June 22, 2017

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter

Breathtaking glow! This cream to powder highlighter provides beautiful radiance for any complexion. The creamy texture with a powdery finish is easy to apply and blend with your fingers. Apply on cheekbones, on brow bone or on the outer corners of the eyes to add highlighting accents.

Essence is a very affordable drugstore cosmetic brand, with some hidden gems in their line. The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter and Matt matt Lipsticks are some amazing products that perform at par with some high end products out there.

I love a good cream highlighter and illuminator. While I do have found my favorites in Edward Bess All over Seduction in Afterglow, Becca Shimmering skin perfector and Nudestix All Over Face Glow in Hey! Honey, they all have one thing in common. All of these are warm and carry a light golden undertone and color as well.

I always wanted to try the RMS Living Luminizer, a cult classic but I feared it might be too white on my skintone. Marc Jacobs has a white Glistening Glow stick and it is beautiful but it has tons of pinkish purple shimmering particles like duo chrome. This essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter looked pretty similar to me. Creamy white in pan and as it costed next to nothing, I thought why not give a color test run before committing on buying an expensive one. (My little story behind this purchase...Phew!!)

Color, Texture and Consistency: The color is not stark white, instead it has little warm undertones and is beige white. The name of the shade is 'Look on the bright side' and has the number 10. I believe this is the only shade it comes in.
The product is very creamy, smooth and silky soft. It is not like gel. There are no chunks of glitter.

Scent: The product has no scent.

Application. Feel and Effect on the skin: I use my fingers to pick and dot the product on the face. It is a creamy product and blends easily and seamlessly. There is some loss of shimmers on blending, but not much of it disappears. With any cream highlighters, I find dabbing and tapping motion of fingers work better than dragging and rubbing it to blend. It does not rolls, pills or bunches up on application.

I also tried using my MAC 130 brush. It is a stubby, duo fiber brush, apt for cream product. Basically, any dense stippling blush would do the job, if you don't want to use fingers. I am fine with using finger as my tool.

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter (review and Swatch)

The product when applied heavily looks white but on blending it does not leave any white cast on my medium plus skintone with heavy yellow and golden undertones. It leaves a beautiful even sheen on the skin and it is subtle, not over the top glow. It did not emphasize any pores or textures that I have on the face. The intensity can be build up more by dabbing and gently blending the cream. It can be layered easily. This did not move my base products of face. I use a tinted moisturizer, so not much of a color change is visible. In fact none. Also I enjoy using this on bare skin, just for that happy, healthy morning glow.

Packaging: It comes in a compact with clear lid. The packaging looks sturdy, but I am not crazy about it. There is no applicator or mirror. 

Verdict: It is a nice product and if you are new to cream blushes and highlighters, this is a good place to start. Also, for me it was a great way to try out 'white highlighters' and see how the color looked on my skintone. If you are someone who wears a full coverage foundation, this will move it a little. Most of the cream products move heavy foundation and alters the color. With cream blushes it is less noticeable, but with highlighters and illuminators, it is more easy to spot and notice. 

For the price, it is a good product. Products mentioned in the post:

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June 19, 2017

BURBERRY Fresh Glow - Luminous Fluid Base

A multi-use product that illuminates the complexion to create a dewy glow. Fresh Glow can make dull skin look radiant. It can be worn alone to give a natural glow or mixed with foundation for a flawless finish.

This 55 percent water-infused primer glides across the skin with incredible ease and hydrates instantly. Its blend of mirror-flat intense reflection pearls help to blur minor imperfections for shimmer-free, youthful-looking luminosity.

It is formulated without
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

I had two deluxe samples of this and as soon as I applied it on my face, I knew I will be buying a full size one.

The BURBERRY Fresh Glow - Luminous Fluid Base comes in two colors.

Nude Radiance No.01, adds a fresh, dewy glow to any skin tone. It is a universal shade.
Golden Radiance No.02 gives skin a warmed tone.

I have mine in The universal shade, Nude Radiance No.01. It is a light pearly beige fluid.

Texture and Consistency:
Light weight, not too thick or greasy, non slippy as there are no silicones, pearly fluid. It does not contains any huge noticeable chunks of glitter or shimmers and does not separate like the Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer

It has a light floral scent to it. Like some perfume. It is still not as  strong as the Burberry Powder Foundation though. I don't mind a little scent in my products, but I would always prefer fragrance free makeup. The scent lingers on for good amount of time.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base (swatches and review)

Application, Feel and Effect on the skin:
This is a multi purpose product and it can be used in three ways. As a primer, all on its own as a base under makeup. Mixed with foundation and as a highlighter on high points of the face, on top of foundation.
I use it on its own as a base. I just prefer my fingers and dot the product. I apply it all over the face using light strokes. It contains glycerine and others skin conditioning ingredients like rosa canine fruit extract and cassia obtusifolia seed extract, so it feels very moisturizing.

The product spreads easily and is absorbed by the skin. It does not just sits on top of the skin as an extra layer like most of the silicone based primers do. It moisturizes well, but does not provides any coverage, which it is not supposed to. It does not makes the skin look greasy or shimmery. The primer leaves a lovely luminous glow. It does not fill in the pores, but glow imparted gives the illusion of a perfect, well nourished skin. It was easy to apply foundation and tinted moisturizer on top of it with piling. The foundation went on smooth and even.
I also like using this mixed in with tinted moisturizer and sheer foundations as it gives a soft dewy, glow. The finish is just like lit from within glow. It is not at all glittery or sparkly. It makes my skintone more even and better.

Longevity: I enjoy using this more as a luminous moisturizer and as a glowy base for my makeup application. It did not separate nor did ruin my makeup after hours or wear. I also did not notice my makeup staying any longer. It was pretty much the same like other bases in terms of longevity.

Packaging: I love Burberry Packaging. The rectangular container has the lid that covers 3/4th of the bottle. It has the signature Burberry check pattern on it. There is a pump dispenser to dispense the product.

Verdict: This is a beautiful product. It is not too shimmery and it gives a very nice glow to the skin. I have dry skin and I use sheer to medium coverage foundations. Most of the time tinted moisturizers are my choice. So this works for me. I don't think it would work much under heavy and full coverage foundation, simply because most of the glow imparting factor would get lost. Becca Backlight Priming Filter would be more apt under full coverage foundation, because the shimmer levels are intense in it. 

Products mentioned in this post

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June 15, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow' Face Sculpt & Highlight

Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight is the perfect blend of pearl and golden pigments to define your features and impart a candlelit glow. These universal shades are created from a refined golden base that flatters all skin tones.


This product needs no introduction. If you are someone whose makeup routine consists of more than a lipstick and an eye liner, you probably would have heard of the Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Bronze & Glow' Face Sculpt & Highlight. This one was most talked about, much loved product from Charlotte Tilbury. I have two of this  (have no idea why) and it was one of my top favorite products of 2016. I picked it without seeing. The hype sucked me in so bad!

Color, Texture and Consistency:

The Bronze/Sculpt side of the duo is warm bronze, not ashy or muddy and not too orange either. It is soft, not matte but has very fine shimmers, that gives satiny sheen on application. It is not very powdery, there is not much of powder kick off. It is not the most pigmented sculpting powder that I own, which is great because it gives that subtle hint of shadow.

The Glow/Highlighter side of the duo is a pale gold champagne highlighter, with very finely milled shimmers, that is not chunky or glittery. The powder is soft, but not powdery. It imparts a soft glow that is neither frosty nor metallic.

Scent: It has a faint fragrance. Nothing noticeable once it is on skin.

Application and Effect on the skin:

The Bronzer is lighter for my medium skin tone. It does show up on me and is enough to give dimension to my face. I use a fluffy bronzer brush. It is cooler in tones than the Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust. I use both these powders differently. My face is small, with facial features all closer to each other, so a blush brush like MAC 129 also works just fine. Also, I love using it with a slightly pointed brush to contour. I love using the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush. My contours are not strong. I don't hammer out those cheek bones. The contours are just enough to give dimension to my face. The powder blends easily and seamlessly. It does not go on patchy. Also, the product is buildable and layers over other products easily.

1. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance 01 2. Hourglass Luminous Light 3. Essence Pure Nude 4. Charlotte Tilbury
5. the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Highlighter is wonderful. It gives a beautiful sheen on application. The product melts into the skin and does not just sit on the top. The highlighter has shimmers that are finely milled, but it does not look frosty at all nor does it emphasize any texture or pores. The color is not too yellow and it imparts a glow, a healthy glow, not a metallic one. It is pretty much on the same lines as Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in Luminous light in terms of sheen, but I find this one subtle. The cliched 'lit from within' phrase literally fits here. I use Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt brush for both highlighting and contouring. The brush is wonderful. I am not crazy about the softness of the bristles. It is the shape of that works perfect! Another highlighter brush I like to use is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23

Packaging: The packaging is probably the first thing that attracted the beauty world. It is rose gold, sleek case with mirror. Very vintage looking. There is no applicator. It works for me and is good in a way, because applicators would have made the packaging bulky and I hardly use those tiny brushes anyways. I love the stunning packaging. It does look fragile and not too sturdy for travelling.

Verdict: This is a pricey duo, so it makes sense that both product should work. The palette/duo is more apt for someone with  light to medium skin tones. The highlighter can be made to work for darker skin tones too but the bronzer would go waste. For highlighter alone, it would be expensive. The packaging is stunning and looks lovely on the vanity, but this criteria is not enough to justify the high price tag. Luckily for me both the products in the duo worked and the sheen is exactly the way I like. So it was a good investment for me. A huge thumbs up in my book.

Few other Charlotte Tilbury products I have used

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