Monday, September 15, 2014

(Wonder)glowing Skin

Well hello there. First off, I apologize for the ridiculously long hiatus between this and my last post, it has just been a crazy week (with another one just beginning) and I really just wasn't able to find the time in my days to write any real quality posts. That combined with the fact that I'm waiting for a new camera (with my current one on the fritz) meant that I wasn't able to post anything for a bit. I can only promise that I am going to try and get better from here on out, especially with planning posts out in advance.

Anyways, I'm really excited to talk with you guys today about one of my favorite Charlotte Tilbury products from the recent US launch, and that is her glowing primer Wonderglow. Described as a skincare/makeup hybrid (which is my absolute favorite), this gem can be used underneath, over, or even in lieu of foundation. It's supposed to add a "soft focus" effect to your skin, with "light-reflecting microspheres" that give your skin a little bit of glow. Now, while I really do love wearing this underneath foundation, as I feel it has some great skincare benefits that leave me with baby soft skin, I'm going to go ahead and tell you the truth about these so called "microspheres". Tilbury claims that there's patented technology called Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that "steals UV light" and re-emits it from your skin.

Charlotte, I love you, but your so-called patented technology is glorified glitter. Like, seriously, tons of glitter. It imparts a gorgeous glow when worn underneath foundation, and makes my skin feel ridiculously soft, but let's tell it like it is and say that it's just a bunch of glitter in a lovely skincare formula. As much as I like how it looks for me, I just want to be completely clear about this fact because I found it hard to tell from pictures online.

Anyways, I've mostly been using this guy underneath foundation or as a highlighter on top, and it really gets the job done both ways. It imparts a gorgeous glow and makes applying foundation a dream. As it is quite sparkly, I don't love the look of it by itself. It's almost completely sheer, so it's much better used as a primer versus any sort of coverage. That being said, it's one of the best primers I've ever used, and if you're looking for a primer that will give you dewy, glowing skin than look no further.
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  1. I've not tried Wonderglow yet because it feels a little pricey for a primer. I love Charlotte Tilbury make up though, especially her mascara. I'm still not sure if i'll be trying out the Wonderglow, as I don't like my products to be too sparkly.

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    1. It definitely is pricey for what it is. That said, one thing that has impressed me about it is how soft it leaves my skin. It's a product that's a makeup/skincare hybrid, so it's become a great primer for leaving my face hydrated and reading for foundation. That said, Revlon's Skinlights primer in Bare Light is nearly identical (minus some of the skincare benefits), and at 1/3 of the price is definitely one I'd recommend looking into if you're on the fence about Wonderglow.

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  2. A love a good old tell it how it is review! I've been searching for the perfect illuminating balm for a while now but there's so many on the market it's hard to narrow it down :( this does sound lush as a primer though just not on it's own like you said.

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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    1. I agree, it's hard to find one that's both quality and affordable at the same time! I will say that the thing I've been most impressed with by this guy is how soft it leaves my skin. It's a lovely little skincare/makeup hybrid which has made it a daily must have for me (with the foundation added, of course). That said, another one I'd recommend that's a great dupe (at a much lower price) is Revlon's Skinlights in Bare Light. It's nearly identical in benefits, though maybe not as benefical skincare-wise. But at 1/3 of the price it's a great one to check out!

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  3. I love your honesty! It sounds like a great primer, and I really like the Charlotte Tilbury range, but I don't think I'd wear this as a foundation - I'd be too worried about getting a shiny face haha xx

    http://bethht.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you! I know that when I read reviews I want them to be as honest as possible, so I try and just tell it like it is instead of sugarcoating anything. And I completely agree, I really only can get away with wearing this alone on a more gloomy day. I get way too self-conscious wearing it alone on a sunny day, I'm afraid I'll look like a disco ball!

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  4. Looks like a nice primer!

    ~ Mikéla Davelyn ~
    www.simplydavelyn.com

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    1. That it is, I love a good primer with some serious skincare benefits!

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