Tuesday, 25 November 2014

17 WOW! Skin 3 Way Highlighter

You know how they say that the more you build something up, the greater the chance of being disappointed? That's one of these times. 

I passed over this 17 WOW! Skin 3 Way Highlighter in Boots the length and breadth of the country. Every time I was tempted, I decided to get something else. It's probably why I have a mountain of powder highlighters. Eventually, I decided to pick it up, when I went birthday shopping with Kayliegh a couple of weeks back. I've tried it in all its uses and I've some things to say. 

As A Primer:
This claims to be an illuminating primer, and I was hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to Loreal Lumi Magique, but it did not even vaguely come up to it. The illumination that it gives on the face when you apply it is all but overwhelmed by your foundation. 

It doesn't lengthen the time my foundation lasts, in fact I've found it shortened the life of it. I felt my base slipped and moved and eventually, I had to just strip it off. I set it, I tried different foundations and nothing seemed to help.

As A Highligher:
Worn alone, with no foundation, or as a liquid highlight on your base, this is lovely. It gives a dewy finish without being too overpowering. When it's on its own it gives your skin a radiant glow that looks beautiful. 

For a pared back, natural look, just use this over your moisturiser, do your brows, add a swipe of mascara and a slick of a tinted lipbalm and you're gorgeous!! 

Mixed With Foundation:
If you mix this with your foundation, it gives a dewy finish. However I found that some foundations work better than others. It didn't bode well with my Loreal Infallible, but it was nice with Revlon Nearly Naked, sheer and glowy... 

You could also mix this with your moisturiser for a more toned down glow. 

Verdict? It's not a primer, but it's not a total write off, just disappointing... Especially when you have such high hopes. It's peddled primarily as a primer but I assure you, there are better ones out there. Save youself the 7.49 or so that it costs in Boots. 

If you want a good primer, you should check out my review of the W7 Prime Magic Camera Ready Primers. 

What do you think of this? 
Have you tried a decent illuminating primer that you think I should try?
Let me know!