Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter review.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

During the recent Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I had a moment of weakness and purchased the new Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Dew You ($44 USD/ .80 fl.oz.).  As I have stated in my previous post, I am making a conservative effort to cut down on cosmetic purchases, however in my pathetic defense, this gorgeous golden liquid illuminator seemed too perfect to pass up.   After much trial and error, I have come to a firm conclusion–I should have stuck to my limited no-buy.  Marc Jacobs Dew You, you are indeed beautiful, but gosh darn-it, I’m just not that into you.  I hope you enjoy.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter claims:

Inspired by Marc Jacobs’s love of coconut water and a radiant complexion, this product features five forms of coconut to hydrate and nourish:

-Coconut alkanes: Help with longer wear
-Coconut milk: Deeply hydrates
-Coconut water: Provides refreshing electrolytes
-Coconut polysaccharides: Help condition
-Coconut fragrance: Lightly scented

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Packaging:

  • The packaging for this illuminator is truly spectacular.  The pump can be easily controlled to dispense the tiniest drop of liquid or a full pump, depending on how much pressure is applied.  The liquid formula easily flows without clogging or dry bits accumulating around the opening.
  • The thick frosted glass container is certainly luxe and weighty.  Personally, a glass container is one of the factors that always inspires a purchase.  For the price, it is nice to see glass utilize instead of lesser quality plastic.  The typical concern of glass not being travel friendly is not applicable in this case, the substantial glass would be quite difficult to shatter.
  • Similarly, the Re(marc)ble foundation is housed in an equality sturdy glass container, but the inefficient and wasteful applicator has put me off from investing in another bottle.  If they implemented this fantastic pump on that foundation, I would order my usual shade in a heartbeat.

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter Formula/Color:

  • As briefly implied, the formula of Dew You is ridiculously silky smooth.  The initial cooling sensation is refreshing, but quickly dissipates within seconds.
  • The substantial gel consistency sheers out with fingers or with a sponge (my preferred tool).  When used sheerly, the formula dries down and sets very quickly.  This could be a good or bad thing depending on what you prefer in a liquid highlighter.  On my dry skin, the limited malleability resulted in product sitting on top of skin rather than blending in with the rest of the makeup.  More often than not, I found myself having to go back and lightly buff bronzer over the edges of the highlighter to incorporate the colors.
  • Its also worth mentioning, due to the fast setting time, trying to correct any mishap can disturb foundation.
Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew you Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

Marc Jacobs Dew You

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

  • The concentrated pigment does not require a lot of product for high impact result.  The small amount above was all that was needed for both swatches, with some to spare.  My advice for a more “natural” look is to use thin layers, allowing a few second to dry in between layers.
  • Dew You works brilliantly as a base for any powder highlighter, the gel formula really encapsulates any powder and keeps it in place all day.  Oiler skins would really do well utilizing this method to ensure their highlighter stays in place all day.
  • On my complexion, the yellowish golden tinge clashed with my olive undertone.  I found mixing a bit of Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer (reviewed here) created a deeper, more flattering shade.  In addition, I cannot help but think, a pinky/peach duo chrome shift would have made this product more appealing.  As it stands, I can achieve the same effect with any powder formula, simply by dampening my brush.
  • Many young ladies who have reviewed this on YT, utilize this illuminating gel mixed into their foundation for a luminous effect.  Although in theory this method would work for dry skins, in my experience, the illuminating aspect accentuated every fine line on my face.  Furthermore, in the presence of sunlight (not those ring lights every YouTuber uses to defuse reality), my foundation had a slight glistening quality.  The appearance of a healthy glow on targeted areas is quite flattering, but when the entire face is illuminated, the outcome is a bit overdone.  Ironically, if I recall correctly, a few years ago Revlon underwent serious criticism for formulating their PhotoFinish foundation, with the same illuminating properties these YT beauties are trying to mimic.
Marc Jacobs Dew You

Wearing Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter.

  • For the above look, Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter was applied to the mobile lids, inner corners, brow bone, bridge of the nose, upper lip and cheekbones.  Admittedly, the formula works really well as an eyeshadow over a primer.  My lids glistened the whole day without any issues.  Although the look was seemingly put together, I was not fully comfortable sporting this amount of illumination all at once.  The overwhelming feeling that every little pore and wrinkle was emphasized, resulted in my lack of interest in Dew You.
  • Makeup used for the rest of the look is as follows:  Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Fresco 2C3 (here), Vincent Longo Cooperkiss bronzer and Sandalwood blush (here), YSL Souffle d’eclat loose powder in shade 3, Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Liquid Liner (here–must have), Bobbi Brown Camel eyeshadow in the crease and lower lash line (here), Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wengewood (here), Colourpop Lippie Pencil in Lady with Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 600 (here). 

Highlighter Comparisons:

Highlighter Comparisons

Highlighter Comparisons:
Josie Maran, Illamasqua, Marc Jacobs and Edward Bess.

  • Josie Maran Wand and Liquid Illuminator (reviewed here) both have an obvious bronze tone in comparison to the others.  The deeper golden coloring suits my complexion more so than a Dew You’s bright golden hue.  Personally, the wand’s creamy consistency is my favorite as it glides on the skin easily and melds with the skin seamlessly.
  • Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is my love (reviewed here) .  The slight pink/gold shift is so flattering and the formula is ultra creamy.  This is my go-to everyday powder highlighter that never lets me down.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is a long time favorite.  The champagne color has a pink undertone that works best on light/medium complexions.  This is one highlighter that exudes that much sought after, sophisticated lit-from-within glow.  Although outrageously priced, I still contend the cream to powder formula is the very best highlighter, especially for maturing skins.
Marc Jacobs Dew

Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ingredient list.

  • Although parabens, sulfates and phthalates are omitted, the seemingly natural ingredients emphasis is far-fetched.  The hand full of natural components are lost in a 95% sea of chemicals.  Granted, I am not a stranger to chemicals in my cosmetics, but the marketing for this product really grinds my gears.  “It’s formulated with five forms of coconut and provitamin B5 to help hydrate and nourish skin” –research some/all of these ingredients and you be the judge.

**Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter is made in the USA and available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and marcjacobs.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Marc Jacobs Dew You Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter will appeal to many, just not to this blogger.  The smooth consistency, golden coloring, quality packaging, longevity and delicate tropical fragrance provides the right amount of smoke and mirrors.  Dew You reminds me of that “really great guy” everyone else loves; he’s gorgeous, smooth, suave, funny, has moments of brilliance, yet in private, he is a bit needy and has something to hide.  Simply put, he just doesn’t do it for me.  Sorry–I’m not sorry.   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder review and comparisons.

Illamasqua OMG

Since my resounding success with Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder (reviewed here), I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder ($45 USD/ 7 g).  This warm champagne golden highlighter has proven its worth many times over.  Do you need this in your life?  Like O.M.G….Totally  🙂  I hope you enjoy.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Moroccan inspired sofa. (photo courtesy of zinascos.blogspot.com).

Moroccan inspired sofa (photo courtesy of zinascos.blogspot.com).

  • Before we go on, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the elegant design of the powder itself.  Although rather simple in concept, there is something about the silk-like finish, puffy style and rounded edges that resembles something found in Moroccan decor.  I can completely envision Illamasqua OMG and Epic Beyond Powders as throw pillows for an elaborate chaise love seat or sofa.
  • As we all know, with higher-end cosmetics the expectation for exquisite packaging and design is high and in this instance, Illamasqua certainly delivered.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder Formula and Application:

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder in direct sunlight.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder swatched indoors on sunny day.

 Illamasqua OMG

Wearing Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder dry and wet swatch.

  • As you can tell, Illamasqua OMG has a lovely subtle warmth running throughout.  Depending on the lighting conditions and angle, a gorgeous flush undertone emerges apart from the superficial golden facade.  The unique hidden fragments of beige, pink and peach intermix beautifully to fit a variety of complexions.  On first impression, the sheer nature of this powder seems to compliment pale to lighter skins.  However, when applied with a slightly dampened brush, the strong golden tones dominate and become apparent on medium, olive and deeper skins.
  • When applied with a dry brush, the finish is quite sheer.  If you are someone who prefers instant, in your face, blinding highlighting powders, then this offering may not suit your needs.  On the other hand, professional women, mature skins and even slightly more conservative young ladies will appreciate the sophisticated depth provided by this powder.
  • Time permitting, a radiant finish can be achieved simply by using a dampened brush.  Personally, I like to spray one side of my brush with water to apply an initial layer on the skin. Afterwards, I use the dry side of the brush to buff-out the highlighter, ensuring a seamless application that fuses perfectly with the skin.
Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder with Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

  • Illamasqua OMG does not contain any shimmer or sparkle.  The formula is incredibly smooth and soft and glides on in the same manner.  You are left with the most beautiful sheen on the skin. OMG, unlike Epic, applies best with my Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.  The dense composition of this brush is perfectly suited to pick-up and deposit just the right amount of product.
  • The lack of lightweight shimmer, paired with the finely milled formula may very well be the culprit for this differentiation.  In my experience, I found both Beyond Powders respond favorably to natural hair brushes.  When I tried to use my Artis Brush or MUFE Kabuki Brush, the super dense synthetic fibers were unable to pickup and place a satisfactory amount of product on the skin.
  • Granted, I do not have every synthetic brush on the market and can only make these generalizations based on my experiences.  If you are strongly opposed to animal hair brushes, and want to try llamasqua Beyond Powders, try to find a dense synthetic brush with some movement. EcoTools, Real Techniques, Illamasqua and Marc Jacobs offer a fair amount of synthetic options for you to explore.
Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder

Wearing Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder on the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and inner corner.

  • For the above photo, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder was applied with a dampened brush to the tops of the cheeks, the bridge of the nose and the inner corner of the eye.  This photo was taken at 6:30 pm after a ten-hour day out and about.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I was mostly in an air-conditioned environment, with sporadic moments in hot and humid weather.
Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder applied on the mobile lid.

  • For the above photo, Illamasqua OMG was applied on the mobile lid, over Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Shadow Stick.  The slightly tacky cream shadow locked OMG in place for the entire day without any fading or creasing.

Champagne Highlighter Comparisons:

Highlighter Comparisons

Highlighter Comparisons L-R:
Laura Mercier Highlight-01, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, Josie Maran Enlightenment Wand, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Dior Cosmopolite, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.

Illamasqua OMG

Highlighter Comparisons L-R:
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Dior Cosmopolite, Josie Maran Enlightenment Wand, Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, and Laura Mercier Highlight-01 (photo taken indoors with LED lighting).

  • Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (reviewed here) is a very sheer true champagne highlighter that leans on the neutral spectrum.  Personally, this shade is used mostly as an eyeshadow rather than a highlighter.  Even when used with a dampened brush, the results are not as striking as I prefer.
  • Dior Cosmopolite (reviewed here) is one of my favorite highlighters.  This peachy golden color is deeper than OMG and packed more firmly into the pan.  A denser brush and some pressure is certainly needed to get a good amount of pigment to stick to the brush hairs.
  • Josie Maran Enlightenment Stick (reviewed here) is a cream highlighter.  This deep golden hue looks beautiful sheered out on many skins.  The only issue is oiler skins may find the formula too emollient throughout the day.
  • theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer certainly has more of a pale yellow tinge in its mix.  The bright golden sheen is evident with the lightest touch.  Truthfully, I have not used this powder in years, simply because it is too much for my liking.
  • Laura Mercier Highlight-01 is a baked powder that has a significant amount of pink in the formula. The highlighter is silky smooth and offers instant illumination, which is especially flattering on cool-tone pale complexions.
Illamasqua OMG

Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder ingredient list.

 

**Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is found at Illamasqua.com, lookfantasic.com, b-glowing.com, and selfridges.com.

 

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

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua OMG Beyond Powder is beyond amazing in my book.  The soft, silky texture, beautiful coloring, versatile finish, long-lasting results, and luxurious design and packaging was well worth the effort it took to acquire this beauty.  As expected, this particular color is sold-out on most sites, but Illamasqua.com has since restocked their supplies.  Can I find something similar here in the States?  Perhaps, but where is the fun in that?  Oh, the things I will do for makeup.  🙂  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 and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder review and comparisons.

Illamasqua Epic

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious–I am weak when it comes to illuminators.  My flippant attitude toward my addiction may seem amusing, but in all honestly, I really cannot resist highlighting powders.  My collection is filled with various colors, textures and brands to last several lifetimes, yet, I opt to purchase new ones time and time again.  Seemingly discontent (aka: bored) with all the native offerings, I headed overseas to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder ($45 USD/7g).  The enticing gleam, pillow-like appearance, exquisite packaging and the golden/copper coloring had me at “ADD to CART.”   I hope you enjoy!

Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

 Epic Beyond Powder

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

The Pros to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder:

  1. Beautifully presented product–from the design of the powder to the lightweight stylish compact.
  2. Compact comes with a sizable distortion-free mirror.
  3. Soft baked powder is featherweight and glides on the skin smoothly.
  4. Golden/copper color with a slight rose undertone is ideal for warm, medium, olive and dark skins.
  5. Lighter skins can use Epic, sparingly over a blush or bronzer for added warmth.
  6. Can be applied dry for a healthy glow or wet for a flat-out, in-your-face radiance.
  7. A peachy sheen emerges the more the powder is blended.
  8. Appears very subtle in natural lighting.
  9. Formula contains multidimensional shimmers that do not settle on top of the skin, rather blend out to become one with the skin.
  10. Lasts on my dry skin for a solid 8-9 hours, with minimal fading thereafter.
  11. Can be used anywhere –eyes, face, and body.
  12. Formulated with minimal ingredients (see below) sans mineral oil and parabens.
  13. Made in Italy.   🙂

The Cons to Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder:

  1. The soft texture inevitably produces powder kick-up, even with the lightest touch.
  2. The lightweight shimmers noticeably disperse when tapping off your brush.
  3. As a result, the compact gets dirty quickly around the perimeter of the powder and the outside casing is a fingerprint magnet.
  4. Massive compact is the size of my palm and takes up a lot of room in a makeup bag.
  5. The malleable formula creates a hard-pan look (not feel) on the surface of the powder with every brush stroke (as seen in the fourth photo below)–totally superficial, but worth noting.
  6. The sheer nature of this formula will not be suitable for those that desire immediate, high impact results.
Illamasqua Epic highlighter

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder.

Illamasqua Epic highlighter

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder heavy and blended swatch (photo taken with flash).

  • As you can tell when swatched, Epic appears quite pigmented.  The ultra soft formula, however blends out rather easily, similar to a cream product.  The finely milled shimmers are not pronounced in the least, in fact they almost dissipate into a gleaming veil over the skin.
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder with Wayne Goss 02 Brush.

  • After trying several brushes, I decided the best tool in my collection suited for this formula is the Wayne Goss 02 Brush.  The natural hairs are the perfect length, density, feel and shape for picking-up a modest amount of powder.
  • When attempting to use my Chikuhodo Brushes, I found the natural soft blue squirrel hair too delicate to adhere and blend the powder to my satisfaction.
  • I experienced a similar dilemma when utilizing my Eve Pearl Fan brush.  Normally, this is my go-to brush for depositing an elegant dose of radiance, but the feathery composition was not ample enough to hold the lightweight powder.

Highlighter Comparisons:

HIghlighter Powders

Highlighter Comparison L-R:
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder, Laura Mercier Spellbound, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa from the Gleam Glow Kit.

HIghlighter Powders

Highlighter Comparison L-R:
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder, Laura Mercier Spellbound, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa from the Gleam Glow Kit (photo taken with flash).

  • Laura Mercier Spellbound has a more densely pigmented base color than Epic.  On first impression, both formulas look very similar, but Spellbound feels more concentrated than Epic. The light peach/gold coloring is great for paler complexions and will produce a noticeable highlight with minimal effort.
  • Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder has an airier formula and the deepest coloring of the lot.  With that said, Epic swatches quite impressively compared to actual application.  Once applied to the face with a brush, the powder sheers out to reveal a lovely peachy glow.  One really has to utilize multiple layers or use the formula wet to get the potency present in the pan.  For my personal use, this type of highlighter is held in high regard, it inherently restrains my heavy-handedness.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Mimosa is the most concentrated of the bunch.  This formula has more gold in the mix and the metallic finish requires a fan brush for favorable results.  Personally, I prefer to mix Mimosa to with other subtle formulas to add dimension.
Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder

Wearing Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder as an eyeshadow across the mobile lid, under the lash line, on the cheekbones, in the center of the nose and a bit on the upper lip.

  • For the above look, I applied Epic on the mobile lid over Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (reviewed here) before the cream stick had a chance to set.  The creamy shadow based was able to encapsulate Epic’s shimmer and pigment for the entirety of the day.
  • I also added Epic on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and slightly above the upper lip area.
Illamasqua Epic

Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder ingredient list.

 

**Illamasqua Beyond Powders come in two shades: Epic and OMG.  They are sold at illamasqua.com, b-glowing.com, and lookfantastic.com.**

 

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

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua Epic Beyond Powder is an epic success for some.  The delicate finish will suit those who are not fond of the in-your-face highlighting trend that seems so popular on social media.  If you are into beautiful presentation, adjustable coverage, bronzy glow, smooth texture, and gorgeous sheen then Epic is for you.  As for myself, OMG is on its merry way to my home as I type.  Do I NEED another highlighter?  No, quite frankly I need clothes more, but no one can accuse me of sensibility when it comes to makeup.   🙂   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 and/or written content cannot be copied and/or used for any other social media and/or publications.*

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit review and photos.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

Some of the most enticing makeup products are highlighters/illuminators.  Despite the overuse of these gleaming powders on Youtube and Instagram, a decorous approach to highlighting can truly enhance any makeup look.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit ($40 USD/ 7.4g x 4) provides the perfect means for anyone to regain vitality no matter one’s age, skin texture or complexion.

VIVA la HEALTHY GLOW.  🙂  

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

The Pros to Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit:

  1. First things first–the price/amount ratio is outstanding (7.4 grams /$10 each) for a higher-end brand.
  2. All four colors are silky smooth.
  3. The powders are moderately packed into the pan–no need to dig your brush in for color payoff.
  4. Colors seem to have a pearlized finish without any shimmer or sparkle.
  5. Gleam is the cooler/pinker version out of the two quads offered.
  6. Ideal for light/medium/olive complexions.  That Glow (the other quad) is ideal for dark/warm complexions–however, with the right touch, these colors can work on everyone.
  7. Colors can be worn separately, mixed together, or utilized as eyeshadows.
  8. Hard Candy (my favorite) transforms any coordinating blush into a luminous gem.
  9. Mimosa can be used in the same fashion with any bronzer.
  10. When worn dry, colors last a solid six hours before signs of fading occur.  However, when applied with a slightly dampened brush, lasting power is significantly increases for 8-10 hours.
  11. Layers over a cream base beautifully without any patchiness.
  12. Mixes beautifully with other highlighter and blush brands.
  13. Great investment for any makeup artist.
  14. Removable pans easily pop-out to fit into separate palettes.
  15. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil and cruelty-free.

The Cons to Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit:

  1. Unlike her eyeshadows, which are made in the USA, this palette is made in PRC (People’s Republic of China-aka: China)–presumably, that is why the cost is so affordable.
  2. Starburst and Crushed Pearl look indistinguishable on the skin.  A pale golden peach color option would have been nice addition.
  3. Limited-edition.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

  • Hard Candy: is “a mood-changing golden peach with a pink pearl reflective finish.”  This color was the reason for my purchase–I have a particular weakness for pink highlighters, they bring some oomph back into my sallow olive complexion.  Personally, I do not see a strong peach presence in this color.  Regardless, the heavy pink opalescence surprisingly blends beautifully with other highlighters and blushes in my collection.  My favorite highlighter combo is Hard Candy mixed with Dior Cosmopolite Illuminating Powder (reviewed here).
  • Mimosa: is “a radiant golden peach with a metallic finish.”  This particular color reminds me of Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick, in that the metallic sheen is quite evident and a very light hand should be utilized during application.  Once again, the peach coloring in the description escapes my eye, however, Mimosa pairs nicely with MAC Uninterrupted for my lower lash line color.  When used as a facial highlighter and eyeshadow, I found the heavy golden tones of Mimosa were able to subdue the distinct pink radiance of Hard Candy (see below).
  • Starburst: is “a rush of cool pink with an iridescent finish.”  As stated above, Starburst and Crushed Pearl are so similar, I cannot tell them apart on the skin.  Both colors deliver the same luminous effect and blend beautifully on the skin.
  • Crushed Pearl: is “a glimmering pink and silver with a crystalized chrome finish.”  Although, not as intense as ABH regular illuminators, this shade holds its own when seeking more dramatic results.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit:
Hard Candy mixed with Mimosa on the cheekbones, mobile lid and center of the nose with Starburst as an inner corner highlight (overcast day).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit:
Hard Candy mixed with Crushed Pearl on the cheekbones and inner corners (sunny day).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit Ingredient List:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit.

**Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit can be found at SephoraMacy’s and anastaasiabeverlyhills.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit is–as the young kids would say–“THE BOMB.COM.”  The packaging, color selection, payoff, substantial amount, beautiful radiant finish and reasonable price, are all stellar.  If you are on a beauty budget, just starting off in makeup, or even an expert makeup artist, this kit will certainly make a wonderful addition to any personal collection.  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. *This post contains affiliate store links. *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 and written content cannot be used for any other social media and/or publications.

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.

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach review and photos.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

This summer season has been so pleasurable, I find it difficult to confine myself indoors to my computer.  The same can be said about going into stores and makeup shopping; the allure of internet shopping has never been so appealing.  However, when I ran out of my Shiseido Facial Cottons, my no-indoor-policy was revoked and I immediately discovered a few other goodies along the way.  Enter Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach ($37 USD/7g.)–this unassuming powder not only redefines subtle blush/highlight sophistication, but has inadvertently jump-started my blogging mojo. 🙂  Was this outing worth my time?  You’ll see.

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

Shiseido OR1 Peach .

Each shade was applied using 4 layers: Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach swatched separately and blended together.

According to Shiseido:

An all-in-one compact with blush, sculpting and highlighting color creates a beautiful, glowing complexion in one simple stroke. Specialized colors and textures create a 3 dimensional look. Shades can be used alone or blended together.

The Pros to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Unbelievably lightweight texture and smooth finish.
  2. Softly pigmented formula suits lighter skins perfectly.
  3. The finely milled powder does not accentuate pores or fine lines.
  4. When applied with a dampened brush, the powder takes on a delicate pinky iridescence for more luminous results.
  5. Can be layered without looking overdone or caky.
  6. Suitable for layering over any matte blush or bronzer for added radiance.
  7. Accompanying brush is substantial, soft and dense.
  8. Becomes more radiant the more the powder is buffed into the skin.
  9. Formula does not contain any large shimmer or glitter particles.
  10. Lasted well on my dry skin for 8+ hours.
  11. Full length face mirror is wonderful for touchups.
  12. Comes in four color combinations:  PK1 Lychee, OR1 Peach, RD1 Apple, and RS1 Plum.
  13. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach:

  1. Despite what the company claims, I found the colors too sheer to use separately for noticeable results (see swatches above).
  2. Due to the sheer formulation, layering is almost a prerequisite–not your typical swipe-and-go kind of a product.
  3. Due to the soft composition, powder kick-up is evident.
  4. This particular color combo can look ashy on darker skins if applied in excess.  An in-store visit is highly recommended to see which of the four-color combinations is suitable.
  5. Does not come in refillable pan form.
  6. For a company rooted in skincare, this powder is formulated with silicones, petrolatum, and parabens (a discovery I made after I fell hard for this powder).  Why Shiseido?

Shiseido OR1 Peach.

 

 

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio packaging.

  • As you can tell, the packaging has an elongated, slim design with the company’s distinct Camellia Logo present on the bottom right hand corner.  Personally speaking, despite the understated elegance of this compact, a more scaled design (similar to their bronzer compact) would have suited my lifestyle better.

 

Shiseido OR1 Peach brush.

Shiseido brush.

Shiseido brush

  • The modest star of this feature is the accompanying brush.  I know true makeup brush connoisseurs will scoff and think me silly, but I’m telling you this brush fits the contours of the face perfectly, and picks up just the right amount of product.  The soft, densely packed hairs are cut to a beveled angle at the top, perfect for holding and placing product exactly where one desires.
  • The fan-like brush shape is also outstanding for contour and bronzer application.  I have to say, the design and quality of this Shiseido brush far surpasses accompanying brushes found in other high-end compacts (looking at you Giorgio Armani Bronzer).
Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach

Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach used as a highlighter on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks.

Full face using Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach on the tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

  • The finish of OR1 Peach is subtly luminous when applied slightly over my Estee Lauder Wild Sunset blush.
  • For the above look, I simply sprayed my brush lightly with water and swiped the brush in a single downward motion (do not swirl), starting at the top with the peach color and ending with the sculpting shade.  Taking my saturated brush, using a horizontal motion, I applied the powder across the tops of my cheeks, onto my blush.
  • As you can tell, the powder settled nicely on the skin taking on a slight iridescent flush.

Ingredient List for Shiseido OR1 Peach:

Talc, Mica, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Dimethicone, Silica, Nylon-12, Aluminum Distearate, Petrolatum, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Red 30 (Ci 73360), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tin Oxide, Peg/Ppg-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Barium Sulfate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Methicone, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Tetradecene.

**Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio OR1 Peach can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Shiseido.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you this would be the perfect everything powder if not for some of the ingredients. Will you indulge in one of these synthetic beauties or move on to “greener” pastures?  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. *This post contains affiliate store links. *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 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).

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains affiliate store links. *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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Here Comes the Sun with Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Lately, there are very few things I deem worthy of purchasing.  My reviews have diminished not due to lack of interest in makeup, but simply because I have had moments of, “been-there-done-that” pertaining to many of the new mainstream collections.  However, such is not the case with Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter ($56 USD/3.5g for compact and highlighter/ $32 for refill).  This brand has synergistically hit all the right notes in my book. The natural/organic ingredients, superb packaging, amazing formula and wear just does not get any better 🙂

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics:
Radiance Highlighter and Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance .

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swivels open to reveal a mirror-like surface.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter Packaging:

  • As with all Kjaer Weis products, the presentation is truly outstanding.  The hefty metal compact is enclosed in a thick cardboard box, made to resemble faux leather.
  • Sleek magnetic compact swivels open full circle.
  • High polish chrome finish can be used as a mirror for touch-ups during the day.
  • Compact can also house KW blush refills.  All KW products can be purchased in refillable pan form to save on the expense of the compact ($23).
  • When compared to its eyeshadow comrade, Radiance Highlighter Compact is more substantial and makes an impressive statement.  I’m beyond thrilled with the purchase of this compact.
Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter swatch.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter Formula:

  • The feather light texture and drier consistency makes this suitable for all skin types.  If RMS Living Luminizer was too emollient for your tastes, this could very well be the perfect natural remedy.
  • Formulated without Coconut Oil.
  • Made in Italy with 95% of the ingredients organically grown.
  • The slight lavender undertones exudes a subtle warmth that combines beautifully with the silver pearl (mica); a pairing that is rather flattering against my olive complexion.
  • Due to the soft cream base and abundance of mica particles, minimal product is needed to achieve desired results.
  • For some reason, Radiance looks particularly striking when paired with cream blush formulas.
  • Lasts amazingly well on my dry skin, with minor fading by the end of a 12 hour day (this may vary on oiler skins).  Despite its impressive longevity, Radiance does not fully set, therefore, resist the urge to touch your face. 
  • Lasts 10 hours (over a primer) when applied as an eyeshadow, without creasing or color transfer to the orbital bone area.
  • If applied heavily, the substantial pearl in the formula builds up quickly and can appear too stark against medium/darker skins–less is best.
Kjaer Weis Radiance and Magnetic

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter worn on the tops of the cheek bones with YSL 11 Baby Doll Kiss and Blush cream blush.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter and Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter worn on the mobile lid and inner corner with Divine Eyeshadow.

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highligter .

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highligter used as a stand alone eyeshadow with Magnetic  Eyeshadow.

Application of Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter:

  • My preferred method of application is achieved by swirling my ring finger in the pan and lightly tapping Radiance on the skin.
  • Radiance blends easily on bare skin and over powder foundation.
  • When applied as an eyeshadow, fingers work best using light tapping motions. A small synthetic brush (Billy B #12) was used to place Radiance on the inner corner of the eyes.
  • Radiance does not settle into pores or fine lines. However, as with all highlighting products, a light touch is highly recommended to avoid looking overdone.

Cream Highlighter Comparison:

Kjaer Weis

Cream Highlighter Comparisons without flash.

Cream Highlighter Comparisons

Cream Highlighter Comparisons with flash.

  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is sheer and paler in color than KW Radiance.  The organic coconut oil based formula solidifies during the cooler months.  On my dry skin, this is lovely, however, the emollient nature has been known to look too greasy on oiler skins.  In addition, some people are allergic to Coconut Oil.
  • Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter has a balance of cool and warm properties.  This organic formula stays true to its creamy composition in any season and the longevity is remarkable.
  • Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse is a fabulous highlighter and obviously warmer than all the others.  This chemically based formula does not budge once it has set.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is more golden than KW Radiance.  This is a wonderful highlighter as well, but the packaging and price/amount ratio pales in comparison to KW.
Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter ingredient list.

Kjaer Weis Radiance

Full Face wearing Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter on the cheeks and as an eyeshadow, along with KW Divine and Magnetic Eyeshadows.

See what other lovely beauty bloggers are saying about this product:

  • Gaia from the Non-Blonde (here)
  • Lilly from Genuine Glow (here)

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics are sold online at kjaerweis.com, beautybar.com (where I purchased mine), net-a-porter.com, spiritbeautylounge.com, and beautylish.com.

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

Makeup would state the obvious–Kjaer Weis Radiance Highlighter is one of the best products I have come across.  The versatility of this organic gem is unsurpassed.  Do I recommend this investment? Wholeheartedly, indubitably, undoubtably, irrefutably…YES!!  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Cle De Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer Gets it Right.

Cle de Peau Beaute

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was but a hopeless young woman seeking her first foundation. Naturally, I sought the help of a lovely MUA that graciously directed my attention (and business) to the Cle de Peau Beaute counter.  All the wonderfully packaged cosmetics mesmerized my senses and I shamelessly (aka: superficially) fell-in-love.  Fast forward to the present day, my naive nature has drastically diminished, but the charms of Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55 USD/10g) immediately captured my heart, bringing back all those wicked temptations…this prismatic enchantress had me at…HELLO 🙂

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer.

The spectacular four-color design is what sets this highlighter apart from others on the market.  A color blend of bronze, tan, beige and peach meld beautifully together to create a warm complex subtle golden shade.  This particular color definitely suits warmer skins more so than it’s paler/pinker sister, 14 Delicate Pink (reviewed here).  The sophisticated peach pearl really does impart a smooth radiance, which dare I say, looks quite natural.

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My preferred method of application involves using a slightly dampened dense brush (Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush) and sweeping the brush in a downward motion (not swirling), making sure to pickup all the colors in the pan.  I lightly tap off any excess (which should be minimal) and then gently apply the color to the tops of my cheeks using the same downward motions on the targeted areas.  The dampened conditions keep the soft powder from kicking up, intensifying the color and increasing the longevity (lasts all day).

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer substantial amount.

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer in the refill packaging.

MAC palette

Foundation, Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige, and eyeshadows housed in my MAC Palette with Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

The amount given is quite substantial; the pan itself is rather long and deep, making this one time purchase a lifelong investment.  As you may recall, Cle de Peau does sell an accompanying plastic compact for an additional $45.  This time around, I opted to purchase the refill option (fool me once people) and place my golden goddess in my MAC palette, which incidentally, costs only $8 and houses my powder foundations, highlighter and eyeshadows.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer ingredient list.

The ingredients of this gem are mostly artificial.  The addition of Argan Oil and Mortierella Oil are nice touches, but the overall components are made from your garden variety of silicones, some unpronounceable substances and mineral oil (5th ingredient which I suspect is responsible for the smooth application and feel).  This formula is manufactured in Japan and thankfully, paraben-free.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer worn on the tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

As you can tell from the above photo, the overall effect is unbelievably smooth.  The texture of Sand Beige is perfect for those individuals who work in a professional environment and require a subtle finish, for those who prefer a contained pearl finish rather than shimmer/glitter, and for those who demand beautiful presentation to match cost.

**Cle de Peau Beaute is sold in the States at Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and online at cledepeaubeaute.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer is a wonderful highlighter that performs as promised.  The smooth formula, subtle warm golden shade, sophisticated finish and substantial amount has restored my interest in this brand.  This goes beyond pretty, and borders on necessary…at least for me at the present moment. 🙂  Will this stop me from investing in other brands?  Come now–as we speak, Kjear Weis Radiance Highlighter is on its merry way to my home–a lemming I totally blame on Maeve from Lilting-grace.blogspot.com (she did a fabulous review on KW cream blush here).  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria
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Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter review and comparisons.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

As you may already know, I am a big fan of highlighters/illuminators.  The luminous effect these beauties impart on the face is irreplaceable.  Once deemed only evening appropriate, these wonderful creations have now become essential, anytime of the day, in creating more youthful, glowing and fresh-faced looks. Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ($44 USD/11.5 g) has successful given me a much-needed dose of vitality–or its makeup equivalent 🙂  I hope you enjoy!

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

swatch of Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter

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Heavy and blended swatch of Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

The Pros to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter:

  1. Gorgeous pink/peach base color with the finest silver pearl throughout.
  2. Gelatinous texture is cooling and smooth to the touch.
  3. Formula does not harden during cooler months.
  4. Cream-to-powder formula has amazing longevity–this stuff does not budge.
  5. Applies seamlessly with fingers or a stippling brush.
  6. Can be applied lightly on cooler skins and heavier on medium to darker skins.
  7. Multi-purpose use: eyeshadow, inner corner highlight and facial highlighter.
  8. Unbelievably generous amount offered (11.5g).
  9. Lightweight plastic container contains an airtight seal, which makes it ideal for travel.
  10. “The advance formula contains 75% Microwater, a unique 100% natural botanical seaweed polymer, pure pigment, along with Vitamin E and Silica.”
  11. Can be used as a base for powder highlighters for extra longevity and dimension.
  12. Formula is fragrance-free.
  13. Comes in three shades:  Mermaid Muse (pink/peach pearl), Aura Passion (golden sand), and Lucky Light (golden apricot).
  14. Available for purchase (usually on sale) from numerous online retailers.
  15. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter:

  1. Very few in-person retail locations…the brand is mostly sold online.
  2. Ingredients on my box (purchased from another authorized VL retailer) differs from that on vincentlongo.com.  My pot is formulated with mineral oil, BHT, and Methylparaben.  Ingredients on Vincentlongo.com:

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Agar, Silica, Phytosteryl/behenyl/octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Tocopherol. –

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter worn on the lids as an eyeshadow, as an inner corner highlighter and on the tops of the cheeks.

For the above photo, Mermaid Muse was used on the mobile lid, for an inner corner highlighter and above the cheeks bones.  The formula blended beautifully in all areas and the color lasted for 12 hours without any fading.

Comparison Swatches to Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse:

Cream Highlighter Comparison Swatches:

Cream Highlighter Comparison Swatches:
MAC Hush Cream Colored Base, Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse, It Cosmetics Hello Light Cream Illuminator, and Edward Bess Sunlight.

  • MAC Hush Cream Colored Base warm peach coloring closely resembles Mermaid Muse, but the longevity is nowhere near as amazing.
  • Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse is the perfect balance of pink and peach.  The ultra fine silver pearl gives the warm base color the added edge that makes this color work on both warm and cool skins alike.
  • It Cosmetics Hello Light Cream Illuminator is a white base cream highlighter with pink undertones. Personally, this color is too striking against my olive complexion; however, this offering is the ideal color for light, cool-skinned complexions.
  • Edward Bess Sunlight is a light golden color that is wonderful for brightening up any complexion, I only wish it was more reasonably priced.
Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter used as a base.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter used as a base.

 Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer over Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter.

The above photo shows how beautifully Mermaid Muse pairs with various powder highlighters.  Personally, my favorite combo is Mermaid Muse topped with Cle De Peau 13 Sand Beige.  Even though Mermaid Muse has impressive lasting power on its own, the addition of the power highlighter gave this combo unbelievable resilience.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ingredient list.

Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter ingredient list.

**Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be found at beauty.com, amazon.com, nordstrom.com, and vincentlongo.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Vincent Longo Mermaid Muse Water Canvas Highlighter is a truly beautiful product. The color, the cooling sensation, the texture, the longevity and the versatility are what makes this product a definite winner in my book.  If you have difficulty maintaining your highlight color (due to oily skin, constant face touching, etc.), then this product is for you.  As for myself, I can foresee utilizing this beauty (despite the paraben factor) for the remainder of the winter.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer review and comparisons.

cle de peau

Admittedly, highlighter/illuminators are my weakness.  I’m fully aware that I am in possession of my fair share of these beauties, but once the desire to purchase a new one comes over me, the raging makeupaholic within needs to be tamed.  Cle de Peau Beautie 14 Luminizing Face Enhancer ($95 USD for powder + compact/ 10g) is the latest attempt to settle my illuminating urges.  The promises of an HG “glow-from-within,” beautiful compact, and seamless formula seems almost too good to be true.  Will this costly bauble quell my appetite and cease any desire for another?  You’ll see 🙂

Cle de Peau luminizing face enhancer

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer swatch blended.

The Pros to Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer:

  1. Prismatic dimensional pattern is not only beautiful, but unique amongst the brands.
  2. Smooth lightweight formula glides and clings to the skin seamlessly.
  3. Composed of four colors: rose, pink, beige and white.
  4. Initial sparkle overspray is for appearance purposes and easily comes off on the first swipe.
  5. Imparts a delicate/natural highlighting effect.
  6. Ideal formula for those who do not like a metallic sheen and seek a refined finish.
  7. Delicate Pink is the perfect shade for lighter/cooler complexions.
  8. Does not settle into pores or fines lines–great for more mature skins.
  9. Lasts well for eight hours with gradual fading.
  10. Substantial amount given (10g)–will last a lifetime.
  11. Sold as a refill for $55 USD for those who want to save a considerable amount on the cost.
  12. Compact comes with a synthetic brush that works quite well to deposit color.  The brown/beige velvet pouch coordinates perfectly with the compact and will not attract lint or dust.
  13. Argan oil and Mortierella oil are nice additions.
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer:

  1. Compact is a fingerprint magnet and is sold separately for a whopping $45 USD.
  2. Despite the gorgeous design, this expensive magnetic compact is composed entirely of plastic.  Even the beautiful champagne prism detailing is really a square piece of thin plastic glued to the top of the compact.  Burberry has more substantial compacts.
  3. Delicate Pink although beautiful, is not meant for warmer/medium/darker skins.  If applied with a heavy hand, the white base dominates and turns ashy on these skins–trust me I have made this mistake.
  4. Not the type of formula for those that want a high impact highlighter.
  5. Due to the soft nature of this formula, powder kick-up is inevitable.
  6. Fifth ingredient is paraffin (mineral oil).

Cle de Peau14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

  • Clé de Peau Beauté hired jewelry designer Shaun Leane, to design this compact.  According to Shaun Leane,

“In terms of its aesthetic, we wanted the design to be as though it was a jewel with a multitude of facets; to be chic, sophisticated, whilst exuding an element of glamour and fun, just like the lady who will be inspired by it.”

  • This compact is very sleek, however, those aesthetics come with a hefty price tag.  Personally, I never carry a highlighter with me, so investing in this compact was an unnecessary expense.

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

  • The compact also comes with a thick plastic insert to protect the mirror from powder kick-up.  Although a thoughtful addition, I doubt anyone will religiously place this piece of plastic over the powder after every use.
  • For the price, someone in the Cle de Peau Beaute design team should have thought of attaching a hinged acrylic shield directly to the top of the powder, similar to that found on many cream foundation compacts.
Comparisons: Laura Mercier Spellbound, Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Edward Bess Sunlight, Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Estee Lauder Crystal Baby.

Comparisons:
Laura Mercier Spellbound, Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Edward Bess Sunlight, Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (click to enlarge).

  • Laura Mercier Spellbound is a warm rosy color that is darker than CDP Delicate Pink.
  • Laura Mercier Highlight 01 is a smooth pinky beige color that suits a variety of skin tones.
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is really ideal for drier skins, but the finish is so refined, yet noticeable.
  • Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight has to be my favorite color.  The cream-to-powder finish is so flattering and the longevity is amazing.  However, the price/amount ratio is outrageous ($38 USD/ 1.5 g).
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Delicate Pink is very lightweight and so subtle, but if used in abundance, the white base becomes very evident and looks ashy on warmer/darker skins.
  • theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a champagne color that can be worn sheer or opaque for a true metallic effect.
  • Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (reviewed here) is another favorite of mine.  Although, quite pink in comparison to all the others, the sheer texture is versatile and can be worn mixed with other highlighters and on its own, sheer or opaque.
Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer.

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer.  Where’s the beef?

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer on the tops of the cheeks, which is barely noticable.

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer on the tops of the cheeks is barely noticeable on my olive skin.

  • As you can tell by the photos above, Delicate Pink was hardly noticeable when blended out against my olive complexion.  Should I have been darning enough to apply more product, the white base proved to be a powerful presence, leaving behind a noticeable white streak across the top of my cheeks.  Definitely not $95 cute. 🙁
Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink ingredient list.

Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer ingredient list. (click to enlarge).

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

Makeup would tell you Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer is a lovely color for those with light/cooler complexions.  Sadly, this color did not suit my coloring and will be exchanged (refill only) for 13 Sand Beige; at this price, I need to love the product to justify the expense.  The burning question–Do you need this?  If you can do without the compact, then I would say this luminizer is indeed a lovely product to own.  On the other hand, if money is of no consequence to you, then by all means, go to town and buy two–just make sure you have the right colors  🙂  What are your thoughts?  Yay or nay?  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. *This post contains store affiliate links. *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 Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.