Writer Grace Gold before (left) and after (right) skin treatment. Courtesy Photos

Sometimes the process of laying down a primer, foundation, concealer, and powder is just more fuss than I want to deal with.

On those easy, slept-in weekend mornings, I just want to put up a pony and go. And I know for many busy women and moms on the run, that's the game plan for every day.

Yet, I often find myself hoping I don't bump into someone I know, because I do like looking more polished. I admit to ducking behind a grocery aisle or continuing to jog straight past a friend when I didn't have time -- or the inclination -- to blend enough concealer onto dark circles or an angry red zit.

So when I heard that the new Miracle Skin Transformer promised to do it all in one fell swoop -- hydrate, enhance, and protect -- I of course jumped on the opportunity to give the promising sleek tube a try.

The $48 product contains herbal extracts of saw palmetto and passion fruit that hydrate skin, while vitamin K, vitamin A, and co-enzyme Q10 provide moisturizing and anti-aging benefits via tiny encapsulated beads.

With a UVA/UVB protection of SPF 20 delivered through titanium dioxide, the blend also contains the anti-inflammatory plant extract ecophysalis, which protects skin from free radicals and calms agitated areas.

The formula is oil-free and also void of controversial fillers like parabens, dyes, talc, synthetic fragrances, and petrochemicals. The company touts the cream as an "all-natural" product, a claim they're able to make despite silicone ingredients because they're naturally derived from sand.

The shade range currently includes colorless, light, medium, and tan -- with two deeper shades anticipated soon. I chose tan for my olive-toned skin, despite hesitance at the slightly pink undertone a test dot left on the back of my hand. Pink undertones can scream, "Hi, I'm wearing makeup!" when applied to darker skin tones that are yellow based.

Yet, the experience of applying the transformer was super enjoyable; it spreads as lightly as a primer and truly feels weightless on top of the skin. It felt like I had just applied a primer, not a makeup product. The color also doesn't seem to rub off like makeup does -- a bonus for any woman wearing light-colored clothing or a turtleneck, or snuggling up to a partner or baby.

Color coverage is provided by a touch of mica and other natural-color minerals in a light-reflecting formulation that surprisingly goes on with a matte finish. Mica usually has me and my big pores running the other way in fear of looking like an unleashed grease ball, but this product does truly dry to a matte finish -- and surprise, surprise, the pores and redness around my nose really did look minimized!

Miracle Skin Transformer. Courtesy Photo


The pink tinge I had seen on the back of my hand seemed to melt slowly into my complexion and was more subtle once dried down and set.

I could, of course, still detect a faint hint of it when staring into my 5x magnified mirror -- which you can see if you look real hard at the difference in tone between my face and neck -- so I would have still preferred a yellow-based shade.

As far as coverage goes, I found the product is ideal for a gentle, very natural look. If you've got dark under-eye circles or any skin issues like a fresh breakout or dark pigmentation spots, you're most likely going to need an additional concealer to truly cover it.

My skin was behaving pretty well when I gave the transformer a go, and it did smooth out a few fading pigmentation spots on my forehead and chin, and made my cheeks look airbrushed and creamy.

The bottom line? This is a great tool to add to your beauty bag arsenal if you want a super-quick yet polished, natural look. If you've got more advanced issues, you'll want to stick to a fuller-coverage product.

And if you're curious about giving Miracle Skin Transformer a whirl yourself, you'll be thrilled to know StyleList has arranged for 10 readers to win their shade of choice!

To enter the giveaway:
- Leave a confirmed comment below telling us why you'd love to try the product. Be sure to include the name of the shade you prefer to try: colorless (we hear it's the perfect choice for men), light, medium, or tan. You can view the shades here.
- The comment must be left by Wednesday, November 25 12PM EST.
- You may enter only once.
- Ten winners will be selected in a random drawing.
- Ten winners will receive a Miracle Skin Transformer (valued at $48).
- Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
- Click here for complete official rules.