Photo from Neiman Marcus
I got lots of complements on my complexion, including one from a Nordstrom beauty sales associate who stopped me as I walked by to ask what I used on my skin because it was so beautifully luminescent! That's a first. I love the way Peau Vierge makes my skin look too. It banishes the shadows that my office lighting casts on my face, and reduces the need to use under eye concealer (sleep would help too, but in the meantime...). It is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. I took about a teaspoon in this tiny little container, and barely made a dint in it over four days of daily use.
I did not use foundation, just Peau Vierge, blush, eye makeup and finished with loose powder and lip color. Here's Le Metier's description of its product:
Peau Vierge "Contains anti-aging powerhouse retinol, known for its ability to smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin's surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin. Retinol is delivered through a patented and proprietary delivery technology called Syntoc Actif, which encapsulates the retinol and allows it to safely and effectively penetrate the skin. Syntoc Actif provides 20 times more retinoic acid than traditional over-the-counter products and is absorbed into the deeper skin layers, making it the most effective cosmetic retinoid treatment on the market."
It is also talc-, fragrance-, and dye-free.
Peau Vierge is tinted, coming in two shades: Light to Medium, and Medium to Dark. I use the latter. Though I thought it might be too light to me at first, it is not, going on very sheer. Lisa Lingis, the Mazza Gallery Neiman Marcus Le Metier representative, told me that many of her customers with daker complexions use it too.
It's possible to apply foundation atop Peau Vierge and maintain that fabulous glow. It has as SPF 20 factor, so there was no need to apply a separate SPF product, a bonus since I've read that retinol products renders one's skin sun sensitive. I haven't been using it long enough to attest to its claims to even out skin tone, but my complexion looks more even while I'm wearing the product. I've joined the cult.
I love the way the nylon foundation brush applies product. I've never seen another angled, flat one.
Perhaps this shape is why it doesn't seem to hold on to as much product as the oval-shaped foumndation brush I already owned, but releases it on my skin instead. It also leaves a superior application of concealer, better than my finger or concealer brush. I dot a bit of concealer on first, tap it out with the end of the bristles, then smooth it as necessary with a sweep of the brush.
I'm not associated with Le Metier de Beaute; I won the products reviewed above in a Neiman Marcus drawing.