Board-certified dermatologist Sheila Farhang, MD, says she finds the formula’s ingredients to be skin-friendly. “It uses glycerin, which is a great humectant that, like hyaluronic acid, draws in water,” she says, so your skin will stay hydrated through daily wear. “Grapeseed oil has many benefits such as being an antioxidant and helping to brighten the skin.”
The key ingredient in Mario’s SurrealSkin Foundation is polyglycerly-6 polyrinsinoleate, a non-oily ester that contributes to the foundation’s slippery texture. It also contains grape seed and sunflower oil, emollients that help improve the feel of foundation when applied to the skin.
How I Tested It: Mario Method
My first go at SurrealSkin was with Dedivanovic doing my makeup himself. (I know, I know, not typical testing experience, but that was just mine.) first of all Run.) I was excited to see the detail-oriented artistry she experiences when she works with him. But before picking up a makeup brush, he reached for Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream and massaged it into my dry skin. “Skin preparation is the key to creating a perfect base, so I always recommend applying a very light moisturizer before foundation,” he says.
Then came the foundation. “I always start with one pump, and apply and blend into skin where coverage is most needed,” he says. “Then, if needed, I build and blend for more coverage, but one pump really goes a long way.” For my skin, Dedivanovic used about a pump and a half of product, dispensing it over a makeup blending palette. He picked up foundation with the dense end of his brand new Surrealist Foundation F4 brush, applied it to the center of my face, then blended and swept the product outward with the fluffy end of the brush. He explained that he used this method so that when he applied bronzer on top, it wouldn’t end up caking around the outer edges of my face. (And there wasn’t!)
For an even more natural look, “you can mix the foundation with some moisturizer and pat it into the skin with fingertips,” says Dedivanovic, “which is what I do most days.” I dispense a dime-sized amount of moisturizer to the back of my hand with one pump of foundation, pick it up with a foundation brush, and apply it to my skin.
Before and after
Without makeup, my skin is smooth, but looks a bit dull and red in some areas. Just a pump and a half of this stuff made my complexion even more radiant, without covering up my freckles on my cheeks and lips, which I love. Even better is how it wears all day long: The foundation sets into skin, leaving it feeling moisturized without any stickiness. This effect lasted dramatically through two different climates: an eight-hour work day in wintry New York City and four-ish hours exploring the humid streets of Singapore (where I’ve spent the last week). It has staying power and has become my favorite foundation for every occasion.
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