Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: Illuminaré All Day Eye Color SPF15

When I first visited Serenity Zone, my Groupon voucher included a face scan to detect damage. Given that I'm quite fair, I expected there to be some damage, what I wasn't expecting was a significant portion of sun damage was right below my eye brows. Not everyone applies foundation on the eye area and that skin is probably the most susceptible to losing elasticity as we age (there's a reason why eye lifts are so popular). I tend to get freckles right below my brows and on my lids and didn't really put two-and-two together until after the scan.

What I then found is very few (if any) eye products contain sunscreen. The very popular Urban Decay Primer Potion has none and in general, unless you count the insignificant protection a mineral eyeshadow will give you, most of the eye products don't protect against the sun. I was then on a search for an eye product that I could wear from lid to brow that would offer sun protection and look good during the day.

What I found were the Illuminaré All Day Eye Colors (specifically for me, the shade Latte).
Finally, eye colors with SPF 15! These semi-matte creamy eye colors are highly water-resistant and last all day without creasing or fading. The colors blend fast and easy using either fingertips or our special brushes. All of our eye colors can be used as eyeliners and brow fillers when used with our eyeliner/brow brush. They are safe for contact-lens wearers and sensitive eyes. Our Extra Coverage foundation formula is also a fabulous base for our eye colors. 100% oil-free. .25oz (7.5ml) 
Retail price: $18 a tube

I managed to get my hands on a full sample set of these (though I forget where I ordered them from). The colors are all skin tone, ranging from the lightest to the darkest tones. For fair girls the darker shades can be used for contouring, brow filling, eyeliner or just a nice dark base while the lightest shades give enough coverage to erase hyper-pigmentation on the lids, freckles, veins, etc.

The texture of these is a bit dry, they are very pigmented so a little goes a long way and they dry quickly. It is recommended that if you have dry lids, to apply something prior to the color that has more moisturizing properties, but oily lids can apply directly to the lids.

Once I finish my mini tube of Latte, I'm going to spring for a full size tube. It lasts all day on me and it is a great base for eyeshadow and it conceals everything on my lids.

I have swatches of all but the two lightest shades (Perla Rossa & Perla Bianca - both of which contain shimmer and are recommended for highlighting) below.
From left to right:
top row: Latte, Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Mocha Cinnamon, Cafe Mocha
bottom row: Cafe Americano, Espresso

If you think you might be the shade Cafe Americano, Camera Ready Cosmetics has the shade 50% off till it sells out.

Other shades are available at Dermstore, Skinstore (20% off with code G2GFALL), and the Illuminaré website.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide-5% & Titanium Dioxide-4.4%
Ingredients: Cyclomethicone, Iron Oxides, Decamethyl Cyclopentasiloxane, Quaternium 18 Hectorite, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, PEG/ Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone, Alumina, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

Disclosure: Some affiliate links were used.