NIOD Photography Fluid // Chic Reviews

NIOD Photography Fluid Review // Almost Chic

Since my skin is more Sahara Desert than Glistening Oasis I've always tended to avoid primers as any I've tried seem to accentuate the dry flakiness rather than give me the smooth, soft skin promised by the packaging blurb. Now, since discovering NIOD's Photography Fluid, I wouldn't dream of applying my make up without first applying this liquid-photoshop as a base.

Adding a few, science packed, drops of photography fluid to my make-up routine has made my skin look better than than any SnapChat filter can. This skincare meets make-up miracle product is brought to you by NIOD, a fairly new range by DECIEM (if you've been living under a rock find out more about DECIEM HERE) who pride themselves on the extraordinary science behind every product. Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% is the first product I've dabbled with from NIOD and I'm so glad I did. If you don't want to take my word for it take it from the beauty departments at Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Stylist all of whom (and many more) have raved about this bottle of shimmering sorcery.

As usual with my beauty reviews I've provided the basics you need to know incase you're not interested in a detailed review, followed by a full review for those who have time on their hands.

NIOD Photography Fluid Review // Almost Chic

The basics
What is it?  NIOD Photography Fluid, 12% Opacity
Where from?  DECIEM - The Abnormal Beauty Company
Who for?  Those who love a dewy highlighted look
How much?  £20

Quick thoughts
3 words?  Pearlescent, radiant, filtered
Re-purchase?  Yes if it ever runs out as only a couple of drops are required
Worth the ££?  I think £20 is a bargain
What's it like to use?  Blends easily but you have to work fairly quickly as it sets
Results?  Adds a lit from within glow & a filtered look to your base makeup by blurring imperfections
It can't be perfect though?  If you put too much on you'll look ghoulishly pale
Anything else?  For more tanned skin there is a Photography Fluid Tan, Opacity 8%
NIOD Photography Fluid Review // Almost Chic

NIOD Photography Fluid Review // Almost Chic

NIOD are staying ahead of the times by realising that nowadays we're all crying out for make-up that not only looks great in real life but through the lens of a camera too. So they've specifically bio-engineered their cutting edge product with your selfie taking needs in mind. The serum-textured fluid contains light reflecting prisms, tone and hue correctors and more to give you a radiant glow which rivals a Kardashian selfie. If you're the curious type who's interested in the exact science behind the products you use then DECIEM break it down clearly on their website HERE so you can see exactly what you're putting on your skin.

Why I love it
The main reason I love using this base is it's multi-functionality. It plays the part of a primer, colour corrector and highlighter in one simple step and is perfecting enough that it can even be worn without any other base products on a good skin or light make-up day. Not only does it make your skin look amazing while your wearing it but it works to keep your skin looking good (here's where the skin care part comes in) since it contains a bio-sugar complex for oil free hydration. Multi-purpose products like this one are a must in a lazy beauty lover's life.

How I use it
I prefer to apply it under my foundation by dabbing a couple of drops (the medicine dropper style packaging means its really easy to make sure you aren't wasting any product) around my face with my finger and blending it across my whole face with the same beauty blender I then use for my foundation. I find that then the product not only sets as a base but the remaining product in the BB mixes with my foundation for an extra glow finish. I've also found myself using it after foundation across my usual highlight areas (in the same way I'd use a liquid highlighter like Benefit's High Beam).

The Results
As for the results, they're pretty much exactly as the bottle claims - my skin looks dewy (a rarity for a lizard like me) and has that dreamy "lit from within" glow that every bangs on about. And yes I can confirm my skin looks way more flawless in pictures - it's like photoshop in a bottle. The fluid is a kind of translucent white with a silvery/gold shimmer to it but does not have large glittery particles so you definitely don't end up looking like a disco ball.

A Word of Warning
Be warned though - do not apply too many drops at once or be fooled into thinking that two layers under your foundation will make you extra flawless. I've made this mistake on your behalf. The white tint of the product is so subtle that the true colour of your skin can shine through a thin layer, however, if you trowel on a couple of layers like I did the white becomes more opaque and although I did look more flawless I also looked ill because I was so deathly pale. Not cute. Less is definitely more with this base. I would also recommend that if you aren't a pale skin gal like me that you perhaps try the other shade of photography fluid they have available - Photography Fluid Tan, Opacity 8%

Overall I'm so impressed with Photography Fluid and would definitely recommend trying it out if you're at all interested. I would love to try some other NIOD products after having such a great experience with this one. However, I have to admit I find their brand is so cutting edge and science based that I didn't even understand what some of the products were at first glance. Luckily Caroline Hirons has saved the day (as always) by asking DECIEM's founder Brandon Truaxe to break it down a bit for us. Check out her article HERE if you're interested.
NIOD Photography Fluid Review // Almost Chic

Let me know if you have any recommendations of other NIOD products or if there's anything else from DECIEM you'd like me to try before you buy. I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts on the Photography Fluid and answer any questions!


*Product was gifted to me for review purposes however all opinions are entirely my own*


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