I don't talk about primers very much on here. That's because there's very few that I like. However, Beauylish sent me the Lumilayer (Original) Primer and Lumilayer Metal Cushion by VDL which is new to their site and I wanted to discuss them
VDL Lumilayer is their bestselling primer. It really fits in with the "glass skin" movement. It's kind of at the forefront of that movement actually. Glass skin is when the skin is clear, luminous, and practically glowing. Sometimes I notice that people really go for a wet look almost to do the "glass skin" look but really it's not that complicated. I feel like it's just healthy glowing skin.
The Lumilayer is the original and signature primer from VDL they have other versions now which is "Fresh" and "Satin" I believe to fit other needs. This one is full of their "Prismatic Pearls" to give the iridescent glow. It's formula is honestly like a luxurious lotion almost. It's not too thick but it's not watery either. It goes on the skin without issue but it also mixes easily with foundations and so on. It's definitely the type of formula I prefer in primers because I like primers that act more like a moisturizer than tacky or sticky thin bases. It's is a glass bottle and it's a pump which is ideal. You do look at it and think "oh that's going to be really opalescent on the skin" or "it's going to be like a duochrome liquid highlight" possibly but truly it's like a kiss of pearl and glow to the skin. It's not overpowering at all. I'd be fine wearing it on it's own or with a tinted moisturizer honestly because it feels amazing. The pearls in this work with the "high points of the face to create dimension and a naturally strobed effect". I think people get very intimidated by the whole "strobing" concept because it can be very intense but this is not anything less than just the right amount of glow. I've been testing it for several weeks with different foundations and makeup looks from natural to full glam and there's been no complaints. I also thought it would be really expensive but I was surprised by that too, it's $26.
The other product is the Lumilayer Metal Cushion and this actually took me a while to gather my thoughts about it. Firstly it comes with an extra cushion so you have quite a bit of product. It goes for $40 and the compact is nice and sturdy. The metal cushion is "Metal Release Technology" is for bacteria/germ purposes. It keeps the primer fresh and keeps bacteria out while also keeping it cooling to the skin. It was formulated to hydrate dry and rough skin. It's ideal for dry/dehydrated skin obviously. It's a very thin liquid that comes out. You can take it with you and touch up as the day goes on which I find is great when I'm flaky or wearing a foundation that's a bit more mattifying and making my dry areas more noticeable. I hadn't thought of this but I seen it on VDL's instagram and they said to actually use the metal cushion to mix your foundation on and that actually is so cool and works out really well. You get some hydrated added into your foundation and you have a perfect metal palette almost to mix it on right there in your hand. This is Lumilayer also so it does have those pearls in it as well. This particular product is made with "90% skin conditioning agents". I feel like they designed it to be more of a skincare product although still a primer. With good hydration we see the skin does plump up so imagine having that hydration in a compact to touch up with through the day with full makeup on. So ideally, if the skin could stay plump we wouldn't have the creasing or product buildup in fine lines an so on. I really do like the idea of this. I'd love to see it in the other formulas like the pump primers.
So final thoughts. Absolutely a yes on the signature Lumilayer Primer. As far as the Metal Cushion I do think you'd benefit from it if you tend to be more dry and are having issues with fine lines or flaking. That being said if you're a teenager or you have really plump skin and no dry patches and such, I think I'd just stick with the original Lumilayer for now if I were you. I really do like the Metal Cushion for my skin and I do use it because it benefits me. It all depends on what your skin really needs at the moment. Like I said earlier you can find these at Beautylish. This isn't sponsored, I was not asked to talk about it but I gave them a lengthy trial and I wanted to review it. So thank you Beautylish for thinking of me and sending it. I'm not affiliated with Beautylish so the link I leave is not a affiliate link nor will I earn a commission it's just for your convenience.
VDL at Beautylish: https://www.beautylish.com/b/vdl
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