This Dewy Primer May "MAKE" Me Change My Matte Ways

I eased into it by wearing it under my favorite matte foundation.
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I eased into it by wearing it under my favorite matte foundation.

I usually fight against my oily skin using matte face products to keep my oil in check. After reading Maricar’s recent article about embracing her oily skin, I started to play around with looks that leaned on the dewy/luminous side. 

Since I’m easing into this, I thought stepping up my primer/highlighter game a bit would be a good start.

MAKE Skin Illuminator (in Skir) and MAKE Skin Illuminating Primer.

MAKE Skin Illuminator (in Skir) and MAKE Skin Illuminating Primer.

MAKE Skin Illuminating Primer caught my attention because of its color, honestly. In the package it looks greenish-blue with a hint of purple. Once dispensed, you can see that it has an iridescence to it, so I was nervous I’d look like I got in fight with a pixie and lost. 

Once smoothed out, however, there’s really just a bit of a sheen left behind. Initially, I didn't think it made a huge difference in the appearance of my skin by itself; it just added a bit more glow.

L: Before the primer. R: After with just the primer. Definitely more dewy, but not intensely so.

L: Before the primer. R: After with just the primer. Definitely more dewy, but not intensely so.

Once I added my normal (matte) foundation over it though, I really thought the combo made for a nice look!

Normally, the YSL foundation looks a lot more matte in finish than this; I feel like my skin looks so glowy!

Normally, the YSL foundation looks a lot more matte in finish than this; I feel like my skin looks so glowy!

As far as wear goes, I did have to blot about midday and early evening through the T-zone, but otherwise, my foundation stayed intact all day and actually looked pretty good by the time I got home to wash my face.

I also tried MAKE Skin Illuminator in the shade Skir along the tops of my cheekbones. This is a white, shimmery highlight (not something I usually reach for) but it did blend well into the skin, and the effect was a very nice lit-from-within glow.

Skir straight on and partially blended.

Skir straight on and partially blended.

While I liked Skin Illuminator, it is $34 (same as the primer), and I feel like I'm equally as pleased with it as I am with my cheap-o highlighters from NYX and Milani. It’s nice, though, if you feel like treating yourself, and they do have other shades available.

This is with the addition of Skir; nice added dimension, but not a huge difference.

This is with the addition of Skir; nice added dimension, but not a huge difference.

Overall I’m excited to experiment with illuminating products and I think foundations/tinted moisturizers will be next on my list!

  • What are your favorite products for a dewy finish? 
  • Anyone else try these products from MAKE?