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Review: Lily Cole Pearl Radiance Primer from The Body Shop

Hi all!

I wish to review a new addition to my makeup collection. It’s the Lily Cole Pearl radiance primer from The Body Shop.


Lily Cole, an English model and actress, is Body Shop’s first global brand ambassador. As part of its collaboration with Lily Cole, The Body Shop has released a range of limited-edition cruelty-free make-up, endorsed by her. The 100 per cent vegetarian products have not been tested on animals, and includes several products including the Pearl Radiance Primer that I am reviewing here today.


I loved it’s attaractive packaging. It’s a pretty 15ml bottle with a glass body, which shows many pearl-like pink beads in it, suspended in a gel.


Here is a zoomed view of the beads. Mica is the ingredient in this product which gives the shimmery look.


The bottle has a pump which I absolutely love, because it assures hygienic use and gives you control over the amount you can pump out, ensuring that there is nil wastage. One pump is enough to cover your entire face. As a small amount goes a LONG way, this 15 ml bottle will last you a good long time.


When you pump it, the pearls mix with the gel and comes out in a thick cream like consistency.


Clicked under tube light


Clicked under natural light

Let the thick consistency not scare you though!.. It is actually very easy to blend. It feels very light on the skin as it gets absorbed quickly.


Clicked under tube light


Clicked under natural light

Once blended, it gets absorbed really fast into your skin and gives it a smooth and flawless look. It gives a pearlescent sheen and a radiant look to your skin.


Clicked under tube light


Clicked under natural light

In the above photo (in natural light), the sheen is not quite visible but I hope you notice that the skin visibly looks smoother. When you blend it out, it leaves your fingers shiny too.


The primer has a very fresh and pleasant smell. You can actually wear it just like that on your face, without anything else so your face has a glowy/illuminated look. That didn’t work so well with me though. I didn’t like the shiny look (I don’t mean it’s chunky and glittery. It’s just shimmery. But still I didn’t like it). However, once I put this on, blending my foundation became really easy. Also, when the slight shimmer came through the foundation it gave my face a radiant look. I definitely prefer wearing it that way rather than wearing it alone.

When I walked into The Body Shop, this bottle immediately attracted me to it. I asked the sales lady what it was and she mentioned this is a Face Illuminator and only when I read the label on the bottle, I found that it’s actually a primer. On the bill though, it did say Face illuminator.

Lily Cole

The best part is that there is a Part Sale going on at The Body Shop right now which lets you get this beautiful primer at a 50% discount which is a mighty great deal!. Originally priced, AED 75, it’s only AED 37.50 now. Please note that the Part Sale is only until Feb 4th. I would have written this post earlier, so as to give you guys more time to go get it, however, I had to make sure I am doing the right review by testing it out couple of times. You still have some time though. So go get it.

Also one other thing, I am not quite sure this would go great with acne prone skin. I have normal skin and I love this product. But on the skin of an acne-prone person, I kind of feel that this product might actually emphasize the acne. I just feel so. If you are acne-prone and you have tried this and felt it’s not a problem at all, let me know in the comments, so that I can update this post.

Would I recommend it?.. Definitely yes!!

Please do leave your feedback below about this product :). I appreciate your comments.

Love always,


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