Glowing bronze skin is very much in trend for the Summer. One of the products that I've been using to achieve that effect is the I Nuovi Illumina Skin Illuminating Pre-Makeup Base.
It's a makeup base and liquid illuminizer in one! Oh, you figured that out already? Hehe.
Read on for the review...
I Nuovi Illumina comes in 3 shades -- Divine, Aura and Heaven.
The shade that I'll be reviewing is Divine.
Divine: Golden bronze suitable for medium to darker skin tones
Aura: Nude glow suitable for light to medium skin tones
Heaven: Pink glow suitable for lighter skin tones as cheek highlight
The shimmery liquid bronzer is contained in an opaque squeeze bottle with a narrow nozzle that offers sufficient control when dispensing the product. A pretty practical packaging albeit a tad boring. I use Illumina after sunscreen, before foundation.
Divine doesn't really darken my complexion rather it warms up my skin immediately. The golden shimmers are quite sparse and apparent thus, wearing Illumina on its own may not be such a good idea. While it's hardly noticeable, the base appears patchy when there's no foundation applied over it.
After layering foundation or at the very least, powder, over Illumina, what you'll get is natural-looking glowing smooth skin that is highlighted in all the right places. Check out the cheekbones! If you're worried about looking like a disco ball, don't. The shimmers are not apparent under foundation. As a makeup base, it's quite alright in terms of making foundation go on easier, preventing it from oxidizing and helping it last. However, the formula offers no oil-control so I'd advise those with oily skin to use this merely as a highlighter under foundation and use a separate makeup base. This should be a treat for drier complexions as the formula contains hydrating hyaluronic acid.
Retails for RM88/30ml at all I Nuovi counters. Also available on INuovi.com for USD$39. Some SaSa outlets may carry this product.