All of these are swatched with my fingers. This is one swipe, so the skipping you see on some of the colors is true to form if you go in too heavy with a brush. You will get kick-up. However, the product blends out so beautifully that I completely forgive this. My advice is to ‘pat’ the brush into the pan and layer accordingly. With all of these palettes, a little goes a long way. The shimmers imitate ‘skin’ much better than the mattes, with the exception of the contour palette. But with minimal blending (you really don’t have to work hard for this formula), you can get a skin-like finish with any of them.
I’m a fan. I’ve been using them all over my face (laziness rules) and so far, so very good.
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.
The highlighting powder in ‘Candlelight’ is probably considered the Crown Jewel of the Kevyn Aucoin Brand. It is one of the few highlighters on the market that translates by adding ‘light’ to the widest possible range of skin tones. Most highlighters fall into two categories: Pink/Cream or Gold/Bronze. Makeup artists switch back and forth as needed, depending on skin tone. But ‘Candlelight’ maintains a iridescent ‘glow’ on both fair and dark skins, without going gold or bronze on lighter skin tones, or ashy on darker skin tones.
The brush that it comes with is absolutely horrid. I tossed it right away. But the powder itself is extremely finely milled. I think that’s its secret. You use the tiniest bit to highlight the areas you want, and it ends up looking like the light just sort of caught you that way… like ‘candlelight.’ I was surprised (and pleased) at how quickly it merged in with my natural skin color.
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight retails for $42 and is sold at Space NK.
Laura Mercier always seems like the company that everyone forgets about… at least to me. I always see the brand in passing, and never give it more than a passing glance. I have no idea why that is, because if you look closely, you can always find a gem or two within any collection.
This year, that gem is the ‘Illuminator’ for the Holiday 2011 Collection:
What makes this highlighter so special is its distinct ‘rose gold’ shading. It’s shimmery but not ‘glittery’ — and the color is warm and very flattering. It’s so dark, that fair skinned beauties can wear this illuminator as a blush. I swatched it and instantly fell in love…
It’s really stunning, and it’s cheaper that its counterparts at Chanel and Guerlain. This year, Laura Mercier won the Highlighter Wars, no question about it..