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I never want to go back to matte skin. That's my personal preference — I want my skin to be as glowy as possible. I do this by making sure my makeup routine is stocked with pearlescent and glossy finishes, but because I don't always want to rely on makeup, I also exfoliate regularly, slug, use facial oils, and look for moisturizers that make me shine. However, as the weather starts to get colder in New York City, I need a little extra oomph to get the glass skin I crave. Enter: the Sun Glass Luminizing Face Balm by Coastal Citizen ($32).
If you combined a liquid highlighter and a hydrating balm you'd get Sun Glass. The illuminating cream is formulated with a blend of botanical oils to give your skin a boost of moisture, and mica powder to coat it in a veil of radiance. It's like a makeup/skin-care hybrid that helps you fake that just-left-the-spa glow instantly. (My favorite look.)
There's no right or wrong way to wear it — you can use it in place of moisturizer, under makeup, mixed with your makeup, as a lip balm, over makeup to highlight, and/or on any dry areas on your body. I didn't want it to replace a step in my current regimen, so I used it after applying sunscreen, which is how Eva Gutowski, the founder of Coastal Citizen, uses it too.
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The texture of the balm is rich, but lightweight. It feels thick at first, but after warming it up between your fingertips, it quickly absorbs into skin and leaves behind a dewy (not sticky) finish. It was the perfect base for my already-minimal makeup routine. My concealer, which I apply under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin, layered beautifully on top of it (just look at that flawless finish). Just some brow gel and a quick swipe of mascara were all I needed to finish off the no-makeup makeup look. With winter around the corner, it's great for locking in moisture and keeping dullness at bay.