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Renoir Wet/Dry Oil-Free Dual Foundation

Product Review: Renoir Oil-Free Dual Foundation

My Renoir Oil-Free Dual Foundation ($36.50) is one of those products I've always kind of kept on the down low. When I lived in New York City my roommate told me about a beauty shop/apothecary on the Upper East Side called Boyd's where they carry their own line of cosmetics. She was born and raised in New York, so I thought I had just discovered an ultra chic secret line of makeup.

I was about to begin my first job and wanted to find something a little more adult than the Clinique compact I had been using since high school to keep my face shine-free throughout the work day. What attracted me to this product was the texture. The lightweight pressed powder absorbs oil quickly and creates a fresh (not cakey) looking canvas on your skin. You can also wet it and it instantly turns into a creamy foundation for heavier coverage.

For years this became my base for everything from work to weddings and the only real drawback is its overly sweet, old-ladyish smell. I never will understand why more makeup isn't fragrance-free.

I've stopped using Renoir products now that I test so many different foundations and powders for Bella, but I found an old one in the bottom of my drawer recently, and I couldn't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia for my days in New York. Memories of me and my Renoir compact came flooding in and it got me wondering if any of you also feel attached to specific products from your past?

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Daisie Daisie 9 years
I went through all my old makeup last year and ditched so many things. I had gobs if it stored; it wasn't being used. Why was it stored? Lol. Possibly as backup...possibly for color info...I don't know! I do know that I wish they still had Verve scents as I wore them all through high school. I do still have my Toast of New York Revlon blush I wore in high school...can't part with it I guess although I never use it!
emalove emalove 9 years
Not really...other than Great Lash mascara which I've used since junior high. Oh, and Bonne Bell lip balms will always hold a special place in my heart. I had a huge collection of those in middle school. And, yes, Aimee, remember we talked about Naturistics last year?! I think I remember searching the web for them and finding one random site that sold them. I'll see if I can find it again for you. I don't think that oompany is around anymore. I thought you ordered one from eBay??
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
The lipgloss tins for sure! I also never throw out old perfume bottles for nostalgia sake.
cocomademoiselle cocomademoiselle 9 years
Rosewater has been with me for ever! It's an habit I started when I began taking care of my skin and it's always been with me. Nowadays I always try to find the purest versions!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I have some amazing SkinMarket eyeshadow (Fairy Godmother - sort of matte lilac) and shimmery opalescent gloss that I got in middle school... I never use them now, and I'm going to have to toss the gloss because it smells funky :-( but I associate them with some seriously good times with all my friends... and it's not like I can replace them, since SkinMarket's been out of business for years now... and I definitely remember Naturalistics lipgloss... those were the days! I've moved on now, but sometimes I just want to have a nostalgic makeup moment...
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 9 years
Aww, Boyd's is where I got my make up done for the first time when I was 13 or something. I think my sister still uses Renoir's eyebrow filler powder.
Thiv04 Thiv04 9 years
ewwww....old lady smell.
pandacn pandacn 9 years
I don't really get attached to makeup. If I'm moving on to newer and better products, I'm happy to ditch the old. If I'm still using old products, then it's because it works, not because of sentimental reasons. Perfume is an entirely different story though. I get so attached to that!
em1282 em1282 9 years
I remember those from high school, aimee :) And they are definitely not around anymore, at least not anywhere in my city... Lots of makeup is attached to memories for me, which is maybe why I have a weird time throwing stuff out. (I can stop using stuff, but throwing stuff away? Nearly impossible). Don't even get me started on perfumes...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Does anyone else remember those Naturalistic gloss tins?? I swear they don't make them anymore. But if they did I would sooooo still be buying these!
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