The Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator Shimmer is meant to be a highlighter on colored-skin, but it works well as a light contouring powder for my fair Asian skin as well. It has a great balance between matte and shimmer (very little, thank god), goes on very smoothly and is generally barely noticeable on skin with a thin layer and doesn’t give the overly defined look. It does certainly help with definition of the facial structure.
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Base Éclat Les Ors contains 3 shades of shimmering pearls suspended in the gel. Each pump will yield a different color, depending on the type of pearl that gets crushed and delivered. Some pearls may look too orange, but the color melts away on your skin to give a light, sun-kissed glow, you notice it right away, but shimmer is subtle and not “in your face”.
My favorite part is the texture. It feels like a light moisturizer, rather than the heavy texture of regular primers. Normally, primers have more pore-refining or blurring abilities due to the amount of silicone it contains. However, the effect is purely cosmetic, and silicone ain’t good for your skin. The Lancôme UV Expert GN-Shield Make Up Base SPF50 PA+++ (read review) that I have used previously is also unlike regular primers, but is still heavier than this, with a texture like foundation. The Guerlain primer is great because it is so light and moisturizing.
The shimmer is not obvious when worn under or mixed with BB cream. Worn on it’s own, though, the iridescent shimmer shows through, and it’s simply beautiful. Not really like sparkling vampires under the sun, but I’m sure I look better. Oh shut up you vain bimbo.
Apart from the shimmer, I love this so much because it reduces dehydration lines after a long day. I am used to wearing BB cream straight after a watery serum. By the end of the day, dehydration lines will appear on my forehead and around my lips, making me look five years older. Adding this primer helped with the skincare problem. Actually, a cheaper option is wearing a gel-moisturizer, and tadah, dehydration problem solved.
OSEQUE Extra Natural Pure Oil is a very new addition to my vanity collection, as a replacement for Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It claims to contain eight types of plant-extracted oils hydration for glowing skin. Used on its own, it is pretty decent. It is light and absorbs easily, though not as quickly as Kiehl’s MRC.