Rose gold. It’s no secret why this shade is so popular. Seemingly flattering on all skin tones and a goes-with-everything reputation, rose gold became a fast hit in my makeup routine earlier this year. If I could describe the shade in one word, it would be enchanting. I thought I would feature some great options in this shade that I have come across so far.

Rosy Outlook.

 

Gilded lillies are for amatuers.

 Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Rose*: This is a subtle and super soft highlight. It gives a gentle ethereal glow without saying “Hi my name is shimmer and I’m all over your face” The powder has an excellent texture and is as lasting as I have come to expect from Tarte’s Amazonian Clay line. If you think the next highlighter is just too much, this may be the one you are looking for. This is a product that would work for pretty much everyone, especially if you despise shimmer/glitter. This is a grab-n-go kind of product that doesn’t require a lot of thought or precise application.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Rose Rendezvous: Not for the faint of heart. This is Bam! Pow! highlighter and although and it can be worn subtly, the shimmer is ever-present. The texture is divine and the the pattern goes without saying- GORG. It’s limited edition which does tack on a little bit of frenzy if you want to get this before it’s gone. However, I don’t think it’s something everyone will love nor is it something I would universally recommend to everyone.  You have to be careful because it’s easy to overdo. I overlook it because frankly, it’s a gorgeous powder.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Shadow in Rose Gold 8: It’s pretty self-explanatory. It is more of a sheer shadow, soft to the touch and easy to blend. It’s shimmery but not glittery or gritty. It’s almost a satin in my eyes. It’s lovely all around and I don’t experience fall out with this formula.

And the Gold you Rose in on...

Mally Lip Laquer in Delish Apricot*: A great long lasting liquid lipstick because it’s quite thick and very pigmented. It’s the only rose gold-ish shade for the lips I own. It leans more apricot as the shade name suggests, but it is positively stunning.

bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow in Sundance: This shade reminds me of MAC’s Rubenesque paint pot, only on steroids. It stays put all day when I use it as a base, but on it’s own I have seen it start creasing at the 6-7 hours. Nothing horrible and nothing worth returning the product over. It’s smooth and pigmented and a little of this goes on loooong way. It’s a small tube, but since you need so little I don’t mind. I like that it’s in a tube vs in a pot for sanitary reasons.

Swatches L-R with flash: Mally Delish Apricot, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, Tarte Rose, Bobbi Brown Rose Gold, bareMinerals Sundance

 

Swatches L-R in Natural Light: Mally Delish Apricot, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, Tarte Rose, Bobbi Brown Rose Gold, bareMinerals Sundance

 

Good as Rose Gold

Orly Rage: Shimmering metallic goodness. I love this shade. have loved it since I purchased it several months ago…I think back in March or April. It’s graced my nails many times and for a nail polish addict like me, that’s saying a lot. I like the formula and it holds up well on my nails without chips for at least 4-5 days.

MAC Soiree: A limited edition color. Identical to Orly Rage, only Orly Rage is better in my opinion. The sparkle is better, the formula is better. If you missed this polish from last year’s Cham Pale collection, you aren’t missing out because Orly’s Rage is readily available at Ulta (and other places too).

Which is which?

Can you tell which is which? I kind of don’t want to say, but if you must know my middle and pinkie fingers are both Orly Rage, index and ring are both MAC Soiree.

What are your rose gold recommendations? Do you find the shade as enchanting as I do?

*Items with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only*

It’s been awhile since I posted just a FOTD so I thought I would share with you the easy-peasy look I created today, along with a little hair flair. I also wanted to share with you a recent (think Friday) purchase I made because the Sephora VIB sale is coming up and I thought you might like to see a FOTD with the product.

Simple! I wanted something with definition, but not too much. I also threw in some braids because it seemed appropriate for today. It keeps all the little pieces of hair out of my face for sure. ;)

Product Rundown:

Face-

Eyes-

Lips-

Now, what I wanted to show you in case you plan on participating in the Sephora VIB sale or if you are just looking for a great new highlighter….

Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous

I spotted this baby on Sephora several weeks ago while plotting my Friends & Family shopping cart. I was already planning to get Benefit Watt’s Up and had not seen this in person or in pictures yet so I kind of tucked it away and forgot about it. Then a supreme twitter enabler and fellow beauty blogger, Star from Eye Adore Pretty, tweeted a picture of hers and then I saw her blog post and I couldn’t resist. I was planning to wait until the VIB sale started but when I went in to Sephora on Friday they only had one left and I was told it wasn’t being restocked (it’s limited edition) so of course after swatching it I knew the sole one my store had was going home with me. *sigh* I have a special themed post coming in the next week or so with full swatches, but here’s a close up of how it looks on my skin…

This highlighter is not subtle, it can be sheered out but if you prefer something that isn’t shimmery this probably isn’t for you. I fell in love with the formula and color when I first touched the tested palette in Sephora. I was worried it would be too dark but it’s actually just right.

What’s your favorite Sunday look? This is a bit more glam than I normally do, but since we had that extra hour today (thanks daylight savings!) I put a bit more time into then usual.

*items with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only*

Greetings fellow beauty lovers! Today I bring a special post, all about highlighters. I was not able to swatch everything in my collection, but I did try to pick the most popular or most readily available items so that you can see what many of them look like compared to one another. For most of them I am including a flash and a natural light photo. The natural light really washes them out on camera I think, so bear that in mind. The flash versions are more accurate representations of what the colors look like, but I did it for posterity’s sake anyway :). This is going to be a picture heavy post!

Liquid/Cream Highlighters

NARS Gold Member

L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

Natural Light L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

Natural Light L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

Natural Light L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

ELF All Over Color Sticks L-R: Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Golden Peach, Spotlight

L-R: Precriptives Sheen Cream in Beam, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Mark Touch & Glow, NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

The above pictures represent my favorite kind of highlight–liquid/cream. I just think it always look so much more luminous and dewy when you use a liquid. I reach for a liquid or cream highlighter daily, while powder highlighters are much less frequently used, maybe a handful of times a month if that. I am still lusting after a few more of the MUFE Uplights (they are $29 each at Sephora.com) but I am waiting for them to arrive in Sephora (mid-May I have been told) so I can swatch. I am also lemming the infamous Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold., but haven’t indulged yet because, as you can see, I have enough to deal with at the moment in the way of cream highlighters. A few of these items may be difficult to find, and although I tried not to include such items, I did so so that if you do find them that you snatch them up! Prescriptives Sheen Cream has long been discontinued, but has remained for about 3 years a favorite of mine. If they still sold it, I would buy several. Sonia Kashuk’s liquid highlighter is new for spring this year, but has been notoriously difficult to find. I was told by the company you will see more soon, but they had a problem with the manufacturer. Sephora’s luminous glow is also a cherished favorite of mine, but it has also been discontinued! I wanted to include some pictures of the items that are not as popular so that you know what they look like if you find them:

Sephora Luminous Glow

Mark Touch & Glow Cream

The unique thing about the Mark product is that you can use each of the colors separately and you have 9 colors to use. Or you can swirl them together to get the peachy bronze effect I got in the swatch (it appears darker in the swatch than it is in person). Plus this is more like a cream-to-powder product.

Cream/Liquid Wrap up:

  1. Grab a Prescriptives Sheen Cream or Sephora Luminous Glow if you ever find one
  2. The budget buys are the ELF All Over Color Sticks at just $1 and they are very lovely (I would choose the sticks over the liquids they offer as the liquids get quite frosty)
  3. The MUFE Uplights I have are the sparkling version. If you don’t like glitter, you won’t like this version. I plan to try the pearl versions next.
  4. My newest favorite is NARS Copacabana. I ordered it in stick version as well because I like it so much. Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash is equally gorgeous and ranks quite high for me. It was one of my first highlighters.
  5. MAC Cream Colour Bases are very natural looking and an afforable and easily available option. I use these so much!
  6. I love mixing the Sonia Kashuk one with my foundation, and have been doing this almost daily since receiving it.

Powders:

L-R: ELF Golden Bronzer, Too Faced Peach Leopard, Anastasia Brow Highlight (mixed), Benefit Georgia

L-R: Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads, Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic

Clockwise from Top: Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic, Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads

L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

Natural Light L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Natural Light L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Powder Wrap up:

  1. Guerlain Meteorites are a waste of money–at least the shade I got. It barely shows up on my skin and has that old lady smell that some Guerlain products have (I don’t enjoy it-the primer smells better than this). I don’t think I would ever buy another one. Mine was a smaller size that came in a set. Thank goodness, because in the 2 years I have owned I have used it MAYBE once. Yeah, I give it a big F-.  Sorry if you like them, it just didn’t highlight AT ALL for me.
  2. The two Body Shop products are great. I love the Peach Shimmer Waves so much. I believe it was LE for last year, but if you can find it..grab it up!
  3. Lorac Perfectly Lit and Mary-Lou Manizer are wonderful highlighters, and are so natural looking for being powders. Lorac just gives me this ethereal glow that I love so much, it is in my top 5 for sure!
  4. Benefit Georgia is nice, but very very subtle on my skintone. On the other hand, Tarina Tarantino is super sparkly. You must use it with a light hand but for special events or nights out it is gorgeous!
  5. In person, Vegas Strip and Dior Amber Diamond are almost dupes. The texture is different, but I am not sold on the hype of Amber Diamond yet. It may be going back to Sephora! For the price, it just isn’t that different or special to me. :(  I am, however still interested in trying Rose Diamond and the other limited edition shade if I can track it down.
  6. Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is also nothing to write home about. Platinum Pink is a LE shade, but I would be interested in trying another. I will probably pick one up the next time I am at my CCO (much cheaper that way). They are worth the CCO price, but I don’t think I would ever pay full price for one.

Well, that is probably my biggest and longest post ever! I am a total highlighter addict and I am always searching for more! What are your thoughts? Are you a cream/liquid fan or do you prefer powders? What highlighters do you own that are your favorite?

Wow! I finally started blogging. I have been tossing this idea around for months on end. But my passion to share my passion with the world could no longer be repressed! I present to you my humble blog.

To kick things off, my recent haul from the Stila Warehouse sale that went on last week.

My recent haul from the Stila Warehouse Sale

The items shown are: (Starting from top left-right)

Swatches and Reviews will be forthcoming! Did you haul anything from the sale? They had some killer deals I could NOT pass up!