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Francine Porter, the lovely and clever founder of Osmotics, makers of a good eye cream and my best yet body lotion, thinks that the quickest way to look younger is to get out the makeup remover. This is a woman after my own heart. I contend that all but the sheerest foundations, such as my new find from Suki, make me look older. On the other hand, there are days when I need more than a touch of concealer. So what's a girl to do? The answer is in Osmotics Inner Light Instant Complexion Enhancer ($35).
This pinkish cream is based on spherical pigments that, along with some silicone, plant oils and vitamins, create a light-defusing layer. I wouldn't say that it gives me a porcelain look, but then I have a rather ruddy and freckly skin tone to begin with. But I do look smoother, clearer and I would even say dewy. Inner Light definitely smooths out wrinkles and imperfections.
Osmotics claims that it is suitable for all skin types. Well, I inadvertently put this to the test when discussing it with a makeup artist, Karen Duncan, who happens to be African American. She took my tube and smeared some Inner Light on the back of her hand. She was absolutely taken aback. As she says, light diffusing products can appear ashy on dark skins. Not so this one. Her skin looked (and felt) wonderfully satiny.
I wear it all over my face and just use a dab of concealer if and where necessary. Die hard foundation junkies can mix it up with a little of their favorite war paint.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Allantoin, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDT, Tromethamine.