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The benefits of candlelight in a handy little tube!
Alison Raffaele is a brand that’s been on my “To Try” list for quite some time now, so call me giddy when I received her Incandescence Luminizer to test. This little tube of wonder contains the ability to not just conceal imperfections, but to reflect light to create a brightening effect.
The once chief assistant to Bobbi Brown, Alison Raffaele is a makeup artist that has made a name for herself as a concealer expert. Her cosmetics line was originally founded based on her renowned True Concealer. That being said, the founder of this line known for concealing recognizes the beauty of the average woman and looks to enhance, rather than mask, what makes a woman beautiful and her Incandescence Luminizer continues that trend.
The Incandescence Luminizer ($28) is different from any other luminizer I’ve ever used. It’s more like a very thin concealer – there is zero shimmer or shine on this as far as I can tell – if there is it’s so finely milled that I can’t even see it with the naked eye. I like to think of it more of a product that gives the illusion of how a woman looks in candlelight – all the flaws and imperfections disappear and you look like you, but better and with zero trace of makeup.
This product contains Alison Raffaele’s signature Fruitta di Vita antioxidant complex, an anti-aging, antioxidant formula consisting of goji berry, resveratrol, and pomegranate – designed to prevent and repair the signs of aging – which manages to be vegan while also being fragrance, paraben, talc, mineral oil, and gluten free. The end result is a product that not only makes you look good, but also is good for you!
Alison Raffaele’s Incandescence Luminizer is available in 2 shades that are designed to luminize and enhance any skin tone. Peach is a pale pinky shade that is designed for fair and light complexions. Yellow is a pale yellow shade that is meant for medium and bronze complexions. I tested out the yellow shade, which is not really meant for my Casper the Friendly Ghost-like skin tone, but which still gave me impressive results nonetheless.
The purplish/burgundy tube with silver cap contains a doe foot sponge applicator for this slightly creamy, slick product. Think thinner concealer, but lighter weight somehow. The yellow shade applies almost as pale as my skin tone – I think if I were darker (this shade is for medium to darker skin tones), I’d have had a more luminizing experience.
The luminizing is all from the lightness of the shade, not from any added pearl or shimmer finish, so if you are afraid of sparkle and don’t want to resemble a Twilight vampire, you will love this. As is, this seemed more like a thin concealer on me. That being said, it was a pretty terrific concealer on me. This smoothly concealed my under eye circles and hid the slight redness around the corners of my mouth and nose. I dotted some and blended this on the apples of my cheeks and dabbed a little on my brow bones, too, and just looked…better.
This only requires the smallest amount and blends out to nearly nonexistent, but still leaves you looking refreshed and without the cakey feel of makeup. I could still see my skin, but the redness/darker areas were completely neutralized with no visible trace of the product behind. This is what a concealer should be. I imagine if I were darker, this would have given me even more dramatic results.
• Great coverage on under eye circles and darker areas on the face
• Blends down to nothing, but still hides all imperfections
• Must apply the smallest amount around eyes or product collects in creases.
• $28 is pricey
Overall, I’m pleased as punch over this product and I’m kind of kicking myself for not having yet tried Alison Raffaele’s True Concealer. It has officially jumped a few spaces in line in my “To Try” list. And I’ll be checking the comments (please join me!) to see if the Incandescence Luminizer left the wht review team looking luminous as well.
we heartsters – please help out a new Alison Raffaele fan! What products from the line do I have to try next?
Krista currently lives in a semi-haunted house in New England with her hubby/best friend and obscenely big-eared dog. She thinks the world would be a better place if people smiled more and ate more dark chocolate. She is a firm believer that humor can be found in everything and that Tom Selleck’s moustache has healing properties…
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