One of the most important things for me in 2019 is streamlining. Which basically means, making everything as simple as possible. That includes my skincare and makeup, so if there's a product that can do the job of two or three? I'm going to be interested.
Barry M's new Nymph Radiance Serum is one of those products. It can be used alone as a moisturising serum in the morning, as a night treatment, mixed in with your foundation for a glowy finish, or as a primer.
It's vegan (yay!) and the ingredients list doesn't have any nasties hiding, it's almost entirely oils from plants, fruits etc. There's apricot oil for anti-inflammatory purposes, papaya to brighten and tea tree to soothe.
So it has lots of potential uses, but how does it actually perform at them? Well, I've been putting that to the test.
As a morning serum it's the perfect lightweight moisturiser. It's really soothing to apply and the quick facial massage is a great way to start the day, plus it smells delicious (don't eat it!). It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave skin feeling oily or sticky, but does give skin a natural glow.
Used before bed you can be a bit more liberal in application and again it's a relaxing way to finish off your night-time skincare. It won't hang around for long so you don't need to worry about your pillowcases, but you will wake up with skin that looks bright, fresh and smoothe.
I have combination skin so a lot of matte-finish foundations can also be a little too drying for me and mixing just a drop of the serum in with my foundation seemed to make a real difference to how smoothly it applied, as well as reducing any clinging to dry patches. A little more powder was needed to set everything in place, but it didn't really affect how long my makeup lasted for or cause it any issues.
Then there's the reason I actually bought this product in the first place, it's use as a primer. This really ties in with the morning serum side as you don't need to apply it twice. It's fast to absorb so you don't have to wait a long time before applying makeup on top, and like when it's mixed in with foundation it does give you a smoothe finish. It doesn't do any pore hiding though, so if that's a big issue for you then you might want to target those areas with something else on top. But my makeup looked great and stayed put, so it did what I needed.
Overall, I think the Barry M Nymph Radiance Serum is a great product that can do multiple things well and at just £7.99 it's a really good price too.. plus natural ingredients, cruelty free and vegan! I'm definitely going to keep using this serum in all the ways it offers and won't hesitate to repurchase when I run out (which probably won't be for a while because a little goes a long way!)
You can find the serum on the Barry M website here.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Stay safe, x
*I purchased this product myself. All thoughts, opinions & photos are my own.*
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