So, this is hard to explain. Like the tube says, Bamboo Glow does give a dewy effect but somehow does it without looking shiny. This is a bare-skin product – I don’t see the point of using it under coverage because it’s so subtle that you’ll knock out the effect straight away. In testing I did use it over my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue so that’s a possibility, but ideally, use it to enhance and give light reflection to clean skin. Both products (there’s a matte version) were developed for the daughter of one of the Erborian Co-founders who had dry skin but also needed oil control – so the ability to switch between finishes depending upon how her skin behaved on different days was important to her.
Although developed for a teenager, age is irrelevant really – as we know, dry skin and oily skin or both at the same time aren’t the preserve of the young. Key ingredients in Bamboo Glow are Bamboo Waterlock Complex, Glycerine, Betaine, Butylene glycol and dipropylene glycol, all designed to hold onto moisture. The ‘glow’ comes from a hybrid powder that’s part gum, part resin with light reflecting properties. For the Matte version, it also contains Bamboo Waterlock and Butylene glycol, then Silica and Bamboo powder. Waterlock Complex, by the way, is made up of minerals, amino acids, sugars and proteins. The matte formula is rather impressive in texture – goes on like a cream, turns out like a fine, fine powder. It’s a little bit blurry too.
They’re both £21 HERE.
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