Posted by Kate

One spring quarter while I was in college, six of my girlfriends rented a thoroughly run-down shack of a place. They dug a hole in the back yard and roasted a pig...and it was a landscaping improvement. The front door didn't close, two of the windows were cracked, the rest didn't open, and the furnace hardly kicked out any heat. If you were taking a shower and touched the metal soap dish on the shower wall you got a mild electrical shock. But the Party Palace was great fun, big, cheap, and the landlords couldn't have cared less any time we tried to "fix it up". In fact, they actually reimbursed my friends for any "fix up" materials that had the potential to keep the Party Palace from caving in or being condemned by the city.

One spring weekend, we decided that what The Palace really needed was a fresh coat of exterior paint. And after all, how hard could painting be? Nine of us headed down to Ace Hardware, bought a dozen cheap paint brushes and rollers, emptied their inventory of 40 gallons of mis-matched "goof" paint (available for pennies on the dollar), and when Ace threw in a dozen "painters hats", we literally couldn't wait to get started. No sanding, priming, calking, spackling, or taping  for us.....just straight to brushing endless gallons of "goof" paint onto cracked dry peeling exterior walls.

Our painting project turned out exactly how you might expect. Poorly, even by our standards. The only thing that kept us from being completely disappointed was how cute we thought we looked in our painter hats.

So what does painting the Party Palace have to do with Avon MagiX Face Perfector?

Prepping makes a huge difference on all types of skin, but especially on aging skin. I am not suggesting you sand your face and calk your crows feet before applying foundation, but if you have the time and the inclination, this inexpensive, colorless "perfector" really can make a difference in how your foundation, blush and eye shadow go on, and how long your makeup will last. When Perfector is properly applied, foundation won't puddle up in the crows feet around your eyes, and lipstick will not creep.  The "prep step" also did really a really good job of reducing the look of any visible pores on my nose, and kept the t-zone shine at bay for at least the majority of the day. A bonus is that it is SPF 20, but I certainly wouldn't suggest it as an alternative for sun screen.  I haven't tried Face Perfector in really hot humid weather yet, but even if it just helps a little in those conditions, I will use it for special occasions.

The drawbacks? 1) The consistency took a little getting used to, and I had to resist rubbing it while it dried so that it didn't morph into tiny pasty shreds. 2) I am not wild about the long list of artificial ingredients.  3) It also had an odd (although not entirely unpleasant) scent, and I really wonder about the "artificial fragrance" they choose to add. Cheesballs # 6? Unbaked bread dough # 144? Glue # 86?

But the bottom line is that this inexpensive ($10 or less) product really does make a difference on any skin type, and especially on aging skin. If you have the time and inclination to apply the prep step, you will likely get much better results from the makeup you are currently using.

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MagiX Face Perfector SPF 20 active ingredients:  octinoxate 7.5% octisalate 4.0%

Other Ingredients: dimethicone ,cyclopentasiloxane ,cellulose cyclomethicone ,cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer,alumina acrylates/dimethicone copolymer ,silica ,nylon-12 hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer c30-45 alkyl methicone ,c30-45 olefin ,peg/ppg-20/23,  dimethicone, lauryl peg-9   polydimethylsiloxyethyl  dimethicone ,caprylyl glycol ,dimethicone crosspolymer ,polyethylene ,boron nitride, parfum/fragrance, tocopherol