Did anyone else get flattened by the run towards Christmas? Yeah, thought so.
Today’s theme is finishing glow.
Brightening Gold Mineral Veil (Currently on sale at Sephora for $24) - First up is an oldy but a goody, Bare Escentuals. Now I love their product, but their packaging makes travel and touch ups very difficult, over the years they’ve introduced and retired several travel style compacts, most of which didn’t work out so well, however they’ve introduced a new style compact for a series of mineral veils, that seems to be the right balance for on the go.
When you open the compact you’ll see a perfect amount of powder gathered at the back, that’s because there’s a small opening that only fills up when the compact is closed. You can also minimize (I got it to just a tiny amount) what appears by tilting it forward (while closed!) and gently shaking (the opposite of what you do when wanting a full amount). So the usual mess has been minimized more than enough for me.
For those of you not familiar with Mineral Veil, it’s what I’d call a finishing or setting powder. An excellent last step that both seals your makeup and helps absorb excess perspiration and oil thus helping your makeup stay on longer. The original recipe is most excellent and over the years BE has introduced various remixes, many of which are favorites of mine.
This blend contains gold, just enough to luminze your face, a gentle glow really, excellent for holiday parties. It comes with its own mini, retractable, kabuki brush that is super soft and super portable.
All in all this get’s an A, a well rounded entry from BE.
Girl Meets Pearl ($30)– Next up is Benefit. GMP as liquid pearl for the face and is advertised as an over makeup product. The old adage in makeup is that you do all your liquids first and then all of your powders, this helps the finish be smoother and more natural, but for curiosity’s sake I gave it a shot and gently dabbed some over my powder set – it blended in beautifully.
The color is definitely a pinky gold, but heavier on the gold than pink and it’s very subtle, though definitely a bigger impact than the mineral veil. At 12mL or .4 Fl Oz, this product is definitely worth the cost per oz.
I give it an A+, because I was so incredibly pleased with the color and surprised by its blendability.
Bella Bamba ($28)– More Benefit! Released just this week, Bella Bamba is the newest edition to Benefit’s powder box collection. I’m a huge fan of the powder boxes, I own almost all of them and plan on completing my collection at some point in the future. It’s a nice small line and Benefit seems to be aiming for universality in their colors here, or at least, as many people as possible.
BB is advertised as a 3D face powder, for brightening, sculpting and highlighting. So it might through you to know that it’s richly pigmented. The color is a deep, yet bright pink, with a shimmer that’s very there, yet not. I admit, I don’t know what they did, but it’s definitely something, I tested it out the other day and found my face looking perfectly sculpted with only the minimal steps required.
The box itself is also something to be excited about, until now, the boxes have always been, well, rather box like. The lids came off for application. BB’s lid is attached to the base and has a mirror inside, thus making it a lot more convenient to carry around. As with all powder boxes, it comes with a brush, but this one is rounded off on all sides and just a touch fluffier and a great shape for application.
I give this one an A, but think that it might be hard for some people to pull off if they’re not good with blushes.
Pink Mosaic Shimmer Block ($38) – Finally, Laura Mercier, who I’m finding to be a ninja like makeup line, quiet, careful, but packing a big punch. I think these shimmer blocks are comparable to Bobbi Brown’s shimmer bricks. They cost the same and do similar things, Bobbi Brown’s bricks have more color gradiation and I haven’t been able to get my hands on one to try it out, but from other people’s reviews, I’m feel safe enough in calling them similar.
These come in five different color combos, I picked up the pinker one of the two pinks (orchid is a bit more mauve-y). The great thing about these only having four color gradations is that they’re easier to single out for specific uses, like the lightest color is an excellent brow highlighter. I applied this with a light sweep of a large powder brush over the compact and then over my face. Excellent glow appeal. I’d say this particular product is a bit more oomphy, so you’ll need an extremely light hand for daytime application, but there’s also enough in the pan that I feel comfortable using it on my shoulders, arms and décolleté without feeling wasteful.
All in all I give it an A, no plus because while I do find the formula soft and blendable and the colors gorgeous, it didn’t have that extra ‘oooh’ factor to get top marks.