VDL Lumilayer Primer | For Radiant, Glowy Skin

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TGIF, beauty nerds! Today we’re talking about one of the best-selling face primers in the Korean beauty world, the VDL Lumilayer Primer. Before we get started though, I have some exciting news! Beauty Nerd By Night has made it to Feedspot’s Top 75 Korean Beauty Blogs list – yay! Thank you guys for all the amazing support and for making that possible 🙂 I never really thought of Beauty Nerd By Night as a “Korean beauty blog” but we do discuss Korean beauty products A TON over here, don’t we? :p They’re just so dang good!

When I mentioned the VDL Lumilayer Primer in my 16 Korean Beauty Products You Need Right Now post, my bottle ran out. So for my Jolse collaboration this month, I decided to pick up a new bottle and do an in-depth review for you!

VDL Lumilayer Primer | For Radiant, Glowy Skin

VDL Lumilayer Primer ($16/30ml)

The VDL Lumilayer Primer has luminous violet pigments that give one heck of a glow and brightens up the skin to give a 3-dimensional effect. The violet pigments help to brighten up any dullness while highlighting and giving the skin a voluminous look. The formula itself is very hydrating and creates a smooth base for flawless makeup application.

Where to Buy:

Jolse (always comes with tons of free samples!)


VDL Lumilayer Primer | For Radiant, Glowy Skin

Let us first take a moment and give this packaging the attention it deserves! Oh, btw, does anyone else use to love folding these paper stars? Lol okay, back to the topic at hand… The packaging of this primer is freaking beautiful. I think the bottle is made of glass. It feels like a cross between glass and plastic… only one way to find out but we’re not gonna do that :p But it does feel quite weighty so I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s glass! And not just any glass… it’s the best type – frosted glass!! When the light hits it at certain angles, there is a gorgeous violet shift. Best part? It comes with a pump!

VDL Lumilayer Primer | For Radiant, Glowy Skin VDL Lumilayer Primer | For Radiant, Glowy Skin

The formula of the primer itself is quite a thin consistency. One pump of this is more than enough for my entire face. It’s white when you first pump it out, but as you spread it out, you’ll start to see the violet particles in it. After spreading it across the skin, the violet pigments disperse and leaves the skin with a gorgeous bright, healthy glow. The product has a slight fragrance – it smells fresh and isn’t overpowering. It doesn’t linger, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re very sensitive to fragrance.

This VDL Lumilayer primer is very hydrating and gets rid of any dry patches so that makeup goes on smoothly. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. It does leave a slight tackiness so that makeup can stick onto it well.

You can wear this product alone or under a foundation. It does have very tiny, and I mean miiiiicro shimmer that isn’t noticeable after you put a foundation over top. If you have dry skin and you want a healthy glow without putting on any other makeup, this is perfect worn alone! Since I have oily skin, I avoid wearing this alone because glow + oil isn’t the best combination. My personal favourite is to mix it in with a full-coverage or matte foundation and it just gives the perfect radiant finish. It makes my skin look flawless and super healthy! I have a post on “The Oily Girl’s Guide to Glowy Skin” where I show you some tips on how I get my skin to look glowy, but not greasy. This product works amazingly for that!

All in all, I think this VDL Lumilayer Primer is the BEST primer I’ve ever tried by far to get a radiant, glowy look to your skin. I have honestly never used a primer that gave my skin the sort of natural glowy, dewy, healthy gorgeousness (for lack of a better word heh) that this does! However, it definitely isn’t the longest lasting primer. If you are in need of something that will keep your makeup in place the entire day, I would layer a different primer underneath, like the Etude House Beauty Shot Blur primer (which I’ll be reviewing soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!).

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*Products were sent to me. I have a monthly collaboration with Jolse where I get to pick out a few things to try and share with you guys! All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I only ever recommend products I really love! You can read my full disclosure here.
  • I rarely use a primer, but I was using the Becca luminous light one for a little bit and this seems similar! Looks amazing, maybe worth the try! Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks gorgeous! I have been looking for a primer, so I’ll have to give this a try!


  • Wow such a lovely glow to it!

  • Tori Dunlap

    I love the look of this! (And your photos are gorgeous!)
    Tori || Victori Media

  • Azanique

    I love these! Such a pretty glow

    – xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • I love the look of this primer! I am about to get back into makeup season for me (I cut it out during our summers, TOO HOT!) and definitely need a new primer to put some life in my skin!

    xoxo, Paige

  • thesophiadiaries

    Oh never even heard of this brand, let alone this kind of product!! definitely cool for people who want dewy skin 🙂

  • I have never heard of this brand before. The primer looks pretty!

  • mckenna bleu

    I need to try this primer!

  • I’ve never heard of this brand before, but this primer looks amazing! I need to check it out!

  • Wow that primer looks amazing! I need a new one too.

  • Awesome review! I might try this primer although I do also have oily skin like you so hydrating primers scare me. VDL is a brand I’ve always wanted to try but never know which one to actually get. Do you have a top recommended product from them? Thanks! 🙂

    ~ Micah♥

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    I love this review! I’m actually about to go stock up on makeup before a trip!

  • Kristine Circenis

    I had never heard of this product prior to reading your review. It is definitely a luminizing product!