Pammy Blogs Beauty: My Skin Loves: New Products from Kate Somerville!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Skin Loves: New Products from Kate Somerville!

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New Products from Kate Somerville:
Since Kate Somerville is one of my hands-down favorite skincare lines, I always get excited when new products launch! What can I say, my skin loves Kate Somerville! Across the board, the products are effective and innovative while also being very gentle on the skin. Plus, I simply get great results with Kate Somerville! Now, that is what I want in skincare: effective products that are gentle on the skin. 

My Skin:
I have classic combo skin (normal-oily in Spring/Summer and normal-dry in Fall/Winter). I do not break out very often. However, I do get the occasional blemish, blackhead, or clogged pore on my chin. I am a bit prone to redness and irritation. However, when I use the "right products", this is not an issue at all. In addition, I just turned 40 (OMG, I know...40?!?! I am still coming to terms with that, lol). So, as you can imagine, anti-aging skincare is at the top of my list! My biggest skin complaint? My super-duper dark under eye circles. Between allergies, lack of sleep, and heredity, I have a daily fight and a losing battle with my dark circles.
For this post, I am going to share about Kate's new products: Full reviews for the Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask and the IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream, and First Impressions Reviews for the LumiWhite Dark Spot Corrector, and the LumiWhite Skin Tone Perfector. To find out more about these amazing products, click "read more" below! :)

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask:
I absolutely love trying out masks. Doing a weekly facial mask is one good skincare habit that I am proud to say that I have been consistent about over the years. For me, a facial mask is a not only a treat for your skin, but also a time to relax. I try to either apply masks when I can either soak in the tub or just lay in my bed for a few minutes while the mask sets on my skin. I tend to alternate between clay masks and hydrating masks depending on what my skin needs that day.

This Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask from Kate Somerville not only hydrates your skin but also gives you an awesome anti-aging boost! Hey, now that I am in my 40s...I will take all the anti-aging benefits that I can get! ;)

This mask is in a pump container which keeps the ingredients really fresh. I just pump out about a pump's worth for my entire face. The mask is a white cream with a somewhat minty and medicinal scent (reminds me of menthol). The texture of the mask is serum-like. It smooths over my skin and feels instantly soothing and minty.

How I Use:
I apply this mask after cleansing my skin. This mask can be left on for 5-10 minutes or overnight if you want the product to sink in longer. After letting it set on your skin, you can tissue off the excess and rub the residue into your skin. Sometimes I like removing it with a somewhat wet warm washcloth just because I love the feel of a warm cloth on my face (lol, it is just so spa-like to do that!).

My Results:
This mask is amazing for hydration! I feel that it instantly plumps my skin and smooths out fine lines! Not only does my skin look better immediately, but also when I wake up the following morning, my skin still looks more plump and feels more hydrated. Plus, I know that I infused my skin with the anti-aging benefits of the peptides and the antioxidants as well (which work more preventatively). 

Key Ingredients:

  • Based on the Nobel Prize*-winning medical research on telomeres, TELO-5TM TECHNOLOGY is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging and deliver a younger-looking complexion.

  • Encapsulated PURE CERAMIDE-3 helps replenish lost lipids, repair the skin’s outer barrier and lock in moisture.

  • WHITE WATER LILY & CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACTShelp to firm sagging skin and improve elasticity.
  • THIOTAINE, a natural Antioxidant and Botanical Amino Acid, helps combat environmental pollution and delivers VITAMIN C to help increase skin’s firmness

  • AGE-DEFYING PEPTIDE, with anti-glycation properties, helps to reduce the degradation of collagen and improve the appearance of firmness.

  • A proprietary blend of SEA WHIP EXTRACT and ALGAE PLASMA provides immediate and long-lasting soothing of sensitive skin.
As you can tell, I love this mask! It is a great addition to my weekly mask routine. I love having a mask that is actually an anti-aging treatment. 
Kate Somerville IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream: A concealing eye cream? Yes, please! A concealing eye cream is the marriage of two of my favorite beauty products: eye cream and concealer. When I say my dark circles are dark, I can't even emphasize how dark they are enough. It almost looks as if I have black eyes. I need heavy duty concealer and a very rich eye cream to keep the area hydrated and concealed. I am always interested in trying out any product designed to make the eye area look better!

Kate Somerville's new IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream is an anti-aging eye treatment that conceals and corrects. I tried out shade #01 Light which is a great color choice for my fair skin. Does this product completely cover my super dark circles? No. However, I do love using this product! If you have dark under eye circles that are not that bad, this might be the only eye cream/concealer that you need. However, for my very dark circles, I do still need a high-coverage concealer in the inner eye corners.

I find that I use this product in 2 ways: as a one-step eye cream/concealer on "no makeup"/natural look days or as a "concealing/moisturizing eye primer" on days that I plan on following up with additional concealer in the inner corner where my circles are very dark. This product works great in both of those ways! On days when I wear this product on it's own, it does brighten up the eye area and make me look generally more rested. While it doesn't conceal my circles completely, it does diminish them and help me to look better and more awake. It is not intensly hydrating, however, it does provide good moisture. It applies easily with the brush applicator and blends out very nicely. It looks so natural! Honestly, when I wear it on its own, it melts right into the skin and really looks like you aren't wearing makeup. When I wear this product layered under high-coverage concealer, I find that it makes a very nice and brightening "eye priming" base. Then I just apply high-coverage concealer to the very inner corners. I feel that this helps my eye area overall look more natural because I don't have to cake high-coverage concealer over the whole eye area...just the areas that are super dark. This really lightens up my look and as I said, keeps the whole eye area looking more natural. What can I say? I really love this product! What a great addition to my makeup routine! Plus, I love that my skin is getting great anti-aging benefits while I conceal!


  • An encapsulated ANTI-AGING PEPTIDE COMPLEX is released on application to help support collagen production and restore a youthful look and feel to the under eye area. 
  • HYALURONIC MICROSPONGE TECHNOLOGY delivers a surge of moisture on contact to visibly plump up the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin’s surface.  
  • A precious DIAMOND COMPLEX of mineral pigments and light-diffusing optics offer flawless coverage and a soft-focus effect that minimizes imperfections.  
  • A skin-strengthening CERAMIDE COMPLEX replenishes essential skin lipids to reinforce the skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss. 

  • Innovative hybrid formula works double duty as an advanced anti-aging eye cream and cosmetic concealer

  • Helps support collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity

  • Boosts skin hydration on contact and locks in long-lasting moisture

  • Instantly minimizes dark circles and lends a radiant glow to the delicate eye area without creasing or settling into lines

  • Professional Artistry Brush and convenient twist-pen delivery for easy, flawless application
First Impressions Review: LumiWhite Dark Spot Corrector and LumiWhite Skin Tone Perfector:

Since I am in the midst of some ongoing skincare testing for facial products, I am just giving a First Impressions Review (my thoughts on the product after using a few times) for the LumiWhite Dark Spot Corrector and the LumiWhite Skin Tone Perfector. Plus, I can share product information with you directly from the brand. I am super excited to use these products in more depth once I complete my other skincare testing.
LumiWhite Dark Spot Corrector:

This advanced spot corrector is infused with Kate’s Lumin8 Complex, a proprietary blend of 8 active ingredients working synergistically on multiple levels to address all 3 stages of skin discoloration. This concentrated formula targets and diminishes the appearance of discoloration for a more even skin tone, while helping to inhibit discoloration from reappearing. Visibly improves the appearance of skin clarity for a more translucent, even complexion. 

I have started using this product on a few key areas of my face. I really have minimal dark spots and they are only around the outer sides of my face. I am guessing that this is possibly where I am missing applying sunscreen? It makes me want to take more care with my morning SPF application! Also, these spots seemed to appear during my recent pregnancy when I know that dark spots tend to get darker. So, I am applying this Dark Spot Corrector in the evenings after my skincare routine is finished. I just dab a little of the Dark Spot Corrector right on top of the discolorations. It is certainly too soon to tell if it is working. I am excited to see some results in the future! Overall, I love the ease of application and the handy little tube. The applicator has one of those cool metal tips and the product comes out by pumping the tip. The Corrector itself feels like a slick and soothing serum.


  • Creates a visibly more even and beautiful skin tone 
  • Visibly diminishes the appearance of age spots and discoloration  
  • Creates a brighter, more translucent complexion with a luminous appearance  
  • Significantly hydrates and moisturizes 
  • Improves surface dullness and overall appearance of skin

LumiWhite Skin Tone Perfector:
As I mentioned, I am currently testing out another skincare serum. So, I can give you some product information here because this is an exciting new product, but I have not tested this out myself yet. I hope to use this as soon as I complete testing out my other serum! This product is similar to the Dark Spot Corrector except that for this product, you use it all over your face rather than spot treat.

This lightweight, fast-absorbing serum is infused with Kate’s Lumin8 Complex, a proprietary blend of 8 active ingredients working synergistically on multiple levels to address all 3 stages of skin discoloration.This powerful formula diminishes the appearance of discoloration for a more even skin tone, while helping to inhibit discoloration from reappearing. Natural Fruit Extracts help optimize cell turnover for improved skin clarity and luminosity. An innovative Hyaluronic Acid Booster provides essential hydration for soft, supple skin.The result is a more translucent, even complexion. 


  • Creates a visibly more even and beautiful skin tone 
  • Visibly diminishes the appearance of age spots and discoloration  
  • Improves surface dullness and overall appearance of skin  
  • Creates a brighter, more translucent complexion with a luminous appearance  
  • Significantly hydrates and moisturizes

Have you seen any of these new Kate Somerville products? If you have tried any of these, I would love to hear about your results. So far, I am really happy with these items! I especially love the Age Arrest Mask!

As always, thanks for reading!


daydreaming beauty said...

I have never tried this line, shame on me!! I need to grab some samples from sephora stat!

Destany said...

These products sound great! They are just a little out of my price range.

Erika said...

These look like some great products.

Beauty and the Bump said...

I've never tried Kate Sommerville products, however, I would definitely try the mask.

Never Say Die Beauty said...

Kate Somerville is a brand I haven't tried yet. The skincare line sounds fabulous. It'll go on my wish list!

B said...

I have been wanting to try Kate's stuff for quite some time. I've gotta save my pennies, though.

Anonymous said...

I need a dark spot corrector in my life

Brooke @ Blushing Noir said...

I love KS products. I really need to try that Concealing Eye Cream!

Leelo said...

Age Arrest Hydrating Firming Mask sounds amazing.

loveforlacquer said...

I LOVE Kate Somerville products!

Unknown said...

The mask sounds like something I would like to try.

Unknown said...

That dark spot corrector looks pretty cool!

ItsJustMe said...

I've heard so many great things about this brand. (Sheila, Painted Ladies)

Norah said...

I use ExfoliKate and it is the best thing ever, wouldn't mind trying more of KS.

Miranda | said...

I wanna try the mask!

Prime Beauty said...

I just wish KS was more affordable.

mynewestaddiction said...

I am loving some of your picks!

Unknown said...

I like the sound of that eye primer and lightly conceals, too! Kate has revolutionized skincare for sure.

Honeygirlsworld said...

This sounds like great products. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet.

Unknown said...

I LOVE Kate Somerville.

Eugenia said...

I LOVE KATE!!! I need to get my hands on these!

Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries said...

Kate Somerville makes such gorgeous products

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