Hi guys! Today I’m going to be doing a little review on one of my all-time favourite products – Dior’s Glow Maximizer: Light Boosting Primer. I bought this by accident at Sephora last August. I was talking to a guy who worked there about a product I was looking for and he suggested this one and I totally thought it was this one, until I realised it 100% was not after I had already bought it. I could have returned it, but the fact of it is that I was already so impressed with this primer that I wasn’t ready to part with it.
What it does: It does exactly what it advertises. I actually bought it before the whole glowy makeup and highlighting really took off big time, but it’s the best for creating those looks. I now mix it with my Born This Way foundation to create a dewier, glowier look to my skin. I also use it alone on days when I don’t feel like I need as much coverage. It basically just creates this shimmery, goddess-like look to your skin. It doesn’t cover up blemishes or dark spots, but it does a good job at creating a perfected look. I never use it without a concealer just because I like to have some coverage under my eyes at all times but if you have relatively clear skin, you could easily throw this on and be left with a nice finished glow.
What does it cost: It’s $48 CAD. That can seem like a scary, expensive number for a lot of us out there who aren’t looking to spend a lot of money on makeup. Here’s why I will be buying it again: I’ve used it multiple times a week since I bought it and I still haven’t hardly put a dent in it. I use about a quarter of a pea size to cover my whole face and get the finished look that I’m looking for. It’s amazing. When you take into account how great the quality is, and how little you have to use on a day by day basis, you can see why it’s worth it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought drug store makeup to save and ended up using up the product in a week or never using it because it just doesn’t do what I need. This one is 100% worth it.
Why I love it: Other than the reasons I’ve already discussed, I really like this product for two reasons. 1) It smells amazing. There’s something about makeup that smells nice that makes me feel gorgeous. It has a really light, girly smell to it and it just makes it seem so well made and luxurious, every time I put it on the smell alone makes me feel like a million dollars. 2) The quantity. I know I already mentioned that you don’t have to use a lot to get what you want, but it also comes in a full ounce bottle. The other foundation primer I have is the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Oil-Free) which is $44 CAD for an ounce, and I use at least twice as much for not as good of a result. And that one doesn’t smell pretty or make me feel glowy.
How it stands up against other primers: Okay, I don’t have much to base this off of. I’ve never had a drugstore primer, so I can’t compare it with any of those. This was actually the first primer I ever purchased and I didn’t even know what primer was when I bought it (lol). But let’s see how it matches up against “good primer requirements”:
Lasting power: It’s one of the few products that are still on my face at the end of a night. I don’t necessarily still look glowy, but that’s usually because my eyeshadow or mascara has ended up under my eyes. I can still see where I’ve put the primer when I’m taking it off (if I’ve worn it without foundation). It 100% makes my foundation last longer if I’m mixing the two, and it makes my foundation dry less throughout the dray and stops it from settling into cracks and such. I also put it under highlighter sometimes which works like a DREAM because it makes your highlighter glowy and last FOREVER. 10/10 would recommend.
Which type of skin type does it suit: I have a very mixed skin type – my forehead is almost always oily, my cheeks and under eyes are almost always dry. I wouldn’t recommend putting it directly on dry skin, but if you’re putting it on over top of some moisturizer it works just as well. And it’s not oily, which my Smashbox one ironically is… even though it’s oil free… strange.
Negative thoughts/comments: I don’t really have any other than the price, but it’s become such a staple in my makeup regime that it’s worth it.
Perks: It’s made in France, which makes me feel more comfortable using it on my face because France is all about that environmental life and is less likely to be using super harmful toxins in their makeup (which is a concern of mine). It also has a push despenser, and just generally really nice packaging. The white bottle is slightly shimmery and the cap clicks on and has a little CD engraved on the bottom. It’s the little things that show how much care was put into making the product that really sell it.
You can check it out and purchase it from Sephora here.
Let me know what you think if you’ve ever tried it, and if you have any recommendations on primers to try in the future (especially eyeshadow primers!! I’ve heard the Nars one is nice, thoughts?) leave a comment below! 🙂 Thanks for reading,