I’m not a fan of “one size fits all” anything. Its bad enough with clothes but when foundations get in on the act, I get worried. I have not found a “one foundation fits all” to suit my skin tone thus far because they don’t really cater for the light end of the spectrum.
So, when I got my hands on Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation SPF30 I got a little worried. However, when I read through the instructions, I realized that despite the “foundation” in its name, this isn’t a foundation per se but more of a skincare with tint.
The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is supposed to provide natural translucent coverage while protecting your skin with non chemical SPF30 and delivering anti-aging benefits with Alpha Lipoic Acid to smooth skin texture and minimize lines and DMAE for lifting benefits. Their active sun protecting ingredients are zinc oxide 12.2% and titanium dioxide 3.2%. Knowing I’m a little allergic to zinc oxide I was wary but I needn’t have been because I did not break out from this. What I had instead was a bit of wrestle getting it to work for me.
First off, smell. I’ve read numerous reviews on this product that complain about its “fishy smell”. Truth be told, I did not detect this smell. There is a light citrus scent overlaying another stronger smell but no fishes feature. Maybe I’m not so sensitive 😛
Second, colour match. The little 30ml bottle comes with a separate pump for convenience. The liquid-cream pumps out thick and orange. Yes, you saw right. Its like an orange tan. The first few times I used this, I found my skin looking about 2 shades darker. I thought it was not that noticable until my colleague asked me why I was looking so tanned. I did eventually get it to work as I’ll tell you below.