Dec 142013
 

Burberry Nude Glow highlighter05This is a review of the Burberry Nude Radiance Fresh Glow Powder ($48), the sister of the Burberry Golden Radiance powder (reviewed here). As you might expect, Burberry’s Nude Radiance is the powder version of the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid Base (a product that can be used as either a primer or a highlighter, reviewed here). The powder version is a soft glowing highlighter.

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As you might expect, Burberry Nude Glow works beautifully with the cool toned shimmery Golden Radiance. We found that, applied with one of our favorite large, soft brushes, the powder gave a slightly cool toned glow. You will want to use a brush with plenty of soft flex. I thought that the brush that was included with the product–although quite respectable quality for a give-away–applied the product a little too heavily to the point of frosting up a touch.

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 Subtle highlighters are a bit difficult to capture in a photograph. Here, I tried to capture the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow next to the powder Nude Radiance. As you can see, the tonality of both is quite similar. Unsurprisingly, the liquid has a more pronounced glow and can be mixed directly with a foundation. The powder is more subtle, but might be preferred by those who prefer that medium. Both are more subtle compared to Kevyn Aucoin’s Candlelight (reviewed here), but more pronounced than the subtle Poudre Signe de Chanel.

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Here is Liz wearing Burberry Nude Radiance on her upper cheek and forehead, and Burberry Golden Radiance on her lower cheek. She’s also wearing Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a blush, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. She’s styled her fair with the T3 Bodywaver (also available at Sephora), Alterna CC Caviar Cream and Alterna Luminous Shine Mist. She’s used the same look in the picture below, but with Guerlain Paresse on lips (in softer light):

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There is a nice glow with Burberry Nude Radiance. Even close up, applied with a soft brush, we detected only very subtle sparkle in direct sun. If you prefer this look without sparkle, go for the liquid Burberry Fresh Glow instead.

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I’m loving the pairing of Burberry’s Nude and Golden Radiance for a winter glow. The cool tone for both makes these are wonderful, unique option for those with cooler skin tones, or those looking for a cold-month version of a summer highlighter/bronzer combination.

Both are available at Nordstrom and other Burberry sources.

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Dec 112013
 

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Burberry’s line has a notably original product called the Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder ($48). This is part of last summer’s release. However I’m finding that this particular powder works beautifully for winter, at least for me.

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The items come packaged in the heavy, luxurious Burberry plaid-embossed packaging, a soft outer case and a slim wide brush.

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Here are the two powders (a review of the Nude Radiance will follow soon):

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Despite its name, the Burberry Gold Radiance powder applies as a cool-toned, shimmery powder that reminds me of a soft, glowing taupe. I expect that those with cool skin tones should take a look at the powder, so long as they are up for some radiant shimmer. I found this powder works beautifully for  the gray-skied winter months, when my overall color palette in clothing and makeup is more subdued and neutral, because it leaves a sort of silver-taupe impression. If you are a bronzer aficionado, you’ll immediately notice that this “radiance powder” is distinctly different. Consistent with this gorgeous, unique quality, Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder is not sold as a bronzer. As Liz identified, there is something distinctly Burberry about this powder.

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I originally tried this when a Burberry sales associate tried it on me in August, paired with the Nude Radiance powder at the same time. The products do coordinate beautifully together and give a beautiful glow.

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Here are swatches of two bronzers–the warm amber Chanel Terra Ambre and more neutral Nars Laguna. In addition, I’ve swatched MAC Taupe Shape blush (limited edition and no longer available) so that you can compare the cool qualities of Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder:

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Another (different lighting):

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Here is Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder on Liz, which is most evident on the lower part of her cheeks. She is also parring this with Burberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance Powder (above her brows, on upper cheek, and on her chin) and Guerlain Crazy Terracotta on the upper cheek as a blush:

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Another wearing Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder on the lower cheek, anBurberry Fresh Glow Nude Radiance Powder on her upper check, chin and above her eyebrows and with different lighting:

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You can see that Burberry Golden Radiance gives a soft cool quality to the skin, and the Nude Radiance adds a lovely fresh and lovely glow to her skin. She’s also wearing Guerlain Crazy Terracotta as a blush. In this picture, she’s wearing my new winter love, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. She’s styled her fair with the T3 Bodywaver (also available at Sephora), Alterna CC Caviar Cream and Alterna Luminous Shine Mist.

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Although the weather’s turned colder, I still can’t give up adding a touch of color and dimension to my beauty routine. Burberry Fresh Glow Golden Radiance Powder has become one of my go-to’s (paired with Nude Radiance). I absolutely love it. The product is unique, not fitting comfortably within the bronzer or highlighter category. Instead, Burberry is creating a niche of its own.

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Nov 222013
 

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Holiday 2013 brings us the limited edition Giorgio Armani Eccentrico Face Palette ($88), a confection of light colors that blend to make a beautiful highlighting blush. As you can see, the palette comes housed in a red variation of Armani’s classic travel-friendly classic shape. Inside, the presentation could not be more lovely. Although the overspray wipes away with a few brushstrokes, its ephemeral and multi-dimensional beauty makes this a joy to use and a pleasure to gift. Here’s a close up with the  stunning overspray, which changes tonality and coloration depending on how the light strikes it:

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Another showing a more wintry and delicate frost from a different angle of light:

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Without the overspray, the palette is a melange of color pink, lavender, peach and white highlight:

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Underneath the color pan is compartment with a flat brush:

armani eccentrico81With my light warm, NC15/ Chanel Cameo-Ivoire/ Armani #5 coloring, this product is a light pretty, candy-coral very light blush color with shimmer and micro-sparkle. Here is an arm swatch of all colors, in the middle is a mix of all of the shades of the Armani Eccentrico Face Palette:

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You’ll get more of a highlighter or a color effect depending on where you place your brush on the palette. Liz used the Armani Eccentrico Face Palette on her cheek, brow bone and above her brow on this picture, focusing mostly on the highlightsr portion. I’ve been wearing Armani Eccentrico as a light shimmery blush (light bit of micro-glitter are visible in direct sun, so if you dislike that effect you will want to reserve this strictly for evening wear). Alternatively, I’ve used a very soft, light brush as an all-over complexion brightener.

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She’s also wearing the Guerlain Crazy Paris Terracotta to give her a sunny glow, and Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait Lip Color in Paresse on her lips (reviewed here).

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Overall, we enjoy the Armani Eccentrico Palette–the presentation could not be more lovely. The colors can be used as a sublet, buildable blush or a (applied very lightly) a soft wash of all-over color.  The color is so pretty, and it should carry us all the way through Spring and Summer quite easily.

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Nov 032013
 

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We received three little treats from b-glowing on OpenSky.com. In case you don’t already know, OpenSky is an online retailer that allows entities to curate their “best of the best” for easy finding and shopping. b-glowing is one of the retailers that has a store on OpenSky, which shows a delightful array of high-end products that can make you b-glow, including is amazing Anna Sui blush (these colors remind me of the Guerlain Noir G palette), ways to keep hydrated like this bkr Summer  Color glass bottle, and this b-glowing OpenSky Curated Gift Box “All that Shimmers.” Pretty, pretty, pretty! 

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The items sent to Cafe Makeup includes the By Terry Baume de Rose ($60), a multi-tasking moisturizing and healing product that works beautifully on lips and cuticles on the fingers. This is truly one of the finest lip balms on the market, and it softened both my lips and cuticles to youthful, healthy softness in one overnight session. I’m glad that I won’t have to face the drying winter air without this.

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Like many luxury products, By Terry Baume de Rose works beautifully. It applies nearly clear with a pleasant, faint, soft rose scent. It works amazingly quickly and well–far better than the balms and cuticle products that sell in the under $20 range. It doesn’t feel heavy, oily, or buttery–rather, it goes on with a very soft feel and is absorbed into the skin gradually. Since I got it, I’ve been carrying it from my desk side to my purse, I simply don’t want to be without it. If you’d like another perspective, check out this video review by Seth Akins who loves it as much as I do.

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b-glowing also carries the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in #8 Paradise Island.  This is a pretty, bright pearly blue aqua color. I’ve long coveted the By Terry Ombre Blackstar, and it’s only a matter of time before I start acquiring more items in her line. Here’s a photo of nearly all the rest at The Black Panties.

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These eye colors go on with the gorgeous, gliding luminosity. I’d love to get more colors in this same formula.

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Finally, b-glowing carries Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder Candlelight

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This is a gorgeous, perfect highlighter that gives enough glow to make a difference but includes no sparkle. Housed in a chic, slim package with a brush, this is a powder is ready to travel.

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For those that like a little bit of natural looking, healthy glow, this product is amazing.

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Here are some comparison swatches with the more Chanel Poudre Signe, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, the metallic rose gold MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish (which I believe will be re-promoted just around December 26th, and Bobbi Brown Skinfinish in Gold (which does have glitter bits and is far more yellow).

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Another set:

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By the way, if you’re interested in a genius highlighting tutorial, check out this one from Wayne Goss. I love this highlighter. By the way, look at this cute sample kit that b-glowing included with the products–including a sample of Mad Madame from Juliette with a Gun, First Aid Beauty, Oscar Blandi and Erno Lazlo. These people know how to glow!

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Jun 292013
 

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A few weeks ago, I found that this Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter ($36/ 7.5 gm/ 0.26 oz.) was introduced, along with several matte bronzer shades in the same format.  Although the bronzer shades look lovely, I was more drawn to the highlighter for the finely-milled, natural qualities and the look that give it gives to the skin.

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I think baked highlighters are beautiful, and I love their luminzing effect. There have been a few problems with baked powders that have been released in the beauty world–some are not finely milled, some have large glitter bits that don’t work for everyone, or only available as a limited edition. With some variegated formulas, there is a color variation which makes purchasing unpredictable (Will you get a “good” one? Sounds like makeup roulette?). I appreciate that Laura Mercier created stability through a well-designed, beautiful, consistent baked highlighter. Although I love the thrill of the chase, there’s a definite niche for a steady source of products that make us look like glowing gods and goddesses. Every time.

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Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Highlight gives a natural sheen to the skin. It kicks up a little dust upon application, but less than others I’ve seen, and it doesn’t translate to the face.  It gives a pretty glow that doesn’t look chalky. In the pan, it’s a soft peachy color that seems transparent when applied on my warm, light skin tone.

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On Liz, you can see how the flash hits the highlight on her cheek.  She is wearing the highlighter in a “C” shape around her outer eye area, but that is hard to detect unless the light is hitting there more directly. It showed up beautifully as she wore it throughout dinner afterwards. The way that the light plays with this highlighter is gorgeous. Here, she is wearing Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Gabrielle and Chanel Moon River eyeshadow (which is now reaching its “sold out” stage, sadly).

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As with many baked powders, fan brushes and duo-fiber brushes work well (avoid dense kabukis unless you are going for a “superstar” glow). Here are comparisons with the finely milled, more subtle Poudre Signee de Chanel, MAC Lightscapade (limited edition, not currently available), and Bobbi Brown Nude Shimmerbrick (not currently available) (click to enlarge to see texture):

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Overall, Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance line is a welcome addition to the beauty world, especially the new baked Highlighter.

The Laura Mercier Radiance Baked Powder Highlighter is available at Nordstrom and other Laura Mercier sources.

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