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Treat your skin and add glow to your face with the Estée Edit Flash Illuminator, Skin Glowing Balm and Cocobalm

Hello beautiful people! We’re officially approaching the end of February and getting closer and closer to spring. I’m so ready for some warmer and brighter weather and in Athens the sun is already out for a bit chunk of the day. I know London will be more gloomy but what can one do! We normally get some warmer days either in April or May, so we’re a step closer to these at least. Are you looking for glowing skin only during the colder months of the year? I personally like my skin to glow all year round. I like a moderate glow, because with the natural oils of my face can end up looking shiny. Being so happy with the Estée Edit Fluid Metal Eyeshadow, I tried a few other interesting-looking products from the range. The Flash Illuminator, Skin Glowing Balm and Cocobalm promise to add glow while they hydrate your skin. Let’s see how they performed on me!

Estée Edit Flash Illuminator, Cococbalm and Fluid metal eyeshadow packaging

The Estée Edit products that I put into the test (Skin Glowing Balm not included here)


The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator packaging

The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator

The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator is a creamy highlighter housed in a container with a pump (as shown in the photo above). It comes in five different shades to cater for different skin tones and preferences, with Spot Light being a white and Night Light being dark brown, suited to deeper skin tones. I have Morning Light which is a champagne colour and well-suited to light to medium skin tones.

Estée Edit Flash Illuminator Morning Light swatch on medium skin

The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator in Morning Light

It’s a beautiful shade, isn’t it?

On the Estée Edit website, the Flash Illuminator is marketed as a “highlighting creme”. For me, this is not a creme but a relatively thick mousse. Reading some reviews, I see that many women don’t like the consistency and find it hard to blend. I’m ok with its blendability, although it thickens any product I mix it with it. Once applied on the face thought it melts into the skin. So, no problems from me there but don’t expect a soft creme-like product.

The Flash Illuminator contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin. I did not notice any difference in how hydrated my skin feels after using it. I agree though that it adds a soft, luminous glow. And for this I love it and I use it. The glow it adds is not glittery, it feels like it’s coming from within. Well done Estée Edit/ Lauder! This is a highlighter that I can mix with my foundation and use it all over my face or just use it on my check bones and feel fresh and luminous. The effect it gives is better than Wonderglow by Charlotte Tilbury on me. But I don’t mind the mousse-like texture and suspect the colour is spot on for my skin tone. You have seen me wearing this product here:

The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator shade Morning Light on medium skin close up

Me wearing the Estée Edit Morning Light Flash Illuminator on my cheek bones, chin and bridge of the nose

Don’t you think it looks good? I’m pretty happy with it and also, with the fact that it performs in a consistent way with most of my base products.


The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm confused me so much when I first tried it that I decided to ask for a sample, rather than proceeding to purchase. First of all, the make up artist put four different products on my skin before applying the balm. My skin felt soft, but I had no idea what product did that. She put serum, primer, another primer in my T-zone and then she applied the Skin Glowing Balm. I have to admit, this is quite irresponsible of her because 1) I asked to try the Balm on only and 2) it explicitly says on the Estée Edit website that “Since this formula is a hybrid of moisturizer and foundation, you may not need more than a lightweight moisturizer underneath”. She, however, indicated that it’s best applied with more skincare underneath, so I let her show me how and asked for a sample to try it at home on its own instead.

The Skin Glowing Balm is housed in a bottle which is exactly the same as the Flash Illuminator. There are 12 shades which is great for a tinted moisturiser! I was matched to 300 Wheat, which is not bad. The coverage of this balm is so incredibly sheer that a small difference in tone won’t be problematic. When Estée Lauder described it as a sheer balm with a hint of coverage, they are right. I’d say that I expected even less coverage than what I got in the end. So, coverage -wise and colour selection-wise, it’s exactly what it says it is, which is great.

The formula of the Skin Glowing Balm is super hydrating because of its ingredients: Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil and Muru Muru Seed Butter. It adds glow to the skin that lasts, which makes it a good product for those of you with normal to dry (even very dry) skin. It’s a good everyday tinted moisturiser, and you’ll love it if you have pretty good skin and need the skincare benefits with a little bit of coverage.

You have seen me wearing the Skin Glowing Balm here:

The Estee Edit Skin Glowing Balm in Wheat on medium skin close up

Me wearing the Estee Edit Skin Glowing Balm in Wheat

You can see it hasn’t covered my spots and some redness (and marks from my glasses!) is still there, but it’s good enough for everyday. Unfortunately, I can’t give this product a good review as it broke me out. I tried it four times and all four times I broke out in zits that don’t seem to be going anywhere :(. It also melted on my skin and looked patchy. Even upon application, when I rubbed it with my hands, most of the product would slide off my face! My skin is combination, dehydrated but acne-prone. It should not do that on me, really. I don’t like this balm and whenever I need a similar product Bobbi Brown does one which doesn’t break me out and doesn’t slide off during application.

Saying that, this has received good reviews by others, which confirms that base products are extremely personal.


This is another hybrid product from Estée Edit. They describe it as a lipgloss/lipbalm with coconut oil that nourishes the lips and keeps them moist. I have it in shade Coco Peach, which gives a slight peachy tint on my lips.

the Estée Edit Coco Balm in Coco Peach close up packaging

The Estée Edit Coco Peach

The Estée Edit Cocobalm in Coco Peach packing close up open

The Estée Edit Coco peach (no lid)

Estée Edit Cocobalm in Coco Peach swatch

Coco Peach swatch

The packaging is beautiful. Although, if you apply with fingers, you end up with sticky fingers… Not that travel – friendly for me, but it does soften my lips and I like it. It hasn’t improved the condition of my very dry lips so far, but it doesn’t claim to be a treatment. It feels a bit rich on my lips, so bear in mind not a lightweight product, but all in all, a beautiful lip balm.

Have you tried any of these products?

Have a great day and see you soon!





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  1. LindaLibraLoca February 23, 2017

    Anything containing shea butter is a sure way to break me out as well, plus my skin isn’t dry. I dont think the balm would do it for me either. But the lip balm/gloss thing looks interesting, at least the packaging. Though I can imagine, not travel friendly at all.
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    • rougenapples February 23, 2017 — Post Author

      I should have known better myself – shea butter is way too rich. It doesn’t always break me out, but 95% of the time it does. The balm is nice enough, very hydrating but quite heavy on the lips for my liking. I use it and like it but won’t repurchase. The highlighter I’ve come to love though which is at least positive 😊. Do you use tinted moisturisers? X

  2. Agata February 24, 2017

    The design of that lip balm is really pretty. I am sorry the Glowing Balm broke you out 🙁
    The only thing I tried from Estee Edit is the Glow& Grit palette and I love it!
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    • rougenapples February 24, 2017 — Post Author

      Yes, I had high hopes for the balm but way too rich for me. Would like to try more products from Estee Edit, so far it’s been hit and miss really. Have a great weekend!

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