[REVIEW] Missha Glow Skin Balm

Missha Glow Skin Balm was purchased by Cosmeperks.

Not too long ago, Missha has launched a new collection called ‘Glow Skin’ and the collection consists of a foundation, a skin balm, a lip & cheek tint, and a tension pact. If I’m not mistaken, the collection’s purpose is for dry skin because fall and winter is coming and that’s when our skin become drier and drier (but sadly I live in a tropical country so we have no season here).

I really want to try the foundation but a lot of reviews were saying that it was too oily if you have oily skin so I didn’t get it and purchased the lip & cheek tint instead. But suddenly Nigama offered me to try the Glow Skin Balm and I’m so thankful! Since its main purpose is for dry skin, I can’t wait to see what it will looks like on my oily skin.

I’m not sure either if it’s a skin primer or a moisturizer, but when I searched about it online, most of the online shops described it as a skin primer. Missha made it only in one type (where other brands usually make it in 3 variants according to skin’s problem) and I think this primer is meant only for making your skin look luminous and feel hydrated.

Claims :

+ Missha Glow Skin Balm helps to perfect the no makeup look and refresh and brighten the tired skin.

+ Glow Skin balm delivers an instant boost of hydration and luminous radiance to the skin.

+ Can be worn alone for a luminous bare-faced look or as a priming base under makeup.

Ingredients :

Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Poly(c6-14 Olefin), Squalane, Glycerol, Caprylic/capric/myristic/stearic triglyceride, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Nicotinamide, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytosteryl/isostearyl/cetyl/stearyl/behenyl dimer dilinoleate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Synthetic beeswax, PEG-40 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Orange, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Bitter Orange, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Citrus Reticulata Leaf Oil, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Buxus Chinensis Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Drum Stick Seed Oil, Xylitol, Hydrolyzed collagen, Aqua, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Dimethicone, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carnauba Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate, Laureth-7, PPG-3 Benzyl ether myristate, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-6 behenate, Tocopherol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Glucose, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Ceramide 3, Aspartic acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Cysteine, Methionine, Edetate Disodium

Missha Glow Skin Balm Review

How to Use :

Apply to a clean skin before foundation or wear alone.

Volume : 50ml

My skin type : Combination with very oily T-zone

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Missha Glow Skin Balm Review:

Missha Glow Skin Balm comes in a beautiful rose gold packaging, not only the outer box but the jar as well. It does come in a jar packaging which is not my favorite because it’s not too hygienic and I prefer a pump or a squeeze tube. When I opened the lid, there’s a white plastic separator to protect the primer inside from dust and dirt so if you are a hygiene-obsessed, don’t lose the separator or the primer can get dirty.

Missha Glow Skin Balm Review

It also comes with a small spatula to scoop out the product without having to use your finger so I think it’s really good for Missha for thinking about that.

It feels so heavy and just by looking at it, it gives a ‘luxurious’ vibe, like it’s a product from a high-end brand instead of a road-shop brand like Missha. It feels heavy so it’s not the most ideal primer to bring with you if you want to go travelling and it’s not too practical as well. The price may not be the most affordable primer you can find on Missha but the size is big for a primer (it has 50ml of product!) so I think the price is quite reasonable.

Missha Glow Skin Balm Review

The primer has a creamy, almost as thick as a lotion texture. It’s not as sticky as a moisturizer but it feels a little bit oily like a facial oil. I thought it would be like an oil-type primer that won’t be absorbed onto the face no matter how long I wait until it set but I was wrong.

Missha Glow Skin Balm Review

When I applied the primer on my face, it does feel slippery and oily but it spread out really nicely and easy to blend. I waited for a few minutes and the primer already set and fully absorbed!

It makes my skin feels plump and radiant but it does feel a bit sticky after it sets. The effect feels like a moisturizer would so it’s not weird if it feels like that. Because I have a combination skin with a very oily t-zone, I didn’t use moisturizer if I want to wear this primer because it’ll be too much for my skin.

If you have oily skin, avoid wearing several layers of moisturizing or oily product on top of it or your pores will be clogged and blackhead will pop everywhere.

Because it feels sticky, I thought it will make foundation stick better on the skin. I tried using both dewy and matte foundation to see if it’s really affecting the lasting power or increasing my sebum production. First of all, it doesn’t affect my foundations application, means my foundations still blend like usual and I didn’t see any change either, instead it makes the application much smoother especially for a very matte foundation.

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Missha Glow Skin Balm Review

I use a matte foundation from L.A Girl and it has a very matte finish. Sometimes I have a hard time in blending it because of the texture but then I apply this primer under the foundation and it takes away some of the matte-ness and give it a more dewy look. It’s pretty effective if you have a too matte foundation and want to get a little bit of dewy effect.

The thing is, because it’s dewy and oily, it can be too much on my skin. It makes my T-zone produces more sebum. But the thing I love is how this primer, even though make me looks more oily, it doesn’t break the foundation or make it cakey. It also makes my skin feels good and hydrated all day long so I don’t mind the oiliness (I just need to dab my nose with powder and it’s all good!).

For oily skin like me, using this primer on every part of the face can be too much, it can be too oily so the trick is to wear it only on the outer part of the face or on your area with dry patches. Avoid using too much on the nose and forehead (or if you have really oily skin, don’t use this primer at all on the T-zone). Don’t use moisturizer together with the primer or your face will get too oily and looks like a fried tempura.

But if you have dry skin, I think you will love this skin balm! It really makes skin feel hydrated and it gives an obvious radiant effect. With dry skin, layers of moisturizing products is recommended so it’s not a problem if you want to use this primer together with your other skincare product.

This Skin Balm from Missha may not be the best choice for oily skin but it does work pretty well and it’ll be a heaven-sent product for dry skin. I think the quality is good but since I have oily skin, I have to wear it thinly but the good thing is, I don’t have to use my moisturizer since this primer kinda gives me a 2 in one effect (as a moisturizer and as a primer).

I would give it 5 out of 5 because it works really well and it stays true to its claim. I highly suggest this primer!

Where to buy:

eBay | Cosmetic-love | Yesstyle


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