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Plus a look at the Pointed Precision Luminizer Brush
When we are young our skin makes its own glow. That light from the inside doesn’t last forever, darkened by time, ravaged by age. After our twenties (and perhaps even before) we must resort to artificial means of light by way of glow-tions and shimmer. It Cosmetics has created its own illuminating crème that not only reflects light but also seeks to hold back the years in a less-than-artificial manner.
Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Crème ($24) was developed with plastic surgeons in an effort to blur fine lines with its light refracting microspheres (patent pending Drops of Light technology) to give skin that healthy illumination without using glitter or shimmer. You wouldn’t guess there was no glitter or shimmer by looking at the pan – those microspheres are a shimmer twin!
Also included in this special crème are peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk as well as Vitamins A, C & E. That means there are lots of antioxidants to fight off those crazy free radicals. Forget about all those silly parabens, petrolatums and synthetic ingredients, there’s nothing here but good-for-you brightening hydration.
The Illuminator can be worn alone or over makeup for that perfect glow. The singular color (a sheer silvery-gold bisque) blends to give a natural glow to any skin tone. The color in the compact gives way to sheer reflectors of natural light.
Housed in a silver-tone mirrored compact, Hello Light can easily be applied with a sponge or even your fingers, but It Cosmetics has – of course – developed its own special Pointed Precision Luminizer Brush. A QVC exclusive, the brush is packaged with the Hello Light Powder for a special price of $35 (so special the set is currently on waitlist).
This brush is a super soft and mega dense, made with 100% cruelty free bristles. These bristles are so extraordinarily soft that the brush will never tug at delicate skin (i.e. under they eye).
The pointed brush allows you to apply the highlight to the tiniest niche of the face, such as under the brow bone or in the corner of the eye – two places where highlight is a must. I particularly loved this brush for under the eye. Starting in the corner of the eye with the soft point, lay the brush against the delicate under-eye skin and swipe outwards.
Instantly and expertly applied, this will make one look fresh and awake all the day long. The point is tapered yet still thick, allowing for easy application of the luminizer to larger zones like cheekbones and the forehead.
It suggests using their own face illuminating chart on the back of the box as a guide to apply the Illuminator (with the brush of course) to those areas of your face you wish to appear lifted, lightened or brought forward, areas such as above and below the eyebrow, on the cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and in the middle of your forehead.
I found Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Crème to be at its best places where I have no pores of any size (such as the top of my forehead, crook of my eyebrow and top of my forehead near my hairline). You see, while there is no petrolatum or mineral oil or such, there are waxes (Carnauba and Candelilla) as well as glycerin, all of which definitely like to sit in pores and wrinkles.
All in all, though, I am impressed with this mineral based illuminator and loving being transported back to the glow-y “IT” girl of my youth.
• The texture is silky smooth and easily blendable
• Brightens and lightens as it works to restore the skin’s radiance
• The formula contains good-for-you peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and Vitamins A, C, & E
• The formula DOES NOT contain bad-for-you parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and phthalates
• “Oil Free” does not mean wax free. This product is still slippery and tends to settle into fine lines and pores
• While the product touts its lack of bad ingredients, it does have mica and talc to which some are sensitive or allergic
Ladies, do you swear by a illuminator to give your skin its youthful beauty? If so, how do you feel about IT?
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