There’s nothing I like more for the summer than using a tinted skincare product! They’re lightweight, give colour and treat the skin at the same time. The perfect solution for summer months where every layer of clothing or makeup feels like 5 layers, and who needs makeup when you can use skincare that doubles up as makeup? Nabla Cosmetics are about to release a new tinted balm called the Skin Realist.
I haven’t covered much on Nabla Cosmetics here on the blog, nor in real life! However, they are a brand I’d like to try more of! They are an indie Italian brand that is cruelty-free and mostly vegan. Their price range is somewhere in the middle so not budget, but not too expensive either. They are definitely a brand worth checking out, they are all about being real and honest and their product quality for the price they charge is really fab!
Nabla Cosmetics new Skin Realist is all about putting your skin first! Their motto is “𝙇𝙊𝙑𝙀 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙄𝙉𝙎𝙄𝘿𝙀 𝙊𝙐𝙏”. I love the motto and I’m hoping it means they have a bomb ingredient list for it! So far, it’s looking pretty impressive. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, it will help your skin stay hydrated and moist, which by the way, also helps with anti-ageing.
I’ll be honest, the name tinted balm got me scratching my head. I mean, what exactly is a balm for the skin? Is it a tinted moisturiser? Does it replace a moisturiser? The name is a bit too vague, especially because when do we use balms in skincare?! Since when is that even a thing? What exactly is the Skin Realist Tinted Balm?
What I’ve garnered is that the Skin Realist is a hybrid skincare cream and lightweight foundation. It does a similar job to a tinted moisturiser, but it targets slightly different skin issues. Whereas a moisturiser specifically targets dry skin that needs hydration, this balm also helps to smooth and plump the skin. Not only that, but it also has special ingredients that help to promote collagen and elastin for an immediate and long-lasting effect.
The Skin Realist comes in 7 shades, ranging from very light to very dark. The light and dark shade are great, but the shades in-between don’t cover a huge range of colours and are pretty similar to one another in tone. The shade range is slightly underwhelming, however, Nabla Cosmetics claim that the shades adapt to the skin so 7 shades are more than enough.
The packaging is cute and simple with a clear bottle that has a blue stripe at the bottom. It comes in a pump which is always the easiest and most practical packaging!
Who is the Skin Realist for?
The Skin Realist has a sheer lightweight coverage with a dewy finish making it ideal for the hot and sticky summer months. Because of its dewy finish, I don’t recommend it to those with oily skin. It’s ideal for drier skin types as well as ageing skin. Anyone who has hit the age of 30 has reduced production of collagen, making this balm ideal for them. But that’s not to say if you’re younger than 30 that you can’t use this. It’s never too early to treat your skin to good ingredients. Anyone who doesn’t have oily skin and loves and dewy lightweight finish will love this tinted balm!
Makeup that doubles up as skincare is the way forward. More and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon and more and more people are realising that what we put on our face should have good ingredients. We no longer need to put trashy ingredients on our face and it’s because of brands like Nabla Cosmetics that we are able to do this! By Terry has recently released a concealer that also has skincare ingredients in it. Putting our skin first and still looking beautiful is becoming a trend, and it’s one that I’m applauding!
I still don’t love that they call it a balm, it’s just too vague. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that hybrid skincare and makeup is the way to go forward and I simply love the concept! Looking after your skin and still looking beautiful has never been so easy!
What are your thoughts on hybrid makeup and skincare? Is it something you want to see more of in the future? Let me know in the comment section below!
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