I have not seen much buzz around this product but I decided to give it a try anyway. Every time my local CVS runs NYX products on sale for BOGO 50% I always cave and end up buying a bunch of stuff that I don’t need. But then realistically, how often do we actually “need” makeup anyways? I think I was a little drawn to this Illuminator because of two things. First of all, because I have never tried a liquid illuminator before and secondly because of it’s pretty baby doll pink packaging!
“Enjoy a luminous, lit-from-within glow all year long with our luxuriously lightweight liquid illuminator. Available in four light catching shades, this multifunctional formula can be used as a foundation base or over cheekbones, décolletage, and cupids bow for a natural looking radiance that will have everyone talking.”
I absolutely love highlighters and think they are such a great way to brighten and liven up the face. So I was pretty excited when I first laid eyes on this gorgeous, pale pink, shimmery goodness. But I will be honest, my first impressions of this weren’t that great. Once I blended it in, It basically disappeared and I ended up re-aplying it two or three more times before I even saw a glimpse of illumination. I think because I have such a pink undertone to my skin that maybe this wasn’t the best color choice for me.
Since playing around with this for a few weeks now, I have figured out that the best way for me to use this is to simply add a few drops of it to my foundation. It gives me a nice subtle glow without being too much and really brightens up my face as well. I think for the right person and skin tone this could still be used as a liquid highlighter on cheekbones etc.. That just did not work out well for me. One other sort of con I noticed about this is that it doesn’t last long either. One day I applied it on the tops of my cheek bones, the end of my nose, middle of my forehead and on my cupids bow and I couldn’t even tell it was there anymore after 2-3 hours. I also noticed that after applying a few “layers” of this, (as it takes more than one), it can become kind of cakey. And it looked awful once I set it with my NYX HD powder, so definitely beware if using a setting powder with this. I also applied it with my finger and then just topped it off with my NYX setting spray and that method looked amazing. So I think this is one of those products that you just have to play around with a lot until you figure out which methods and application techniques are going to be best for you. Now that I have been using it for several weeks, I am enjoying it more and more. But if I would have written this review after only the first week or so, my tune would have probably been much different.
Another use I found for this is to add it into my moisturizer on days when I am just running out of the house without makeup on. It adds just the right amount of glow to brighten up your face and helps me to feel a little more confident whenever I am bare faced. So overall I think this product is definitely worth trying, especially since it is so affordable. There are so many different ways to use this that I am positive you could find one or two different ways that you would like to use it for yourself. So the next time you see NYX on sale at CVS, don’t even try to resist. It’s pointless and you know you can never have too much makeup.
Have any of you tried out one of these NYX Illuminators yet?