Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01 Nude Radiance

Recently, Houston’s Nordstrom got the Burberry counter in the beauty section and it’s been to simply die for. Since it makes me hesitant to purchase products blindly without ever having seen them in person, I’ve been slow to dabble in Burberry’s products for this reason. Now that the counter is readily available, I’ve been really enjoying playing with the products; more importantly, it’s been fun to discover the products that have been on my shopping list for some time now. The Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base was my first purchase and it’s by far my favorite primer/base.

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The Burberry Fresh Glow is a “lightweight, luminous fluid base [primer] that gives the skin a gentle fresh shimmer and sheer dewy finish. The unique pink color complements all skin tones and enhances the complexion for an effortlessly radiant, healthy look. The beautifying formula contains wild rose extract, which provides moisturizing benefits and regenerating properties. The skin is hydrated, protected and has a natural healthy glow.” The pinky-pearly color is very natural looking, yet glowy without any shimmer, glitters, and heavy silver/gold tones. Because it’s a nude shade, it suits my skintone very well without looking chalky.

The great thing about this primer is that you can apply Fresh Glow all over your prepped face for immediate, natural radiance. If you want targeted glowiness, you can apply it to the high planes of your face only — such as your cheekbones, nose bridge, chin, and the middle part of your forehead. Additionally, “to perfect your complexion and give skin an added glow, mix Fresh Glow with your shade of foundation. It won’t dilute your foundation or the shade, but the glowiness can be added so that your skin looks lit from within.

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This is easily now my favorite primer/base. The fluidity of the primer makes it easy to mix with various liquid foundations; and, because I can use it alone as well, I find it to be versatile. In addition, the formula is easy to work with since it seems to cater to many skintones without looking too pink or white. I like that the sheen within the primer isn’t glittery and that the effects are quite natural. Sometimes I wear this over sunscreen without any foundation because it looks so pretty. However, paired with foundation it looks and feels great.

I don’t think this primer’s main function is to help makeup last longer. I don’t notice that much of a difference when it comes to that. Although I like to use it strictly as as highlighter, it works nicely underneath foundation even though I don’t think it helps my base makeup last any longer. I highly recommend this primer and I think it’s great for all seasons.

Contains 1 fl. oz.
Retails for $48.00 USD.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose

I’ve been mixing iridescent primers with my base makeup for a long time now. It adds a subtle tint of glow to any base makeup and really helps the skin look dewy and glowy. I stopped mixing for awhile due to the cold and dreary weather, but now that the sun is out and I’m in the mood for light, glowy makeup, I’ve been back into mixing a glowy primer with my base makeup. Recently, I purchased the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose and I’m really pleased with how it works with my makeup and alone.

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Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose is one of two shades. I feel that the pink shade is always more brightening, and it also highlights while feeling/looking more natural on my slightly pink skin. Clarins writes that this highlighter or “radiance boosting complexion base” is designed to “boost your natural radiance with Instant Light radiance-boosting complexion base.” In addition, the “moisturizing formula illuminates and corrects your skin tone while hydrating, soothing and brightening your skin. It’s available in two different formulas to suit your needs, whether you need to cover redness or just want to brighten your gorgeous skin.”

Shades include:
– Rose: brightens all complexions.
– Champagne: corrects redness.

Active ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Glycerin

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What I like to do with this is to wear over foundation, rather than mixing it in like I used to with other highlighting primers. I don’t necessarily wear this all over my face; what I like to do is after foundation application, I apply a few dots of this along my cheek bones, down my nose bridge, and right at the center of my forehead. Then, I blend it out with a small brush. I goes onto the skin beautifully and blends out without looking too harsh, too pink, or too highlighter-y. It disappears into the skin just right so that you don’t really detect it. Your skin has a subtle halo-like glow that blends in naturally with your skin.

When I am in the mood to mix this in with foundation, I just pump a little bit next to my foundation blob and mix it together. Then, I apply the mixture onto my skin and blend with my usual foundation buffing brush or the Beauty Blender. I feel that it does dilute the foundation a bit so it’s nice for when I want much lighter, but glowier coverage. The Rose shade is great at brightening the complexion and I feel that it really does add something extra to how my skin looks. It doesn’t really correct skin tone or act as a primer/base that helps my makeup last any longer. However, for the brightening and glowy effects, I’m happy with the product and I recommend it.

Made in France.
Retails for $37.00 USD.
Item contains 1.0 oz.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I’m back on my primer kick so I picked up the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer after reading some reviews. As a “replenishing face primer that hydrates, smoothes, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish,” this primer is very soothing and helps the skin look and feel good (hence, the name of the product, I suppose). Although it’s as a way to “cure your next beauty hangover,” I find that this primer helped condition my skin allowing it to look healthy and natural, and most of all, I liked that it didn’t interfere with my makeup application process afterwards.

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Too Faced claims that this is “a revolutionary makeup primer that’s infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity.” The product has a light coconut scent but it’s not strong and it doesn’t linger after application. It feels cooling on the skin and spreads easily onto the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. It absorbs quickly without feeling overly matte or sticky; and, I found that the primer helped hydrate my skin while “locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.”

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“Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish, or under bronzers, foundations, and powders to create the perfect canvas.” I like primers that work double-duty — meaning that it does everything it needs to in conjunction with base/face makeup + it wears wonderfully on its own. For no makeup days, I like to apply some primer to keep my skin, pores, and imperfections somewhat in check. This primer is lightweight and feels very breathable on the skin. Makeup applies smoothly because your skin is smoothed out without any silicones.

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My only gripe is that it’s really not that great at controlling oil, but then again, it never claimed to. While it doesn’t necessarily plug in pores or blur imperfections like the Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer, the liquidy texture is perfect for slapping on the face before heading out the door. It provides superb hydration so your skin feels and look awake and healthy; and, it somehow seems to plump your skin up — which is probably why it’s a great “hangover” option, lol. I recommend this primer and I think your skin will drink it right up — especially in this summer heat!

Made in Italy.
Retails for $32.00 USD.
Item contains 1.35 oz.

REVIEW: Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer

The Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer was recently mentioned in Claire Marshall’s recent video featuring her June & July Favorites. The product is a “smoothing, makeup application primer that supports a youthful appearance,” and is designed to “prep skin for makeup application with [the] new timeless smoothing and filling primer.” It is “formulated to reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula is infused with vitamins C and E, and green bean extract gently absorbs into the skin, delivering a surge of moisture, peptides, and other naturally-derived elixirs so that skin has a firmer and smoother look.”

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With “a lightweight texture, the fresh powder scent provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. Wear it under makeup or alone as part of your skincare regimen for a flawless, soft-focus finish.” This primer is great and I can see why it’s already generating rave reviews. A little bit of product goes a long way and don’t be scared by the moussey-clumpy consistency! I dab my finger in the pot and get some product onto my fingertips. I apply to areas of my face where I know pores are an issue — mainly my nose, chin, and inner cheeks. It sets instantly feeling soft and smooth, but not oily and greasy like some primers. This stuff seriously fills in lines and pores and blurs even discolored imperfections really well. I’ve noticed that my foundation applies super smooth afterwards; and, I swear I need less foundation than I did before using this product.

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The scent is powderly and light and hardly noticeable. It looks great alone on the skin too if you’re going for a really natural-no-makeup look. However, I really like it for its ability to really plug in pores and blur imperfections instantly. It’s a great way to fake perfect skin! I predict this pot will last me a long time since you need very little product. Again, don’t be frightened by the clumpy appearance — it will smooth itself out wonderfully, trust me. Because of the texture of the product, I don’t see how it could ever come in a tube or a bottle with a pump. So, while it’s not all that great that the product comes in a pot, I’m okay with it. Makeup longevity was decent but nothing spectacular. I just really like this product for its ability to get rid of pores temporarily, and the finish is gives the skin after foundation application.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

Recent Favorite Products

Back by popular demand – some current favorite products! So I admit, as a product junkie, it’s hard to keep up with all the new releases by so many departments, companies, and brands. However, since I know what I like – and what my skin likes – I find good face products from time to time. For me, I focus a lot how the skin looks. In my opinion, no amount of expensive eye products, fancy colors, and professional-looking application – will cover up the fact that the skin/base makeup looks like ruddy, uneven, or discolored.

If you think about makeup as an artistry – the skin is the base – hence, the term “foundation.” It’s the basic canvas before you start getting into the technical work, like gradation in color, color application, etc. And, even from a painter’s point of view – before creating your masterpiece, you start with a clean, blank canvas, right?

Featured products:
L’oreal True Match Super-Blendable Power in “W1 Porcelain”
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (oil-free) in “Porcelain”
Chanel Illuminating Base Makeup

The infamous tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier in the oil-free formulation is what I prefer. “Porcelain” is the lightest shade that is offered, and is yellow-based – which is quite odd for a shade named “Porcelain.” However, for a tinted moisturizer, it gives good, lightweight coverage. This product is used on “good skin” days because the coverage isn’t going to be as thorough as a foundation. It’s long-lasting, lightweight, and evens the skin tone out beautifully without looking overdone. Perfect for every day wear and for when you want to sport the “no makeup look” on weekends or to the gym.

L’oreal True Match powder is a great alternative to pricey powder. “W1 Porcelain” is the lightest shade in their “warm” cateogry – and, yes, that’s what the “w” in this range stands for. L’oreal True Match powder is also available in cool tones as well. I use this with a fluffy powder brush to get a sheer application. This provides good oil control, and so this power is great for the T-zone.

Chanel’s Illuminating Base is great for a special occasion or night out on the town. The base is essentially a primer and is designed to be worn under foundation – or, for me as of late – under the tinted moisturizer. This product is gel-like in consistency and is clear, yet white-ish in color that contains small pearly, iridescent particles that cleverly disappears once you rub it onto the skin. It perfectly “lights up” whatever base product you decide to pair with this base.

Since it’s winter, a dewy look still looks healthy – however, it’s important to address our skin’s changes with the weather. Now, rather than oil control, I prefer to focus on retaining moisture.

What are you loving lately?

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