Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin, without question, has to be one of the most famous and influential makeup artist of our time.  Not only did he possess amazing talent, but his wisdom and kind-hearted nature were equally legendary.  Many were drawn to his work because he had an uncanny ability to transform any woman into a prettier version of herself.  His makeup line was in its infancy stage around the time of his passing; however, fourteen years later, the Kevyn Aucoin brand has continued to spawn some seemingly amazing products.  Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II ($59 USD) was a great way for me to sample some of his best sellers–here’s hoping they live up to the hype.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II ingredient list.

  • I was always hesitant to purchase Kevyn Aucoin face products because, his previous incarnations were ladened with parabens–FYI, Candlelight used to be formulated with five parabens.  The company has since revamped some of their products and I can happily verify, this palette is paraben-free and made in the USA.
  • The palette features the infamous Candlelight Highlighter Powder and Sculpting Powder in full size form.  If purchased separately, these powders retail for $44 USD each.  The Sculpting Cream and Candlelight Cream are typically sold together in a dual palette and retail for $28 USD.  I believe this palette offers both products in larger variations.  The overall warm feel of the palette is solidified with the chosen four accompanying eyeshadow colors.
  • In all honesty, I’m not the biggest fan having cream products mixed with powder products in the same palette.  When utilizing the Sculpting Powder, I have to be vigilant of not pressing my brush too hard in the pan or residual powder kick-up can contaminate the cream.
  • Aesthetically speaking, the sleek croc-like outer covering, magnetic closure and large mirror are quality additions.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

  • Sculpting Cream (4.5 grams) is a warm based brown intended for use as a base for the Sculpting Powder.  The texture is smooth and glides on the skin beautifully; however, now that I’m significantly paler than summertime, I find the tone of this cream too stark for my liking. Furthermore, the hassle of applying a cream prior to a powder, simply for contour purposes, seems like too much work for everyday use.
  • Candlelight Cream (4.5 grams) is a lovely warm champagne cream that glides on the skin seamlessly.  Similar to the Sculpting Cream, its intended purpose is to act as a base for the Candlelight Powder; however, I rarely use this product.  Unlike my Josie Maran Illuminizing Wand (reviewed here), this cream barely registers against my complexion.  Once again, the effort it takes to make this cream feasible seems like too much work for daily use.
  • Sculpting Powder (4 grams/full size) is a cool/gray based brown that adheres to the skin beautifully.  The consistency and texture are light and airy and truly worthy of the Kevyn Aucoin branding.  On the face, the powder applies as striking as one desires.  In my experience, a synthetic brush seems to deposit color more noticeably with less buildup required.  With that said, the only fault with this powder is the pigment does not show up well once applied to the eye/crease area.  As a result, I have to do some serious building, which results in a muddy appearance after a few layers.
  • Candlelight Powder (5 grams/full size) is one of Kevyn Aucoin most renowned products.  This Celestial Powder is the more popular color in the KA highlighting range.  The champagne hue is silky smooth and the delicate sheen is an example of sophisticated simplicity.  Admittedly, I have a slew of other highlighters at my disposal that are more potent than Candlelight, but using a dampened brush does amp up the intensity.  If you are seeking a highlighter that is office friendly and subtle, then Candlelight certainly is a worthy investment.
  • Brighten (1 gram) is one of my favorites from the palette.  The icy cool color is perfect as an inner corner highlight.  This shade also works brilliantly when lightly mixed with Candlelight, for an amazing glow right on the high points of the cheeks.  I prefer to utilize this color with a dampen brush to avoid fallout (which in minimum) and for more glamorous results.
  • Starlight (1 gram) is the other Celestial Powder in the KA Highlighter range.  The warm rosy hue is perfect for those with warm and darker complexions.  The texture is just as smooth as Candlelight, but with slightly more shimmer scattered throughout the formula.
  • Cool Tan (1 gram) is a deeper/slightly warmer version of the Sculpting Powder.  IMHO, I find the addition of this color a bit redundant for the palette.  Despite the smooth texture and application, I would have loved to see a neutral color similar to MAC Uninterrupted, in its place, as a great crease/transition shade.
  • Ruddy Earth (1 gram) is a lovely deep ruddy brown.  This shade is rather pigmented, a light hand is needed for optimum results.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Chocolate is similar, but RE seems to me to be slightly deeper.  As expected, this is a great color to add to the outer corners and/or to deepen the crease.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

  • Another thoughtful addition pertains to the included detailed instructions located right above the mirror.  These instructions are not removable and easily accessible for every use.
Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II look.

For the above look:

  1. Started with Eve Pearl Dual Foundation in Medium.
  2. The Candlelight Powder was used on the mobile lid, brow bone, and cheekbones.
  3. The Sculpting Powder was used at the hollows of the cheeks and in the eye crease area.
  4. Cool Tan was used ever so slightly in the crease to deepen the color.
  5. Ruddy Earth was applied thickly along the lash line and blended upward.
  6. Brighten was used with a dampened brush and applied to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. MAC Uninterrupted was mixed with MAC Coil on the lower lash line.
  8. Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick was applied on the lower waterline.
  9. Eve Pearl Sweet Cheeks Blush was paired with Shiseido Oil Free Bronzer.
  10. Lip Combo:  Colourpop Brink, MAC Honeylove and YSL Babydoll Kiss and Blush in #6 were combined and topped with a light layer of Anastasia Beauty Genius to mattify the colors.
  11. Prestige Liner Pen and Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara were used to finish off the look.

**Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II was offered online as a Holiday 2015 limited edition special, but as of last week, I did see this palette displayed in two Sephora locations.  Should you be tempted to purchase this palette on Ebay or Amazon for an outrageously inflated price–I emphatically forbid you  🙂  **

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II is an economical way for anyone to experience some of the brand’s products.  Personally, I feel the colors offered are very safe and ideal for those who prefer subtle makeup or those whose makeup collection is limited.  Just be forewarned, should you want to purchase any of these products individually, be ready to fork over some serious dough.  What say you, yea or nay?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder review and swatches.

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder.

Before the start to every post, I usually recount the reason(s) that lead me to the item of interest.  Many times, the draw to a product is out of need or happy coincidence, however, when it came to Dior Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ($45 USD/7g) my basic primal instinct of, I see-I like-I want, engulfed all my senses.  Sometimes, it is these sort of purchases that end up being the most treasured.  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder

 

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating

The Pros to Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder:

  1. Beautiful light golden shade with peachy undertones.
  2. Unbelievably smooth texture glides on the skin with the greatest of ease.
  3. Lightweight formula can be applied dry or with a slightly dampened brush for more noticeable results.
  4. Optimal highlighting results when applied with a dense brush (ex. Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush).
  5. Leaves a lovely soft focused effect when applied with a less dense brush (ex. RMK, Suqqu, Chikuhodo) over blush and bronzer.
  6. Lasts all day on my dry skin.
  7. Does not settle into pores or fine lines.
  8. Contains superfine shimmer that is sophisticated not showy.
  9. Can be worn by all skin tones–medium and darker complexions will especially love the effect in its dampened state.
  10. Can be used as a neutral brightening eyeshadow and inner corner highlight color.
  11. Slim dark navy compact contains a sizable mirror and a protective velour pouch.
  12. Contemporary Dior lettering design reminds me of the hanging charms on the Lady Dior handbag.
  13. Does not contain mineral oil, parabens or distinct fragrance.
  14. Made in France.

The Cons to Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder:

  1. For US customers, not available in-store, only sold on Dior.com.  
  2. Limited-edition.  WHY?  🙁  
  3. Accompanying brush is rather flimsy–quality is not befitting of the brand.

 

Dior Cosmopolite

Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder swatch.

  • As you can tell by the first photo, the powder is rather concentrated and soft, but not too soft.  My finger swatch was obtained using light pressure without any powder displacement.
  • The second photo shows how light and airy the texture appears on the skin.  When used with a dry brush, the effect is almost reminiscent of Hourglass Ambient Powders.  Personally, I enjoy applying Cosmopolite over my entire check area (over highlighter, blush and bronzer) for a soft focus effect.
  • For more noticeable results, the powder does take on a more striking presence when used with a dampened brush.  I simply take some water (in a spray bottle) and lightly mist my brush and proceed to glide the brush over the powder in a single downward motion (do not swirl).  Using the same downward technique, I place the color on the tops of my cheeks.
  • This method creates a more concentrated texture, excellent adhesion to the skin, and outstanding longevity.
Dior Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder

Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder worn as a highlighter on the tops of the cheeks.

  • For the above photo, Cosmopolite was applied with a dampened brush to the tops of the cheeks.  The effect was rather remarkable for such an unassuming powder.
Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder

Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder worn on the tops of the cheeks and then lightly dusted over my blush and bronzer.

  • For the above photo, Cosmopolite was applied in the same manner as the first photo, however, as a final step, I used a less dense brush (RMK blush brush) and applied the powder over the entire cheek area to diffuse and meld the highlighter, blush and bronzer.  Cosmopolite was also applied to the bridge of the nose and as an inner corner highlight.
Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder

Diorskin Nude Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder used as an eyeshadow all over the mobile lid.

  • As you can tell, Cosmopolite makes an absolutely darling eyeshadow.  The slight illuminating quality of the powder keeps this simple eye look from looking too flat and boring.  Oddly enough, the day I wore this look, I received so many compliments–go figure, sometimes less is truly the best.  🙂
Diorskin Cosmopolite Illuminating ingredient list

Diorskin Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder ingredient list (click to enlarge).

See what other lovely bloggers are saying about this beauty:

  • Sara from Color Me Loud (here) my inspiration for this purchase.
  • Sunny from Mostly Sunny Beauty Blog (here).
  • Paris from My Women Stuff (here).  Special thanks to Paris for informing me that Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder is sold exclusively online in the USA.

**Diorskin Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder can be found online at Dior.com and at Dior counters in Europe and beyond 🙂 **

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this magnificent powder was worth every penny.  The soft texture, weightless feel, and versatility are nothing short of wonderful.  As a side note, if you are on the fence about ordering from Dior’s site, rest assure the customer service is top-notch.  My Diorskin Cosmopolite Illuminating Face Powder arrived at my door in one day.  So enough chitchat–will you be indulging in Cosmo before it ceases to exist? 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*IfMakeupCouldTalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge.  *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of IfMakeupCouldtTalk.com unless otherwise noted. *IfMakeupCouldTalk.com photos can only be used for other social media and publications with granted permission.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand review and comparisons.

Josie Maran Wand.

Admittedly, I am a highlighter/illuminator junkie.  I have more than enough of these magnificent beauties in my collection to last several lifetimes.  So when a lovely reader inquired about some highlighter recommendations, I inadvertently found myself at Sephora checking-out the new Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand ($28 USD/10.5g).  The rose gold packaging, the convenient stick form, and the moisturizing ingredients was too tempting to resist.  As you can very well predict, I succumbed to this enchanter’s bewitching qualities and can solemnly declare, I’m in love–yet, again. 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Josie Maran Illuminating Stick

The Pros of Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand:

  1. Gorgeous light-colored warm golden shade.
  2. Initial application is sheer and can be built-up (without any patchiness) for truly illuminating results.
  3. Smooth creamy formula can be applied straight from the tube and blended with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  4. The overall finish is radiant without any shimmer or glitter.
  5. Pale golden tone is universally flattering–darker skins will not experience ashy results.
  6. Pairs beautifully with bronzers for a truly sun-kissed glow.
  7. Layers well over liquid and powder foundations.
  8. Moisturizing ingredients feel soothing on drier and mature skin.
  9. Convenient stick form is ideal for travel and touch-ups.
  10. Results last all day on my dry skin (8-10 hours and longer).
  11. Reasonable price considering the amount offered.
  12. Free of mineral oil, parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and sulfates.
  13. Made in the USA.

The Cons to Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand:

  1. Due to the sheer texture, medium and darker skins will need to apply 2-3 layers for noticeable results.
  2. On oilier skins, reapplication is a definite possibility.
  3. As with most cream products, this does not fully set–so avoid touching your face throughout the day.
  4. Not completely natural or vegan.

Josie Maran

Josie Maran Illuminizing Wand

Josie Maran Wand

  • As you can see from the above swatches, this illuminator definitely does not contain any large particles of shimmer or glitter.  The results are refined and appear quite reflective in any light and from any angle.
  • Thankfully, this formula does not deposit a heavy layer of pigment on the first swipe.  In fact, this illuminator sheers-out beautifully despite the layers applied.  In the photos, the left swatch is what the formula looks like after three passes/layers.  The right swatch is one pass blended out.

Liquid/Cream Illuminator Comparisons:

Highlighter Comparisons

Highlighter Comparisons:
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminzing Wand, Laura Mercier Rosegold Caviar Stick, Kjear Weis Radiance, RMS Living Luminizer, Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminzing Wand

  • Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is quite an intense golden highlighter.  The dense liquid formula contains too much shimmer for my liking.  Additionally, this older packaging dispenses too much product to be used for one application.  The staying power is very good, but the messy application and highly reflective results do not make this illuminator a favorite.  This product has since been repackaged as part of the Enlightenment Collection.
  • Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment  Illuminizing Wand is slightly lighter in color than his liquid cousin, but the finish is so much more wearable and the application is quick and easy.  Who wouldn’t want that?
  • Laura Mercier Rosegold Caviar Stick is a warm rose gold color for the eyes.  However, when applied with fingers, the metallic glow is perfect as a facial highlighter (read more here).
  • Kjaer Weis Radiance is 95% organic and the coolest toned of the lot (reviewed here). The price of this illuminator is quite expensive, but the finish is truly radiant.  The lavender undertones suit lighter complexions beautifully, but may appear ashy on darker skins.
  • RMS Living Luminzer is the sheerest of the bunch.  The finely milled mica particles mixed with coconut oil produces the most natural sheen–oiler skins may not agree.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector was made famous by Lisa Eldridge.  I blindly purchased this beauty four years ago without researching the ingredients.  This highlighter contains five parabens, mineral oil and a SPF fragrance.  If these issues do not bother you, then the finish of this illuminator is gorgeous.
Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand applied on the cheekbones and slightly under the brow.

  • For the above photo, two light layers were applied.  Each layer was seamlessly blended into the skin with my Wayne Goss 01 brush.

Ingredients for Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand:

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Narcissus Poeticus (Narcissus) Extract**, Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily) Bulb Extract**, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract** (and) Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract** (and) Helianthus Anuus (Sunflower) Extract** (and) Tocopherols**, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Carmine (CI 75470)**, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

*ORGANIC **NATURAL

**Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Collection also offers a powder and liquid version of this wand.  They can be found at Sephora and josiemaran.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illumininzing Wand is a definite hit.  The sizable amount, beautiful finish, flattering color and portability are sure to please a lot of people.  Similar to a lovesick teenager, this highlighter is all I can think about using–that is, until a more attractive guy come a’calling .  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Makeup and Jewelry Details and Direct Links:

  1. Laura Mercier Cavair Sticks in Sandglow (lid), Khaki (outer corners) and Rosegold (inner corners) (here).
  2. MAC Uninterrrupted (crease and lower lash line) mixed with MUFE Artist Shadow M-600 (here and here).
  3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (here).
  4. Guerlain Liquid Liner (here).
  5. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wenge Wood (here).
  6. Cover FX drops N-40 (1 drop) mixed with G-60 (2 drops) and NYX Shine Killer Primer (here).
  7. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (discontinued).
  8. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer (here).
  9. Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint topped with Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Audace (here and here).
  10. Whiteflash Diamond by the Yard Earrings (here).

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Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  **Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder
Highlight 01 review and swatches

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Highlight 01:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 ($36US/7.50g) is the only highlighter offered as part of the New Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer Collection.  This product is fabulous!  Highlight 01 is smooth, non glittery, can be used wet or dry, and lasts all day!!  It gives the skin a refined luminous glow.  The beautiful peach/pink hue combination is perfect for both warm and cool skin tones.  This powder is also fragrance free and paraban-free.  One would use this product in all the usual places; top of cheek bones, inner corner highlight, top of cupid’s bow, down the bridge of the nose, etc..  Laura Mercier Highlight 01 also works very nicely on top of a cream highlighter.  It does not cake or get patchy, quite the opposite, it maintains a radiant glow all day long.  I pair Highlight 01 with my trusty Laura Mercier Baked Bronzer in Ritual; they are my dynamic duo!

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Highlight 01 placed on cheekbones and brow bone.

Highlighter Comparisons with Laura Mercier Highlight 01:

Top Row:  Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer brick, Dior Amber Diamond. Middle Row: Edward Bess Sunlight, MAC Play it Proper, MAC Too Chic, Benefits What's Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Topaz.

Top Row: Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, Dior Amber Diamond.
Middle Row:  Edward Bess Sunlight, MAC Play-it-Proper, MAC Too Chic.                                                                              Bottom Row:  Benefits Watt’s Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

L-R:  Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, Dior Amber Diamond, Edward Bess Sunlight, MAC Play it Proper, MAC Too Chic, Benefit What's Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

L-R: Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, Dior Amber Diamond, Edward Bess Sunlight, MAC Play-it-Proper, MAC Too Chic, Benefit Watt’s Up, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Highlight 01 ingredient list.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would say it is very pleased with the new addition to our highlighter family.  Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 is a subtle highlighter that will please the ultimate highlighter fanatic.  Highlight 01 is not too showy or glittery, it gives off a radiant youthful glow!  Will people mistake you for being 20 years younger?  Maybe.  Remember you are as young as you feel….and I feel 18……Giddy up!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-