I thought I would do a quick post on my current favorite bronzer and highlighter. I don’t hear all that much in the beauty community about these products, so I wanted to show them some love.
I don’t know why more people don’t talk about these products.
Bronzer: The bronzer is the YSL Les Sahariennes Healthy Glow Balm-Powder, a cream to powder formula that blends effortlessly. Let me modify that; this is a “balm” to powder formula. It has that feeling where, if you pick up product on your fingers, then rub them together, they will slip and basically rub right into a powder. This is different than other cream-to-powder products I’ve tried. It’s smoother.
I am so fair that foundations tend to make me look even whiter, so I need a good bronzer to warm up the skin. Problem is, due to aforementioned fairness, bronzers tend to look too orange. Not this one. The La Sahariennes is a warm bronzer that gives that hint of a sun kissed glow. (El Hubs even said to me one night when I did a heavy application for an evening event, wow, your face looks so chiseled! Bam! Angelina Jolie in Maleficent anyone? It can be blended light for a less chiseled look as well.) This comes in six shades, and I have number 3, Epice. I tend to apply this with a Real Techniques buffing brush or sculpting brush. I find that these brushes work best with the product. If I’m contouring my nose, I will use my fingers and take it down either side of my nose. Now, this bronzer is on the pricier side – it is $55 and available at Sephora. The only place I’ve heard about this bronzer is from Fleur de Force. Why aren’t more people talking about it?!?!!? (Because of the price?)
Highlighter: The highlighter is the Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I think Sephora’s house brand products are really good these days. (I bought an ombre blush palette (this one, featured on The Stunning Post) at Christmas time for my mom, and she loves it.) This highlighter comes in three shades, Ultralight (a bronze), Starlight (described as a “luminous pink”), and the one that I have, which is Morning Light (a champagne gold).
This is an oily/watery formula and needs to be shaken prior to use, but once applied is stunning, as you can see from the swatches. I have too many highlighters that look either powdery on the skin or the look fades after a few hours. This has great staying powder. It stays on me for about 8-9 hours. I either apply it with my fingers for heavy coverage, or, if I want to sheer it out a little, with my Real Techniques sponge/beauty blender. The best part? This highlighter is only $14!!! How come the only person I’ve heard talk about it is MakeupbyAlli?
Thanks for your support!