I’m madly in love with a fresh, naturally flawless, glowing face. Picture Christy Turlington and Ed Burns, oh so cool, walking down the street circa 1994. In reality, this is not what I have, no matter how many times I wish on 11:11. Not being a fan of thick foundations that make my skin feel claustrophobic, and completely unnatural, I spent years being frustrated with my makeup, constantly searching for a way to look impossibly perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that imperfections are beautiful, they make us interesting and unique, but most of the time I’m working to reduce or remove uneven skin tone, pimples, or extreme exhaustion from my face. When I finally figured out that layering 2 - 3 light-weight products gave me that natural super model glow, it changed my feelings on face makeup. I was thrilled that I no longer had to basically lay fondant on my face before I left the house every morning at 8 a.m.
Throughout the years, I’ve consumed many primers, tinted moisturizers, sheer foundations, breathable this, lightweight that, frequently adjusting combinations for summer tans or winter whites, morning redness and evening events. It may seem like a lot of work, and it was, but it felt worth it as long as I wasn’t using a cake knife to remove my makeup every night. But now it’s 2018, we have self-driving cars (sort of), eye-glasses that double as a computer (not chic ones though), a W Hotel on the moon (we can always dream), and Erborian.
What happens when Korean skin care rituals joins forces with French beauty secrets? A lot of complements on your skin! Erborian https://usa.erborian.com/, who totes itself as “intelligent beauty” is a laboratory-developed beauty line using cutting-edge technology, with high quality ingredients, creating an exceptionally effective line of makeup and skincare.
I discovered this line when a trusty beauty junkie I know had it resting top shelf amongst all of her must-have daily staples. I did a little research and immediately got my hands on a few of their products that were of interest to me. Eureka! I struck face makeup gold. One greedy application and I was hooked. Since then, it has been nothing but non-stop compliments on my skin, from everyone from friends I see daily, to strangers on the street. I wanted to take all the credit as if I effortlessly roll out of bed this flawless, but it’s just too good not to share. So much so that I found myself pulling it out of my bag during dinners, giving makeovers on the spot just to watch their excitement as they admire the results. If I wasn’t going to take credit for being so naturally stunning, then at least I would take credit for helping the people around me reach perfection.
Absolutely start of with one of their outstanding primers. I use the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer. Its creamy, yet matte texture blurs imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and enhances your skin tone with an illuminating glow that has no hints of shimmer or glitter.
The perfect way to prep for second is Erborian's mind-blowing CC Cream. Coming in two tones, light and medium, the CC Cream has encapsulated pigment which starts out white, and as it’s is rubbed in, adapts to your skin tone creating the perfect match. No more dead giveaway blending issues. This light-as-air cream not only disguises flaws but also has components like ginseng to moisturize and smooth for long term baby soft skin. My face resulted in the most admirable even and soft glow. I was skeptical when I noticed the the CC Cream had SPF 25, as I have a love/hate relationship with sunscreen, I know I need it, but I hate the way SPF looks and feels, making my skin feel greasy. I don’t know how they did it however, but there is so little greasiness that I had to double-check the tube and then the website, to make absolutely sure the SPF was in there.
I complete my look with the Erborian BB Cream. The difference between CC Cream and BB Cream is not so dramatic, which is why they layer so well together. CC stands for color correcting, it is generally more sheer and airy with a fluffy whipped texture, melting into your skin with ease, working wonders to mask imperfections.
BB Cream stands for beauty balm, this is more like a light foundation. Having a denser consistency and more pigment, it’s perfect for harder to cover spots. Erborian's fantastic BB cream contains heaps of traditional Asian herbs that moisturize, plump, and refine texture, simultaneously reducing the appearance of blemishes and further evening out skin tone.
The combination of these three products helps me sleep better at night knowing that I no longer need to adjust my product combinations to meet my skin's needs because Erborian is doing it for me. I can also blissfully state that I was able to store away all my other full-face products making room for more red lipstick.
I like to call this triple threat, "taxi cab makeup," because they all blend seamlessly together with the heat of my finger tips. Even an amateur makeup wearer can easily apply a full face of coverage in a moving car without a mirror and confidently step out of the car knowing they will look just like a supermodel, or at least their skin will.