Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness. ~ C. Dior

Saturday, April 19, 2014

YSL Bleu Celadon #50 and Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture in studio lighting with forced flash

As a part of their Summer 2014 Collection, Bleus Lumiere, Yves Saint Laurent has released two new polishes in shades of blue, Bleu Celadon #50 and Bleu Cyclades #51. Both polishes are hues that mimic aquatic shades of the ocean.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 and Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture in studio lighting with forced flash

Ever since the first time I tried YSL's La Laque Couture nail polish, it has become one of my favorites, fighting Chanel, Dior and Rescue Beauty Lounge for space in my collection. The quality is exceptional. It has a dense, flat, wide brush, with a gently rounded tip that holds quite a bit of polish. The brush pulls the polish, as opposed to pushing it, which allows the polish to go on smoother and more evenly. For a polish that isn't marketed as quick drying, the formula dries surprisingly fast. It lasts fairly long, I usually get about five days wear before I see any chipping or tip wear.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture in studio lighting with forced flash

Bleu Celadon #50 ($27 0.34fl oz/10mL) is a pale, neutral to cool toned, sky blue cream, with a touch of cyan. It's a cross between Chanel Coco Blue and Nouvelle Vague, only much lighter, though it's closer to Nouvelle Vague. It was opaque in two coats and went on smoothly and effortlessly.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting

Comparisons to Chanel Coco Blue, Chanel Nouvelle Vague, Chanel Riva and Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom:


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture swatch comparison in studio lighting

Coco Blue is richer, darker and bluer, more pigmented with slight shimmer. Nouvelle Vague also has a touch of shimmer, is touch darker and greener. Riva is a paler, milky powder blue with iridescence. While Bikini Bottom is close in color, it's jelly finish makes it appear quite different than Bleu Celadon.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture in studio lighting with forced flash

In the bottle, Bleu Cyclades #51 ($27 0.34fl oz/10mL) is a deep, midnight blue that shifts to royal blue, with faint royal blue shimmer. On the nails, it's close to what it looks like in the bottle, except the flash isn't as intense as it is in the bottle. It has a slightly metallic finish and was opaque in one coat, though I used two.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatch, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatches, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatch, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

I pulled a couple of similar blue, metallic polishes to compare to Bleu Cyclades. Chanel Bel-Argus is lighter, with a royal blue to indigo shift and a metallic finish. Brushstrokes are quite visible in the finish of this polish as well. Rescue Beauty Lounge Cuprum is a lighter, cerulean blue with copper micro-glitter.


Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer swatch comparison, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 La Laque Couture swatch comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

Yves Saint Laurent Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture nail polish lacquer, Bleu Lumiere Collection, Summer 2014, in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Bleu Cyclades #51 and Bleu Celadon #50 La Laque Couture in studio lighting with forced flash


Overall, I'm in love with these two new polishes from YSL. The colors may be a bit dupable, but the formula and application is not. Both colors go on like a dream. Bleu Celadon is my personal favorite. It's the perfect mix of blue and green and should appease many.

I purchased Bleu Celadon and Bleu Cyclades from Nordstrom. They are also available from YSL.

Have you picked up anything from YSL's Bleu Lumiere Collection? What is your favorite blue polish?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tom Ford Moonlight and Solar Gold Lip Shimmers, Summer 2014 Collection, Swatches, Photos and Review

Tom Ford 01 1 Moonlight and 02 2 Solar Gold Lip Shimmers Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Moonlight and Solar Gold Lip Shimmers in studio lighting

The 2014 Summer Beauty Collection from Tom Ford is a modest one. Really quite small, though in no way meager. The high point of the collection is clearly the Eye & Cheek Palette in Unabashed, but perhaps the more unexpected pieces are the two new Lip Shimmers in Moonlight and Solar Gold.


Tom Ford 01 1 Moonlight and 02 2 Solar Gold Lip Shimmers Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Moonlight and Solar Gold Lip Shimmers in studio lighting

I must admit, when I first heard about these, I thought they were a Lip and Cheek Shimmer, able to be used on the cheeks as a highlighter, as well as on the lips. They have a very phallic shape which is identical to the Lip and Cheek Stain, Tainted Love, from the Fall 2012 Collection. Although, I have been told that they can be used on the face.


Tom Ford 01 1 Moonlight Lip Shimmers Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Moonlight Lip Shimmer in studio lighting

The Moonlight 01 Lip Shimmer ($49 .1oz/3g) is a pale, creamy, ivory white with faint gold shimmer. Both Lip Shimmers have the typical vanilla scent that is present in Tom Ford lip products. When swatched, it gives the skin a gleaming, silvery, iridescent, sheer white sheen with golden sparkle. Moonlight makes the lips look lighter and pasty. It is almost completely translucent and doesn't add shine, as much as it adds frost. It feels noticeably moisturizing and has quite a bit of slip. It glides across the lips smoothly and effortlessly and feels luxurious on.


Tom Ford 01 1 Moonlight Lip Shimmer swatch Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Moonlight Lip Shimmer swatch with forced flash in studio lighting

Solar Gold 02 Lip Shimmer ($49 .1oz/3g) is a light medium to medium, warm, coppery gold, with an abundance of yellow gold and silver glitter. When swatched, Solar Gold looks as it would appear to, only remarkably sheer. The same is true when it is applied to the lips. Solar Gold simply adds shine and golden sparkle. It adds no real color, perhaps just a touch of warmth to the lips. Solar Gold feels hydrating, though it doesn't have as much slip. The glitter doesn't cause it to feel gritty or rough, yet it's not as smooth or creamy as Moonlight.


Tom Ford 02 2 Solar Gold Lip Shimmer Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer in studio lighting

Tom Ford 02 2 Solar Gold Lip Shimmer swatch Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Solar Gold Lip Shimmer swatch with forced flash in studio lighting

When worn over lipsticks, the effects Moonlight and Solar Gold can vary. For the most part, Solar Gold just adds golden sparkle. It doesn't alter the color of the lipsticks it is worn on top of in any way. Moonlight on the other hand, though it is sheer, it is like adding white to a color and tinting it. It some cases it lightens the overall look, creating a pastel and in others, if the lipstick is on the transparent side to begin with, it can create an ashy and frosty look. While Solar Gold will work over most lipsticks, I didn't find many that Moonlight combined well with.

While Solar Gold works better on the lips, Moonlight works better on the skin. Not that they work all that well to begin with. They have an incredibly waxy texture when applied to the skin that sort of sets when applied. They must be blended into the skin extremely well to get rid of the tacky feeling. Moonlight leaves a beautiful prismatic glow, yet after it is smoothed onto the skin, not much of the brilliance remains. Solar Gold on the other hand, once blended, leaves nothing at all behind but particles of glitter.


Tom Ford 01 1 Moonlight and 02 2 Solar Gold Lip Shimmers Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Moonlight and Solar Gold Lip Shimmers in studio lighting

These are, for the most part, a considerable disappointment for me. Which is a first for me from Tom Ford. So much so, it's been a bit difficult for me to review them. I bought them because I had heard and read that they could be used as highlighters, but these just aren't formulated for use on the face. These are essentially just a overpriced, not quite tinted lip balm, one of which doesn't even achieve the result it's going for. While they feel wonderful and divine, they simply aren't worth it.

For more swatches and reviews, check out The Beauty Look Book and Color Me Loud.

I purchased my Lip Shimmers at Saks. They are also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's.

What do you think of Moonlight and Solar Gold? Did you pick anything up from Tom Ford's Summer Collection?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette, Summer 2014 Collection, Swatches, Photos and Review

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

If Tom Ford's Spring Collection was about intense hues and subdued neutrals, then the Summer Collection is about sensual, golden skin, highlighted by pops of brilliant color and a lustrous glow.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Presented in the same retro-chic ivory and gold packaging as spring, the summer line isn't particularly extensive. Consisting of only four pieces, a rerelease of last year's best-selling illuminator Fire Lust, Lip Shimmers - a brand new product in two shades, and the piece that's got everyone talking, the Eye & Cheek Compact in Unabashed.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Unabashed is Tom Ford's first time fashioning a multi-product palette and is packaged in the same size compact as the Bronzing Powders. Inside, the design of Unabashed is reminiscent of an art style developed by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian called neoplasticism, which consisted of white ground, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

With three eyeshadows, one blush and one bronzer, the limited edition Eye & Cheek Compact ($95 for .47oz/13.5g) contains everything you need to create a sizzling, carefree look for summer.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Eyeshadow Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Eyeshadow Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The eyeshadows:

  • The glitter shade is a pale, warm butterscotch/sandy brown, with silver, gold and pink glitter, making this shade appear more cool toned than it actually is. It has a ridged surface, though the actual shadow is very smooth once used. It's mostly sheer, though the opacity can be built up for semi-sheer coverage. Out of all the Tom Ford glitter shades, this has to be my favorite.
  • The taupe shade is a medium, somewhat cool toned, coffee brown matte. It's quite a bit warmer than She Wolf's middle shade. I always think I've seen the best from Tom Ford, but then something new comes out and blows me away. It has a luxuriously soft, satiny, smooth as glass texture. It's somewhat sheer with one pass, though it can be built up for mostly opaque coverage. It's also just a touch dry.
  • That blue. The blue that we've all been hearing so much about. It's more of a Royal Blue than a Cobalt Blue. It's deep, dark, rich, intense, vivid and pigmented. Extremely pigmented. So pigmented, that it has a predisposition to stain the skin. I tested this shade alone and over various primers (Edward Bess, Nars, Dior) and while it was far easier to remove over primer, it still was somewhat of a chore. It doesn't have quite the same formula as the taupe, but close - creamy, buttery, silky. It's semi-opaque in one pass and can be layered for full opacity. It's also moderately powdery. As I've been using it, some of the blue has had a tendency to go into the blush color. Which isn't that big of a deal, as I can simply blow the powder away, but still cumbersome.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Bronzer and Blush Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Bronzer and Blush Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The cheeks:
  • The blush is a light medium to medium, bright, warm strawberry pink with heavy gold shimmer. It has an almost frosty, metallic finish. It's lighter and less red with more gold shimmer than Frantic Pink. It's smooth and velvety and doesn't kick up a lot of excess powder.
  • The bronzer is a similar in tone, finish and texture to the blush. It's a light medium to medium, warm, cinnamon bronze with abundant golden sheen. The finish is almost frosty and metallic. It's plush, silky and pigmented. For someone that's not a fan of bronzers, this shade could also be used as an eyeshadow.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

I have heard some talk about how pricey Unabashed is. It's not as expensive as it first might seem, when you factor in that you are getting three eyeshadows, a blush and a bronzer, all in one. In reality, you are getting a smaller amount of product, than if you were to purchase each of these items individually, but what you are really getting is a chance to try a variety of Tom Ford products at a fraction of the cost.

Tom Ford products are always among the highest quality pieces I pick up, and Unabashed shines in every way possible. From the substantial polished case to the rich pigmented colors, I would be hard pressed to find a fault with this palette. Possibly the only guilt this palette suffers from is that the blue is a bit too intense and pigmented. Possibly. If you have no problem taking the time removing the shadows after wearing Unabashed, and want an exceptional palette with a unique color combination, from the master of lust, then you will want this.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud.

Unabashed is a limited edition that is selling out very quickly. I purchased mine from Saks, where it is already sold out. It is currently available at Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus.

What do you think of Unabashed? Will you be picking one up?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wishlist #2



A few things currently on my wishlist:

  1. Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($28) Though nothing will ever replace my Oribe Après Beach, I'll try anything to get my straightish, kinky hair to have those tousled, touchable, beachy, waves à la Gisele Bündchen.
  2. YSL Couture Palettes ($58) With a nod to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, these new palettes, launching in June, contain five eye colors whose positioning and scale were designed to make application as instinctive as possible.
  3. By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum ($89) A new, primer/serum in four shades, that moisturizes, provides color correction and erases fatigue for a radiant complexion.
  4. Tom Ford Summer ($49 - $95) The return of Fire Lust, plus an Eye & Cheek Palette and two Lip Shimmers (that can also be used as highlighters), that all resonate that radiant, sensual, summer glow. Sign me up.
  5. Chanel Le Vernis ($27) New shades of Chanel nail polish. Need I say more?
  6. Bond No.9 Hudson Yards ($200 - $285) A new fragrance with notes of Lily of the Valley, Freesia, Pink Pepper, Peony, Rose, Lychee, Orange Flower, Iris and Musk about springtime, new beginnings and beginnings yet to come. I'm in love and I haven't even smelled it yet.

 What are you currently coveting? Have you discovered anything new? I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'd love to hear what you're up to.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush in studio lighting

The Maestro Mediterranea Collection for Summer 2014, from Giorgio Armani, expands on the already wildly successful Maestro Fusion Makeup line, which was launched in 2012. This new series, promises a flushing, coppery glow in a single drop.



The collection, consisting of three shades of blush and a versatile bronzer is inspired by the power of the glaring rays in the Italian sky. According to Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani’s International Makeup Artist, the thought and idea of a healthy, natural summer glow, is more than just having a tan. It's also about radiance and luminosity. That's where the Maestro Mediterranea line comes in. By having such weightless, pigmented shades, that can be easily layered, blended and combined, it allows you to create your own custom summer look.


Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush in studio lighting

Maestro Fusion Blush in #500 ($52 for 0.5fl.oz./15mL) is a featherweight, liquid blush that blends onto the skin. While containing minimal amounts of water, though it does contain a fair amount of talc, the formula relies heavily on different oils to deliver the color, leaving the skin feeling bare and clean. The Maestro Fusion Blush is presented in the same type of packaging as the Maestro Fusion Foundation, a glass jar with a dropper. It the distinguishable scent of alcohol.

Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush in studio lighting
Shade #500 is a medium light to medium, warm, rosy terracotta. It dries down to a mostly matte finish. There is also the finest, most imperceptible shimmer, which a lot of the time isn't visible, except in full sunlight, which gives it a delicate, soft glow. The color can be layered from a slight flush, to a rich, intense stain.


Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush swatches in studio lighting

Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The Maestro Fusion Blush has a fluid consistency, though it's thick enough that it won't drip or run down your face. A little goes a very long way. Let me say that again, a little goes a long way. You need maybe a drop, at the most. The best way to use this is to dot on one cheek at a time, and blend with your fingertips. You have to work rather quickly, as it dries fairly fast. If you overdo it, it can be buffed out - to a point, though once it sets, its set. The formula does seem to stain the fingers (though this doesn't happen on the face at all). I purposely left swatches on my arm, and as time went on, they faded and wore away.


Giorgio Armani #500 Nude Pink Maestro Liquid Fusion Blush, Maestro Mediterranea Collection, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Giorgio Armani #500 Maestro Fusion Blush in studio lighting

I am a little on the fence about the new Maestro Fusion Blush. While I fell in love with the new Cheek Fabric blushes, and felt as if they were a breath of fresh air, I did not feel the same about these. While the lightweight formula is perfect for summer, and gives natural, seamless color, for some it can take practice. It can also emphasize pores. Also worth noting is that the formula is claimed to contain no water or white powder, yet both are listed among the ingredients. Further, My bottle arrived not filled completely, and have heard others mention the same. Fear not, one bottle will still last a lifetime.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Musings of a Muse.

I purchased my Maestro Fusion Blush #500 from Nordstrom. It is also available from Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's.

What do you think of the new Maestro Fusion Blushes? Will you be picking one up?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer, La Bohème Collection, Spring 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Clé de Peau Beauté, a division of the Japanese brand Shiseido, is merging poise with insolence, to fashion it's spring look,  La Bohème.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer in studio lighting

Lucia Pieroni, Makeup Creative Director for Clé de Peau Beauté, is taking the line bohemian, with a collection that delights in a free-spirited, romantic beauty look. ”It fuses the wild and unconventional ethos of a Bohemian beauty with the convention of classic chic, creating a collection that celebrates the women of today,” says Pieroni. The collection includes two new eye quads, three limited edition enriched Lip Luminizers and a new shade of the Luminizing Face Enhancer. Amanda Seyfried continues to star as the face of Clé de Peau Beauté.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer in studio lighting

The Luminizing Face Enhancer, or Rehausseur d’eclat, in French, is a "shell of a never-ending spiral that radiates light". It's a thing of beauty, from it's multifaceted outer casing to the intricate, geometrically designed highlighter held inside. The heavy, golden, gem-like compact, which mimics the powder held inside, is appropriately designed by jeweler Shaun Leane. The compact, like many Clé de Peau Beauté items, is refillable, allowing you to change out shades.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer in studio lighting

Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer ($95 with compact and brush/$55 for refill) is a tessellation of triangular shapes in shades of iridescent white and rosy peaches. The surface is an optical illusion, like an M.C. Escher painting. The shapes confuse the eye, appearing three-dimensional and flat at the same time. It is not until you touch it, that you realize that the surface is in fact undulating.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer in studio lighting

Delicate Pink combines four natural, "pink" shades.
  • There are four sections of Shade #1. In the pan this shade takes on almost a slight blueish cast. It is a silvery white, tinged very lightly with peachy pink. It has a shimmery satiny finish and fine prismatic sparkles. This is the coolest toned shade of the four, though it is the tiniest bit warm. It is not as sparkly as shades #2 or #3, however it is more glistening than shade #4.
  • Shade #2 takes up three areas of the highlighter. It's a pale, warm toned, champagne white, with a frosty finish and golden shimmer. Though the golden shimmer is the most apparent, there is subtle multicolored luster in this shade as well. The sparkle is most evident in this shade, followed by shade #3.
  • Shade #3 is a light, warm toned peach, with a tinge of pink, and a shimmery finish that appears three times in the powder. It has faint silver shimmer as well as some kaleidoscopic shimmer.
  • Shade #4 is is the darkest shade and is only represented twice in the Luminizer. It's a light to light medium, warm toned pinky peach shimmer. Like the other shades, the shimmer in it is primarily golden, though it has a little multicolor shimmer as well. The sparkle in this shade becomes more a part of the finish than standing apart.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter swatches La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer individual swatches in studio lighting

When swirled together, Delicate Pink looks very much like Shade #3, except perhaps a touch pinker and cooler. It is a silvery, peach with an undertone of pink and a shimmery, satiny finish. There is delicate shimmer and sparkle. It gives the skin a striking, natural, radiant glow.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter swatches La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer swatches in studio lighting

Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter swatches La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter swatches La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

Delicate Pink is exceptionally smooth and plush. It has a soft, creamy feel to it. Perhaps a little too soft even, as the powder can easily crumble and disintegrate if  not handled carefully. It is extremely finely-milled and kicks up very little powder when used. The brush included with the compact is of decent quality and is useful for on the go touch ups. The highlighter does have a slight, delicate floral scent, though it fades after a few minutes.


Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer Highlighter La Boheme Collection Spring 2014 in studio lighting
Clé de Peau Beauté Delicate Pink #14 Luminizing Face Enhancer in studio lighting

I'm a little torn about Delicate Pink. I had wanted a Luminizing Face Enhancer from Clé de Peau Beauté for quite a while and I'm not sure it lived up to my expectations. Then again, for $95, one would expect quite a lot. For the price, I was expecting some sort of magic to happen. I was initially torn between getting the compact or just the refill, and the collector in me won out. As stunning as the case is, I'm not sure it's worth the extra $40. For that much money, I could have bought another Luminizing Face Enhancer refill, so that is something to consider if you are thinking about purchasing this product.

Even though it's a bit shimmery when swatched, it's considerably more toned down when worn, as a lot of the sparkle brushes away. Though if applied too heavily, it will be overly sparkly. So, if you are not a fan of sparkles in general, then you might want to pass on this. Delicate Pink gives a wonderful, luminous, lit-from-within-glow, though I would recommend testing in the store before purchasing if you can.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Messy Wands and Flaunt Me.

I purchased my Delicate Pink #14 at Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus and Barneys.

Have you tried Clé de Peau Beauté's Luminizing Face Enhancer? Would you buy the compact or just the refill?