Glow On: Michael Kors Bronzer (& Bronze Brush)

Michael Kors’ philosophy has everything to do with the sun (in a manner of speaking). Everything in his brand, from apparel to accessories, invokes the casual elegance that comes with having more money and less concerns about getting money. The brand says ‘vacation’ on some island accessible only by private jet.

The new makeup line is no different. It’s a small line of bronzers, nail lacquer, lipsticks and glosses. There are also several fragrances (like Sporty Citrus) to complement the makeup.

I took a look at the line and found that the only thing that really spoke to me were the powder bronzers (they’re HUGE) and the lovely Kabuki brush. The look of this line is BOLD. Everything is golden and shiny and looks like it should be nestled in the sand next to clear waters off… again, that island that is only accessible by private jet. Yeah.

I got the bronzer in Glow, which is basically my skin tone, on its very best day. In fact, I found it very hard photograph because it matches my skin color exactly.

All that gold… the entire top of the compact is gold and the handle of the brush is gold.

See? You can barely see the swatch (it’s in the middle of the picture). I thought about covering the entire area with the powder, but thought it would be much more accurate if you can see it against my ‘un-bronzed’ skin. That aside, this stuff adds a sheer ‘glow’ that imitates skin in the best way. This is definitely the most subtle of the three. The other two (Flush and Beam) are much more pigmented. I personally found that they pulled ‘pink’ on me, and were a little too shiny in an obvious way.

You can find out more about MIchael Kors Beauty HERE.

Glow On: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder (Santa Barbara)

Bobbi Brown is offering a new way to ‘glow’ — with a collection of Illuminating Bronzing Powders that offer something for everyone. The latest addition to the collection is the ‘pink nectar’ color called Santa Barbara.
I thought this golden pink color was going to look a little juvenile on me.. but it’s so subtle that (believe it or not) I actually wore it lightly dusted as a finishing powder all over my face. I know! Sounds nuts… but it totally worked.

I know you guys are looking at these pictures and asking whether I temporarily lost my mind… but I promise you the finish is gorgeous and subtle. And although you can wear it as a blush or highlighter, some skin tones can actually get away with dusting this stuff all over.
The texture of this powder is extremely soft, and it can ‘dust’ everywhere when you use it, so be careful. I got a bunch of it on the brush and ended up  having to tap back into the pot because I’d picked up way too much. The coverage is very sheer, but you can layer it when using it as blush, to build up the color.
This is a HEAVY swatch. See. Subtle. Gorgeous. I love this stuff. Gave me a really healthy ‘glow’ without going overboard in the shimmer department. Totally recommend.
You can find out more about Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder HERE.

Glow On: Laura Mercier ‘SpellBound’ Face Illuminator

Even if you think you don’t need another highlighter (I certainly don’t need one)… the Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator is worth a swatch. Designed with a ‘warmer’ palette in mind… the shimmery highlighter is mostly golden, with just a hint of rose tossed in for good measure. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. The visual texture in the pan is like scrunched satin… with all of the light-catching nuances that such a thing would bring.

Pictures simply do not do this thing justice. It is so gorgeous.

You can find out more about Laura Mercier SpellBound Face Illuminator HERE.

Glow On: Les Delices de Chanel

Chanel went ‘pale’ for the summer, with a mostly ‘sheer’ color collection. A softly shaded quad, pearl shimmer highlight, and pale lippie pretty much scream ‘subtle’ and ‘barely there.’

The star of the collection for me is the highlight in Delice. Like Notorious, its odd coloring promises all kinds of possibilities. Now, warm skinned beauties might shy away from Delice because… let’s face it… it’s white. For us, that means ash-city. Well, I’m here to report that we have absolutely nothing to worry about.

The highlight powder in Delice and the waterproof eye pencil in Purple Berry were my favorites from this collection.

It is nearly impossible to capture the dimension of this highlighter on camera. Although it looks like a flat white color, it’s actually shimmery and multi-dimensional. I thought that it might have a ‘silver’ shimmer undertone, but it doesn’t. There’s also a healthy dose of pink, gold, blue, and I want to say a little red in there.

This is a  heavy swatch. I wanted you to see that even on my warm skin tone, it doesn’t pull ashy. It looks like pearls on the skin… just beautiful. I was initially on the fence about this highlighter. Although I don’t have anything even remotely close to this kind of finish, I figured it would pull ashy. I ‘m so glad that I took a chance and got it anyway.

The waterproof pencil in Purple Berry is a cooler version of Grenat. These kinds of colors are very flattering on me, so I didn’t  hesitate with this one. Plus, with the summer temperatures reaching 100+ these days, I’m always happy for a waterpoof pencil.

I’d say this color is more ‘purple’ than ‘berry’ on me… but I still really like it.

You can find out more about Les Delices de Chanel HERE.

Glow On: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost

MAC released a series of ‘highlighting pens’ (cream… no shimmer) designed to add light to any part of the face that you wish to bring forward. The pen comes in three shades: Yellow (Light Boost), Pink (Radiant Rose), and Peach (Bright Forecast). Naturally, I ended up with yellow.

There have been some claims that this highlighter pen is large… larger than its other counterparts. It’s not. It’s on par with the Chanel concealer pen… pretty standard stuff. By Terry Touche Veloutee still holds the distinct honor of being the largest pen highlighter.

This formula reminds me a bit of Touche Veloutee, because it’s creamy and really easy to blend. It’s slightly more yellow, which helps a lot with skin tones that have a yellow undertone. The coverage is medium, although I suspect that it can be built to full.

I wore it in an FOTD:

It’s under the eyes, between the brows, and on the chin. It behaves like a traditional cream highlighter, which is not too shabby for the price. The MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter retails for $24. You can find out more about it HERE.

Glow On: By Terry Or De Rose Blush Prestige

When this lovely little item first came out, I totally passed. At $80… I needed another highlighter like I need a hole in the head. And really, in comparison to By Terry’s Rose Amber, it’s not as spectacular…
But on a really deep discount (I’m talking like… $60 less), I can be convinced to give it a whirl.

Blush Prestige is more golden than rose, and on my warm skin tone… it’s definitely a highlight. The formula, as usual, is amazing. It works well on bare skin and even over foundation (a few light strokes blends it in beautifully).

Good stuff. $80 good? Dunno… at least not for me. To each his/her own though. We pay for what’s important to us. I do believe that Blush Prestige has now gone the way of the dinosaur. But By Terry Or de Rose is permanent, and comes in three gorgeous colors (Amber, Fuchsia, and Coral). By Terry Or de Rose is sold at Space NK.

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Glow On: Chanel MOUCHE DE BEAUTÉ Highlight

Do I really need another highlighter? Seriously? I silently wept when Chanel released the new Mouche De Beaute Highlighter this week, because there is the greatest chance that it will end up in my eager little hands.

I haven’t decided what to do just yet, especially because it reminds me a LOT of the Jasmine Highlighter from a few years back. Different design… same finish. I’m also still very enamored with the Spring 2013 version from the most recent collection.

We’ll see. Right now my CC is giving me the side eye because really… another day… another highlighter. Or is it?

Favorite Things 2012: Contour & Highlight

This is a very short list. Two items made the top of my list for contour and highlight. I think you guys already know…

Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious simply defies everything we know about contour. It works on just about every skin tone under the sun, and doesn’t add color. It just adds ‘shadow.’ It’s amazing. The only crime about this product is that it was limited edition and sold out fairly quickly. I am completely in love with this product. If you can get it, don’t hesitate.

Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter in Candlelight is considerably easier to get. I love this stuff. You use such a little bit to add a whole lot of light to a wide range of skin tones. It just gives the skin a bit of a glow, like it’s bathed in candlelight.

That’s it! These are  my go to contour and highlight. I use them on myself and clients… they are absolute must haves for me.

Blushed: Sisley Highlighter Blush with White Lily

This item is proof that I am attracted to all things pretty, regardless of their practicality. The new Sisley Highlighter Blush (limited edition Spring 2012) is GORGEOUS, although it swatches a pedestrian peachy pink with a subtle shimmer. I found out as much while swatching it in the store. I walked away from it (when I found out how much it cost), and came back a week later to find it sold out. Then the final shipment came in… and I was unable to resist leaving it in the store a second time.

From the Bloomingdales website:
“Sisley Paris L’Orchidee Highlighting Blush colors and lifts the complexion with an easy-to-apply luminous veil that can be endlessly adjusted. With just one sweep of the brush, the complexion is illuminated and evened out with a light, healthy glow.

The ultra-light and ultra-fine texture melts away into a soft and silky powder, offering light to medium coverage.

M’kay.

Anyway, the stock photo does it NO justice at ALL. It’s much darker in person, and would do well on fair to medium skintones.

 

So yeah… this is the most gorgeous blush I’ve EVER seen. With the exception of the purple touches in the middle (which is overspray), the rest of the design is baked into the pan. So you keep the shape of the orchid, and the colors in the orchid, pretty much all the way through.

Now, because of the overspray dealie, I have REFUSED to touch it. Refused. Can’t bring myself to swatch it just yet. I’ve actually considered going into the store, swatching it, and taking a picture. Seriously. Yes, I realize this is ridiculous. But I’d like to marvel at the blush just a bit longer before I destroy the pattern.

This blush is also expensive. Not as much as that By Terry $200 blush… but still up there. It retails for $108.

It’s a blush.

C’mon Sisley… it’s a BLUSH. The skin care, I can get behind. But a blush? I need some perspective here…

But wait, who am I kidding? Is the blush  not currently in my possession?

SMH

A mess and a shame.

You can find out more about Sisley’s Highlighting Blush HERE.