Basically, you mix this with your BB cream to give it some extra moisture and shine. You mix it in a 1:2 Aura Beam: BB cream ratio. You can also use it alone as a highlighter.
(Until now, I totally forgot that it was 1:2 ratio...so I've actually been using a 1:1 ratio! Please keep that in mind when you see my swatches~ ^^;;)
- Price in Korea: 13,000KRW
Price on Koreadepart: $12.18 (click here)
Expiry: 12 months
When I first picked this up, I was quite surprised at how light the tube was! I’d say it was only a bit more than half full when I got it…? But I only use a small bit each time, so it’ll still last a good while!
It’s a light, semi-transparent pink with some shimmer scattered within it:
A closeup of the shimmer:
I’m sorry…I will wax my hands next time!! >.<
When mixed, it makes my BB cream a tid bit lighter:
On its own, it’s thick and sticky. See how it’s able to stand up in a poo-shape on its own? It’s even stickier when you spread it out.
It mixes very easily and smoothly with BB cream. (However, I will say that the first 8 or so times that I used it, it was veeeeerrry sticky, lumpy, and super hard to mix with the BB cream! Thankfully that was only the first bit out of the tube; it has since then improved a lot. So if it happens to you, don’t fret!)
When I mix it with my BB cream, my BB cream becomes thinner and more…liquidy, shall we say? For example, do you see how the unmixed BB cream has a lumpy shape to it, but the mixed BB cream has flattened out into a smooth little blob?
Here I’ve swiped the two blobs, and you can see that the mixed BB cream is slightly thinner and more runny than the unmixed version:
It may not be super noticeable now, but the difference is there once you apply it to your face!
This product definitely makes the BB cream streak more. I normally apply my BB cream with a brush, but I now use a sponge to blend it in afterwards.
Because this made my BB cream more liquidy, the moisture in my BB cream did not get soaked up immediately by my dry skin like it normally does! In fact, it didn’t soak up at all! :D In other words, the BB cream was easier to spread, and a little went a longer way! Not to mention, I can also feel the moisture difference on my skin.
Another consequence of this product is that if I don’t set my BB cream, it scratches off more easily than unmixed BB cream (especially on my T-zone).
It gives my entire face a noticeable dewy/liquidy shine, like I got sprayed by some mist. It's not subtle, but it's not to the point where you look greasy either! Some lighting accentuates it more than others. For example~!
More obvious: dim, uneven lighting. Here I'm standing far away from the natural lighting that's coming through the window. It looks like I sprayed myself with a mist:
Less obvious: brighter, even lighting. If I stand closer to the window, it's a much more subtle dewiness:
But even when it's subtle, you can still see a difference in the base application:
See how it's a liiiittle flaky without the Aura Beam?
Now back when I had reaaaally dry and flakey skin, this product wouldn't COMPLETELY fix my base makeup, but it did help a bit! Also note that if you proceed to apply a powder over it, the shine and dewiness will of course be stripped right away!
All in all, I like it! I don’t think I can go back to just applying BB cream directly onto my skin anymore. It improves my base makeup by making my BB cream easier to apply evenly and blend. This also prevents me from applying way too much BB cream and looking cakey! If I was into the dewy look, I’d like it even more. ^^ I will repurchase this with my own money!