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English version | Test Drive: Pink issue

07 May 2021
By Ana Saldanha

Skincare, body and hair care, makeup, and even a beauty gadget. All pink everything. For very pink days and dreams.

Skincare, body and hair care, makeup, and even a beauty gadget. All pink everything. For very pink days and dreams.

Promises: to work while you sleep to help you achieve your skin goals. The multi-acid cocktail with probiotics and niacinamide will help to fix imperfections, fade dark spots and reduce the appearance of pores. Vogue’s word: it is an interesting serum with a blend of exfoliating acids - 12% of glycolic acid, pyruvic acid, BHA, and PHA - and some ingredients like niacinamide, Centella Asiatica, and hyaluronic acid (although at the bottom of the ingredient list and therefore in low concentration). The acids aren’t too sensitizing since the soothing ingredients in the formula. The only complaint I had is the unexpected fragrance: it smells like nuts and dates and my guess is that that is due to the plant extracts in the formula. 

Goals Perfecting serum, € 43, PSA.

Promises: a non-invasive, safe, and painless face-lift that gives firmness to the skin and reduces fine lines. The combination of low-intensity microcurrents, electrostimulation, and sonic pulsations (patented technology of the brand and common to all devices) relaxes the muscles and enhances collagen and elastin production. Vogue's word: not being exactly the target audience, I focused more on  "sculpting" the face than on fading fine lines and wrinkles - and this is also a device to keep an eye on if you spend a lot of time on your phone and want to avoid the famous tech neck. The device works as a workout for the face and the experience is very pleasant and relaxing, with the advantage of being adaptable to a morning or night routine. Personally, I prefer to use it in the morning because I feel it helps to "wake up" the face and reduce some of that morning puffiness. 

Bear Microcurrent device, € 299, Foreo. 

Promises: a quick and easy fix to fight second-day hair oiliness, odor, and lack of volume, without feeling heavy and without leaving powdery residues on the hair. The lightweight formula contains rice starch to absorb oils and vitamin E to keep your scalp healthy. Vogue's word: if I had to describe this product in one word, it would be delicate. Delicate in the fragrance, which was designed by the "nose" Fabrice Pellegrin's and has notes of lemon, musk, and neroli, delicate in the finish and delicate when you apply it. The spay gives you a very fine mist that leaves no white residue. It is a great product for those who do not have much practice in using dry shampoo because it is error-proof. Those with very dark hair will also appreciate the lightness of the absorbent powder, which is practically invisible. The hair looks fresh, smells super nice and all this is done in 5 minutes.

Fresh Affair Dry shampoo,  € 28,80, Kérastase. 

Promises: a morning shower with a pink mood. Its vegetable cleansing base (with coconut and wheat) is infused with sweet almond oil and vegetable glycerin to gently cleanse the skin leaving it soft and supple. Vogue's word: The Prodigieux Floral line got expanded with two more products this year: the perfume and the shower gel. The latter, with a silky gel texture that turns into a luxurious and perfumed foam. The sweet almond oil present in the formula guarantees a good cleanse without drying the skin and the aroma is in fact floral, but without being too sweet or intense and, after bathing, it stays on the skin and works very well if you want to pair it with the classic Huile Prodigieuse, believe me.

Prodigieux Floral shower gel, € 10,90, Nuxe.

Promises: a natural touch of color to enhance your cheekbones. The blush in mousse turns into an ultra-thin, light, and breathable powder that lasts up to 8 hours with a soft matte finish. The colors are vibrant and have flexible intensities for more natural or more vibrant results. Vogue's word: I dare to say that blush is the make-up product of the year. After a hiatus where it was replaced by bronzer, contour, and highlighter, this product made a huge comeback, and, depending on its finish, it may be the only face product you’ll need for a summer look. Speaking of this WhippedPowder, it has a very interesting texture - like a soft sponge - and it’s possible to achieve a very natural finish or a bolder look. The shade I tested is called Setsuko and can be defined as a blonzer - a shade between blush and or bronzer, in this case, it is a brownish-pink shade making it perfect for the summer, perfect for tanned skin. This product is very easy to work with, it can be used only with your fingers or with the help of a sponge and it sits beautifully on top of foundation but also on bare skin. This one definitely has the potential to go straight to my go-to box.

Minimalist Whippedpowder Blush in the shade Setsuko, € 42,60, Shiseido.  

Promises: hydration for 72 hours, even after washing your face. It improves the appearance of fine lines caused by dryness and the inconsistency of dehydrated skin and strengthens the skin's moisture barrier and its ability to stay hydrated. Leaves skin with a luminous, fresh, plump, and healthy appearance. Vogue's word: for those who like light and fluid textures that still provide comfort to the skin, this gel-cream can be a potential favorite. It is already a classic, and there’s even a more emollient and concentrated version of it (Moisture Surge Intense), for skins that prefer richer textures. The formula is enriched with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid for a hydrating effect from the inside out. The skin feels in fact more hydrated and plump and the gel is absorbed super easily by the skin leaving it looking healthy and luminous. This moisturizer can also be used as a hydrating mask - applying a generous layer, letting it sit for 5 minutes, remove the excess, and rubbing in the remaining product. It can be used in the morning or evening routine, it is a good basic moisturizer, without many actives, but it meets exactly what it promises: to moisturize.

Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, € 32.50, Clinique.

Translated from the original on the "Pink Issue", from may 2021.Full credits and story on the print version.

Ana Saldanha By Ana Saldanha

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