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Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Lotion

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Instant illumination...lasting beauty! This crystal-infused complex with vitamins A and E evens out skin tone for an all-over radiance. Helps improve complexion. SPF 15. 1.5 oz. RevlonSkinlightsFaceIlluminatorLotion

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1 review about Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Lotion

REVLON SKINLIGHTS FACE ILLUMINATOR: Beautiful Facial Contours ARE Possible!

  • Jun 27, 2002
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Rating:
+5
Pros: fantastic sculpting tool for the face, sheer, no mineral oil, non-greasy, pleasant fragrance

Cons: pump can be a bit frustrating at times.

The Bottom Line: If used sparingly, this illuminator can greatly enhance your face. Sheer, light and non-oily, it is excellent for summer.

As some of you who regularly read my reviews know, I am an artist. Concentrating for many years on transforming myself into different facial looks, I have had quite a lot of practice in working with the human face.

I have had experience as a make up artist in theater, fashion, and in capturing different looks through photos and paintings of myself and others.

As a result of my hobby of appearance transformation, I have over the years acquired quite a collection of cosmetics through clearance racks, fantastic sales, and this past year, even some counter cosmetics from department stores.

One thing I have learned over time is that makeup is a tool. When I work on a human face, I view it as a sculpture, not just a surface to slap some paint on and expect it to look good. A successful three dimensional look takes work and the use of several different products.

Very few types of makeup I have ever tried give you an effect just by themselves. You have to find the strengths and weaknesses of each type of cosmetic, and if there are good enough strengths, you CAN use them to help form your facial sculpture into something interesting and enjoyable to look at.


HOW DID I COME TO TRY REVLON SKINLIGHTS?

Back some years ago when another Revlon subsidiary (Charles Revson Inc) put out the "GLOWTION" series of cosmetics under the Ultima II label, I was very interested to try some out. Unfortunately, it never went on sale, and was way out of my price league for many years. The concept, however, was fascinating to me, and I stored it in the back of my mind for some time.

When the Revlon Skinlights series of cosmetics came out, I had developed an aversion to many Revlon products. With the exception of their eyeshadow, and their quick dry nail polish, I avoided Revlon like the plague.

The fragrance was annoying (especially the lipstick), the quality stunk, and I found very little to motivate me to want to purchase anything of the Revlon brand, except when they reached $.08 on the clearance rack (I am not kidding) at our local drugstore.

About the time that I was being introduced to the Lancome line of cosmetics, I was fascinated by one of their foundations called PHOTOGENIC. Before I got too involved with Lancome, I purchased two tubes of REVLON SKINLIGHTS FACE ILLUMINATOR. One was in the color called Natural light and the other was Golden Light. Each tube came with a free tube of another color, so I ended up with a total of four.

I was both interested and dubious when I saw the tube with a pump on top. The container looked clumsy, but the price break I had on it made it hard to refuse. I got each tube for $4 (sale and coupons).

As is my custom, I opened the tubes in the parking lot and made sure that they worked before leaving to go home. One of the tubes did not seem to work, so I exchanged it for another.

It is way too messy to open the container to try to use the product.


WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT LIKE?

Upon observation, I saw that this pump was a hard one to press down. I developed a way of using this product so that I barely press out a drop of lotion.

First of all, let me describe this "wonder lotion" to you.

The tube is about 4" long and the pump on top of it adds another 1 1/2". Each color of lotion has a different color tube, making it easy to repurchase. The tube contains 4 oz. Because of the concentration of this lotion, that will last a LONG time, if used for the purpose I have developed for it.

The lotion itself is an interesting combination of shimmer and sparkle. In daylight using only subdued window light, this makeup has a very subtle shimmer. In sunlight, it has a very tiny sparkle that shines from it.

Each color has a different base to it along with a coordinating shimmer. However, the sparkle is the same no matter what color you use.

The consistency of this lotion is very light. There is no mineral oil in it (a HUGE plus since mineral oil is horrible for your skin). It goes on nicely, but is quickly absorbed into the skin, so once in place, it is hard to blend.

However, the lotion is extremely sheer, so blending is not a huge problem unless you are using a color drastically different from your skin.

This lotion goes on best BEFORE you put on any moisturizers and AFTER you strip your face from oils, etc.

Once it settles into my skin, it does not feel oily at all. In fact, you can barely feel it at all.

The fragrance is a pleasant light floral mixed with a touch of citrus. It is not overwhelming and does not give me a headache like many fragrances do in cosmetics. The fragrance only lingers a short time.


HOW DO YOU USE THIS LOTION?

REVLON SKINLIGHTS ILLUMINATING LOTION comes in anywhere fromm 4-9 colors. There are limited editions that come and go. Some counters carry them all of the time, others only carry a basic 5. The colors range from natural, candle light, pink, peach, golden, and bronze colors up to occasional feature colors that add a bit different luminescence.

First of all, this lotion is NOT a makeup base. You can use it that way, but it is more of an enhancer. If you desire to use it as a makeup base, I suggest you evaluate your attire before applying.

In other words, if I am going out for the evening, I only use it if the look I am going for is an evening look using bright colors, lively hair color and enhanced eyes.

If the look I am going for is for more casual, I use only the natural light as an enhancer- center line of nose, mid forehead, top of cheeks under eyes and chin.

Occasionally I will apply it to the bone area at the base of the neck- a swipe to each side.

If I am using the golden, I have to be tan, and then I need to have some warm colors on and warm hair and makeup too.

Using that when I am not tan, and when my clothing is more cool, makes it look kind of out of place.

The pink and peach make great enhancers as well. The pink is better to use as a cool enhancer, and the peach a more subtle warm enhancer. They make better looks when you want to look more casual.

If you plan on using these lotions with a makeup base, the REVLON SKINLIGHTS DIFFUSING TINT is a great companion. I use the enhancers on TOP of the base. I also have used these with LANCOME's PHOTOGENIC.

In the summertime, however I rarely wear foundation, so I simply use these illuminators on places where I want to manipulate light- darker lotion in the shadowed places and the lighter colors highlighting.

Remember, however, to apply this SPARINGLY. I rarely use more than two drops on my entire face. More than that will make it look a little over the top- unless you are looking for that shiny look. Then by all means go for it.

MY RECOMMENDATION

I highly recommend this lotion as a valuable makeup tool. I have not seen such a nice highlighting lotion in years. It creates a very sculptured look if used sparingly and greatly livens your face. I have used it on other people with great success- again if used sparingly.

If you have oily skin, you should use it even more sparingly. It will not add oil, but when your face does get oily, it will magnify it due to the shine.

Again, if you use it to SCULPT your face, the effect will be less frustrating.


INGREDIENTS AND SILLY WARNINGS WITH MY TWO CENTS ADDED

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 2.4%

Other Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Isocetyl Linoleoyl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Copolyol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Methoxypropylgluconamide, Trihydroxystearin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (derivative of Vitamin A), Aluminum Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Polyethylene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethiconal, Fragrance, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camillia Sinensis, Camillia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces Copper Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces Manganese Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces Potassium Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment Extract,Saccharomyces Selenium Ferment Extract, Methicone, Micronized Topaz Powder, Micronized Rose Quartz Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Conchiolin Powder (Mother of Pearl), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, May Contain:, Mica, Ultamarines, Carmine, Red 30 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides

Warning:For external use only (where else would shimmer show?). Avoid contact with eyes (Aw, shucks. No stars in my eyes tonight). Discontinue use if signs of irritation or rash appear (naw, it only adds to the glamour). Do not use on INFANTS !?! (oh well, so much for baby divas).


JUST FOR THE RECORD

I have recently purchased several products from the ULTIMA II GLOWTION line due to them being discontinued. At the price of $.99 and lower, I was happy to finally try this line of fascinating cosmetics.

After using them, I have to say that they are interesting and useful, (especially their body lotion which is delightful) the SKINLIGHTS line is an improvement. GLOWTION products tend to have a bit too much of a pinky-peachy look to them. They are fun to use, but not for more subtle looks.


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Yes

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