I am so fair in the dead of winter and with the dry heat and being tired, I thought I would see what is out there. 

Since I was so thrilled with my Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara, I decided to try 
the Fair shade of Face Sculpting Trio.

Here are the ingredients:

TALC, MICA, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL *, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH *, CALCIUM CARBONATE, KAOLIN, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL *, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL *, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CINNAMIC ACID, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, WATER, MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE

As you can see, there are more ingredients in the Organic Wear, but they actually serve a purpose--corn starch to absorb a bit of oil while creating a smoothness, olive fruit oil to nourish, vitamin E--an antioxidant....mica for shimmer, etc.

Do not let the product name fool you. Scuplting and "contouring" went out a loooong time ago, not long after spiral perms and Stiff Stuff hair spray, but this powder is fabulous at adding a brightness. To me, this is what Prescriptives Magic Illuminating Powder back from its holiday 1999 debut should have been. That was marketed as a light diffusing powder to illuminate your skin, much like Estee Lauder Spotlight, a liquid.

This powder from the Organic Wear line is silky and soft. I use my Eco Tools brush for this.
I sweep it on my cheekbones, over the browbone lightly, and it really adds a very light "halo" effect, diffuses the light and creates a fresh radiance.

Tip: Just lightly sweep the brush over all three color areas. Don't think you need to use each color of the compact (a trio of shades) on its own. Use it like a mosaic-type of powder...or the way you'd use Balance N Brighten if you are using it.

As an aside, they have a bronze version that I like as much as Geller's Bronze N Brighten! If you're fair like me, it is called Sunkissed.

Price comparison:

$13.95 suggested retail for 0.3 ounces for Organic Wear (I had a coupon and it was on sale at Rite Aid...it came to $7.50)

vs.

$29.50 at Sephora for a comparable size in Laura Geller's product.
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