Nothing piques my interest quite as much as a primer that promises to deliver some serious glow… Especially when it comes from one of my favourite brands, Charlotte Tilbury. The Brightening Youth Glow launched at a time when people’s skin is at an all-time low; mid-winter skin always needs a helping hand. I learnt about this primer in a Tilbury Masterclass, and I’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks…
What does it claim?
The Brightening Youth Glow promises to brighten the skin and colour-correct. It features anti-redness and anti-ageing ingredients which work to even out the skin tone and blur away any blemishes. It includes pearlescent pigments which help to bounce light off of the skin – perfect for faking some radiance. It is very light and white in tone, so I don’t know how universal this is. I imagine it has the potential to look a little ashy on deeper skin tones, compared to the wonder glow. On the site it’s modelled on a wide variety of skin tones but I definitely think as it’s cool-toned it might look a little off.
How does it fare?
So without getting carried away, I will say that this is a very nice primer. It instantly imparts this lovely light onto the skin, and acts a great base for any subsequent foundation. Tilbury classes it as more of a skincare-makeup hybrid, as the last step before your base. I have waxed lyrical about the virtues of a good glowing primer for ages, because the right one has such a transformative effect on the skin.
I don’t think that it’s a colour-correcting sensation, nor is it particularly hydrating. It doesn’t reduce redness in the skin, for example, but it does make everything look a bit smoother and brighter. It definitely adds luminosity to the skin and makes your complexion seem a bit better. As it does such a good job at reflecting light, I do think this is a great pick for if you’re looking to diminish fine lines.
If I had to pick a word to describe it, it would be pearly. This is not excessively shimmer or highlighted skin but rather it imparts a lit-from-within quality which just suggests a natural radiance. It’s a great one to wear in the day because it looks lovely in natural light and it enhances skin rather than masking it.
What do you think of the Brightening Youth Glow?