Moisturiser is probably not the most exciting product when it comes to beauty, and I have to admit that for the longest time I was not very excited by skincare in general. Finding the best mascara, foundation or lipstick was always on my radar, as it was something visible, and why not say it a lot more ‘pretty’ to buy. Makeup usually has beautiful colours to choose from and sophisticated packaging. However, as I get older I have realised that no matter how good your makeup is nothing sits well if you don’t take good care of the canvas underneath, so focusing on skincare and getting products that work well with my skin no matter how flashy or not their packaging is, has become top of my priority list when it comes to purchasing beauty products.
If you have been watching my tutorials for a while, you will probably know that I have been using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream for quite a while, and I honestly still think its an amazing moisturiser, specially if you are going to wear in under makeup. However, I recently ran out of my ginormous tub (it is definitely worth the money , mine lasted for over a year) and I was not giving a second thought to repurchasing, but around that time I started hearing lots of great things about Armani’s new Prima Range, specifically their Glow-On Moisturising Balm. I had never actually tried Armani skincare, and till date I had never been too fond of skincare ranges of brands which don’t focus on beauty, i.e. brands who also do clothing, accessories, etc… and the only thing I had actually tried by Armani, was their Luminous Silk Foundation, which actually featured in my recent Disappointing Beauty Products video, so as you may guess it didn’t make the cut. However, I heard so many people say that this product was a great base for makeup and it was sort of an improved version of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, that I decided to give it a go.
This product is meant to moisturise your skin, without making it greasy or oily, plump your skin and give it a sort of healty lit from within ‘glow’. I have to admit that initially the fact that the product was described as a balm slightly freaked me out. Having very oily skin the last thing I wanted to do was cover my face in a layer of ‘vaseline like’ product, but if that is what your thinking – don’t fret this product is nothing like that!
Although the product is described as a balm, it actually has a very lightweight texture. When you first pick up the product it is in between a sort of mousse and balm but it almost instantly emulsifies when it comes into contact with your skin, and hardly requires any working into the skin. I actually really love the texture of this product, because it feels so light and refreshing, while at the same time leaving a very comfortable feeling on your skin. It also packs a punch despite being so lightweight, and leaves my skin feeling deeply moisturised after applying it despite not leaving a trace of oiliness. It definitely also left my skin looking radiant, in a similar way to the Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, which plumps your skin and almost blurs over imperfections making it look much ‘healthier and brighter’ despite not having any makeup on.
Given it has a super light weight texture, this product is fabulous to wear under makeup, it has not broken me out even once and on the contrary has reduced my blemishes which were going slightly crazy the last few weeks.The product also claims to leave your makeup looking fresh throughout the day, and this has definitely proved to be true for myself. Since I have been wearing this moisturiser, I have no creases or fading at the end of the day and it has gotten rid of all my flaky dry patches, after just using it for a week.
The balm contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which both contribute to maintain your skin plumped and hydrated if not for 24 hours as the packagingg says, then definitely for a very long time. For me the ultimate hydration test was when I wore this foundation during a long haul flight to Tokyo and my skin still feelt moisturised even after 12 hours on a flight!
Finally I had to mention the packaging because it is honestly stunning. Its very simple yet classic and elegant like most Armani products. The clean cut lines and almost clinical colour palette make it very modern and fuss free, but at the same time keep it looking beautiful so it could proudly sit on any vanity.
Overall in my opinion this is a great product and although on the pricier side, I have a feeling it will last for a long time because the tiniest amount goes a very long way and if you are looking for a great moisturiser which is lightweight but still deeply nourishing and with light reflective properties that you can wear both under makeup and on makeup free days then you have to try this because it will honestly rock your world!
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