NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12%
We've had colour-changing CC, BB, DD, EE, ZZ creams and we've also had foundation that claims to adapt to your skin tone. All that's done and dusted. I've never heard of a transparent foundation until I saw this product. With massive amounts of rave reviews, I was left curious and skeptical, but I bought it anyway for science, right?
The Niod Photography Fluid Opacity 12% (that's a mouthful) is a transparent foundation substitute or base that blurs imperfections, evens skin tone and refracts light to create an 'HD' finish. Made by high-tech beauty company, Deciem, this foundation is an innovative way to get that skin filter, irl. Like a lot of other Deciem products, it has a really long and needlessly scientific product description. I do recommend checking it out just for the lols.
After tinkering with it for about a month now, I do think that this works as a great luminescent base, however, I do not have good enough skin to use it alone without foundation. It adds a glow similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (Dim is an all-time fave of mine), which are quite subtle, but do give quite a nice effect. Those of you who like bam! pow! highlight probably won't get enough out of this product, but for lovers of dat glow doe will appreciate the subtle luminosity this gives.
I find the best way to use this is to directly mix it with foundation or tinted moisturiser. I like it best mixed with my Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturiser (I'm in T4 Ramla Bay) which is a demi-matte finish. I still use a separate highlighter on my cheekbones for that extra pop (shown above is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Moonstone).
The best way to describe this product is a subtle filter for your face. It isn't photoshop where it magically hides pores or blemishes, but it does create a nice effect to the skin. All in all, I do still prefer the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but this is a great cheaper alternative for that subtle glow.