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I was really interested to see what the new Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm was like because I am pretty obsessed with complexion makeup products and wondered whether Hermes would have anything magical to add to the already busy arena. I have a couple of shades to show you with before and after photos. Here are my thoughts.
What is Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm?
The Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm promises:
- Weightless veil of sheer color
- Radiant natural finish
- 8 hour wear
- Evens out the complexion
- Hydrates and protects
- Formulated with a hyaluronic acid complex, evening primrose oil and Baikal skullcap
- Mineral-only sunscreen provides SPF 30 / PA +++ protection
- Non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested
- Features a fragrance created by Christine Nagel, blends the delicacy of arnica with sandalwood and green tea
- Available in 12 translucent shades with each one adapting to two or three skin tones
Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm Shades & Swatches
There are 12 adaptable shades in the collection and I have 2 of them to show you:
- 20 Sable (light beige with a trace of gold)
- 30 Ficelle (medium beige nuanced with peach)
Before & After Photos
The shade I decided to go for was 30 Ficelle.
My Review of Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm
Straight off the bat, I have to confess, this product isn’t really for me which I am a bit sad about because I really wanted to like it.
The problem I have is that there just isn’t enough coverage for me and it also looks a bit ‘SPF’-y on my skin. I also find that it doesn’t last that well for me. So, all in all, I’m just not getting what I want from it.
I feel like this is a base product that’s for someone that doesn’t really need a base product! If you have tried it, I’d be really interested to hear what you think.
Is it non-comedogenic?
The Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm is non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, so you shouldn’t need to worry about it blocking pores.
What is the best way to apply it?
Hermes suggest applying this with finger tips which I did, although I ended up smoothing it out with a buffing brush.
Does it hydrate the skin?
The Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm formula has a HA hydrating complex along with other skincare ingredients. It has quite a creamy consistency that might not do too well on dry patches, so I am thinking you may not love it if your skin is dry.
Is it good for mature skin?
I think this question depends on what kind of mature skin you have. If you don’t have a lot to cover, you could really like this. I have mature skin but I just want a bit more coverage.
What is the finish and coverage?
So the Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm offers a sheer coverage that promises to be buildable. I couldn’t get too much coverage from it without using too much product and it feeling too much like an SPF.
The finish is actually really nice. It has a natural skin finish, however, I think it actually emphasizes my texture slightly and it makes my enlarged pores more visible. I think maybe it needs the matte powder to that comes in the range to smooth and blur.
Is it long wearing?
This didn’t last that well on my skin and I felt like it wore away around my nose quite quickly. Although it’s hard to tell because I never really got the coverage I wanted from it.
I think you could like this if you already like your skin, and just want something that adds some very sheer coverage and has SPF30 in it.
I hope all that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. You can leave a comment here, and drop me a message on Instagram.
Where to buy it
Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm is £ 65 and available via:
If you are looking for something with a bit more coverage, check out the new Erborian Super BB, and for something in between the two, check out Rose Inc Skin Tint, which I also love.