I was sent this new release from Avene a few weeks ago, I’ve been putting it through it’s paces. It’s the Hydrating Skin Tone Perfector and the aim of this product is to help provide sun protection with SPF30, UVA and UVB protection, while also blurring lines and imperfections so we can wear less makeup this summer. This is aimed at normal / combination skin types to act almost like a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. So let’s take a closer look.
Sadly something that is not showing up in the before and after picture is the colour – although it is a bit more obvious in the swatch image and in the video below. It’s the orange tone, this does settle down a bit but if you’re as pale as myself you need to work this all the way down your neck and a bit further – depending on what you’re wearing. I tend to buff this in and then use my hands to help melt it thoroughly onto my skin.
You can see it does help to blur out those imperfections a bit and add a bit of a glow to my skin. I would warn though, it clings to dry patches really quite badly and emphasises these, not ideal for a moisturiser type product. I did feel comfortable just adding a touch of blush, mascara and a lip tint – maybe some brows too. It was lovely wearing minimal products. I think it did keep my skin hydrated throughout the day, although it didn’t do much for my dry patches.
Now we all know I have very sensitive skin, something that has become progressively more sensitive over the years. One thing I’ve really struggled with is finding an SPF for my face that won’t cause breakouts, sadly I didn’t have much joy on that front. Those lovely red marks on my face are the remnants of the spots that appeared, I used this solidly for a week and my skin started to go down after about 2 days. It felt clogged and generally not happy about the situation. I eased up for the next week and it still continued. I stopped for a bit and my skin did start to improve again. Then I tried adding it back and of course I started to get more blemishes again. So if you are sensitive to SPF, this may not be the product for you – I would love to know what you use as I’m still trying to find one that works well for my skin. For now I’m using a clear SPF.
Sadly I won’t really use this product, it requires working it really well into my skin to make sure I’m not left with an odd tideline, not to mention those blemishes. If however, you don’t have these issues, I’d recommend checking it out. If you want to see what it looks like during application – the true colour is more obvious – you can check out the video below.