Have you heard about the new makeup craze called strobing? It's basically a technique where you layer different illuminating products to create a natural glow and to enhance the bone structure without contouring. It's a look quite literally filled with light! The technique has been around for a long time but it's only now that it has captured the makeup world's imagination. My guess is it's because everyone is just exhausted with heavy-looking makeup.
I'll discuss strobing in more detail soon (tutorial? Tutorial!), but for the meantime I've got something that I'm sure strobing newbies would love: the new Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer (P1,750). This is a transparent, ultra-light, hydrating primer that gets you a subtle glow. It doesn't have any visible shimmer; in fact, it has silicone that mattifies the skin and fills in lines.
That sounds counter intuitive, I know, but this primer doesn't work its magic when you use it all by its lonesome. Once you layer foundation on top of it, you will observe that your skin looks significantly better! Foundation looks less heavy, and you start seeing that promised glow. The primer helps to control oil a little bit so the glow doesn't go overboard even when you get oily. Your skin will just look clearer and filled with a subtle inner light. Your makeup will actually look better a few hours down the road.
I like that it has a hydrating, skin-identical ingredient like glycerin. It also has SPF15 which is acceptable if you're not going to be exposed to the sun long or if you have a separate SPF. It also means that you can use this Shiseido primer during photo shoots - its photogenic properties will not be put to waste!
It feels like nothing on the skin once blended out evenly. I'd say it's a basic primer that makes your skin look like a better version of itself, and makes your makeup stay on for a little while longer. Can't say there's anything I dislike about it. Oh, and it's pretty affordable for a Shiseido product ha, at P1,750 for 30ml. I mean, to give you an idea, the REFILL of a foundation is almost P2,000.
Anyway, I'm just rambling now. Go buy the Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer if you want to try strobing, with caution. It creates a glow that is impressively natural (gosh you should see the their White Lucent Brightener, that makes my face the address of a disco ball running amok!) and it does a good job in keeping your base intact during the day. I like it. Let me know what you think!