My latest trip to Target found a clearance on several NYX brand products, especially their Born To Glow line. I decided to pick up the NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer for a mere $7 bucks, and I’m super excited to try it!
I have been out of primer for an embarrassingly long time now. I tend to have dry skin and don’t like to use a lot of foundation even on heavy makeup days. Finding a primer that just enhances the dewy effect of my base without having to spend a lot on something I wasn’t sure would work led me to give up on the search. But when I came across the NYX line in the Target beauty aisle and saw all those wonderful red clearance tags I knew I was bound to leave with a little treasure.
As I said before, I haven’t been in the primer game for a while (a couple months to be exact), and the last primer I had in my arsenal was an e.l.f. Blemish Control Primer I bought on a whim that left much to be desired. But I’ve read reviews on the coveted wonders of Too Faced, Smashbox, and Benefit primers so I had some expectations. The description on the box says it is “a primer that gives the face a luminous glow while targeting dull skin for a brighter, more radiant appearance.” Bingo, just the words I wanted to hear! Time to see if it holds up.
Right out of the bottle it oozes creamy, rich sheen that resembled a mix between a liquid highlighter and a BB cream. I swatched it on my arm, and noticed that even after washing my hand with water, it still felt moisturized.
The box says the color is “white” so it has a bit of coverage to it. I applied it to half of my face using just my fingers and compared to the other half my skin looked brighter and clearer. I spread it thinly on my cheeks and forehead and concentrated on my T-zone. Even under my eyes it did a decent job relieving my dark circles. 10 minutes after application, my skin feels very moisturized and smooth, not oily. It absorbs wonderfully on my dry spots to boot! Next challenge: does it actually doing anything to enhance my foundation?
I decided I would apply the NYX Illuminating Primer to the rest of my face with a stipple brush, this method blended the primer beautifully and you could really see the awesome highlighting power of this product in natural light. I recommend applying it with a stipple brush, mine is from e.l.f.
To really test the power of this illuminating primer, I used a heavy foundation, tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage, on my t-zone and red areas around my nose. Usually, on the days I need this extra coverage base I notice my skin looking extra dry and my foundation separating within an hour. I’ll be paying close attention to these problem areas throughout the day to check if the NYX primer alleviates those issues. I continued to apply my light foundation (my fave: Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights) to the rest of my face with my blender ball. This product has a slight illuminating effect as well, so I thought it would pair nicely with the NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer!
As I finished with a loose powder bronzer and shimmery blush, I was pleasantly surprised that my face still looked radiant and didn’t feel dry. It actually felt quite light, despite my layering of powders to really test the strength of this primer. However, I can’t really tell a difference on the longevity of my makeup but it didn’t promise anything in this area!
- This primer is great for dry skin
- You can layer many powders without diminishing the Illuminating effect
- It’s safe to use under your eyes if you have sensitive eyes like me
- It helps relieve the drying effect of heavy foundations and keeps makeup feeling light