Tag: radiant make up

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

I woke up like this with Revlon Skinlights

Illuminators, love them, keep buying them, even though I really have too many and probably don’t need them…

Hey, every one has their vices . . . you beauties have perhaps gathered what my many vices are.

This is probably why I put off buying the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator for a while.

In the end, I caved and eventually got it in the shade Bare 001

Yes, it is the lightest shade and I’m a brown girl, the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare light 100 is great for all skin tones, yes that’s right. Who would have thought, no?

It looks beige straight from the tube, but it’s neutral and not very opaque so it sheers out to a subtle shade of champagne gold.


When mixed with a medium coverage liquid foundation, I used the MAC Prolong wear foundation (NC40); it gives a beautiful natural radiance to the skin.

The finish is a healthy glow, no shimmer or sparkles in sight and it’s definitely not greasy.

Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights 100 Bare Light blended to a pretty sheen.
Revlon Photo Ready Skinlights 100 Bare Light blended to a pretty sheen.


I know of many women who wear illuminators over their bare face without a foundation and when I tried that, it did emphasize pores.

I also tried it mixed in with a little bit of with MAC Face and Body (C5) and while it still emphasized my pores, the glow was more intense, not in a bad way, in a pretty way.

So, if you want to use it with a tinted moisturizer, BB cream or any foundation with sheer-light coverage, you may want to keep this in mind.

In terms of spot highlighting, this leaves a pretty sheen that once again gives off a ‘barely there’ finish.

However, because the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator is not very pigmented and a bit runny as compared to other illuminators I’ve used, I found it difficult to apply it as a spot highlight.

For testing purposes (I hate using my fingers to apply make up), I dabbed a tiny amount on the highest point of my cheekbones and tried to blend it in – but the foundation moved.

I then sprayed my face with MAC’s Fix plus and went back in with a small stippling brush and blended it in. This left a beautiful sheen. This was way too much time spent for me to get this to work for me.

You can set it with a translucent powder, not a coloured power because you will lose the radiance if you over powder your face.

This product does not wow me; I’m not jumping up and down to get it. I’m definitely not going to repurchase any of the other shades, (there are two others: Peach Light best for very light skin tones and Bronze light for bronzed tanned look or for darker complexions).

However, I will use it when I’m going for a ‘I woke up like this’ look or if my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector is out of reach.

This product is best mixed with sheer-medium coverage foundation and is for someone who wants an all over natural radiance that is dewy and not OTT! Perfect for everyday wear.

Personally, I think there are better liquid illuminators (a review to a hum dinger to follow) out there.

That said, it is pretty and does a good but not great job.

It is a decent product. It is affordable and a little does go a long way.

It just doesn’t work for me or rock my boat. I mean, it was barely there . . .

Where to buy: Revlon counters across the country, www.takealot.com or spree.co.za

Price: Prices vary but are about R200 each for 30ml




Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

Magic Potion! MAC Fix+

I will rave about this until something better comes along.  This is one of MAC’s products that many people are unsure about. It claims to be a finishing spray that sets make up but it isn’t. But it’s awesome nonetheless.


A make up setting spray locks your make up in place. Think a Jersey Girl tease and a can of hairspray to set that. That is what a make up setting /finishing spray is. Popular setting sprays include Model in a Bottle, Skindinavia and closer to home, Alila’s Fix That Make up.


MAC fix + is a cooling skin refresher.

MAC describes it as: An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!


It sounds so delicious, you’d think it’s a smoothie, but please don’t drink it . . .

Does it live up to its claims? Yes and a lot more! This skin refresher is a multi-tasker:

First off, you can you this to get a radiant glow after you’ve applied foundation. Because it’s water based, it will make you glow not shine!  No disco ball effect here.

You can spray it on your face before foundation for easier application. It works especially well with foundations or other cream-based products that dry fast as it makes the product stay wet a bit longer allowing you more time to work with it.

You can use it after cleanser to soothe irritated skin or as a toner get rid of any cleanser that may have been left behind.

I have gone overboard with powder before (too much powder died with Dynasty). To fix that problem, just spritz on your face and go from clown to queen with the snap of your fingers.

During the day, if your make up dries out, spritz some on your face and your make up pulls back together.

But I use this guy to to foil pigments and powder eye shadows.

MAC Fix+ plays well with others, so if doesn’t matter what brand of eye shadow or pigment you use. It intensifies the colour and brings out the vibrancy. It does this best with metallic eye shadows.

Now, I’ve heard people say that MAC Fix+ sets their make up. I don’t believe it and it’s never happened to me.  I think it create the illusion that it sets your make up because it makes your make up look its best . . . fresher, more youthful and natural.  And you’ll smile more because it feels so comfortable!

Where to buy: MAC FFS, MAC counters or www.maccosmetics.co.za.

Price: R235 for 100ml


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