Hi friends! It’s been a quick minute since we last saw each other but today I’m going to be talking about a super hyped up product: The GlamGlow Glowstarter Moisturizer. You might be confused when you see the product because it really is quite unique. Although it’s a moisturizer, it has glittery flecks in it, presumably to give you that “glow.” I personally love the effect (pictures below) and cannot find another product like it. I got a sample of it for my birthday gift from Sephora and I used every single drop. But not as a moisturizer.
Claims: On Sephora’s website they claim that it’s a
“A daily illuminating moisturizer to give your skin an instant hydrated glow—with hyaluronic acid, green tea, and highlighting pearl particles, your skin will be moisturized, energized, and glowing.”
I love the hyaluronic acid and the green tea. Although I’m not sure if the pearl particles are good for the skin, this product definitely does exactly what it says: moisturizes and makes your skin look glowy.
Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Distearate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Cholesterol, Steareth-10, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Ceramide Ng, Isohexadecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sucrose, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Panthenol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Disodium Edta, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Red 4 (Ci 14700), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140)].
The highlighted ingredients here are the hyaluronic acid (shown as sodium hyaluronate), camellia sinensis (green tea), and jojoba oil. All three are wonderful for moisturizing and green tea oil is definitely great for calming inflamed skin. However there are definitely a few ingredients that are problematic for me. First, I personally don’t love dimethicone, and it’s the second ingredient here. Although it’s safe for many, you should take care not to layer too much of it. Products with dimethicone often make my skin drier for some reason (and not in the same way as Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid) so I tend to avoid it. Also, the inclusion of Fragrance is a big turn off for me. As you may have heard by now, the ingredient, Fragrance, can be an umbrella term for many other chemicals that we are not aware of. Furthermore, fragrance does nothing for the skin, it can only irritate it. The fragrance in this particular product is like candy and while I enjoy it, I would prefer the moisturizer without it. On the bright side, one seemingly problematic ingredient is Cetyl Alcohol. However, this chemical is actual a good alcohol and provide the skin with lots of moisture! You can read more about good and bad alcohols here. Overall, not my favorite ingredient list unfortunately.
I have mine in the shade Nude Glow, and I absolutely love it for my skin. Due to the ingredient list, I really don’t use this very often and when I do, I only use it on the places I want to highlight, like my cheekbones and down my nose. However, on those areas, it’s the perfect natural, no makeup highlight. Since the fragrance is so strong, I don’t think I would enjoy using this as a moisturizer because although my skin will look good, I don’t know if it will feel good after a while. Whenever I recommend this product to people, I always recommend it as a highlighter. I can’t say that this is the best moisturizer, especially for such a hefty price. The ingredients are particularly standout and seems to be more of a light makeup with skincare benefits than a skincare with makeup benefits for a skincare snob like me. I was thinking of mixing a little liquid highlighter with my moisturizer to get a similar effect for way less of a price. I will let you guys know how that goes!
Pros and Cons:
- Beautiful highlight
- Green tea, hyaluronia acid, jojoba oil
- Very pricey
Who Should Use:
If you have a little cash to spend, and you really just want to look like your skin is super glowy, this is definitely the way to go. However, beware that this may not be the best choice for a moisturizer, especially if you are sensitive to dimethicone and fragrance. Otherwise, this makes a fine moisturizer (although again, I must stress that there are better options).
I love the product because of the effect it has on the look of my skin,. Yet I cannot say that I love this product for the effect it has on my skin health and moisture. Take what you will from that!
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