These powders are firmly pressed in the pan so they do not kick up powder, but are still easy to pick up on a brush in my experience. This formula does not accentuate texture but still has enough shine to actually highlight the face. The closest thing in texture I’ve used was the MUFE Artist Face Color (click here for a swatch and review of shade H106). Ibiza is my personal color preference, but if you like a pink toned highlight, Maldives performs just as well.
Today is another day in what is certainly theBalm’s longest 50% off sale. The sale originally started back on April 7 but has been extended several times since the original end date of April 12. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, they typically have these sales 2 or 3 times a year. No company is immune to times being hard right now so I’m sure that has everything to do with the sale extensions.
theBalm is a brand worth checking out if you are sensitive to either talc or parabens and like supporting cruelty-free brands Over the years I’ve tried a sampling of theBalm’s products and by far my favorite product of theirs is highlighter. The more recent release of the shade Bonnie-Lou Manizer is the swatch I am sharing with you today.
Today I’m sharing some swatches of my Laura Mercier Illuminator Palette with you. Although this particular palette is a holiday 2018 limited edition release, all three shades it contains are available in the brand’s permanent lineup.
From Left to Right:
Indiscretion is described as a warm rose gold highlight
Devotion is described as a cool pink highlight
Addiction is described as a gilded gold highlight
The permanent single shades retail for $45.00 on Laura Mercier’s website, but she traditionally releases a palette every holiday season with multiple shades if you want better value.
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Lancome makes great products and these highlighters are no exception. Unfortunately they still aren’t my favorite highlighters. I have tried to make these work, but they are just too intense for my taste. No matter what brush I use to apply them, I have to go back over them with whatever foundation tool I used that day to tone them down. Once I take that step, I think they look beautiful on my skin. Unfortunately I have other highlighters that I don’t have to do this extra step with, so I use these less and less. I do have dry skin, and I suspect someone with more normal to oily skin may not have as much of an issue. Unrelated to performance, but important to me at this price point, I think the compact feels a little cheap.
Lancome 05 Dazzling Bronze
Lancome 04 Sparkling Peche
Left to right: 04 Dazzling Bronze and 05 Sparkling Peche
If you are looking for an intense highlight, I would check these out.