I live in a rainy state. Many, many days are gloomy and overcast. Still, it’s important to protect our skin from UV rays that are present, even when the sun isn’t beating down! With the long awaited sunny summer days here at last, it’s even more important to make sure our skin is protected. Since I wear make every day I always look for foundations that contain SPF. It’s nice to have one product that does it all! Merle Norman Cosmetics offers an impressive selection of products with SPF to keep your skin safe and protected from the sun. I recently tried a few of them and was very pleased with them!
One thing I think most people forget is to protect their lips! I spend a lot of time outside at my kids ball games and I hate it when my lips start stinging from the sun or wind! I adore Merle Norman’s Lip Conditioner with SPF 15. I use it daily to protect my lips from environmental factors while conditioning them with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Extract. It is also packed with humectants and emollients to smooth, soothe and seal in moisture. I wear it alone or under lipstick. It feels great on my lips and has a light, almost cookie-like fragrance.
I picked a couple of makeup product to try since they offer different coverages and formulas. I started with the CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It comes in 6 shades and sells for $40. I can be a little difficult trying to pick a color online but I went with Light Medium Buff and it worked out pretty well. CC cream is designed to color correct uneven skin tone with the benefits of skin care, sunscreen and foundation combined into one product. This formula features Watermelon Rind, Lenti Fruit and Apple Extracts that have been clinically proven to deliver immediate and long-term hydration. A tripeptide helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The coverage for the CC cream is light so it helps blend out your skin tone but doesn’t entirely cover imperfections. It has a semi-matte finish. It blends well. I just did a quick dot and blend method with a foundation sponge. I think it made my skin look healthier and I was thrilled with the SPF 30 formula! I also really liked the pump dispenser! This didn’t feel greasy on my skin like a lot of sunscreens do and it stayed pretty matte all day.
Next I tried Lasting Foundation SPF 12 in Natural. This one comes in 17 different shades and sells for $40. This one was a little darker than the CC formula I choose but still a decent match. This formula was designed for oily skin types and offers medium to full coverage and a matte finish which I love. The formula is lightweight and includes Pro-Retinol to help minimize the appearance of fine lines as well as Vitamins C and E plus SPF 12 to help protect your skin.
I really loved the coverage on this one and it is truly matte! This formula is perfect for running errands or days while mostly indoors. If I was going to be outside longer I’d definitely add sunscreen or choose a different formula since this one only has an SPF 12. As far as the makeup part goes though, this one was definitely a winner. Long-lasting wear with great coverage and helped keep the oil at bay!
For everyday wear I like tinted moisturizers with SPF so I was excited to try the Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 from Merle Norman. It comes in 6 shades and sells for $40. I selected shade ML30 which ended up to be far too light for my skin tone. It was perfect for my red haired, fair skinned daughter though! She’s only 11 and dabbling in makeup so a tinted moisturizer was perfect for her! The tint makes her feel like she’s wearing makeup but I love that I am actually getting her to wear sunscreen daily! It’s a great habit that I picked up at a young age and am hoping to instill in her as well.
This has a sheer, dewy finish and is great for all skin types. It’s an all-in-one moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation. It helps fight environmental damage and the signs of aging with Vitamin C and E derivatives.
These are just a few of the sun protection offerings from Merle Norman. I really LOVE what I have seen so far and am sure all of their products are great! You can see all Merle Norman Cosmetics products are available online at www.merlenorman.com and at Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios nationwide. Check out www.merlenorman.com to find a Studio near you.
Complimentary product was provided for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated in any other way. See Mommies With Cents disclosure policy for more details.
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