NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% Review | One step to maximum glow

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2016 is the year of the glow. Strobing is super hot right now and every brand has been releasing a plethora of glow enhancing foundations, powders, highlighters and blushes. Today I'm here to let you know of yet another illuminizer that you absolutely need to get your paws on right now.

NIOD, or Non-Invasive Options in Dermal science is a child brand of Deciem, a Canadian family of innovative makeup and skincare products. NIOD's Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% is part makeup, part skincare and is an all-in-one product that hydrates, brightens, blurs pores, color-corrects and can be used under, or instead of, foundation.

How it works
The NIOD Photography Fluid uses multiple proprietary technologies to do everything it does:
  • Bio-silica prisms reflect light to create the illusion of more even, brighter skin
  • Nano-prisms blurs out fine lines and smooths over pores
  • Nano-prismatic gold flakes and a special dragon fruit complex gives skin a healthy luminescence
  • Ultra-fine yellow-red corrector eliminates inflammation and sallowness
  • Oil-free bio-complexes offer lightweight 48 hours hydration that lets skin breathe while feeling comfortably moist

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The Guts
The primary ingredients in the NIOD Photography Fluid are:
  • Water
  • Hexamethyldisiloxane - an emollient (seals moisture in skin)
  • Titanium dioxide - a mineral sunscreen that is often used for its brightening capabilities
  • Hylocereus undatus fruit extract - protects and conditions skin
  • Methyl methacrylate/PEG/PPG-4/3 methacrylate crosspolymer - forms a film over skin and helps absorb excess oils
Other note-worthy ingredients are mica (shine enhancing), sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing), polypodium vulgare rhizome extract (moisturizing), cetraria islandica thallus extract (soothing, moisturizing), allantoin (moisturizing), urea (exfoliating, hydrating).

For those who are sensitive to silicones, be forewarned as this product contains several types of silicones like dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane. 

Price & Packaging
A 30 ml bottle of the NIOD Photography Fluid retails for $30 direct from NIOD and is also available at Hudson's Bay

Keeping in line with NIOD's scientific branding, the NIOD Photography Fluid comes in a small medicinal looking bottle with a rubber dropper dispenser. I'm always a fan of apothecary-style packaging, but in this case I actually wish NIOD had gone with a pump dispenser instead. The NIOD Photography Fluid is a bit thick and a lot of it gets stuck to the wand so it's difficult to control how much you use. The first couple times I ended up with way too much on my hands, but now I've learned to never squeeze the dropper and instead I just scrape what I need off the sides of the wand. 

Also, you have to be careful when placing the dropper back into the bottle that you don't hit the edges of the opening or else you'll get a huge glob of product spilling messily over the edges.

Niod photography fluid primer

If you've been looking for a lightweight skin enhancer to wear on weekends as an alternative to foundation then you may find the NIOD Photography Fluid just the thing. 

To use, I spread the fluid between my fingers and apply it like a primer across my entire face, concentrating on the areas where I have dryness and redness. 

The NIOD Photography Fluid makes an excellent priming base as it absorbs quickly and leaves behind a nice, hydrated tackiness that helps my makeup adhere better. It also gives my skin an instant, youthful glow. If you've ever wanted to look as shiny and moist as a Korean skincare ad, then this is the product for you! A minute after applying, I instantly notice my skin is brighter and more even, thanks to the enhancers and I'm guessing the mica and titanium dioxide's whitening properties. 

The NIOD Photography Fluid helps cancel out minor redness around the nose and mouth, but has little effect on blemish scars or hyper-pigmentation. It does reduce their obviousness though, thanks to the skin just being more reflective.

Once foundation is applied, the glow is lessened, but still remains. I don't own any super matte foundations so I couldn't test if the glow would still peek through, but I think it did give my foundation a modest illuminating boost. I didn't feel any heaviness on my skin at all from the NIOD Photography Fluid and it didn't clog my pores or cause breakouts at all.

Niod photography before and after
Left to right: bare skin, wearing NIOD Photography Fluid solo, wearing NIOD Photography Fluid under Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation

I would say the NIOD Photography Fluid is like a more showy version of my favourite Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer. Both have a pearlescent sheen and help to moisturize, prime, color-correct and illuminate skin. You can also wear both alone or under foundation. The only differences is that the NIOD Photography Fluid gives way more glow and it also contains silicones, which means I won't be using this as my weekend no-makeup base.

Final Verdict
Buy - get the glow of your dreams with this lightweight primer that also helps correct redness and blurs pores.

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