NIOD are one of those brands that I’m both fascinated and terrified by, as I find their products so innovative and interesting…but I also have to write about them which is not an easy task since (I personally find) their products can be a bit confusing and I always feel like it’s my job, as a blogger, to try and simplify anything technical; as a blog reader, I come to blogs hoping to leave with a generally better understanding of the product, so I will try to do the same for my readers too…
There are two NIOD Photography Fluids, one with an Opacity of 8% and the other with an Opacity of 12%. Take the word “opacity” out of the equation completely and you are left with a pair of, what I would call “enhancers” as they are liquid tints that can be used in a multitude of ways. They’re a duo that can be used together or individually, before or after makeup and either with or without skincare, so you can add them to other products or use them alone. They kind of tap into the whole contouring fad without being too OTT, so if you’re not up for a bit of contouring (I’m not) then don’t let that put you off.
The NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 8% is a warm, bronze shade that would be particularly well-suited to those with medium skin tones, however, anyone can use it if used sparingly, to add warmth and glow to your face. I don’t often reach for bronzers and this isn’t something I’ve added to my permanent collection due to the fact that it’s just too dark for my extremely pale skin. I think, if I was determined enough, I could probably make it work by using a small amount and ensuring I used it in the right parts of the face for a naturally sun-kissed look, but it’s just not my sort of look. Having said that, it’s a raved about product that people love, so don’t let my experience and eagerness to remain pale put you off! Find it here for £21 – link.
I feel like everyone is going to love one or the other of these products, and the NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% is very much the one for me. This is almost the exact opposite of the aforementioned 8%, providing a pale, creamy highlighter effect that’s just gorgeous on the skin. I’ve used this quite a few ways, but my favourite is it to mix it with foundation and buff it all over my face for a seriously healthy glow. You can use this underneath foundation as a primer, or just in a few select places for a more subtle effect. It kind of reminds me of the iconic Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, but this has more of a skincare texture to it and feels a lot creamier. It’s £20 here – link.
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