I've always been slightly irritated by brands that go for part symbol/part word/weird spelling approach so I've never looked too kindly on Per-fékt. However, I recently read a review of the Skin Perfection Gel ($17.50) that suggested it might be worth checking out as a lightweight, barely there foundation.

I chose Luminous (since I have fair skin) and went through a dizzying range of reactions when I tried it out. First, it was much more pigmented than I thought it would be. Then I rubbed it over my face and found myself loving the silky (even if it was created an entirely artificial silicone) feeling of my skin. Again it was darker than expected and it looked dry and grainy. Not good. I was about to dismiss it entirely when, before my eyes, it virtually disappeared to look like my skin but better.

Given that the dominant ingredient is isododecane, it isn't surprising it should behave this way. Isododecane is a hydrocarbon ingredient most often used as an emollient in skin care products. Thanks to its low viscosity and density, it leaves a weightless feeling on the skin and evaporates easily.

Per-fékt follows this up with vitamins E, C and A and alpha lipoic acid. Called thioctic acid, alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant used in cosmetics, personal care formulas, and anti-aging products because of its ability to scavenge free-radicals which lead to premature aging and wrinkling. Thioctic Acid is “readily transported through cellular membranes and helps to recycle other antioxidants.

Per-fékt may have over-complicated its name, but its Skin Perfection Gel is refreshingly simple and effective.

Ingredients in all shades:

Isododecane, Polysilicone - 11, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Thioctic Acid.