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Today I Picked Up Salma Hayek’s Cosmetic Line “Nuance” Offered Exclusively at CVS

September 20, 2012
Today I Picked Up Salma Hayek's Cosmetic Line "Nuance" Offered Exclusively at CVS

 Lately, I have been a complete WRECK. I’m 6 months pregnant and my face has been constantly breaking out. It’s been hot as the dickens over the summer and more importantly my Mac makeup is almost gone! Thank you for listening to my rants today, but I do have a point to my endless ranting, so keep reading my loves.

All my makeup wearing life I have been a prime supporter of Mac Cosmetics. Not because I did my research on it or I loved the company for its outstanding products, simply because it was the most noticeable company at the mall when it was time for me to get me some coverage.

I wear Mac’s Mineralize Satin Finish SPF15 Foundation, Mineralize Skin Finish Natural powder and and their Mineralize Blush in Gentle. My problem, I keep hearing that Mac makeup isn’t designed for everyday use.

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They say Mac makeup was originally created to be studio make-up, which is the reason it rests so heavily on the skin. I’m sure this is NOT helping my pregnancy acne either! 

What is more interesting to me is how you cannot find any ingredient information on the Mac website, which makes me believe that their cosmetics do contain harmful substances to the skin.  In my personal opinion, companies that don’t have their product ingredients online or on the product itself, have something to hide. What do you think?

The Purchase

Initially, I did all this research on affordable all-natural cosmetics, which led me to Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin line, Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear and Almay’s Clear Complexion line. However, after being highly frustrated at not being able to find a true skin match, I found Nuance.

Today I Picked Up Salma Hayek's Cosmetic Line "Nuance" Offered Exclusively at CVS

After reading some reviews on my phone I decided to purchase the Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation, the front & center concealer and brightener, as well as the flawless coverage mineral foundation in the medium/deep color option.

Today I Picked Up Salma Hayek's Cosmetic Line "Nuance" Offered Exclusively at CVS


When I got home I decided to check into the details of Nuance’s ingredients and I was pleasantly surprised. 

I love that Hayek’s products are non comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free and most importantly NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS.

The top ingredients within her line are:

  • Talc (good) – is a mineral that is the widely used substance known as talcum powder
  • Zinc Stearate (good) – a lubricant in cosmetics to improve texture
  • Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate – Skin conditioning agent and emollient
  • Dimethicone or polydimethylsiloxane PDMS (questionable)  – is a silicone oil that acts as a skin protectant and emollient.
  • Illite (questionable) – is a non-expanding, clay-sized, micaceous mineral
  • Apple, lentil and pearl extracts – helps promote hydration as well as a radiant finish

My Major Concerns

I’m still a little shaky as this is the first time that I will be using a drugstore cosmetics line deep breathes. I also don’t want to have that signature “ashy” look I see with most African American women who wear cheap makeup.

Stay tuned as I will be dishing on how the product line worked for me in a future article. We will see if Nuance lives up to their claims of a flawless finish. I surely hope it goes well and so does my pregnant acne face. Pray for ya girl…

Do you purchase your cosmetics at the drugstore or are you a Mac junkie like I was? Also, tell me if you’ve tried Nuance or have any information on the product line that you would like to share? Please don’t be afraid to comment!

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  • Miss Foodie Fab

    I love MAC, but I also was told it was bad for the skin. I’m vain though, and I only wear makeup now an then for special occasions only, so I’m rocking with it for now. However I am curious about mineral foundations.

    • Marie Young

      Very bad for the skin…too heavy, but it sure does look good. Yeah. I’ve been using Nuance since I wrote this article and it’s been good too. I will be creating a post pretty soon so tune in!

  • Kara

    I would say that more of a beauty product junkie! I actually do use some MAC products but I also use Loreal True Match Powder, Lorac primer and Bobbi Brown eye makeup! It’s funny I was working on a video this week about my beauty routine. I may have to check out Nuance!

    • Marie Young

      I see Kara! I also noticed most of the girls who commented didnt really speak on whether the product is natural either. Ahh well! Lol. I’ve always wanted to try Bobbi Brown too…

  • Joanne_

    i haven’t tried the NUANCE line but i do purchase from the drugstore regularly. my fave line is revlon but maybelline comes in at a close second nowadays. my fave product from revlon is the colorstay foundation, it’s awesome and lasts all day without feeling heavy on the skin (well, maybe it would if alot is applied but that is personal preference). i adore MAC and regularly purchase from them as well but i definitely keep my eyes open for other lines as well, in particular NARS and CARGO, you might enjoy CARGO as well.

    • Marie Young

      Never heard of Cargo but I will def look into them. Thanks for sharing Joanne!

  • Darrylon “nickie” Evans

    I have been wanting to leave MAC but didn’t know what else to wear. I’ve never purchased make-up from a drug store before but I sure can get used to doing that! Can’t wait to read your review.

    • Marie Young

      Girl, me too! I just got the product a few days ago but haven’t even put it on yet because I haven’t gone anywhere. LOL We will see though.Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mimi

    I have started purchasing makeup from the drugstore lately after receiving some Milani products in a swag bag. I also peruse the aisles to see if they have eyeshadow, lipgloss and eyeliner on sale. I recently purchased some mineral foundation from Lamik an I love it.

    • Marie Young

      I just went to Lamik and viewed their site. I think I like their foundation coverage, but I couldn’t find it’s ingredients page. I’m glad to know some other women who shop for their cosmetics in a drugstore.

  • Kim

    MAC is like the worst thing ever for your skin. I used to love it because of the coverage and I used the SAME one you were using and it broke me out something fierce! It’s not for everyday wear, so that much is true. I switched over to Pur Minerals and my skin has been SO MUCH BETTER. It’s a pressed mineral makeup so you get buildable coverage. I do still wear MAC’s eyeshadows and their eye liners lol! I’m kind of interested in this new cosmetic line Salma is offering.

    • Marie Young

      Thanks Kim! Very helpful information… Please pray my skin don’t look all ashy!!!! Hahahaha

  • EbonyCPrincess

    I’ve had acne skin since the beginning of time and could NEVER wear it regularly. I absolutely loved Perscriptives until they went away temporarily and now are offered only online (but who wants to be bothered with that?!) Now I am on Clarins and Lancome and my skin seems to love me a bit more! The good thing is that once you deliver your skin will more than likely go back to normal.

    • Marie Young

      Yes, I surely hope so. More importantly, I don’t want to be one of those ladies who look like a crazy hot mess with their make up OFF… #imtrying LOL

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