Born to glow

When I have a little time to myself, there is nothing I enjoy more than heading to my local Boots, Superdrug, or department store and exploring the makeup section. Despite being rather loyal when it comes to skincare, I love trying new makeup and rarely go back to the same product twice. Along with many other things, COVID-19 has killed this. You can’t try samples and if you buy a different brand of foundation every time, you are pretty screwed when trying to find the right shade. The luxury cosmetic counters are devoid of products and staff in my local Boots, John Lewis, and House of Fraser. The hustle, bustle, excitement, and anticipation all gone. It’s incredibly depressing.

A few weeks ago I took ten minutes out of my busy day to head to Boots and have a gander at new products. As much as I would love to try the new Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue, they couldn’t give out samples and I’m reluctant to spend £36 on a foundation without trying it first.

So I headed to the bright and shiny counter of NYX Professional Makeup which I’ve never tried before but is always featured in magazines and blogs. Their Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation caught my eye, especially with the £10 price point for 30ml. It promotes a ‘dewy luminosity’ and ‘naturally radiant finish’ and I can confirm it does what it says on the tin. It is comparable to the No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation £15 and Clinique Even Better Glow £28.50 which I also love.

I chose shade VANILLA which is a little lighter than I might have chosen if I had used a tester but it’s fine once blended in. I like the fact there are loads of shades to choose from – 45 in fact if you look at their website. Also, if you can’t get to the shops they offer a live try-on if you upload a photo. Born to Glow! is a buildable foundation with medium coverage and dewy finish. Perfect for this time of year as we eke out the last of the summer with glowing skin to match.