There’s no denying that glowy skin is trending right now, and with good reason. It gives such a healthy, youthful appearance that it’s hard to resist adding some luminosity to the skin. The market is booming with products to help you achieve that glow, from highlighters to primers to luminous foundations, but how do you know which one is right for you? Today, I’m bringing you a review of the Erborian Glow Creme, an iridescent makeup priming lotion that might be just what you’re looking for, along with a comparison to some other popular options.
Disclosure: This product was provided as a PR sample, but the views expressed here are my own honest opinions and experiences. This review is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links.
Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate that iridescent glow because when was the last time you saw something so beautiful?
The Erborian Creme is a white lotion base with pink pearl-like iridescence running throughout. When you first dispense it from the tube, you can barely see the pink, it just looks white. As you start to spread it, the iridescence starts to show, and that’s when the magic happens. The Erborian Glow Creme impressed me right away with its unique pink iridescent glow. There are loads of lotions and primers that will give you a glowing affect, but most of them tend to be golden, which may not work for all skin tones or preferences. The pink tone actually worried me at first because I was concerned that it might make my redness more noticeable, but that hasn’t been an issue. Additionally, there aren’t many products that have such an incredible reflective quality, so I think that alone makes the Erborian Glow Creme stand out from the crowd.
The packaging is a tall, thin squeeze tube with an iridescent flash that matches the iridescence in the Glow Creme itself, which I thought was a nice touch. The scent is an herbal floral. It’s a little bit powdery, but not “green” or patchouli. To me, it smells like chamomile and ginseng, with maybe a bit of licorice thrown in. It’s very similar to the scent of the Eau Ginseng lotion/essence, so if you enjoy the smell of one, you’ll enjoy the smell of the other and vise versa. The scent isn’t very strong, so it doesn’t bother me, but would I say I like the scent? Nah, it’s not my cuppa.
Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Mica, Hexyl Laurate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Arginine, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol Limonene
As for the effect it creates under foundation, it’s stunning. It gives a very healthy and intense luminosity to the skin, so this would be best suited to those who are truly looking for a bright, glowy appearance. Glow Creme is very true to the Korean aesthetic it’s inspired by in terms of intensity. If you want the dewy skin look, this will definitely give it to you. My skin is more on the oily side at the moment, so I prefer to keep this product to the outer perimeter of my face and use a mattifiying primer through the center to create a balanced base. However, I think it would be totally fine to use all over, especially for drier skin types. I’ve used it that way several times and enjoyed the effect, I just prefer to keep the center of my face matte. I’ve also used it all over and then applied a mattifying primer to select areas to control excess oil. This is exactly the type of product that will bring life back into dull skin, and because it doesn’t have any harsh shimmer, it’s not going to exaggerate fine lines. Another one of my tips is to avoid areas where you have larger pores (for me, this is on my cheeks right next to my nose) because adding anything reflective will draw attention to the uneven texture. These tips apply to all glowy products, not just this one. If you guys want to see a post on all of my tips for creating luminous, healthy-looking skin just let me know in the comments or on Instagram, and I’d be happy to put that together for you!
The luminosity of the Erborian Glow Creme is apparent whether you set it with powder or not, and it will still shine through a higher coverage foundation, so you can keep your glow going no matter how you prefer to wear Glow Creme. They say you can also use this over top of foundation, but I personally didn’t like the effect that gave because it was too subtle for my preferences. I also didn’t like the way the texture felt over top of foundation because it felt too much like putting lotion over my foundation. Maybe it’s just a mental thing, but I just couldn’t get down with using it that way. You may find it works for you if you prefer a subtle wet look though (think editorial skin, not just got sprayed with a hose, haha!). This is also stunning as a shoulder highlight because it blends right into the skin like an ordinary lotion would, but creates the most beautiful, goddess-like glow without being as obvious as a powder highlight would be.
Even with my slightly oily skin, I didn’t find that this made my foundation break up at all. Both the glow and my foundation were still there at the end of the day. It didn’t irritate my skin at all, and it felt comfortable to wear. It just felt like a lightweight lotion on my skin. The Erborian Glow Creme also boasts some additional skin benefits, such as licorice extract, which helps to fade pigmentation over time, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. With consistent use, this could help to create a more even-toned appearance. It also has a slight blurring effect, working like a subtle Instagram filter to create skin that looks a bit smoother. It’s not as blurring as a silicone-heavy pore-filling primer, but it does diffuse the light in a way that makes skin appear softer and more even.
The price of this product may be a little much, especially if you’re on a budget, but hold on just a sec because I have good news. Erborian is a luxury brand, and at $42 for 1.5 oz this is on par with other products in Erborian’s line. However, I know most people, myself included, are going to be a little hesitant about paying that much for a primer/glowtion. The good news is that Erborian makes a smaller size of this product (0.5 oz) for $18, which is much more accessible for most people’s budgets. The bad news is that Sephora doesn’t carry that size, so if you want to buy the smaller tube you’ll have to purchase it on Erborian’s website.
Do I think this primer is worth the price? I do, and here’s why. The pink iridescence gives it a unique effect that I was unable to dupe in my collection, and out of everything I own, I would say that this creates the most dewy effect. Not to brag, but I’ve been getting compliments on my skin left and right from complete strangers lately, and I feel like this is part of the reason. It just makes my skin look so healthy and vibrant in a way that draws attention for all the right reasons. Additionally, when compared to other popular primers at Sephora, the price isn’t unreasonable at all, especially considering that most primers are only 1 oz, whereas the Erborian Glow Creme is 1.5 oz.
Here’s a breakdown of a few popular primers in terms of price per ounce:
The price of the Glow Creme is actually less expensive per ounce than several other popular primers, including the beloved Becca Backlight Priming Filter. I chose these primers for comparison because they were some of the highest rated primers at Sephora. I also chose a mixture of high-end and luxury brands to show where Erborian Glow Creme fits in on the price spectrum. Of course, there are cheaper primers at Sephora, and even more inexpensive primers at the drug store. I actually happen to own a few of the glowy primers on the list, and you can see that the Erborian Glow Creme actually looks completely different from any of the others. Also note that the lighting looks slightly different because some of the swatches were further up my arm, but these swatches were all from the same photo, just condensed to make it easier to compare.
If you’re looking to create beautiful, dewy, luminous skin, the Erborian Glow Creme is an excellent option. It’s lightweight, hydrating, can be worn by a variety of skin types, and creates a unique effect that will have people wondering what your secret is.
Thanks for reading!