If I had to use one word to describe K-Beauty it would definitely be ‘innovative’, and that would probably explain why they have taken the world by storm over the last few years. Though I am slowly becoming more and more acquainted with Korean skincare, Korean makeup is something I know very little about and definitely an area I want to explore more.
So, what better way to transition from Korean skincare into Korean makeup than through primers. I was thrilled to try out these two primers by VDL, which I received complimentary for testing purposes courtesy of Influenster. If you’re not aware, VDL—aka Vivid Desires Come to Life—is a K-Beauty brand that just opened their first ever North American flagship store here in Toronto just last month! For a brand that is known for their tech-infused products, I was eager to test these two primers out and see how they perform. To here my thoughts, just carry on reading!
VDL Satin Veil Primer* As the name suggests, this silicone-based primer has a satin-like consistency that is super soft and airy. The formula allows it to glide over the skin, easily blurring pores and fine lines, and creating a smooth veil for applying your makeup. I love how much better my makeup goes on using this, and even after a 10 hour workday, my makeup still looked great and my foundation had not (noticeably) settled into my laugh lines. As mentioned, this is a silicon-based primer, so if your skin easily breaks out or is more on the oily side then this primer might not work for you. For me, it works great with my combo skin, and I love using this when I’m wearing a full face of makeup.
VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh* The pearly pink hue of this gives your skin a subtle glow that is noticeable, but not over the top. The shimmer in it is very fine, and the lightweight, translucent formula allows it to look incredibly natural on the skin. I love mixing this in with my moisturizer, when I’m wearing minimal makeup, to give my skin a healthy glow or mixing it with my foundation to give my foundation a boost of radiance. Whichever way I use it, it always leaves my skin looking dewy, but never greasy. It does say you can also use this as a liquid highlighter, however, I personally don’t think it packs enough of a punch for that.
Overall, I am super happy with both the VDL Satin Veil Primer* and the VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh*. Other things I love about them is that they are both paraben-free, come in a glass bottle and with a pump, and at around $25 each they’re not too expensive.
I haven’t had a chance to visit the flagship store yet, so next on my list will be to make a trip there, so I can check out all of their other products! Have you tried anything by VDL? I’d love your recommendations of what to try next!