By Devon Abelman. Photo by: Hannah Choi/Allure.
My New Year's beauty resolution for 2016 was to wear less foundation. And until I tried the new Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, I made very little progress toward that goal. The silky cream has a slight greenish cast and is meant to work like a tinted moisturizer, color corrector, and SPF 30 all rolled into one. The mint hue is likely from the centella asiatica leaf (a.k.a. tiger's herb) water, which is extracted from the herbal plant that's indigenous to Asian wetlands. Like aloe and chamomile, centella asiatica is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, but it's also is rich in chlorophyl which can fortify the skin's internal structure and allow the moisture barrier to work even better. All that is the science-y way of saying not only does tiger leaf work to quell redness (from zits, irritation, dryness) but it can also help improve the longterm youthfulness of your complexion. It's worth mentioning that the elixir also has some really powerful moisturizers (glycerin, beeswax), botanical antioxidants, and physical sunscreens (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide), but it's the tiger leaf that makes it particularly unique.
Some mornings, I can leave the house with just the treatment and a swipe of mascara. I'm not on Alicia Keys's level of #nomakeup just yet, but this mellow mint-colored goop helps me believe I can get there by the end of this year. I smooth a dime-sized dollop onto a clean face, and my complexion is almost immediately even, matte, and hydrated.
The coolest part of the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment is that it's color changing. In the jar, the mossy green cream looks more like a clay mask than a chalky moisturizer or primer. However, when it's rubbed into skin, the green fades into a beige that self-adjusts to your skin tone. (This isn't the only transforming Dr. Jart+ moisturizer. They also have one that creates water droplets.) The color correcting treatment is basically like using a powerful green primer on every square inch of your face. With constantly red skin, hormonal acne, and a cold that has me currently blowing my nose every five minutes, the green wonder neutralizes all the issues I typically turn to foundation to solve.
The Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment does come with one caveat. It doesn't blend well on darker skin tones. I tried it on a couple intrepid beauty gurus in the office who don't have light to medium complexions, and the cream made the testers' hands look a bit ashy. (If you are still interested in the no-makeup look, you can follow these tips.) However, if you're a pale girl like me, you can buy the color-correcting treatment now for $52 on sephora.com.
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