Strobing and highlighting is a big trend in beauty. Brands are developing tons of products around the trend. I got my hands on some of them from sticks to primers. The most extreme to me is a primer as it's setting the base of the full glow. I received a highlighting primer in my December Birchbox from IPKN. I have been using it on my cheekbones as a highlighter but wanted to compare to MAC's strobe cream. Let's see shall we:
IPKN Radiant Cream Primer $28 - "Great foundation requires, well, a great foundation. This creamy SPF 15 primer creates a smooth, radiant canvas for makeup, refining pores and enhancing skin tone. And thanks to the blend of nourishing fruit extracts and shimmer pearl powder, your skin will glow whether you’re wearing this under foundation or under nothing at all."
|With no makeup so excuse the face|
Decided to try one on each side of my face because I knew the difference would be subtle so if I did 2 full makeup looks it might be hard to gauge. Even when first putting on the IPKN primer you can see more shimmer than compared to MAC's. I did the same makeup and see that IPKN's appears more in certain parts of the face especially the nose and forehead (which I don't always want to accentuate). Both claim to boost the look of dull skin and giving you a soft glow. However, putting side by side on my face IPKN's is definitely much more of a radiant glow to it. Maybe too radiant lol that I might keep it to a highlighter in certain areas whereas MAC's could be an all over primer. Both wore evenly throughout the day with MAC's side dimming a little but not a big enough difference to call a clear winner here.
|Both side by side|
Which primer would you choose?