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Avon is one of the less-than-a-handful direct sales brands we’re allowed to write about- and I’m glad, because the brand evokes memories of my childhood. Our Avon lady, Gert, was well-known in our small town, and was one of the friendliest, sassiest women I knew during those years. I remember one time she gave me a kit that seemingly had hundreds of little lipsticks- I was SO excited!
Avon is also one of those brands that has stood the test of time, always updating their offerings with new and innovative products. I’d normally do an IG post, but was very pleasantly surprised with these skincare items, so I decided to do a blog post as well, so I could provide more info on the Vitamin C products and Magix Tint moisturizer.
First off, I’ll start with the Anew Vitamin C skincare products… they sent the Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant, Brightening Serum, and Lip Balm. I was really excited about these things because Vitamin C is one of my absolute fave skincare ingredients, due to the collagen enhancing properties.
The Avon Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant was what I was most excited about because I tend to have hyperpigmentation as well as oily skin, which can result in clogged pores. Uggghhh! The exfoliant is housed in a convenient tube, which means it’s kept safe from exposure to light, air, and germs. I absolutely LOVE the bright yellow color- it’s immediately uplifting, and makes my skincare regimen feel like a spa experience!
When you apply the formula, and add a bit of water and massage it on your skin, it begins to REALLY heat up- so I KNOW this stuff it doing its job! I adore how soft and smooth it makes my skin feel, while at the same time not making it feel dried out. The one thing I would change is to remove the little grains, as they can cause micro-tears in the skin. Manual exfoliants also tend to aggravate my sensitive skin, and result in acne. I didn’t have any problems, though, using this the one time I did, so I’ll definitely be trying it again. If it ends up I cannot use this on my face, I’ll have a very lux hand and foot exfoliant! If you like manual exfoliants, you may really like this.
Avon’s Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum is a superb value at just $44.00. It comes in a sleek pump bottle, which is really convenient to use, but I do wish it were opaque as antioxidants can degrade if they’re not packaged to minimize exposure to air and light (Kaur, Kapila & Agrawal, 2007). However, despite being translucent, it’s orange, so light is likely reduced a good bit, and it’s look great on my counter!
The ingredient list is pretty minimal, and I really expected to see an oil of some sort. The weird thing is that this serum feels like a really luxurious oil, almost leaving the sensation of a dewiness even after it absorbs. Strangely, there weren’t any oils in this- the main hydrator is glycerin. So many oils aggravate my skin, but I love the way they feel. It’s amazing to be able to use a product that has that same lux feel, without the fear of exacerbating problems.
Now, I need to take a moment and gush about the lip balm- yes, I’m ecstatic about this lip balm! Vitamin C, PLUS super fab packaging! It’s rare that I see reasonably-priced brands packaging a mere lip balm or treatment product in packaging that’s the same quality as their actual lipsticks. Avon did just THAT.
I’m a lip balm fanatic, and this makes me feel like a grown-up, I’m proud to whip it out anywhere…lol. The formula is also fantastic- my lips end up hydrated without feeling sticky or greasy. Plus, since it’s shaped like a lipstick bullet, it’s really easy to apply.
Magix Tint Tinted Moisturizer
So, this stuff is pretty cool! It not only gives your skin a bit of color in addition to moisture, but it’s also purported to help brighten the skin and blur imperfections. I’ always game for a color product that also contains good nourishing ingredients. The packaging is modern and sleek, each moisturizer is housed in a black squeeze tube, which is also easy to stash in your hand bag.
Since I like this stuff and I want to end on a positive note, I’ll start with the negatives. There are only six shades, none of which worked for me, and they transfer. A LOT. I found that the issue is these moisturizers are VERY pigmented, so that’s not exactly a downfall, you just have to know how to use them. I also wish these had SPF in the event I’m not using another product on top with sun protection, because that’s a MUST. I don’t usually wear colored or tinted products at night, which would be the ONLY time, year-round, that I don’t use SPF.
So, because these are so pigmented, the Light Medium shade was too light, and the Medium was too dark. If they were less pigmented, they’d easily blend in, but these are packed with a punch of color. Since these aren’t a foundation, they’re an actual moisturizer, the pigment comes off far too easily on clothes, or anything your face may touch.
These things said, I found that when I mix the Light Medium and Medium, then I end up with the perfect shade. I also found that when I set with an SPF powder, the pigment transfers less. The thing that outweighs the negatives, that makes them completely worth it, is the finish. The finish I get with these, when set with a powder, is absolutely AMAZING. In the picture, I’m not wearing anything but the Magix Tint (before I got the perfect ratio of two shades), along with my Colorescience brush on shield. When I got the shade mixture right, I was so happy with the glow! If you want a natural look, but one that looks like a filter, this stuff is pretty bomb! They’re also reasonably-priced, so if you need to mix two shades, it’s not such a hard hit to your wallet.
I was really happy with these products, and it’s always nice to see a company from my childhood still around and continuing to offer new goodies! Available at avon.com.
Kaur, I., Kapila, M. & Agrawal, R. (2007). Role of novel delivery systems in developing topical antioxidants to combat photoageing. Ageing Research Reviews, 6(4). Retrieved July 14, 2019, from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17933593.