[productsample/previousrelationship*] The thing that attracted me to this product most was the wording – instant glow’ in particular, as I find it hard to long term test all but a few products. I was ready to have no instant findings but oh-my-goodness! This delivers.

Instytutum C-Illuminating 3D Moisturiser

I’ve seen this German-made-in-Switzerland brand cropping up more regularly and wanted to know a bit more – it seems to get outstanding reviews, and now I know why. If you like to wear your skin bare, this moisturiser is categorically a naked skin enhancer. I had the most lovely light-hit, sheeny-not-oily skin after application as well as a fairly heavy-weight moisture hit that made my skin look nicely plump. Despite the fact that there is some shocking slack-fill (made to look as though it contains more than it does – it’s 50ml in a pot that could easily take double) this appears, at ingredient level, to contain everything but the kitchen sink.

Instytutum C-Illuminating 3D Moisturiser

Aside from the hyaluronic (in low, high and medium weights), which we all know is a skin wonder, it uses Vitamin C to even out tone, tri-peptides (last on the ingredient list so probably not doing much) to stimulate collagen and probiotics for a healthy skin barrier. That’s before the pomegranate extract, Pro-Vitamin B5, shea butter, almond and jojoba oils. The texture feels barrier-making on the skin without feeling heavy or uncomfortable, but it’s going to stop you losing moisture as well as adding more which is a double win. It’s also a good under-base moisturiser (it didn’t interact with either Guerlain or bareMinerals – my go-to’s at the moment – despite containing dimethicone) but bear in mind that it doesn’t feel undetectable so you might not want your heaviest foundation over the top other than in mid-winter. I notice that mica appears – perhaps that partly where the glow comes from, but there’s no sparkle that I can see.

C-Illuminating 3D Moisturiser is one of the most (top line) impressive moisturisers that I’ve seen for a while – obviously it’s untested for long term effect but on first appearance, I like it a lot! Best, I think, for older skins that need a little more light and/or dry skin that needs to hold on to its moisture. It’s not cheap at £65 for 50ml, but it’s HERE if you like the look of it.

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