Meet The No-Nonsense Nordic Brand Our Beauty Editor Loves
Meet The No-Nonsense Nordic Brand Our Beauty Editor Loves

Meet The No-Nonsense Nordic Brand Our Beauty Editor Loves

Nordic brands are known for taking a no-nonsense approach to beauty – as well as their use of sustainable but effective ingredients. One of our favourites is Lumene. Regularly recommended by our senior beauty editor Becky, its skincare and make-up products start from as little as £7. Here are the ones worth trying and why…

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Why Lumene?

Finland’s bestselling beauty brand Lumene is known for its innovative textures and formulations that immediately hydrate your skin. Skincare always comes first – its make-up range includes numerous hybrid formulations that nourish and hydrate, while offering enough coverage to keep your complexion looking healthy and fresh.

You’ll notice several of the product names include words like ‘glow’ and ‘instant’ – these aren’t just empty promises. We also love that all the formulas are vegan and never tested on animals, while the packaging is made from renewable sources and recyclable glass.

The Ingredients To Note

Each of Lumene’s dedicated ranges benefits from a specific ingredient – be it vitamin C, hyaluronic acid or vitamin A. Several products also incorporate natural ingredients found in the local landscape, including willowherb extract and Nordic red algae extract. The first is known for its brightening and strengthening benefits, while the latter has been shown to hydrate your skin more efficiently than hyaluronic acid. Hydrating Arctic spring water runs through the entire range – perfect for parched complexions.

Ingredients in the formulas are found in the local landscape, including WILLOWHERB EXTRACT and NORDIC RED ALGAE EXTRACT. Both work to brighten, strengthen & hydrate.

Nordic Bloom Vegan Collagen Essence, £30.90

This feels amazing on the skin. It offers a cooling sensation, while vegan collagen plumps skin by boosting its collagen levels. There are also three types of hyaluronic acid in the formula to guarantee a mega-dose of nourishment, as well as Nordic lingonberry water to hydrate skin at a deeper level. Some say this offers enough moisture without having to layer more serums and creams on top. Just make sure to apply it to clean skin only. You’ll see results immediately – specifically better bounce and glow.

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Invisible Illumination Fluid, £24.90

Make-up artists and industry insiders swear by this silky glow-giver. It’s sheer, glossy and easy to layer up, allowing you to create whatever finish you’d like. A little goes a long way – use a few drops neat on your skin, or mix some with your foundation for a luminous look that’s youthful and fresh. Meanwhile, spring water and cloudberry lock in hydration while simultaneously strengthening your skin.

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Liquid Blush & Bronzer, £24.90

Both of these products are sheer and easy to build up. Whether you go for the fresh, pinkish blush or the warming bronzer, you will get you that just-back-from-holiday glow. Apply them where the sun would naturally hit your face – think the top of your forehead, down the centre of the nose and on top of the cheeks. Because they’re liquids, you’ll find they last for hours, as they absorb into your skin and stay put. Added Arctic spring water keeps skin looking luminous and hydrated.

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Glow Boost Essence, £32.90

If you’re after a vitamin C serum that will leave your complexion feeling hydrated and smooth, this bestseller is worth a try. Containing Arctic cloudberry and gentle AHAs, it nourishes while swiftly dissolving dirt and dead skin cells. Regular use will overhaul your complexion, giving it a brighter and more refined texture – in fact, a perfect 100% of testers agreed their skin felt suppler and smoother after just two weeks of use*. Meanwhile, vitamin C helps to brighten your complexion, while the milky, sheer consistency feels soothing on the skin.

 *21 testers, self-evaluation after 14 nights of use.

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Nordic-C Fresh Glow Brightening Gel Mask, £27.50

Think of this innovative, watery gel like a drink for your skin but with exfoliating benefits. Added AHAs buff away unwanted build-up on your skin’s surface, while Nordic marigold petals and Arctic spring water keep hydration levels topped up. It has a bouncy texture that’s easily absorbed overnight without any stickiness – though you can use it for just 10 to 15 minutes if you want a quick, luminous fix. If you do sleep in it, expect to see smoother-looking skin and a fresher, more awake glow come morning. Ideal for anyone keen to breathe a bit of life back into their complexion.

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Instant Glow Beauty Serum, £31.90

This tinted serum contains plenty of hydrating ingredients, including Nordic algae and vitamin E. A make-up/skincare hybrid that’s not to be missed, it offers sheer coverage to help you achieve that second-skin look we all crave at this time of year. The fresh, lightweight formula instantly blends into skin to reveal a unified, dewy glow. For best results, we suggest working it in with a brush.

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Dewy Glow Setting Spray, £16.50

The name says it all. This spray will keep your make-up in place all day, even in the sweatiest conditions. It sinks in fast and never leaves behind any tacky residue. Use it to hit refresh come 4pm – it will never interfere with the layers you’ve already applied. A must-have for summer.

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