Saturday, December 14th, 2013

rms beauty Living Luminzer
rms beauty Living Luminzer

rms beauty Living Luminzer ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish.” It’s a pale, champagne beige–a warmer, more golden beige–with a soft, frosted sheen that blends out to a barely-there glow (no frost) when applied to the skin. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is warmer, shinier. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches. MAC Strobe Cream, when mixed with moisturizer, also has a similar effect on the skin.

If you’re someone who feels like they’ve tried dozens of highlighters and they all feel over-the-top, pore-emphasizing, too frosted, too shiny, and just too much, you may find the Living Luminizer is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Subtle is the name of the game here. It mimics an illusion of glowing, healthy skin, which may be too subtle for some or just right for others. It doesn’t emphasize pores, dryness, or skin imperfections. When my skin is drier, and I’m not wearing any other base makeup, this is a nice way to add a little natural-looking luminosity onto my skin without wearing foundation and powder. If I apply a light-medium coverage foundation with a more luminous finish, I get similar results–I can’t really tell that I’ve applied the Living Luminizer in that instance. If you have a more matte-finish foundation, it will help to breathe life back into it so it’s not as flat all-over. The consistency is creamy, a little thick, but blendable and does melt on contact with the skin. It doesn’t feel tacky, but it never fully sets or dries down. On me, it lasted five hours on cheeks, four hours on the bridge of the nose, and five hours on the cupid’s bow.

The Glossover

product

Living Luminizer

B
It does exactly as it is supposed to--gives skin a subtle glow that looks effortless and natural without emphasizing pores or imperfections--and it's easy to apply and impossible to go overboard with it. However, it doesn't wear long, so for some, that might be a deal-breaker.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

5/5

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17 thoughts on “rms beauty Living Luminzer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Yeah, can definitely see why this one’s such a hit! Gawd, after seeing your lovely swatches I want it SO bad now, but I know I’d just be disappointed by the wear-time on my oily skin. Darn!

  2. Avatar of Jennifer Jen

    I just bought this and it really does create a lovely, subtle effect. Like you said, breathes a bit of life back into my skin after applying matte foundation! xo

  3. Gah! This is really nice and completely wearable for daytime without looking like a disco ball although the staying power is a bit disappointing. Did you stipple this over foundation, Christine? Did it lift your base at all? Thanks!

    • Hey Wendy!

      I spooned a tiny bit out of the pot, and then I patted it on with fingertips :) It didn’t seem to lift the foundation at all – the big bit of advice is really to pat and lift. This is so sheer it really doesn’t need to be blended!

  4. Avatar of Emi Emi

    This sounds like something I’d really love, subtle luminizers are my favorite. Adding to my wishlist!
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  5. Good to hear it doesn’t emphasize pores! That is usually the reason I don’t use highlighters or luminizers a lot.

  6. It looks so pretty and subtle! I really love it!
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  7. This is really, really tempting. Pretty much all the rms beauty products I’ve seen are tho. I like that the glow is natural and it’s actually good for your skin, though of course better wear time would be nice
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  8. Avatar of Rae Rae

    Ooh, this sounds like it would be right up my alley! I wonder if anyone stocks RMS in Edmonton — the luminizer I’m using right now is actually just a raw mica/titanium dioxide blend, and while it’s gorgeously subtle, the wear time is really bad >.<
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  9. I have this, the un cover-up, one lip2cheek and two eyeshadows from RMS beauty. The living luinizer is the only product I consider an absolute must have!
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  10. Oh wow! I love this! I have such an obsession with luminizers and highlighters.