I am leaving my husband and running off with this complexion product


lumene skin tint


Over the many years as my life as a beauty editor, I have written countless lines on the joys of a good complexion product. I have lauded the power of the best foundation, how it can give confidence in times of need. Harped on about how bb creams are the perfect choice for when you want coverage, but not a new face. I have dedicated so much of my finger tapping to a certain concealer that continues (to this day) to be my favourite thing in the whole wide world.

I've seen so many pass before me, that it takes something mega to get me excited nowadays.

So imagine my joy when out of the blue the other day, a product landed on my desk that got me so giddy, I quite literally created a new online franchise for it.

Everyone, I present to you said product.

Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Fresh Skin Tint, £32.90 Look Fantastic

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Lumene's Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Fresh Skin Tint... emphasis on the Skin Tint bit. Because therein lies the joy. This is not a foundation, and it's not really a tinted moisturiser. To me, it is so much more. It is a perfectly light veil of colour that moisturises the shit out of your skin, all the while perfecting it.

You can build it up if you're into a fuller coverage, but really this should be worn as I believe God intended, like a second skin, lightly pressed into the face.

It works on all skin types - rich enough for dry bitches like me, but water-based and completely oil-free for those greasy madams out there. It has loads of fancy nordic (Lumene is a Finnish brand) ingredients in it, like red algae, birch sap, wild artic cloudberry and Arctic spring water, which are the things that keep you hydrated all day.

But really it's the way that it makes my skin look that you should be interested in. I am glowy. I am healthy-looking. (Dare I say, I look Scandinavian healthy?!) And I am flawless (yep, I said it).

SIDE NOTE: I hate to bitch about my new best friend so early on, but it only comes in four shades. Lumene, I implore you to create more shades so that the whole world can rejoice with me.

It is my favourite thing. I will take it on holiday with me, because it with soothe sunkissed skin. I will use it in the lead up to winter (and most likely throughout winter), because by damn it can handle that drop in temperature. Welcome Lumene Skin Tint. Get ready for a life by my side.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.