An illuminating primer that glows and primes

Hey beauties, I’m usually the one to stay away from anything illuminating because of my oily skin. This may seem overdramatic but I don’t want to be looking like a twilight vampire (even if Halloween is around the corner ). I’ve tried my fair share of illuminating makeup and I’m not a fan of shimmer on my face. But that doesn’t stop me from trying out illuminating products, because I do love the healthy glow, especially in fall and winter when the glow fades.

As I’ve said time again I’m a fan of Physicians Formula, but for me, Illuminating primers usually let me down. I don’t know about you, but if I’m getting an “illuminating” primer, I want to see some bit of glow through my foundation without looking too sparkly. It defeats the entire purpose if the glow completely disappears under my foundation. One thing that made me consider purchasing-it was supposedly a dupe for Becca’s illuminating primer. So, of course, after reading reviews, looking on YouTube videos, and seeing what people were saying on social media, I went for it and purchased the physician’s formula spotlight illuminating primer.


What It Is: A universally flattering illuminating primer that blurs, corrects and protects to deliver a radiant, spotlight glow.
Why It’s Good For You: Enriched with Antioxidants and Age-Defying Actives to protect the skin against environmental aggressors. Optical Blurring Agents and 5 Unique Filtering Pearls improve the appearance of skin tone making the complexion radiant and bright.

Claims: Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-Free, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Dermatologist Approved, Clinically Tested, Cruelty-Free

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Dodecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Peg-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Sorbitan Isostearate, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Carmine (Ci 75470), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Key ingredients: Age-defying Actives, Vitamin A & E Antioxidant Blend, 5 Unique Filtering Pearls, Optical Blurring Agents

$14.95 for 1fl oz.

I’m really happy that I went ahead and got this primer. The packaging is elegant. It always gives me a lot from within look, I can use it as a primer under my foundation, I can mix it with a foundation or bb cream, I could mix it with a moisturizer and give an all-over glow, or I could apply it like a liquid highlight on my cheekbones. The possibilities are endless.

Tip – a little product goes a long way.

The consistency is thick but doesn’t feel like a primer, which made me curious if it acted like one. It goes on easy and blends like a charm. As far as longevity goes, it did make my makeup last long, that surprised me because any primer I’ve used didn’t work on me, that’s hence the reason why I don’t use primers. When swatching it on your hand it looks glittery, but that’s, not the case. Even though it’s a primer, I have used it alone for a spotlight look with out it looking shimmery or accentuating my texture, and pores. Even with setting your foundation with powder, the glow shines through. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants that illuminating look with that expensive quality but a fraction of the price of high end.

Have you tried illuminating primers? What is your thought?

Until next time,


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