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.
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!