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Before starting Skinn Cosmetics, I worked for twenty years with the largest cosmetic houses in the world. I found myself constantly frustrated with the way they did business. Unfortunately, the big cosmetic companies never seem to care about making quality products that actually help the consumer. Their "formula" was always the same: make a cheap product, put it in a fancy jar with a nice box and charge as much as possible. After learning that I was never going to change how those big companies do business from within, I realized I needed to change the nature of the very industry in which they operate.
When I launched Skinn in 2002 the question most asked was "How are you going to do it Dimitri? How are you going to give us more products, better products, and keep them at a comparable price?" The answer was really quite simple. After working at the highest levels of the big cosmetics houses, I learned that the money they spend does not go into the product. In fact, it seems to go everywhere but the product: ad campaigns, department store counter space, Park Avenue offices, and, most of all, packaging. Believe it or not, most companies spend more money on the container and fancy boxes than on the product that's inside. I used to sit in meetings in those Park Avenue offices to talk about how to improve the company's products. Those meetings always seem to end the same: "Let's change the packaging." Upgrading the product was always deemed too costly as it would require re-educating the consumer about what constitutes a quality product. In essence the secret would be out that water does not have to be the first ingredient in every product.
Skinn offers its products only through televised home shopping, the internet and exclusive, privately owned spas throughout North America. This has allowed us to reach the maximum amount of people, while keeping overhead very low. We don't have expensive retail shops or New York office suites; you won't see costly magazine or prime time TV ads. What we do have are some of the finest cosmetics ever made. You'll see the difference!
- Dimitri James
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Caution for very light skin
I really love this makeup - it's quick and easy to apply with the brush and it provides very good coverage without feeling like a mask. My only word of caution is for very light skin tones (ie. porcelain); the lightest shade will likely be too dark as it is for me (particularly in the winter). Once applied to the entire face, there is no obvious line of demarcation BUT my neck ends up looking at least one shade lighter than my face. The concealer is lighter than lightest foundation and this is almost the perfect match however it's a very small size. PLEASE make this foundation in a lighter shade Dimitri because otherwise I just love it!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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( 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I love, love, love this foundation. I hesitated to buy and I am so glad I took the chance on it. It does everything Dimitrie said it would. Goes on beautifully and lasts all day. Did I mention I love it!! I am fair so I ordered fair, however, I think I will order the medium as well and mix it up a bit just to give that bit of color to my pale winter skin color. If you are hesitating DON'T you will not be disappointed.
SMOOTH AS SILK
The first time I ordered this I decided to get it without the brush, it worked fine with my finger tips but not perfect. This time I ordered with the brush included. The brush makes it glide over your skin creating a flawless finish. I ordered light, and in the summer the darker of the two matched perfect. Now that the sun has gone the lighter shade works wonderfu. I used the correcter for under my eyes to hide the dark circles from a migraine, and no one guessed that I even had a migraine. As Dimitri says: I "love, love" this product. It's the best foundation I've ever tried.
I received this as part of a Show Stopper and I'm very satisfied with it. I love that it's so quick and easy to apply. It provides very good coverage yet it doesn't feel like I'm wearing any foundation. Compared to mineral makeup, it does not leave me looking over-powdered or accentuate my wrinkles. I was worried the colour wouldn't be light enough but it's perfect. This will be my "go to" foundation from now on.
( 3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
By Forever young
Thank god Dimitri did not chose to be a visual artist, I am sure he would be as great as one of the masters. Now WE benefit from his excellent taste of mixing colours. I have never in my whole life saw/used such beautiful fundation as this. In my youth I was a model, mailnly for photography, so I had used a wide variety of lines. If its not Monet, it must be Dimitri. I ordered the Medium and the Dark combinations, as I like some colour on my face. The Honey/Tan is what I love most. Its so natural looking people think I just came back from vacation. Noone thinks it is make up. It is smooth as a rose petal, radiates like a gentle Hawaiian tan. When I ran out of my Honey/Tan, I mixed a little dark with the lighter shade and it is almost as beautiful. I just pat a little Plasma finish over it sometimes if I have a long day or evening, but for a few hours only it does'nt need anything at all.I apply a little on the top of my left hand and take it with the brush from there; therefore the rest of the pot is not contaminated. This is the product of the century. I hope for another showstopper of this heavenly fundation. Try it, you will not be sorry. If you are good at blending step out of your comfort zone, and if you are Light, take a chance with a medium tone. I have a very light complexion, and according to all I should be Light. No, no! I need a drop of sunlight on my face. It feels so healthy.Why did we not have products like this when I was young and needed a perfect canvas for photoshoots? Thanks, and keep the goods coming.
( 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By The shopping Queen
from Victoria, BC
when I first got this as a showstopper a while back, I thought my skin was breaking out because of it, as it turns out it was allergies that was causing the breakout. I stopped using for a while and decided to try again, it is really a nice coverage and feel and I am not breaking out like I was at all. I find this is one of the nicest foundations I have tried. Hopefully it will be a showstopper again some day, I will order again. My pur minerals is great on top and touch ups , good combo!!
Perfect for even skin tone
I have dark patches on my face due to medication and sun damage. I can blend cover and conceal blending to my own skin. Love it.
( 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By Miss Jules
This makeup is so wonderful to use. Make sure that you have the brush that is made for this make up to get the finish that is shown in the show. After every use make sure you use a good makeup brush cleaning solution and have your brush dry completely before you use the makeup. I always let my moisturizer set for about twenty min before I use the foundation so not to get a greasy look. Great product, full coverage, easy to apply! I have now switched from my 50$ department store foundation and love this every time I use it!!
( 3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Adore this product
I absolutely love this product! I use it everyday and it does everything it is suppose to do. Please don't ever take this product away. Thanks Dimitri.
I would buy this again & again
I have bought very expensive concealers in the past, but this product is a true winner. I was recently recovering from a serious illness, which had caused dark circles under my eyes. I USED this product thinking the result will not be that great. To my amazement, the coverage was just great, no one could tell I was wearing make up, not to mention the complements I received made me feel like I was not ill at all..it gave me my confidence back. Great job Dmitri!! It's just perfect. I've been a Skinn user for years but this is one of the best products in the lineup. It just looks like your own skin, only better. Love it! Would I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY YES