November 19, 2015

It’s hard not to be enticed by a product name like “Instant Moisture Glow”. YSL Beauté has even added “Top Secrets” to the name of this primer, making us wonder just what secrets the Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is concealing.

What it actually is is a multitasker: a moisturiser, complexion blurrer, and radiance enhancer all in one. It can supposedly be applied both pre and post-foundation, and promises to give skin the texture of satin. On days when you want to skip foundation, it can be used to add some subtle coverage as well.


It all does sound extremely promising; to us, it seemed like a product that would become as popular as the Touche Éclat Blur Perfector solid primer. Our Editor gave it a try, and describes it as “a gel-like moisturiser that’s a bit matte and goes on smooth” – and it feels slightly strange when used on top of makeup.

Just as slathering on a layer of moisturiser over your already made-up face would feel weird, plus mess up your makeup, perhaps the texture of this primer doesn’t make it the best product to layer over foundation after all (we suggest sticking to powder for that). But what it can be used as is a glow-enhancing primer, to add a bit extra moisture and radiance so your makeup goes on smoother and brighter. Still a handy multitasking product to bring travelling, to help save a bit of space in your makeup pouch.


YSL Beauté Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow, $79. Available at YSL Beauté stores and counters. yslbeauty.com/en-sg