Two bloggers I fully trust are Laura and Stacey, both have great taste and well informed opinions on any products they feature and recommend. Now when two of your favourite product pushers both highly recommend a product, what is a gal to do? Order, order without second thought and that is what leads me to NIOD Photography Fluid. A liquid highlighter that has quickly become hailed as a real life Instagram filter for the face. Imagine a product that imparts a subtle, glowing shot of radiance, all the while perfecting the skin and reducing any visible signs of redness. Yep, you may want to dust off your bank card now...
Before we get to the bare bones of this review, let me share my one and only criticism in regards to NIOD Photography Fluid - the packaging. For such a beautiful and dare I say clever product, the packaging sucks! NIOD Photography Fluid isn't your run-of-the-mill liquid highlighter, don't let the term fluid fool you, this is more akin with a cream consistency. As such the dropper style dispenser is all but useless: it doesn't effectively collect the product and more often than not results in surplus product/waste. The real problem is the dropper gathers product all around the tube rather than inside the dispenser; this results in excess cream that oozes out the top of the bottle, and eventually dries to a crispy coating around the bottle opening. Less than attractive nor ideal. I personally feel that NIOD Photography Fluid would be more user friendly within a squeeze style tube - just saying.
NIOD Photography Fluid as a product is a dream: a lightweight-come-cooling cream highlighting primer that you can wear under base products, on its own or mixed in with your foundation of choice. It glides on with ease and oddly offers a little grip, which I find can help to prolong the wear time of any product applied on top. Let's be real though, extended foundation wear is all well and good but nothing a pressing of powder couldn't offer, the real reason you will want to purchase this is for the glow-come-perfecting qualities. Oh girl (or boy we don't discriminate around these parts), this what gentle shimmer based dreams are made of.
Proper swatches are below, while shooting the photos a little excess product spilled onto my hands and really captured the true-life shade beautifully. Don't worry I haven't completely lost it.
Rather smartly, NIOD Photography Fluid is a gentle yellow tinged, oyster pink reflective cream - the concept is that along with suiting all complexion tones, the hint of yellow can help to colour correct (to a degree) skin redness. As the name suggests, NIOD Photography Fluid has been created to create a perfect skin-canvas for photography and of course real life too. Along with creating an angelic like glow to the entire face, this serum gently smooths out the skin texture (goodbye enlarged pores and fine lines) and generally acts like your own daily air brush tool.
Personally I tend to team NIOD Photography Fluid with radiance boosting foundations such as NARS Sheer Glow or Bourjois Healthy Mix - I apply just after my primer (an oily gal like me takes no chances) but before foundation. I find the end result is naturally radiant skin without a hint of glitter or open pores in sight. For heavier foundation formulations (here's looking at you Estee Lauder Double Wear), I tend to mix into the foundation and then apply. For those days in which you really want to glow, you can also dab a little NIOD Photography Fluid on to the skin as you would any liquid highlighter. I think if anything, the above photographs show that less is more when it comes to this wonder cream.
It is all kinds of magical and certainly worthy of a place within your make-up bag, now only if NIOD could create a slap-on cream filter for the rest of my body!
NIOD Photography Fluid £20/30ml via Look Fantastic - link.