September 9, 2016

When it comes to innovative beauty products, Korea is constantly ahead of the curve. We can always trust our BB creams and handy cushion compacts to give us that radiant finish. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s a new product to keep the dewy makeup trend going: the shimmer cream. While it’s relatively new in the market, shimmer creams are destined to take over the beauty industry. You’ll soon see Western brands giving the product their own take, since the no-makeup makeup look is still a popular go-to at the moment. So, what exactly are shimmer creams and how are they different to illuminating highlighters?

Shimmer creams are neither powdery nor or oily in finish. In fact, it’s a thin cream that moisturises and firms your skin to give you a healthy, hydrated glow. So, even if you stayed up all night binge-watching a Netflix series, you can still achieve that #iwokeuplikethis look with almost no makeup needed. However, shimmer creams aren’t just a quick makeup fix. Those that are currently on the market are silky to the touch and contain skin-boosting ingredients such as licorice and adenosine, making your skin healthier over time so you don’t always have to fake that glow. They provide a reflective effect on the skin’s surface to brighten up your face.

If you’re interested in trying out a shimmer cream, you can start by trying it out on your under eyes. Mix the cream with your current concealer to cancel out any signs of fatigue and hydrate your eye area at the same time. You can also apply it under your foundation or moisturiser, or blend it with them on areas you wish to highlight. The cream will make sure your foundation goes on smooth while those shimmering pearls in the formula will give you that healthy beam. It won’t replace the standard highlighter, but it’s definitely an alternative for those who prefer a less contoured and strobed look. So, get glowing with these luminous shimmer creams.



3CE Back To Baby Glow Beam

Approximately S$28, available at Style Nanda



Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator

S$50, available at Sephora



24/7 Touch-Up Skin Perfecting Cream

Approximately S$30, available at Peach & Lily


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