One of my two best purchases of 2013.
It’s incredible how cosmetics are named and described. I remember chuckling at this piece from Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes:... (more)
… Caro, who demonstrated the cosmetics for them, was remarkably earnest and humour-free about the products.
‘This season’s look is shimmery,’ she said, lovingly stroke some eye-shadow on to the back of her hand.
‘That was last season’s look, too,’ Lisa challenged.
‘Oh no. Last season was shimmering.’ This was said without a trace of irony.
I don’t know what Francois Nars had in his mind when he created this illuminator, but if that is the ultimate effect he had wanted for the product, maybe I should stop using it :’(
Seriously, I love the colour and the texture of the liquid. It’s so for me, brown skin, and actually a perfect substitution for my first ever and forever loved blusher by The Body Shop (discontinued, unfortunately, I’ve no idea why, maybe women prefer powder blusher to cream. Do you?). It is made to “light the skin from within” and can be used alone or mixed with moisturizer or foundation for a natural glow. Ideal for a minimalist like me. When I am in the mood for make-up I prepare my skin with a thin layer of moisterizer and then squirt a dab of this illuminator onto my balm, apply it onto my cheeks and temples, a bit of colour on my eyes and I’m all set.
It is not a blusher, so it doesn’t give me the bronze cheek in the picture below which was achieved with the elusive The Body Shop cream blusher. It looks very much like that from the tube, but on your skin it is sheer which I like even better (discreet it is!). Don’t think of dabbing too much of it onto your cheeks unless you want to look like a clumsy woman.
... yes, it’s me, years ago, trying to pose like a model :’)