Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in “Heather Pink”

A few times a year, I’ll get on a big blush kick and abandon my usual shade: MAC’s “Well Dressed.” Normally, after some time dedicated to experimenting with various shades and brands, I’ll return to “Well Dressed” and be committed to it for another few months. Currently, my newest obsession is the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in “Heather Pink” and I’m addicted. Absolutely addicted.

Laura Mercier’s range of Second Skin Cheek Colors are described to be a “light-as-air, velvety powder blush that sweeps on silky, sheer color easily and evenly.” The product contains “skin-silkening natural botanicals” so “skin not only looks but feels beautiful all day long.” The second-skin effect allows the skin to look “naturally blushed and lit from within,” and contains “light-diffusing qualities [that] allow a mistake-proof, flawless application.”

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“Heather Pink” is a cool-toned, baby pink that is buildable. The rich color is pigmented yet soft, and looks so pretty on the skin because it looks so natural. This particular shade gives a baby-doll effect that isn’t too much and let’s your skin glow from within. There are no shimmer, glimmers, or glitters in “Heather Pink” but somehow it still looks like you’re a glowing princess. I love this shade and the formulas for the Second Skin Cheek Colors. The range is worth checking out and I’m lusting after other shades. I recommend these blushes and I feel that everyone can enhance their makeup and the look of their skin with these blushes. However, the blush is small for the price because Laura Mercier’s blushes are the same size as the eyeshadows. So, that’s a bit of a bummer.

Made in USA.
Retails for $25.00.

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Native”

Lip colors don’t tend to tug at my heartstrings, unless it’s the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshines. In terms of favorite lip products as of late, I’ve been really enjoying the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “86 Instinct” and Benefit’s Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in “Air Kiss.” While the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks have been out for a few months now, I admit I’m just now gaining some interest in this lipstick range.

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The new Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks have caused quite a buzz around the blogosphere and YouTube, so you bet I had to give one of these babies a try. On Sephora’s website, they are described as “luxury lipstick[s] that delivers intense color payoff plus creamy shine.” The Revolution Lipsticks are rich in texture and pigment, and are very buttery in terms of consistency and how they feel on the lips. These lipsticks appear to “glide on without dragging or skipping and hugs every curve” of your lips. And really, just one swipe will do because they’re so creamy.

Also, “Urban Decay’s Pigment Dispersion System™ gives Revolution Lipstick its super creamy texture, intense pigmentation, superior color dispersion, and extended wear. Maxi-Lip™ defines and hydrates lips while making them look plumper and fuller. And a nourishing blend of jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and shea butter keeps lips super moisturized and cushiony soft.”

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“Native” is a pale pink, my-lips-but-better color that is soft and pretty on the lips. The range of Revolution Lipsticks is quite vast, with 20 colors available — from nudes and bright pinks to deep and berry tones and reds as well. “Native” seemed like a good, general shade to start with. The pigmentation is crazy and I find that swiping the product onto my lips is too much. I just dab it a little bit onto my top and bottom lips, and that’s really enough for me. The formula is smooth and creamy so it’s easy to work with and easy to apply. Also, it’s very hydrating as well, so even after the color has worn off, my lips are slightly stained and not feeling dry.

I’d like to get “Obsessed” next, which is a bright baby pink. Originally, I wanted to get a nude shade, but found that they were too brownish and wouldn’t look right with my fair skin tone. The range is definitely worth checking out, but in terms of concept, the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks aren’t a new idea. So many brands are coming out with richly pigmented lipsticks that are glossy and hydrating. For me, my favorite will remain the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines.

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I like the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks and I recommend you swatch colors in person. While the formula and texture feels nice, the finish is not as glossy as I would like. They’re more like standard lipsticks with beefed up pigmentation. I prefer glossy finishes personally, simply because a really matte lip look tends to look a bit mature for my taste. If you’re into bold colors and need your lip colors to be crazy pigmented, I’d recommend this range of lipsticks. However, if you’re like me, and you enjoy a more sheer and subtle look that’s glossy (but not wet-looking), you could probably pass these up and not lose sleep.

Made in USA.
Retails for $22.00 USD.
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Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist – Lavender

Facial mists are definitely an optional part of anyone’s skincare or makeup regimen, and there’s so many choices out there from the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray to the well-known MAC Fix +.

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I hauled some Shu Uemura products a few weeks ago and decided to get the Depsea Water Facial Mist because my cousins have previously raved about it. It’s a shame that Shu Uemura is only available online for US customers — their range of products is truly phenomenal and the cleansing oils are a strict and mandatory part of my makeup removal routine. Customer service via the phone is atrocious, however, and after your order has been placed, it takes up to 3 days to even get a shipping confirmation from them. On top of that, after you’ve received the shipping confirmation, it still takes an additional 2 days for it to really get going and for tracking info to be updated. And, since the products are coming from Canada, it takes over a week to be delivered. I only order from Shu when I have to because of the nearly two week process. BLEH.

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The Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mists contain “eight herbal aromas formulated with Depsea Water provide a refreshing, relaxing feel with a fine mist that gently wraps the skin.” To make a long story short, this is fancy water that looks like water and feels like water. The nice thing about the pump is that it’s easy to use because the mist is fine and the pump doesn’t get stuck. Unlike other facial mists that contain moisturizing ingredients that can be used during your skincare routine, to me, the Depsea Water Facial Mists are designed to be used after makeup and as a refresher during the day.

The Lavender scent is nice and calming. It doesn’t smell fake or powdery, so that’s nice. I can’t say that I see drastic changes in my skin or makeup because of this facial mist; and, I can’t say that this mist “sets” makeup or helps it last longer by “sealing” it. On the other hand, Shu never claims to do these things either. While other facial mists out on the market are marketed with these promises, I believe that the Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mists are just that — mists.

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One thing that I think that this mist does well is helping your skin look like skin after mineral powder and powder foundation application. The mist of water takes away the look of powder on the skin — almost like it’s melting the makeup you’ve applied into the skin. The finish is extremely natural and very pretty. I think this is a great final-step if you’ve applied some kind of powder makeup, but other than that, I wouldn’t say that this facial mist is a must-have. Having said that, I really like it and will continue to use it. I just wish Shu Uemura would take better care of their US customers.

Made in Japan.
Retails for $25.00 USD.

Benefit Posietint

I’ve been really into my tints lately and I’ve been reaching for my newest one — the Benefit Posietint. A few months ago, I posted a review about the Benefit Cha Cha Tint, and I honestly haven’t been reaching for it as much because it’s just so orange rather than peach for my liking. I like Posietint much better because it’s a “poppy-tinted lip and cheek stain” that’s a bright, cool-toned pink that flatters my skin tone.

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Posietint is a “petal-pink stain that plants a kiss of see-through tint on cheeks and lips.” This pink is perfect and looks much better on my skin — like I’m flushed, except the product brigthens my complexion and looks natural. Much like all of Benefit’s tints, this is smudge-proof and extremely long-lasting. It blends in well when I apply it on top of liquid foundation/BB cream and I haven’t powdered yet. The more emollient the base, the better this spreads onto the skin.

Much like what I wrote in my review about Cha Cha Tint, you need to work fast with these products. I dab 3 dots on one cheek and blend it in using a circular motion. Then I pat it in as it dries. Then I do the same on the other cheek. Work fast because this stuff dries fast. The finish will be splotchy if it isn’t blended in correctly. At the same time, I appreciate this product for it’s speed because it’s easier than having to apply powder blush with a brush.

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I like this best for an every day item because it’s quick and easy. It’s also great when I’m not wearing much makeup, because a pop of color on the cheeks really does make a difference. The tints are designed to be layered, so if the first application is too sheer, you can add some more for more drama. Unlike Cha Cha Tint, I like to wear Posietint on my lips too and it’s so pretty and surprisingly non-drying. A full-size bottle will pretty much last a lifetime so I recommend this tint.

Retails for $30.00 USD.
Made in France.

REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in BR20

If you’re a base makeup fanatic like me, a new foundation release is the best news in the world. A little while ago, YSL released their newest foundation called the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and I was dying to try it. I waited a few weeks on purpose — simply just waiting for other reviews and YouTube videos to go live before making my decision. Soon after reading various reviews, one of my favorite YouTubers — Essiebutton — did a video and corresponding blog post featuring the Youth Liberator Serum Foundation. So, basically, it was meant to be and I was eager to give this foundation a go.

On a separate note, if you want to see how this foundation looks on my skin in a Face of the Day post, click here to see the entry featuring the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.

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Let me preface this review by stating that I don’t have any experience with YSL’s skincare products and I have not tried the Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum, which this foundation is modeled after. So I really can’t say if one can replace the other, or if one works better than the other.

Yves Saint Laurent has marketed this foundation as “a revolution in foundation,” stating that this product is a “serum foundation” that “offers medium-to-full coverage, skin-firming benefits, as well as 24-hour hydration and SPF 20 coverage.” Designed to function as an anti-aging foundation, the product is “infused with Yves Saint Laurent’s award-winning Forever Youth Liberator Serum,” and provides “all-day, non-stop hydrating properties to smooth and nourish the skin with the patented Color Tune-Up Complex to correct dullness, giving you a newer, brighter complexion.”

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Much of the product’s statements ring true — this foundation provides high coverage and a little bit goes a long, long ways. I need half a pump and I don’t even use all of it on my face. The texture of the foundation is creamy but it’s also thin, so it adheres well to the skin and blends easily. Lines, pores, discoloration, and unevenness is buffed away with this product. As mentioned, this is a hydrating foundation and doesn’t claim to be oil-free or matte. While I don’t tend to powder unless I really need to, I found that this foundation does make me a bit shiny earlier in the day. I powder my t-zone but I do end up feeling oily by the end of a work day.

My shade is BR20, just like it is in the Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation. The beige rose shade is a great match for me because both the B10 and B20 were too yellow for my skin. The scent is slightly powdery and does linger after application on the skin. I’m not really a huge fan of that, but I can deal with it so it isn’t a deal-breaker for me.

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I can’t say that this foundation can replace any anti-aging skincare because I believe that makeup and skincare are two different enchiladas. I also can’t say that by wearing this foundation my skin feels or looks any firmer or younger. However, it does plump the skin — so lines and pores are easily masked under this foundation. Also, I feel that the brightening properties of the serum helps with this foundation — there is something glowy and bright about this foundation after you’ve applied it to the skin. Of course, long terms benefits can only be seen after months of commitment towards a skincare product, so I wouldn’t say that this foundation is life-changing. However, if you’re looking for a hydrating foundation with skincare properties infused within, and you’re searching for a foundation that provides high coverage, I’d recommend this foundation.

Made in France.
Retails for $69.00 USD.

NYX Cream Blush in “Boho Chic”

The NYX Cream Blush is another recent favorite of mine — alongside my usual Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Laid” and “Promise.” Cream blushes are tricky to work with — and I find that the formula is most important. It can’t be too sticky, too oily, or dry too fast on the skin.

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NYX states that this “velvety smooth cream blush provides radiant, long-lasting color and a fresh, dewy glow.” The formula is “infused with minerals that hydrate and condition the skin,” giving it a “silky feel [that] allows for virtually mistake-proof application.” The texture is really emoillient so it glides onto the skin really well. It’s smooth and not too tacky, so you’re able to really work it into the skin without any tugging or pulling. The “long-lasting color in the form of a velvety smooth cream” dries matte in a reasonable amount of time, and while the shade is very pigmented, it’s easy to work with and blends out beautifully.

This cream blush is very hydrating, so it doesn’t make you cheeks feel dry. Also, adding a highlighter or powder on top of the blush helps it last longer too without interfering with how it looks on the skin. I’ve noticed that the Illamasqua cream blushes can catch dry spots on my face, and if there’s even one flake of dryness, you’re going to be able to see it. With the NYX formula, all of that is hidden well. I’ve noticed that when blending in the color onto my cheeks, it doesn’t remove my base makeup that I’ve applied prior, which has always been a problem for me with other cream blushes from various brands.

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The shade “Boho Chic” looks unoriginal and not very exciting in the pan — I know, but it’s a great basic shade to start with if you’re new to the cream blush band wagon. The formula and texture is great: super smooth, great application, and superb lasting power on the skin, and formula’s really the key to cream blushes. The color “Boho Chic” is natural and glossy, without looking streaky or patchy on the skin; it can flatter pretty much most skintones, and is a perfect blend of of a warm pink with a hint of peach.

As I’ve previously mentioned, working with cream blush can be tricky. But with a synthetic buffing brush, this formula is great and ranks a close second to my beloved Illamasqua cream blushers. This cream blush is a great alternative to the Illamasqua Cream Blushers and the more high-end cream blushes from Chanel, like the ones in shade 63 “Revelation” and 64 “Inspiration.” At only $6, it’s a great deal, even if you’re just experimenting.

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While the Illamasqua cream blushers have a glossy finish, giving a porcelain kind of effect — the Chanel cream blushes have a mousse texture that is just as good and the finish is a soft-power effect. The formulas are different so they achieve different finishes. The NYX cream blush is a great alternative and there’s a wide array of colors. I’ll definitely be purchasing more in the future, and I highly recommend this blush as a budget-friendly option. I like cream blushes best for days when my makeup is light and effortless, and I’m not in the mood for full-foundation and eye makeup. The bright cheeks helps you look awake and healthy, and it makes such a big difference in the appearance of your skin!

Retails for $5.99 USD.

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in “Air Kiss”

I’m really on a lipstick kick this month, so I’ve been trying to be more bold with colors I wear and buy. Normally, I stick with very natural, bare-lip looks so this lip product journey has been quite an adventure for me. My pick this week is the Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in “Air Kiss,” and I think I already have my eye on another shade as well. I’m experimenting with various pinks, and so far I like this one best.

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Nowadays, all the main beauty brands are coming out with lipsticks that are equally pigmented and hydrating. In my opinion, a lip product is only as good as its hydrating abilities — nothing is worse than having your lips feel dry and uncomfortable. As a “fun and flattering lipstick enriched with shea, mango butter, and vitamin E,” the Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color is cute and girly but functional as well.

“Hydra-smooth lip color is enriched with shea, mango butter, and vitamin E for lips that look supple and hydrated. It glides on smoothly with a double-slanted tip that’s custom designed to define and fill for an irresistibly smooth finish. This collection was specially created to bring you the ten most universally flattering shades. They’re easy to pick and even easier to wear.”

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The color “Air Kiss” is described as a bubblegum pink color that isn’t too cool-toned, so it warms up nicely on my lips and is flattering. The formula is extremely hydrating — much like you’re just wearing lip balm. The tip of the product is unique but surprisingly easy to use because it maneuvers well with the contours of your lips.

I like this lipstick a lot and I’ve been wearing it non-stop every day. The color really brightens my face up and feels nice on my lips. The shade is really pretty too, so that doesn’t hurt. Application is buttery smooth, and luckily, this product works with dry lips.

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I’d recommend this product and would suggest that you play around with other shades that are available. They’re all extremely flattering — even the colors I wouldn’t usually go for look pretty. My only complaint about this product is that there’s very little product for nearly $20 and it seems to be running low pretty fast. The formula is so soft, it’s easy to keep swiping it onto your lips like lip balm.

Made in USA.
0.11 oz
Retails for $19.00 USD.

REVIEW: Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color in 01 “In the Pink”

I’ve finally gotten my hands on the Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color in 01 “In the Pink” and I’m in love with the subtle beauty that this palette is. Described as a “monochromatic play of three contrasting textures,” this palette “creates a masterful effect” of a “sultry and sensual eye of stunning depth and dimension.” The ombré eye color is specifically designed to contain “three textures and finishes that achieves [the] quintessential Tom Ford look by artfully shading and contouring the eyes with contrast and light.”

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First of all, I love the understated, dark, and glossy packaging. It feels luxurious and is very pretty to look at. Also, unlike velour pouches from Chanel or Dior, the Tom Ford palettes are housed in a suede pouch that is cute and elegant at the same time. Love. Second of all, the three shades that create the ombre effect is such a great idea: there’s a base color that is the lightest; then there’s an in-between shade that is good for contouring the eyes and defining the crease; then there’s a full on shimmery shade that is equally deep in color as it is shimmery.

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It doesn’t look that exciting — you can pretty much tell that this is a understated very subtle palette, with light and workable colors. It doesn’t look like anything special, and to a certain extent, I guess that rings true. However, for neutral-lovers out there, this is a great item. For those who like subtle and lightly defined looks, this is for you. And, for those who wants colors that can be used for work and for play, this is definitely worth taking a gander.

I opted out of purchasing the sister palette called “She Wolf” for now, because I wasn’t really feeling the darker smokey colors. Also, after swatching them on my skin tone, it was just too gray for me. Realistically, it would go unused until a special event that would require a smokey eye — and, quite frankly, I have shadows that I could use for that kind of event. While I don’t own many pinks, I think “In the Pink” is a great way to get started.

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Based on the swatches, you can see what I mean by understated and subtle. The look that you can create is very soft and innocent, and very pretty to go along with a glowy base (on the face). The lightest shade is the perfect base shade for me because it blends in with my skin. However, I can see this being chalky for others with medium or olive skin tones. The middle shade is a great all over shade or a color to put in the crease; and, surprisingly, the glitter shade — I don’t mind at all — not even for the day time. :) Out of the two palettes, I like my choice in “In the Pink.” I recommend it if you were on the fence about it, but it’s not a necessity and not entirely unique. I like the idea of an ombre palette — it’s travel-friendly and versatile for various occasions.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $60.00 USD.

Concealers for Every Occasion

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post dedicated to three of my favorite primers called 3 Primers for 3 Different Occasions. Much like that concept, today I’m featuring concealers for every occasion. While I can understand that this is all product-heavy and not necessarily cost-efficient, I think there are different products that are designed to do various things — so these points should be considered before making the plunge to purchase.

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Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ~ $70.00 USD
Notably one of the most famous concealers in all of the land — the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer has been featured multiple times on this blog for being the greatest gift to mankind. Also, it is one of the few products that I deem to be worth the hype, the money, and your attention. Pigmentation is very high so a little goes a long way. This product performs well on its own, and I never pair it with foundation because it’s not necessary. The smooth and creamy consistency is easy to use and apply, and the it blends seamlessly into the skin with no detection.

YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch ~ $40.00 USD
Another highly hyped product is the YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch highlighter/illuminator/concealer pen and it is one that is equally loved and hated by many. This is NOT a concealer, so don’t expect it to cover dark circles. It’s simply an illuminator for the face — to lift the areas that are shadowed and the brighten sallow areas of the face — such as the under eye area. It’s best to pair this with an under eye concealer. However, when worn alone, it’s a subtle difference the product makes — one that helps you look well-rested and relaxed.

Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20 PA++ ~ $49.00 USD
As one of the newest concealers to my collection and the first undereye concealer I own, the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme is a unique and necessary product. Because this is designed for the under eye area, it covers and conceals, brightens, and hydrates all at once. This is important because products that are too drying can make your under eye area look worse. It’s very soothing and works to also plump the eye area, which is great if you’ve got lines you’re worried about.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla” ~ $28.0 USD
I was never a fan of liquid-doe-foot concealers until the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I can say that this concealer is truly multi-tasking — in that it can be used under the eyes, on the face, on blemishes, and on discolorations. I can use this for everything and that’s why it’s a necessary product in my makeup bag. Also, for a liquid/cream concealer, the product is highly pigmented. I alternate between this concealer and the Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, but for the most part, I reach for the NARS concealer. I mainly like to focus this on stray spots on my face if my skin is acting up.

Concealers, like foundation and other base makeup, are a real personal thing for many people. And, of course, what works for me may not work for you; and, you could find other varying combination of products that address your concerns. Because there’s so many different kinds of textures and formulas out there, I think it’s best to try samples and really experiment with different products if you’re on the hunt for concealers. Another important element to note is that concealers can help you achieve a very natural look, especially if you’re not relying on foundation for “every day makeup.” For those of you who need more coverage, instead of investing in a thicker concealer, try looking for a really good foundation that will do most of the covering. That way you can minimize the risk of caking on the skin.

Wet n Wild “Reserve Your Cabana” (743A)

Everyone knows how unusually obsessed I am with highlighters, and no makeup look is complete without an application of something glowy on the cheeks. For the most part, I’m quite particular in my highlighter shade because I don’t like for it to be too gold, too bronze, too white, or too iridescent. But, at the same time, it needs to show up. LOL.

I’ve dabbled in the Wet n Wild brand here and there throughout the years, with a post dedicated to the Wet n Wild Trio “Walking on Eggshells” & “Comfort Zone” Palette and the Wet n Wild Trio “Silent Treatment” & “Bare It All” Lipstick. Another one of my favorite drugstore eyeshadow palettes are the ones from Maybelline EyeStudio.

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While I admit I’m new to finding face products at the drugstore, I thought it would be helpful to know of a great highlighter option for less than $5. Seriously. The shade “Reserve Your Cabana” is a warm peachy-yellow highlighting shade that isn’t too gold or too white. It works with my skintone to create a subtle halo-effect, which is very pretty and the perfect amount of glow. It’s also the perfect way to get your makeup from looking matte to dewy as well.

The product is huge and fits into the entire palm of my hand, so I know that this will probably last me a lifetime. However, the product is extremely chalky and dusty, so it’s important to tap off the excess before applying it to your face. Also, I fear the excess powder in the pan will escape through the cracks and get all over my makeup bag/storage. In previous Wet n Wild posts, I was asked where the products were made from and the answer to that is China. Take what you will from that because I know everyone will feel differently about it.

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I recommend Wet n Wild’s “Reserve Your Cabana” as a highlighter, and I feel that it will appeal to a wide range of skintones. It’s cheap and regularly available at your local drugstore, so it’s a great option that you may literally never run out of! Also, I have no idea why this is considered a bronzer — obviously, it’s extremely light. But it’s a good contrast to the traditional bronzer shades, so perhaps that the reason. :)

Retails for $3.99 USD at Target.
Made in China.