NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% Review

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% Review and Swatch

NIOD Photography Fluid

I really wanted to like this product from NIOD, I’ve been a longtime fan of the Hylamide brand from Deciem for a couple of years now. NIOD is supposed to be the most advanced of the Deciem brands and I would hope so with the price tag of some of their items. I’ve been curious about their photography fluid for such a long time now but was always so hesitant to pull the trigger and purchase because there were few reviews I could use for reference before buying. The NIOD Photography Fluid comes in two options there is a 12% opacity which I believe is the original then the 8% opacity tan, which by the way is $2 more for some reason, now since Deciem did that huge influencer campaign they are not only more readily available but that means there are more people trying and reviewing their products. Recently I’ve seen a small but steady appreciation for the Photography Fluid at least the 12% opacity version. With that praise in mind I decided give the Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% a try because I figured it would be more applicable to my darker complexion.

What they Say

“What It Does
PF 8% instantly blurs imperfections and lends skin a natural, golden-tan radiance. Designed to create a photo-ready finish on all skin types, this complexion perfector creates a healthy, sun-kissed tone with a wide variety of light-refracting prisms, tone and hue correctors, and photo-finishing technologies.”

This was simply a miss for me, I did not notice as significant a boost in radiance as I would have liked to see. The formula is quite thin and upon application it doesn’t leave any kind of thick film, and that is the singular positive I take from this product. When I look at the picture I can see that the areas where the Photography fluid was applied are reflecting more light but meh, where is my “instant blur?” I was not looking for instantly flawless skin nor anything blinding or metallic but I did want to notice a difference upon application to the face and I just wasn’t as wow’d by it as I wanted to be. It has now since been returned and I am awaiting my refund. Nearly forgot to mention that another thing about this item that started off my impression of it in a negative way was that upon the initial opening the dropper wasn’t working, it was stopped up with a booger of product that I had to use one of my embroidery needles to release it and activate the dropper, to me that says either the formula is bad or more likely these have been just sitting around because wiser people chose not to buy it.   

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% Swatch

Something I may be willing to concede after multiple examinations of photographs, this one in particular, is that I think it did soften and reduced the appearance of the darkness around my eyes a bit. Whatever effect on my complexion the NIOD Photography Fluid Tan may have is just not worth the $32 it costs. I don’t mind paying that much for something that actually does something for me but this just isn’t enough for what the claims are.

I love a good radiance boosting primer and for no other reason than I am a beauty addict I just wanted to be able add another to my base wardrobe. My current favorite that I’ve been using most consistently these days is the Urban Decay Liquid Aura Illuminating Mix-In Medium, it’s a lightweight serum/lotion type of feel and gives a sheer pearlized luminance to the skin. I will be doing a separate review on it soon as well as showing it in action in an upcoming video so stay tuned.


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