C.Y.O Illuminating Mixing Cream | Review

It’s not often that I purchase make up these days. The days of ‘beauty blogging’ specifically are long gone for me – I have a particular range of products that I love and that I know work for me and I tend to stick to those rather than purchasing and trying new products. A product that I was introduced to a while back was the CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream. CYO was brought to the UK recently given its’ success in the US; for a low price point and a good quality product, you can’t really go wrong. I do think theres’ a shortage of mid-priced, cruelty free (source) products in the UK, and that was a real selling point for me when trying this.

Ingredients (Source)

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Mica, Isodecyl neopentanoate, Alcohol denat., C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Olive oil decyl esters, Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, C20-22 alkyl phosphate, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, C20-22 alcohols, Caprylyl glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Silica, Squalene, Tocopherol, Glycine soja (Soybean) oil, Sodium gluconate, Sodium hydroxide, Dimethiconol, CI 77491 (Iron oxides) , CI 77499 (Iron oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide).

The cream is versatile and can be used in three ways: Either alone, mixed in with foundation, or on-top of foundation. As you can see from the swatches, the product is quite intense and is silvery and cool. When I wear this during the day, I tend to wear one pump of illuminator with three pumps of foundation to keep it subtle. I really enjoy the glow that it gives and if you’re looking for a pigmented product then this is definitely one to go for; though I’m aware that some people may wish to save it for nights out! My preference for a night out where I want a real glow is to wear it underneath my foundation as primer. What I like about this product versus other illuminators is that it gives a glow and doesn’t appear excessively ‘glittery’ at all, the particles are small. I don’t tend to wear this product on top of my foundation as it is very pigmented and can appear a little OTT – but I’d imagine I could apply a little to the cheekbones (if done very sparsely) for a nice highlighter in desperate times. My daily highlight has got to be The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, and that’s very difficult to beat!

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When I first pump the product out I usually get some product that has dried, presumably because it has been resting in the pump. In the early mornings, I do admittedly find this a little frustrating, as I have to make sure that there is a makeup wipe/tissue around to collect the excess before it inevitably falls off my hand onto the carpet and smudges. Of course, this is a trivial issue, and I’m sure that many of you are sitting here reading and wondering what the heck I am even talking about it.
But yes, overall, I love this product. If you’re in the market for an affordable liquid highlighter/illuminator I’d recommend this, for the sake of £6. The only time I’d say not to purchase this was if you wanted a warm toned product as it’s pretty cool and icy. Nonetheless, 10/10. If they create a warmer version, 11/10. I know I said that I don’t try new products often, but CYO is a brand I’d highly consider buying from in future after a pleasant first experience.
Have you tried CYO before? What are your favourite products?


  1. June 26, 2018 / 10:18 am

    This looks amaze! I have never tried their products so might have to give this a go! xx

    • June 29, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Glad I could be of help Rachel. I hope you like it!

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