I am a busy, working mom. Since becoming a mom, a lot of my “daily routines” have gone by the wayside. Sure, I still brush my teeth and brush my hair..add a few strokes of mascara, but that’s where it ends. It’s not just due to time, but also to a lack of a desire to have brushes and sponges for this that and the other beauty product of choice. Also, I’ve never quite got the hang of blending all these products together.
I was recently invited to a session with Per-fekt founder Richard Anderson to preview his line of skin perfecting gels and makeup. Before I go into the details about what products I scoped out, here is a “Before & After”. All the make-up was applied by me (without any sponges, brushes, etc) and took under 3 minutes.
These photos were taken about 5 minutes apart. Can makeup make my hair look brighter, too?! I used the same backdrop, same lighting. The photos have not been altered in any way (other than cropped). In the “After” photo, I’m wearing: lash perfection gel (in flash), skin perfection gel, cheek perfection gel (in blushed) and lip perfection gel (in Vine).
The first thing I tried out when I got home was the lash perfection gel (referred to here on out as mascara). Both this and the brow perfection gel are meant to cover, not clump. When I put the mascara on, it instantly separated and lengthened my lashes. Texturally, it also left my lashes soft. There was no “stiff” feeling to them after three coats. More importantly, I always take off my mascara with water in the shower. Now…some of you beauty purists may be rolling your mascara-laden eyes at me for not using a make-up remover, but water has always been the easiest thing for me. I was very pleased when I could get the per-fekt mascara off this way.
Per-fekt’s skin perfection gel has been another great find. I love how easy it is to apply and the texture is like silk. As I mentioned before, I’m not generally a make-up heavy person. But I’ve been using this nearly daily and feel a bit more put together when I go out (without looking like I “overdid it”). The liquid blends in so well, I don’t have to worry about “feathering” or otherwise trying to blend it into my skin. Richard Anderson uses the phrase “Like you, only better” several times to describe his product. I’d say he’s spot on and believe “Thanks” are in order for creating a line of products that not only are easy to apply, but that work so well with a variety of skin tones while maintaining a natural-looking quality.
I love the “rosiness” that the cheek perfection gel gives me. My first time applying, however, I put on a bit too much for daytime use. I was much better after that with a half-pump of the gel to spread across both cheeks.
A fun product I was introduced to during the meeting is per-fekt’s body perfection gel. Here’s what I love: the chemical make-up of the gel is easy to blend with my skin. It leaves my skin tone more even with a hint of shimmer (color: golden). It’s been integrating nicely into my date-night prep routine!
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Per-fekt can be purchased at Sephora, Henri Bendel, New Beauty @ Fred Segal (Santa Monica), Apothia Fred Segal (Melrose) and on their website. Fans of QVC will love to hear that Per-fekt is featured monthly there as well! This line of products is a “must-have” for busy moms and women looking to simplify their make-up routines.
Per-fekt was founded in 2005 by Richard Anderson. He was inspired to design a beauty line for women that said they had NO TIME. “I design each product to save time and money, to be quick and easy to apply with Smart Color Technology(TM), and to be multi-functional with anti-aging benefits to meet the needs of modern women,” states Anderson.