Something we’re starting to see regularly is the union of skincare and makeup. More and more brands are putting out products touted as a hybrid of both. As I’ve said previously, I’m far more inclined to try a makeup product from a skincare company than the other way around. So I was intrigued by the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum, especially with the word “glowy” in the name.
A subsidiary of Korean brand Amore Pacific, Laneige is best known for their mid-range skincare products. They’ve got some cult classics in their line such as theirLip Sleeping Mask, but this is really their first foray into the makeup category in the U.S. They do have a much more expansive line of makeup but it’s not available at Sephora or on their U.S. site.
The Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum retails for $32 and contains 1 fl. oz. of product. The serum is packaged in a pink glass bottle with a dropper applicator.
Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum Review
Laneige describes the Glowy Makeup Serum as a lightweight, hydrating serum that keeps oil in check for smoother skin and longer-lasting makeup wear. It’s supposed to be formulated for all skin types and contain diamond mineral powder which is said to add a healthy looking glow.
The serum itself has little pink beads suspended in it and those disappear immediately as you blend.
Straight out of the bottle the serum has a liquidy gel consistency. It will run if you tilt your hand but slowly, so it’s definitely thicker than your average serum. As you blend it you do feel that gel-like consistency and there’s also a silkiness to the texture but it definitely doesn’t feel oily. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated and slightly plumped, almost as if you gave you skin a drink of water.
I’d say it absorbs fairly easily and leaves the skin with a hydrated and smooth finish. It doesn’t dry down completely but it doesn’t leave the skin tacky either. To me it feels more like I applied a Hyaluronic moisturizer that has a smoothing property. The serum does contain Dimethicone, which would account for the silky finish.
I’ve mostly used the Glowy Makeup Serum as a primer and I think it works fairly well under foundation. There is a slight glow left on the skin and it can show through depending on the coverage of the foundation worn on top. The smooth finish helps the foundation to apply evenly and the foundation sits nicely on the skin.
I find it very interesting that Laneige claims the product is both hydrating and oil controlling. Most products are one or the other and specifically the word “glowy” in the title wouldn’t lead you to expect an oil inhibiting formula.
I can kind of see where they’re coming from because the hydration factor in the Glowy Makeup Serum doesn’t feel likes it’s coming something oily and heavy, (though the product does contain oil). At the same time I think this would probably work best with a normal to dry skin because it leaves the skin somewhat slick and that might be too much for oily skin. Maybe for someone with dehydrated oily skin this might not be a bad option.
The Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum has no discernable scent that I could pick up on.
To compare similar products to the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum:
The Smashbox Primerizer is thinner and more liquidy in consistency but has a similar effect in terms of hydration and added smoothness.
The Hourglass VeilMineral Primerhas a whipped texture and a much more smoothing feel rather than a hydrating one. It also doesn’t absorb into the skin but rather sits on top of it.
The Farsali Liquid Glass Makeup Skin Serumis much thinner in consistency but otherwise feels very similar to the Laneige. It still has that gel-like texture and leaves a hydrated finish on the skin, though maybe not a silky a finish.
Cruelty-free and Vegan Status
Laneige states that they do not test ingredients or finished products on animal except in those places required by law. Their products are sold in China where animal testing is legally required.
Laneige states that their products do not contain animal derived ingredients.
Where to Buy the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum |$32
Sephora – Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.
Oosh Tush – Free shipping on orders over $35. Limited international shipping available.
Stlyevana – Free shipping on order over $53. International shipping available.
Walmart – Free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns.
Overall, I like the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum but I don’t thinks it’s something incredibly unique. I like that it hydrates and plumps the skin as well as the added smoothness. I think it works well as a hydrating primer though I don’t think it particularly extends the wear of my foundation.
Hydrates and plums the skin
Leaves a silky finish on the skin
Leaves a slight glow on the skin
Dropper applicator can be difficult to use
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