We test the revolutionary new make-up… that's also skincare

Eye shadow that could banish your wrinkles! We test the revolutionary new make-up… that’s also skincare

  • There is a new type of hybrid make-up that promises to boost skincare
  • But can an eyeshadow really reduce your wrinkles? FEMAIL puts it to the test
  • READ MORE: The budget beauty buys top make-up artists REALLY use (from as little as £2.99) 

When you’re pushed for time in the morning, what do you skimp on? Applying the skincare that keeps your complexion glowing long-term — or the makeup that will give it a boost right here and now? 

Well, a new type of hybrid make-up promises to bring this dilemma to an end. Because these hi-tech products contain not only the quality cosmetics you need for a flawless finish, but also high doses of skincare hero ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and even exfoliating acids. 

It sounds like a timesaving dream, but can an eyeshadow really reduce your wrinkles, or a foundation clear up your spots? The answer, in many cases, is yes. You might not be able to ditch your whole skincare routine, admittedly. 

‘A good regime needs to be in place to repair and prepare the skin,’ says dermatology and aesthetic nurse, Emma Coleman (emmacolemanskin.com). ‘But an extra layer of make-up, particularly with active ingredients, can be a back-up and an extra barrier, providing additional protection.’ 

There is a new type of hybrid make-up that promises to boost skincare. But can an eyeshadow really reduce your wrinkles?

We put the best of the super-charged make-up to the test…


Skincare superhero: Salicylic acid 

Oxygenetix Blemish Control Oxygenating Foundation, £55, skincity.com 

Salicylic acid is a hero ingredient when it comes to blitzing spots as it helps to unblock clogged pores, and reduce the production of sebum. 

This matte foundation, available in 13 shades, contains 2 per cent salicylic acid — the same strength you’ll find in many spot treatment products. It gives good coverage, although if you don’t have oily skin, you might find it a bit drying. 

Verdict: Good for the target market who worry foundation could clog pores and cause more breakouts. 4/5 


Skincare superhero: Vitamin C 

Perricone MD No Makeup Bronzer, £30, perriconemd.co.uk 

This liquid bronzer contains SPF15 as well as Vitamin C ester, which the company claims ‘visibly improves discolouration and dullness over time’. 

And it’s true that Vitamin C is brilliant for evening out skin tone and boosting radiance. However, they won’t disclose the percentage of vitamin C and admit that they don’t have any tests on the final formulation. 

It’s not a bad liquid bronzer, but as beauty therapist Janine ­Caplan (thefacealchemist.com) points out, in order to be effective, vitamin C needs to be applied as the first step in your skincare routine, not over the top of your moisturiser, SPF and a foundation that may contain SPF. 

Verdict: At this price there are better bronzers out there and you’re unlikely to be getting the additional skincare benefit. 1/5 


Skincare superhero: Hyaluronic acid 

Avon Hydramatic Matte Lipstick, £8, avon.uk.com 

Putting a hydrating core into a lipstick isn’t new, but Avon claims this is the first matte lipstick ever to have this sort of technology. 

Skincare superhero: Omega oils. Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops, £31, drunkelephant.co.uk

In 15 shades, from pale pinks to deep reds, the core contains hyaluronic acid, a top-of-therange humectant — meaning it draws moisture to the skin — as well as glycerine, another humectant, and seed oils. It goes on smoothly leaving a matte finish that doesn’t feel drying, even after several hours’ wear. 

Verdict: I love the matte look, but have never found a lipstick that looks good, but doesn’t dry lips. This is a real winner and at a bargain price. 5/5 


Skincare superhero: Omega oils 

Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops, £31, drunkelephant.co.uk 

Made with skin barrierreplenishing omega oils and essential fatty acids, this liquid blush gives skin a pretty pink glow that, unlike some powder blushes, doesn’t feel drying. They say that as well as being used as a targeted blusher, it can also be added to a serum, cream or oil for an all-over rosy glow, and it seems you’ll get more benefits from it that way. 

Because, as Janine Caplan points out ‘if you don’t cover every part of the face, the skincare benefits will not be even’. So, assuming the oils and essential fatty acids do help repair your skin barrier, if you use it as a blusher, you’re only going to be repairing patches of it, rather than all the skin on your face. 

Verdict: Although it’s a nice product with good potential skincare benefits, if you don’t apply it everywhere, they’re limited. 3/5

Skincare superhero: Glycerin. Studio 10 Liquid Foil I-Radiance, £24, studio10beauty.com


Skincare superhero: Glycerin 

Studio 10 Liquid Foil I-Radiance, £24, studio10beauty.com 

Created by a brand that’s designed for more mature skin, this shadow, available in two shades, claims to be a multi-tasker that is an eye primer, liner, and colour wash as well as a shadow. 

Skincare superhero: AHA. L’Oreal Paris Prime Lab 24H Pore Minimizer, £9.99, Boots

Metallic without being sparkly, it’s easy to apply and longwearing, and contains glycerin, known for its ability to attract water to the skin, making it a top choice for the eye area where dehydration can exacerbate fine lines. 

Verdict: Gives a crease-free finish and the ingredients genuinely help to improve the skin as well as boost product performance. 5/5 


Skincare superhero: AHA 

L’Oreal Paris Prime Lab 24H Pore Minimizer, £9.99, Boots 

It’s unusual to seepotentially irritating ingredients, such as retinols and acids, in make-up — that’s because, as Dr Tiina Meder, founder of skincare brand Meder Beauty explains, ‘we want make-up to look flawless and stay intact, so we generally need coat-forming, moisturising ingredients, rather than potential irritants’. 

However, the complex of three acids in this primer makes up just 1 per cent of the formula — lactic acid in skincare products is often 5 per cent or higher — so you’re unlikely to get irritation and the brand claims it’s been clinically proven to reveal smoother-looking skin over time. 

It’s pleasant to apply, layers easily and gives an instant blurring effect. 

Verdict: Lovely to use and I don’t doubt their clinicals. I just wonder if you’d get the same result if you’re layering it over an SPF, which you should be. 4/5 


Skincare superhero: Niacinamide

IT Cosmetics CC+ Nude Glow, £33, cultbeauty.co.uk 

The brand boasts that this is their first make-up base made with skincare ingredients, with 2 per cent niacinamide — an allrounder that, according to research, at concentrations of 2 per cent or higher, strengthens the skin barrier, improves skin tone, can soften fine lines and boost brightness — as well as hyaluronic acid and SPF 40. 

Available in 22 shades, it gives great concealing coverage, and imparts an instant even glow. 

Verdict: As a base, it’s brilliant, but you won’t get the full benefit of the niacinamide when you apply it over the top of a separate SPF. 4/5 

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