Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Guest blogger Nancy Rommelmann writes...

At the risk of having Jack convene some sort of cosmetic intervention, you are looking at my entire cache of make-up. Oh, I have a few eyeshadows in the sorts of colors with which you'd paint a nursery, as well as a bunch of lip-glosses Hill gave me last year, but I don't really use them. Nor, I am half-sorry to report, did my lipstick idyll work out. But last week, in preparation for interviewing one of my two favorite authors, I decided that, as much as I needed to finish his latest book, I needed some tinted moisturizer.

I looked, first, at the boutiquey sort of make-up store that carries five brands only and where the clinicians are sure any one of them will work on you. None of them did, and after having a chirpy girl smear and buff and dab me with five different bases for 45 minutes, and after trying to assess them in what I can only call hideous lighting, I left feeling ratty and ugly. It was raining; my hair started to frizz. I just wanted to go home, but across the street I saw Kiehl's, a store I've always liked because the products strike me as industrial and precise.

The woman at Kiehl's handed me a bottle of Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer, the only kind they carry. I put it on myself, and though she told me it looked really great, I wasn't so sure, still feeling as I was a little raw and nasty. I did not buy it, though as I drove home, I looked in the rearview mirror, and thought, huh; not bad.

"Wow, mom, you look really great," said my daughter Tafv, 17 and not one to equivocate about beauty products. I told her, I'd tried on some make-up, but hadn't bought it...

"Why not?" she asked. I had no good answer.

The next afternoon, I went back and bought it. It's lovely; super-smooth, and idiotically easy to apply, as in, I squirt a little blob on my fingers and rub it on my face. Total time: 14 seconds. It gives a nice glow, and does not look like make-up at all. I wore it during the interview, which went so well, we went out for drinks afterward. Confidence in a bottle.

Also so-far great and from Kiehl's: the sample they gave me of Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, which makes my face feel as though it's made of baby powder.

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