Here’s the thing: As fun as it would be to walk around every day with an IRL filter for my face, I’ve learned in my time as a beauty editor that those products are quite subjective to taste — some are too heavy while others are too matte, and so on. That’s why, when I first came across Son & Park’s new Beauty Filter Cream Glow, I didn’t expect much. The primer-meets-moisturizer has quickly gone viral for its alleged ability to leave skin looking Photoshopped, and because I’m a big fan of the brand, I decided to try it out, despite my initial doubts. (Keyword: initial.)
I decided to try the cream one Sunday afternoon, when I knew I’d be going out in broad daylight (which, if you ask me, serves as the true test to see if a product really works). After applying my usual lineup of skin care, I dotted the product onto the areas of my face where I need the most help, like my T-zone, where pores are most prominent and texture is most visible. Instantly, I was into the way the whipped texture of the cream felt on my skin — soft and soothing, but not silicone-like in the way some priming products can be. No, this one felt like your typical lightweight moisturizer, but with a faint floral scent, thanks to lily, rose, and jasmine extracts. (It also contains rosa damascena flower, which apparently aids in controlling sebum production).
On its website, Soko Glam’s description of the product states: “After using the filter cream, your skin will look brighter, smoother, and more even, as if you actually put a real-life filter on it.” The verdict: My usual blotchy complexion definitely appeared more even, my pores were virtually undetectable, and it left behind a gorgeous glow — courtesy of pearl — which left my skin with a subtle dewy finish.
To get the full effect, I then applied my everyday foundation (right now it’s It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Cc+ Cream), though instead of packing it on like I usually do, I found that I only needed a few dots of the stuff, as my complexion already looked even. And, I wasn’t the only one who thought so. My friends complimented my skin at brunch, telling me it looked better than usual and asking what I did. “Nothing, really,” I responded before remembering I’d used the filter cream. Cue me doing an inner happy dance.
Needless to say, I was impressed to have stumbled upon a product that finally proved my presumptions wrong. It’s no wonder it sold out so fast after launching. A word to the wise: Don’t waste a minute, go grab it now at sokoglam.com for $32 before it sells out again.
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