VDL is a Korean beauty brand that specialises in trendy makeup, and is helmed by Wendy Rowe, one of the top makeup artists in the US who has worked with backstage at fashion shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York. With VDL, she has created a full range of skincare and makeup targeting Asian women. What I like about the brand is that everything is priced very affordably, and do not resort to overly girlie design frills to attract buyers. Instead, all the products that I’ve tried so far are of a good quality that works well and lasts on the skin. I had the chance to try VDL’s award-winning Lumilayer Primer recently in combination with their Perfecting Last Foundation, and would like to introduce them to you today.
VDL Lumilayer Primer [SGD36 for 30ml] combines red and blue color pigments to create a violet light that reflects off the skin to create a 3-dimensional glow. It comes in a classy white glass bottle with a silver pump dispenser at the top. And it dispenses out of the bottle in a milky fluid that blends all over the face easily.
Once applied, it brightens up the face immediately, and would be ideal for ladies with dry and dull skin. The effect is as if several spotlights were focused on the skin, highlighting the features and giving a brilliant sculptural look. On the other hand, those with oily skin may find the effect too much, or this on its own may not be sufficient to help control and keep shine away. So what VDL typically recommends is to layer on their Satin Veil Primer on the t-zone to minimise the appearance of shine.
Here’s a before and after comparison for you to check out the effect of VDL Lumilayer Primer. First a bare-faced shot to start with:
And afterwards with a thin layer of VDL Lumilayer Primer:
Notice how much brighter and clearer my skin looks with the VDL Lumilayer Primer. It has some color correcting properties, effectively taking away the redness from my natural skin tone. I wouldn’t say it provides any form of coverage for uneven skin tone, which makes the VDL Perfecting Last Foundation the ideal accompaniment.
VDL Perfecting Last Foundation [SGD42 for 30ml] is a high coverage liquid foundation with HD photo finish. It is formulated using color pigments that are perfectly flat to ensure that the foundation goes on smoothly and does not clump nor streak when applied. It also contains a Bio Moisture Layer technology that helps to control water and oil level in the skin so that the foundation clings on well throughout the day. I like that it also contains SPF30 PA++ protection, which is good for all day wear.
I find that a tiny bit of this foundation like what I showed above is enough for covering my entire face. It covers up my dark undereye circles and any uneven skin tone effectively, leaving a luminous glowy matte finish.
And here is how it looks on me after applying VDL Perfecting Last Foundation on top of the Lumilayer Primer:
This is a foundation that photographs exceptionally well, although for daily use, I personally prefer something that is more lightweight and allows my natural skin to show through a bit more. You can sheer down this foundation by using a damp beauty blender, or mix in equal parts of the Lumilayer Primer to this foundation to give that glowy effect as well as sheer out the foundation. Whichever you choose, the result is exceptional. I would also advise applying some oil-control primer on the t-zone before the Perfecting Last Foundation to keep it looking fresh for longer.
Have you tried anything from VDL before?
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.