As a general rule, I hate products which claim to give the skin a "glow". That glow usually translates into a shimmery/glittery/shiny/sweaty finish, which might look good with a tan and beach-swept hair, but looks pretty bad on pale skin on the train in the morning. So I usually avoid glowy products like the plague.
Thus, it was with a bit of trepidation that I slid Shu Uemura's new Stage Performer Instant Glow out of its box. Housed in a sleek black tube, this product looks expensive; and at £35 a tube, it rather is. It claims to keep the skin hydrated, and to make it look more luminous, translucent and smooth.
As with many primers, the most obvious and immediate effect is that the skin feels silky smooth (that'd be the silicone then). Applying foundation on top was a breeze, as the slip provided by the cream helps liquid foundation to glide on with little effort.
Did it make me glow, though? Let's examine a before and after photo.
Hmm. I think my skin looks a little more luminous, but as someone with fairly bright skin anyway, the effect isn't immediately obvious. But hey - there's no glitter. No shine. No shimmer. My skin just looks like my skin, albeit looking a little more even, and with a little extra luminosity.
As a primer, this stuff is very good, being light, silky and smooth, and helping foundation to glide onto the skin more easily. As a glow-giver though? It's a difficult one to call. I think it does give a little bit of a glow - and I'm very pleased that it doesn't give any over the top shimmer or shine - but it's a little too subtle to be worth the hefty price tag for me. If you're in the market for a luxurious primer which promises more than just some lubrication, this might be a good one to try.
If you'd like to try Shu Uemura's Stage Performer Instant Glow cream for yourself, you can find it at Shu Uemura counters or at Liberty online, where it will cost you £35 for 50ml.