Occasionally we come across a product that bestows an immediate glow, changing our look (for the better!) in an instant. Since we’d be remiss to keep them to ourselves, we highlight these genius finds in our Instant Makeover series.
If you’re currently layering foundation over primer over SPF over moisturizer, allow me to suggest an easier, more elegant alternative: Shiseido‘s new Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector ($30, shiseido.com). This sheer, oil-free tinted SPF 43 smooths over skin’s flaws and leaves a semi-matte finish so perfect, it’ll replace half your product regimen. That’s what it did for me, as someone who needs camouflage for large pores but hates the slippery silicone feel of most oil-free primers (none of that here; this light lotion has a texture that soaks right into skin). But a gorgeous complexion is a long game, of course, which is why the ingredients that work in the background are just as important as the ones you see: the broad-spectrum sun protection and potent antioxidants that fend off environmental damage, and ProfenseCEL, an ingredient that inhibits the enzyme activity that causes skin to show its age. I consider this an investment in my future.