FGW: I’m going optic!

June 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm 2 comments

Have you noticed that optical diffusers are all over the place now?  Cosmetics, powders, lotions, concealers, primers…anything that can go on your face has them it seems. And no wonder, those puppies work! An optical diffuser is a particle that changes the surface optometrics of skin resulting in a visual blurring and softening of lines and wrinkles. Basically, larger particles fill in spaces such as wrinkles, while smaller particles settle in raised areas, helping to even out the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and yes, even blemishes. Light is evenly distributed over your whole face, making spots and dark circles less noticeable, and replacing them with a healthy glow.

My latest experiment with optical brighteners was in Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Lotion Moisturizer.  The pearlescent pump bottle is fun and easy to lock closed, a must for parents or travelers. There’s nothing worse than opening your cosmetics case and finding your lotion all over thanks to the tossing and turning of travel, unless it’s opening your bathroom door and finding the same thing thanks to inquisitive kiddos.

Prescriptives’ website has this to offer about Vibrant-C:

Don’t let your skin give away your age. Advanced micro-optic luminizers brighten skin instantly while a powerful brightening complex visibly boosts skin clarity, translucency and evens skin tone. Infused with Vitamin C, Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Lotion Moisturizer reduces the look of age spots and other discolorations. Skin is smooth, supple and looks more youthful.

Surprisingly enough, I found this all to be true. My skin has been undecided as to its true self lately and I’m fighting blemishes and the beginning of fine lines at the same time(I’ve heard that happens when 30 starts to creep in). If that isn’t a recipe for blotchy, I don’t know what is. My discolorations were still visible, but much less noticeable, and the clear parts of my skin were gorgeous, bright and glowing. If you have good skin, consider this as an alternative to foundation or tinted moisturizer during the summer months to give you the glow we all want, just be sure to use a sunscreen as well, since this doesn’t have an SPF according to the literature I have.

The lotion itself has a light citrus scent and sinks in well, leaving no greasy feeling. Applying too much will leave you with excess building up and flaking off onto your fingertips, so start out small because it only takes a little. Light lotions are a big product for me during the hot and sweaty summer months, and this one is my favorite so far this year. The one caveat I have is that one of my foundations(I have 3 of varying coverages) covered less and slid off faster with this lotion. It was the heaviest formula, which I only wear during extreme skin emergencies. I didn’t notice a difference in my tinted moisturizer though, and I can’t say for certain how much of this slip is from the lotion and how much is from my oily skin and the increasingly warm weather.

Overall I think this is an invigorating and effective lotion that truly lives up to its name.  You wanna see vibrant?  Try Vibrant-C!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jen38  |  June 4, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I am all for the blurring and softening visual effect. Great review Mo!

  • 2. kate2004rock  |  June 8, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Smashbox products all have the same qualities, as well as LORAC because they’re all cosmetics made to be photographed.


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