Phytosurgence Solar Sheen Spectral Shine Radiance Balm ($26.01 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium gold with warmer undertones and a satin sheen. It had more opaque, buildable color coverage with a denser, almost stiff consistency that felt more powder-like than cream like until one really pushed and swirled against the product pan. It’s almost more like a creamy powder than a cream-to-powder based on my experience with cream-to-powder formulas (which feel like a cream initially and then dry down once applied).
It delivered a subtle glow, as marketed, that worked best over bare skin or a dewier, more emollient base (like tinted moisturizer or a radiant-finish foundation), and it softened and looked even better over time. When I tried it over a more matte foundation (like Fenty Pro Filt’r), it looked more powdery than ideal and took more effort to really diffuse and blend out compared to on top of bare skin or a more luminous foundation (like La Mer The Soft Fluid). T
he texture was very interesting and the denser, stiffer nature of it worked better with a denser, more flat-topped brush to pick up product evenly. The effect reminded me of the softly luminous glow of sheerer, liquid highlighters but without any dewiness, just a gentle sheen. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading a bit.
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$26.01/0.25 oz. – $104.04 Per Ounce
It’s supposed to be a “cream-to-powder formula” that “can be applied and treated like a pressed powder product.” It is designed to give a “gentle veil of luminosity” rather than a “glow from space.”
The brand recommends using a brush to apply it, though fingertips could be used; they say to avoid to pushing as it can cause the product to harden and become stiff over time. I liked using a denser, more flat-topped blush or highlighter brush for picking up and buffing product onto my skin with this formula.
It’s an interesting texture, as it was, in fact, “dry to the touch” as they brand described. It felt more powder-like than cream-like, and typically, cream-to-powder has a creamier feel that dries down to a powder-like finish. Instead, these just had more glide than a traditional powder (and thus, no powderiness either).
They worked best on top of more hydrated skin or less-matte foundation, as I found that they didn’t go on as seamlessly over medium-coverage, matte foundation–it looked drier and more powdery, though it softened and looked better after a few hours of wear. They looked particularly seamless, glowing but not overtly shimmery on bare skin and on lighter-coverage, dewier foundations (like a tinted moisturizer or anything with a more luminous finish).
The effect is really lovely for those who prefer a more hydrating/dewy base, whether that’s bare skin or something else, though. It gives a “veil” of glow that delivers a subtle reflective quality that doesn’t accentuate skin texture and really diffuses across the skin due to the more transparent base. They wore well for seven to eight hours before fading a bit.
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Isododecane, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isododecane (and) Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Carnauba Wax, Boron Nitride, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol (and) Capyrlyl Glycol. May Contain: Titainium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77499, 77891).
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