Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Erno Laszlo for Beautiful Skin

Goulash, the Gregorian Chant, and personalized skincare rituals. What do these three things have in common?

If you guessed that all three of these originated in Hungary, you would be correct! You may not know this yet, but Hungarian dermatologists know how to treat skin right; or, at least one Hungarian dermatologist in particular does. Erno Laszlo was a Budapest-born dermatologist that founded a skincare movement and cosmetics line back in 1927, crafted to make a client's skin look and feel its absolute best. Erno Laszlo revolutionized the skincare industry when he suggested a ritual skincare routine involving warm water, pH balanced products (yes, more of that scientific stuff), and specific skincare routines based on age and sex. Expanding on those concepts, the Erno Laszlo line eventually rolled out a line of makeup too, designed to accentuate and perfect beautiful skin.

Today, the Erno Laszlo name is synonymous with quality, effectiveness, and luxury. Boasting an impressive clientele list that has included names such as Jackie Kennedy, Ava Gardner, and Marilyn Monroe; the Erno Laszlo line has definitely made a splash in a major way.

Not being one to miss out on anything good, I set out to test a few products from the line to get a better feel for it, and to see what all the hubbub was about. Being a makeup girl (as opposed to a skincare girl), I opted to go with the correcter products. For my opinions on the line, read on.

Sea Mud Soap: A facial soap for normal/combination skin, and a signature item of the Laszlo line; this black beauty bar is 97% all natural, and boasts natural therepeutic benefits for sometimes problematic skin. It gently exfoliates as it cleans, and smells pleasantly earthy. The bar doesn't foam, but lathers into a cream like texture. I found that after using this, my skin looked radiant and felt squeaky clean, but not dry. My only issue was the fact that using a bar isn't always neat, but the protective case this comes in definitely helps keep things a bit tidier. I would love this in liquid form.

Multi- pHase Highlighter- A multi-tonal powder, designed to illuminate the skin wherever it is applied. Applying the concept that pure, white light is made up of all colors of the spectrum, this powder combines 5 different colors that swirl together to create an ethereal, glowing white that creates a halo of luminescance wherever it is applied. This reminds me of MAC's famous Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, and looks amazing on the cheekbones, under the browbone, and on the bridge of the nose.

A swatch: That glowy streak in the middle is an example of the powder's light reflecting properties

Before Highlighter:

After Highlighter:

Multi-pHase Concealer- A cream concealer designed to reflect light and minimize the appearance of dark circles. The shade I went with was 0, which had just the right amount of color to it so as to not look too obvious. This concealer is very cream, and very full in the coverage. This concealed my dark circles really well, did not settle into the teeny tiny lines under my eyes, subtly illuminated my under-eye area, and lasted well through the day when set with powder. I do not recommend this for the oily girls, as this concealer is quite creamy; it needs to be set with a powder, or it will migrate. All in all though, I liked this concealer a lot.

Here is a swatch:
Pre concealer

Post Concealer (dark circle begone!)
I am definitely impressed with the products that I tested out. I can see why Erno Laszlo has such an impressive clientele list, as this stuff delivers!

Erno Laszlo is available online on the website, and at many high end department stores. For a fun and interactive way to create your skincare regimen, go on and try out the Laszlo Matic by clicking here. What do we think, are we impressed? Do tell!

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