Buro. Beauty Club Singapore: Our review on Estée Lauder’s Futurist Aqua Glow Brilliance Watery Glow Primer
In direct contrast to the matte, hi-def visages that peppered our Instagram feed in 2016, it seems the Internet is now obsessed with looking damp. Glistening, soaked locks were heavily featured at the Milan runways; glass-like miens are considered complexion du jour amongst the K-Beauty community; while highlighter-heavy makeup techniques (see: dolphin skin) garnered considerable interest in recent months. It comes as no surprise, then, that brands have leapt upon the bandwagon to deliver solutions in the form of dewy-skin serums, foundations, and the like.
Beauty giant, Estée Lauder, is one of 'em, dropping a watery-gel primer designed to create a supple, glowing canvas in just a few swipes. Did it help us look appropriately slick, or did it deliver nothing but watered-down promises? Cast your gaze on our review, below.
Product: Estée Lauder Futurist Aqua Glow Brilliance Watery Glow Primer
Shade range: 1
Suitable for: Normal to dry skin types
Uses: A smooth, supple canvas is formed thanks to Estée Lauder's Ion Charged Water and Triple Moisture Complex which allows for ease of makeup application. Aside from that, this skincare-makeup hybrid is also said to improve skin hydration and protect against environmental stressors.
Emily Heng, Beauty Editor
Let me preface this by saying that if a blinding, reflective surface is what you're gunning for, Esteé Lauder's Watery Glow Primer is not your guy. Well, not unless you layer it with copious amounts of highlighter, that is, but I'd rather not attempt such a risky endeavour. Instead, what you get is a pearly, subtly lit-from-within-glow that hints at a healthy diet and a rigorous skin regime; a natural illumination to fool even the most dedicated of skincare aficionados into thinking this is your God-given complexion. And as if that wasn't sweet enough, it even comes with skincare capabilities that left my moneymaker feeling soft and smooth even after a long day of work. Applause all-around, I'd say.
Loh An Lin, Theatre Director
I'm not a frequent primer user — often, I swipe on a layer of whichever moisturiser I'm using at the moment before proceeding with a thin layer of foundation on top. So, using Estee Lauder's Futurist Watery Glow Primer has been a pretty interesting experience, to say the least. I liked how it brightened up my complexion on its own, and melded well with my foundation to give a radiant glow. I definitely felt that my skin stayed hydrated for a longer period of time with it on, too. I tested it out for a full day of work and was delighted to discover that it still looked pretty fresh by the end of the day.
Shermane Eng, Digital Marketing & Sales Executive
As promised, Estée Lauder's Futurist Aqua Brilliance Watery Glow Primer really does smooth the skin for a seamless foundation application. I would say it's consistency is very slightly thicker than a regular gel primer but doesn't feel heavy or tacky on the skin at all. I like how the product's pinkish hue provided a slight tint, thus creating a brightening effect. This "glow" that is promised isn't super bright, but it does grant a dewy radiance that is perfect for that Korean-inspired make-up look. However, pores are a huge issue for me and I found that product didn't do much in concealing them. Still, I'll admit that it does a great job in locking in my make-up. My skin felt more hydrated, not in an oily way and over time, my pores didn't look that huge too. All in all, it is worth a shot if you're going for a product that promises a healthy glow and that locks in your makeup beautifully too.
The first thing I noticed about the Estée Lauder Futurist Watery Glow Primer is how refreshing it felt against skin. This light pinkish beige gel cream gave my skin a nice glowy finish when used alone, and I loved how it effectively doubled as highlighter. I wish that it came with an SPF, but other than that, I have no complaints.
A smidge is all you need to get brightened, bolstered skin that stays well-moisturised throughout the day. Those looking to get a primer that primarily helps makeup adhere better won't be disappointed either, though it is recommended you set everything with a powder or setting spray should you have an oilier complexion. In sum, this is one for the record books.
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