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First Aid Beauty

Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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We weren’t quite sure what to make of this brush-on moisturizer masquerading as a highlighter. First Aid Beauty indicates this can be brushed all over the face or to key areas you wish to highlight, but it’s finish is so shiny, we can’t imagine wearing this all over the face. More important, brushing this on takes longer than smoothing it over skin with your fingers.

The synthetic brush applicator is attached to a tube with a ring you click-and-turn to dispense product onto and through the bristles of the brush. Applied sparingly, this works well as a highlighter; unlike most highlighters, the formula contains some very good antioxidants along with skin-replenishing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate and sodium PCA.

We’ve established the issues with applying this all over your face, but a more puzzling issue is that despite the claims, this formula barely hydrates skin. Its finish looks shiny but feels matte, one more reason it works best applied to small areas vs. used as your daily facial moisturizer (not to mention this much shine applied to wrinkles will absolutely emphasize rather than blur them).

Summing up, Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer brings the radiant shine, but lacks enough moisture to provide even modest hydration. Consider this an OK option for highlighter, in which case the fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types. You might also want to take a look at our list of Best Luminizers and Highlighters for other options.

Pros:

Works well as a highlighter to illuminate key areas of the complexion.

Brush-on applicator is well suited for applying to small areas.

Contains a good mix of plant-based antioxidants.

Fragrance free.

Cons:

Sets to a matte (in feel) finish that barely hydrates, despite claims of “instant hydration”.

The amount of shine is rather intense for applying all over the face.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer is an effective, daily moisturizer infused with sodium hyaluronate and light-reflecting particles to impart an instant, universally flattering, lit-from-within glow. Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer provides instant hydration and universally flattering radiance, while over time, its active ingredients help skin to appear brighter and more even.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Mica, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Trideceth-6, Trehalose, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Urea, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethiconol, Propanediol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Polyquaternium-51, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine)

First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.

Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.

With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.

Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!

On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.

It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.

For more information about First Aid Beauty, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.

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