Designer Brands Luminous Hydrating Foundation and Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer Review and First Impressions

Designer Brands Luminous Hydrating Foundation and Rise and Prime Primer

I love trying new products so when the new Designer Brands Rise and Prime Luminescent Primer and Luminous Hydrating Foundation landed on my desk I could not wait to put them to the test! These are the first products I have ever tried from Designer Brands and I was super impressed to discover they are cruelty free and a 100% vegan range!

In this post I will share my thoughts and first impressions but before I do here is some information on both products straight from the Designer Brands website:

 

RISE AND PRIME ILLUMINATING PRIMER $19.99
Achieve naturally radiant skin in one simple step with the DB Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer. Housed in sleek matte gold packaging and formulated with light diffusing particles, the DB Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer preps the skin for flawless foundation application, adding instant luminosity and giving the skin a subtle lit-from-within radiance. The gel like formula blends easily, hydrating the skin and giving the skin a naturally luminous glow. Packed with skin loving ingredients like Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Vitamins A, C & E, the Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer evens the skin tone and encourages skin cell renewal. Use alone or combine with the new Luminous Hydrating Foundation for an ultra radiant complexion. Free of talcs, bismuth and parabens. CCF and Vegan Certified.

 

LUMINOUS HYDRATING FOUNDATION $19.99
Designed to subtly illuminate your features, the DB Luminous Hydrating foundation is perfect for creating a naturally radiant and dewy complexion. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Vitamins A, C & E, the DB Luminous Hydrating Foundation nourishes the skin, while adding instant hydration and evening the skin tone. The gel like formula blends with ease and can be built up from medium-to-full coverage if you want to take your look from day to night. Suitable for all skin types, in particular sensitive/dry skin as the dewy formula will not clog pores or cling to dry areas. Free of talcs, bismuth and parabens. CCF and Vegan Certified.


PACKAGING
The primer and foundation both come in gorgeous glass bottles brushed with gold for a nice luxe addition to your makeup vanity. Once you remove the black lid you reveal the pump action nozzle which you press down to dispense the product.


SWATCHES
Before I applied the primer and foundation I swatched them to get a better feel for the formula and consistency.

The Rise and Prime Luminescent Primer (left) is a beautiful light weight liquid formula which has a fresh scent I really like!

The Luminous Hydrating Foundation (right) is a liquid formula available in 6 shades but I have swatched the following 3 shades (from left to right): 801 Porcelain Ivory, 803 Light Sand and 805 True Beige. I did a colour match and I am the shade 803 Light Sand.
 

MY THOUGHTS + FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Below is a before pic with cleansed skin and without any primer, foundation or makeup.

Designer Brands Luminous Hydrating Foundation Review

I started by pumping the primer onto my finger and dotting it onto my cleansed face and neck before blending it out with a damp makeup sponge. I found the formula was light weight and once blended created a beautiful luminous glow which wasn't sticky or tacky. The nourishing ingredients give the formula a really fresh scent and it left my skin feeling really hydrated and smooth - the perfect base for my makeup. I would actually also wear this on my off-duty makeup days because it made my skin glow and feel really soft and smooth!

I then went in with the foundation, again pumping it onto my finger, dotting it onto my face and neck before blending it out with a damp makeup sponge. This is a medium coverage foundation and I really like the coverage it created without feeling heavy or cakey on the skin. I applied a bit extra on my cheeks and it disguised any redness perfectly. I did not apply any setting powder and loved the fresh and healthy glow it created. Being winter my skin has been a little dry and I love that this is a hydrating foundation formula packed with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, green tea and vitamin A, C, E and Aloe Vera to nourish my skin. 

Below you can see the finished application both with and without additional makeup.

After pic using only the Designer Brands Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer and Luminous Hydrating Foundation.

After pic using only the Designer Brands Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer and Luminous Hydrating Foundation.

After pic using the Designer Brands Primer, Foundation and makeup complete.

After pic using the Designer Brands Primer, Foundation and makeup complete.

I love this primer and foundation combo. Not only does it provide a flawless complexion and a beautiful, long lasting base but it also creates a dewy glow without looking oily or too shiny. This is the perfect formula for a lightweight, natural finish and for only $19.99 each I can definitely see myself wearing this on the daily without breaking the bank.
 

The Designer Brands Rise & Prime Luminescent Primer and Luminous Hydrating Foundation is available now online from Designer Brands or your nearest stockist.
 

Have you tried the new Designer Brands Primer and Foundation? Do you love it as much as me?

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*These products were sent to me in exchange for a review. Products have been tried, tested and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.