What better time than right off the bat to tell you that when I first received Christie Brinkley's Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer, I was using it wrong. Hehehe. I was like "huh...this stuff isn't bad....but it's not great either..."
And THEN I decided to play around with it a bit and it made alllllllll the difference. What I was doing before was using this as a wrinkle treatment, kind of like an eye treatment. I noticed immediately that it did tighten and smooth the area, but it didn't feel like it was treating my skin like a serum or moisturizer would. I also applied it to my forehead between my brows and slightly "patted in" above that area.
Here's where I had my "aha!" moment: when I woke up the next morning after applying this to my clean face, my skin was taut but not tight (that's a good thing) and it was totally matte where it's usually super oily. I couldn't believe it! I though to myself, if this product can keep my skin matte and smooth overnight, when my skin is usually sloughing off old skin, getting greasy and generally just "doin' it's thang", then it would work beautifully as a makeup primer/mattifier! And guess what....I was right! This stuff totally rocks when applied as a primer before you apply your foundation! Whenever I have tried mattifying primers, they usually ball up on my skin (you know those tiny little "rolls" of product that appear when you're trying to smooth your foundation on) this did nothing of the sort. After cleansing my face and applying moisturizer as I normally do, I applied it on and around my nose, around my eye area, on my smile lines, and my inner cheek area where my pores are really enlarged. The really cool thing about this product is that it doesn't break down with moisturizer like a lot of wrinkle treatments do. You can apply it under or over your moisturizer. I then applied my foundation using a dampened Beauty Blender sponge. The results were so pretty! I like that I can't feel this on my skin like I can with a standard primer. It's incredibly lightweight. I think of it more as an instant fix to pores and wrinkles (which DUH is kind of in the description, I just had my own preconceived ideas of what this stuff does). Here's what I should have read before using it:
- Immediate sensation of tighter and smoother-looking skin.
- Potent formula maximizes anti-wrinkle effects.
- Smooth under-eye bags and puffiness.
- Tightens skin on contact and takes years off appearance.
- Lasts for hours and can be reapplied throughout the day.
- Will wash off easily with water and no make-up remover required.
- Breakthrough discovery that tightens skin on contact to take years off appearance.
Here's the downside: it's spendy. One small tube is $80. Yes, a little bit goes a long way. Truly. But I wouldn't use this every single day as my primer. I'll be saving it for special occasions when I know I'll be being photographed a lot or for my tutorials when I need my skin to look really flawless. This would be a great little luxury item to keep in your beauty arsenal when you want to look 100% FLAWLESS for a special event. I see myself using this on every single bride I do makeup for. It really is an instant perfector!