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Friday, January 8, 2010

Luminescent Complexion Enhancer

Sheer fluid, Glow Enhancer, Shine Base, Liquid Highlighter..... This stuffs comes in all sorts of different names, but they all serve basically the same purpose, i.e. to brighten up your complexion. I know that some people use this to accent their cheeckbones and brow bones, but for such purpose I prefer powders, therefore I mainly mix this stuffs with my foundation for the dewy look.

I don't usually use skin enhancers during the summer, because after several hours my whole face will be shinning, and if you have oily skin stay away from this. But I love it for the winter, especially if you have dull skin like mine, it will brighen up your complexion.

These are the glow enhancers that I have (these have been sorted according to their prices, the cheapest one on the right and the most expensive one on the left):

Apart from these, I've heard some ravings about benefit's high beam and moon beam, but as you can see I've already have enough enhancer to last me for several years (you only need a tiny bit each time), so there's no point in getting anymore, but if I ever finish these, I might want to try the ones from benefits.


It says in the bottle:

Subtle pink and gold highlights add a natural glow to the complexion. This pearl liquid highlighter leaves a dewy finish, with or without make up. Use it everywhere for natural-looking luminosity.

Contents: 30g or 1.0 oz.

This stuff is colorless, when mix with your foundation it'll give you that dewy look. So far my favorite, because it's lemon scented and I love it, but if you don't like your makeup with fragrance, stay away from it.

Skin Food is a Korean product.


According to Eyeko's webpage:

Create a flawless base with Eyeko's 3-in-1 Cream MOISTURISER, HIGHLIGHTER & EYE CREAM in 1!Infused with skin perfecting light reflectors and antioxidant Vitamins A& E plus a Vitamin C boost for a radiant, clear complexion.

Contents: 36ml or 1.27 fl oz
Price: US$9

It says in the box that it is Created in London and Made in Taiwan.
I've got mine from, with 20% off and free shipping. If you google it I'm sure that you'll find someone's ambassador code that'll give you a discount or free gift.
Amongst all my luminizer, this has the thickest texture, but don't ever think of using it as a skincare product like it claims, because if you use it all over your face as a moisturizer you'll end up looking like a disco ball and as a eye cream it provides 0 hydration. Personnaly I only use it as a luminizer by mixing a tiny bit of it with my foundation/tinted moisturizer/BB cream.


According to The Body Shop webpage, this product falls into the Bronzing catogory and it says:
A lightweight, moisturising liquid formulation that provides a natural-looking sheer radiance that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, even out skin tone and instantly brighten the complexion. It can be worn alone as an alternative to foundation, or applied over foundation to add a subtle sheen to the face and body. Dermatologically tested.
Size: 25ml
Price: HK$125 or £10.75

This comes in 3 shades: 01light, 02 medium and 03dark, and mine is in 01. While the other 2 luminizer that I've already discussed is colorless, this one is slightly tinted, and I like to use it when I'm pale, i.e. right now.
Ingredients: Aqua, Octyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Mica, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylat/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Sclerocarya birrea, Methyl Methacrytate, Crosspolymer, Silica, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Benzyl Alcohol, Boron Nitride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylparaben, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Butylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 80, Isobudlparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Talc, Sorbitan Oleate.


According to Giorgio Armani webpage:
Fluid sheer dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. This unique, translucent formula is available in a range of versatile hues including makeup base shades, correcting shades, and radiance boosting shades. Blend your favorite fluid sheer with foundation to add radiance, polish and sculpting definition to your complexion. Or use it alone as a makeup base. All skin types.
  • perfects, sculpts and illuminates skin
  • complete and versatile shade range
  • doubles as eye shadow base, blush or bronzer
  • sheer, lightweight texture and coverage
Application techniques: Apply with the blender brush to wear alone or mixed with foundation for a boost of radiance and color. Use on top of foundation for added highlighting and contouring.

It says in the box that is Dermatologist Tested and Non Comedogenic
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isododecane, Alcohol, Polycyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, acetylated Glycolstearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tristearin, Cellulose Gum, Nylon-12, Limonene, Benzyl Salicytate, Linalool, Dipheny Dimethicone, Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Butyphenyl, Methylpropional, Aluminium Strach Octenyisuccinate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Hexyl Cinnamal
This comes in 10 shades, and the one that i have is #2 - shimmering beige.
I've got this while I was getting the foundation and the primer, the sales lady insisted that I will need the fluid sheer as well. This one actually has some kind of golden shimmery in it, while all the other products that I've reviewed before will only give you a glow.
Although this was the most expensive, I didn't really like it, I'm not into shimmery stuffs, but I guess this would look really good for a evening out.

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