Products arrive on my doorstep every single day. Some I will try once and determine unworthy of my routine, some I immediately discard based on ingredients list or inconvenient packaging and others get thrown into a “must try” pile and fade into oblivion. Very few products find their way into my daily regiment. Some of this is luck, but most of it is trust.
Aside from my all-time faves, I rely on the best sources in beauty to guide my exploration and trial of new products. Recommendations are everything, whether it was a feature in New York Magazine’s The Cut, a post on Vogue.com or even a quick tip from a friend on Instagram or a familiar face at press events. The beauty world starts to feel small when you start seeing the same faces over and over again, and there is something quite comforting in that.
A few months ago, I attended the launch of Guerlain’s phenomenal new eye cream at the Waldorf. I sat next to one of my favorite beauty friends, Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue.com writer and former Into the Gloss employee. (It’s safe to say she knows her stuff, am I right?) She told me about one of her longest days, when she had been running around all over the city, and she had to make it to an evening event. She went to the bathroom and her face looked horrible. She went through her desk drawer and pulled out her Le Metier de Beaute Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment Fluid. She quickly slathered the tinted moisturizer-like product all over her face and instantly looked more alive and awake. In fact, that night she received multiple complements on how great she looked – a tough feat when you have one of those crazy days we all know too well.
Based on her glowing review, I knew I had to try it.
It’s safe to say that I am officially addicted. As I mentioned, the texture feels like a tinted moisturizer, as it’s lightweight and can be applied using clear fingers instead of a brush. The subtle coverage has a gossamer-like feel that applies like a second skin, while light reflecting particles give you that lit-from-within glow. Your skin is suddenly clear and radiant, but somehow doesn’t look packed with makeup.
If that’s not amazing enough, it’s also formulated to work below the surface to enhance and improve the skin long-term. SPF 18 sun protection that shields the skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays, while retinol refines texture, evens skin tone and lightens dark spots. The shimmery (not glittery) particles blend right into the skin, helping to instantly blur and diffuse imperfections. I like to think of it as a skin-perfecting luminizer. Note: I use shade 2 and it’s perfect, even on my insanely pale skin.
Now that’s what I call a multi-purpose product well worth the price tag. While it does retail at $175, it’s meant to really last. A little goes a long way, so savor it to the very last drop.