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How to achieve skin so radiant it’s a shame to cover it up


BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — September 18, 2011


Lately I have been hooked on illuminating & radiance boosting skincare, as no foundation seems to be able to re-create a natural glow that makes you look lit from within.  After switching to these products, I hardly need foundation anymore & only wear it once per fortnight at most.  Here are some products I swear by to achieve skin so radiant it seems a shame to cover it up.

1. ESTEE LAUDER Brilliant Cells Extra Intensive BB Creme Multi Action Formula SPF 35/PA+++

Exclusive to Asia, this is the most AMAZING BB Cream in my books.  It instantly brightens, gives a long lasting glow, stays fresh in air conditioning & is lightweight.  The coverage is halfway between light and medium & texture is closer to skincare than Korean BB creams.  I bought the 50ml size in case I wouldn’t like it, but now that I’m religiously using it daily I have placed an order for the 75ml size already.  It’s the kind of product I would panic if I ever run out – I simply can’t live without this daily.  This is THE BB CREAM that made me happily give up foundation.

2. ESTEE LAUDER Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator 

Lately my skintone has become so even that I no longer need to hide behind foundation & I feel confident enough to pull off even the sheerest of coverage.  And I owe it to this serum.  It’s a fast acting skin tone correcting serum that lightens dark spots, soothe irritated areas and high in antioxidants.  Unlike other serums that contain shimmer particles, this one’s so fine that it glistens in light and gives you an even glow instantly.   For maximum results, they recommend using morning & night for the first 12 weeks, then revert back to morning only.  But it works just fine on me with morning-only use.  Your skin will be so glowy you won’t want to wear foundation.  RRP $105 AUD (30ml)

3. ESTEE LAUDER Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator

This has got to be the BEST under eye brightener I’ve ever come across.  By massaging it in with the icy cold ceramic tip, it instantly de-puffs, dramatically brightens & softens lines.  The best part is that it contains a concentrated dark circle complex to target the underlying causes of darkness and puffiness.  What this means is that with daily use, this actually brightened my dark circles over time & I needed less concealing than before.  At $95 AUD, this is dangeriously addictive stuff.  Check out  Jamilla’s review for awesome before & after shots.

4. NARUKO Job’s Tears Whitening and Cooling Night Gelly

As my skin gets red due to the dehydrating effects of air conditioning during the day, I love using this as a sleeping mask over my normal night skincare routine to cool redness & restore hydration and brightness of my skin.  It’s more of a radiance booster rather than brightening.  Once I finish this, I can’t wait to try the re-launched version Raw Job’s Tears Super Critical C02 Whitening Night Gelly and Magnolia Whitening & Firming Night Gelly.  Available at Naruko.com.tw, Naruko.us, Sasa & imomoko.

5 & 6. CLARINS Vital Light Range

Whilst illuminators rely on particles to creates an instant glow, I owe the permanent glow in my skin to Clarins Vital Light Range.   This is the first moisturiser I’ve come across that gives me “lit from within” skin that’s soft, supple and can withstand a day of air conditioning.  The secret is in the ingredients that do all the hard work while you sleep -“reorganising weak collagen into a resilient cushion that beams light up on the skin’s surface, restores skin nutrition for a lit from within glow by morning & lightens age spots and hyper-pigmentation”.  I usually take such claims with a grain of salt, but now that I’m so hooked I’m on to my THIRD JAR of it, I can cross-my-heart-and-swear-to-die that I have seen all three results come true on my skin.

Comes in both Day & Night creams, and there’s also the choice of  regular (normal skin) & Comfort Cream for drier skin which I use.  Vital Light Day Illuminating Comfort Cream ($120 AUD / 50 ml) & Vita Light Night Revitalizing Comfort Cream($125 AUD / 50ml)


Coming up soon.. I will do a post on my favourite skin brightening serums. 

What are your Holy Grail radiance boosting skincare products?

Products marked with * were purchased by me.  All others were sent for consideration.

2 Responses to “How to achieve skin so radiant it’s a shame to cover it up”

  1. jamilla says:

    I am addicted to the EL Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator! I also got a sample of the Even Skin tone Illuminator and I really like it – will get some at duty free!

  2. […] to avoid foundation, my pores are clear without needing a daily dose of Clarisonic, and my skin so luminous that even the sheerest of BB creams makes my skin look “made […]

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