Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

As a beauty blogger, you sometimes stumble upon products that surprise you. The Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Creams fits right into this category of products. This tinted moisturizer claims to reduce and prevent dark sun spots, which are a sign of photo ageing, while providing an even skin tone and glow to the face instantly. I was definitely intrigued by the claims and the product seemed like something unique, which is why I ordered a sample from Smytten, and I am so glad that I did!

Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

This cream has a peachy tint which provides an extremely sheer coverage on the skin. It does not conceal any imperfections and only reduces the redness to a certain extent, therefore, it is meant for those good skin days or can be worn under a foundation. The star of the show, however, is the glow that it provides. It seems that the folks at Iraa take their glow seriously because, boy, this cream works better than any highlighter I own. If you have super dry skin that has lost its natural radiance then you MUST try out this product for a healthy glow. The shine may be a bit too much for those with oily skin, so I would recommend them to either apply the cream only to the parts they want to highlight or to tone things down with a powder or a matte foundation. When I apply this product on my oily skin, the glow is a bit too much for me, but when I apply some Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation over it then it makes me look radiant and prevents the foundation from clinging to the bumps and stray dry patches on my face.

Also, this cream has a sticky texture, which makes the foundation adhere better to the skin and makes it last longer. It also contains SPF 30, which means that this is a moisturiser, sunscreen, AND primer combined in one! However, the sticky texture may seem a bit heavy and uncomfortable to some, so make sure to use only a teeny bit of the product (this small sachet lasted me for 5-6 uses!). Every time I used this product, I noticed that my skin was softer and seemed more nourished. The texture takes some getting used to though, and if you notice that the cream is making your makeup slide a little, it means that you are using too much of the product. Once you nail the amount to use, I am sure that you will enjoy this cream a lot.

Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream | Review

The Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream is priced at INR 789 for a 50gm bottle that comes with a pump. You can also get a sample from the Smytten app. In my opinion, this is a must buy for those with super dry skin, but I would recommend those with oily skin to try out a sample first. I for sure will be buying the full sized product soon to help me achieve that celebrity glow without much effort and to keep looking radiant all day long!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Iraa Instashield Anti-Photoageing Cream here.

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Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer | Review

A good foundation may cover up blemishes but what truly helps in achieving a flawless finish with makeup is a great primer. Primers not only extend the longevity of face makeup but also create a smooth canvas on the skin for the effortless application of foundation. Despite its numerous benefits, most women tend to skip this step on a day to day basis and directly apply foundation or a bb cream on top of moisturizer. This, however, could be a rookie mistake for an occasion when you want your makeup to last all day long and look beautifully blended. The Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer is one product that can take your makeup to the next level for such special events.

Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer ReviewThis primer comes in the form of a thick cream that needs to be rubbed between the fingers before applying to the face. It has a super smooth texture that glides on the skin and fills in the pores while adding a glow to the face. Post-application, the skin feels extremely smooth to touch and the surface looks more even. On a no makeup day, you can simply apply this primer on its own for a “my skin but better look”. On the other hand, if you wish to apply a foundation on top, you will notice that this primer enhances the coverage and wear time of the product and makes it adhere better to the skin.

Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer ReviewComing to the cons, the product comes in a jar and dipping your fingers into a face product is never very hygienic, however, I can look past this because the consistency of this product is such that it cannot really be packaged in a tube. This primer also helps with oil control and keeps the skin non-greasy throughout the day but it may not suit dry skin and may exaggerate the dry patches on the face. Although this may be a con for many, it helps prevent my makeup from melting off my face during the hot and humid months.

Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer ReviewFrom a price perspective, this primer is not the cheapest (INR 995 for 15ml) but I feel that it is worth the money because of the quality. Also, you only need a tiny bit of the product each day and this jar will last you a really long time. To conclude, this is definitely my favourite primer at the moment and I feel that all those with normal to oily skin will probably love the product as much as I do. When it comes to improving the texture of the skin, this primer is perhaps the next best thing to an effective skincare routine.

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Loreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer here.

After Shave Balm or Primer?

I recently used the Nivea After Shave Balm as a primer for a makeup look and loved the result so much that I decided to dedicate an entire post to this discovery. Several beauty gurus have showered praise upon this product for its priming properties and they are absolutely right! This balm has a semi-fluid consistency and a few drops are sufficient for covering the entire face. The key property is the sticky texture which allows the foundation to adhere to the skin and makes it stay in place the entire day. The stickiness might feel a little uncomfortable upon application but once you apply the makeup it will be fine.


The mild fragrance may seem a little manly but disappears within a few minutes. This is an extremely affordable alternative to a regular primer and is priced at only INR 235 for a 100ml bottle, which will definitely last you for months. It might not be able to mask giant pores but extends the longevity of makeup by hours while hydrating the skin. Additionally, this product is designed for sensitive skin and does not contain alcohol. So save your money and try this balm instead of splurging on high-end primers. I promise that it will not encourage the growth of facial hair 🙂

Here is the look that I created using this primer.

Buy the Nivea After Shave Balm here.